These Islands in Japan Are Immensely Populated By Cats

They're considered part of the local community!

Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture is known as a
cat paradise. Two of their islands, Jogashima and Enoshima, are particularly famous for having many feline residents, which are being cared for by local volunteers.

Jogashima Island

Jogashima, you’ll find many of the cats by park. They can usually be seen in areas where flowers bloom in the parking lot and around the observatory inside the park. At the Jogashima Lighthouse, there are many red tabby cats. Sleeping on the wooden paths and on fences, they look like they are protecting the lighthouse.

A yawning cat relaxing in the middle of daffodils in Jogashima Park.

Many cats gather around the parking lot of Jogashima Park.

Two cat friends basking in the sun together.

A cat by the Jogashima Lighthouse relaxing on a hill with an ocean view.

A black cat at the Jogashima Lighthouse keeps warm in the sun on cold days.

Jogashima Island is located at Jogashima, Misakimachi, Miura City, Kanagawa. The Jogashima Lighthouse is a 3-minute walk from the Jogashima bus stop (about a 28-minute ride from Keikyu Misakiguchi Station). Jogashima Park is a 7-minute walk from the Hakushuhimae bus stop (about 25-minute ride from Keikyu Misakiguchi station).

Isoryouri Kanea

After a quick tour of the island, have lunch at
Isoryouri Kanea, where you can enjoy fresh Misaki tuna and Shonan shirasu fish delivered straight from the sea. This is also where three popular island cats, Miko, Don-chan, and Hanako, live. These three good friends used to live on the island alone. During business hours, they relax and bask in the sun, so that they don’t bother the customers while dining.

Miko can usually be found roaming outside the restaurant, but here, she immediately sat on the
zabuton (cushions) when she noticed that photos were being taken.

These cats are taking a nap inside a cardboard box inside the restaurant.

In the morning, they sometimes go for walks to the seaside.

Don-chan sits on top of an outstanding red sightseeing bridge.

In the mornings before the restaurant opens, the cats sometimes go on walks to rocky areas and bridges.

Isoryouri Kanea’s popular dish, the Osashimi Meal Set (¥2,160), comes with many thick slices of sashimi.

Fresh fish can be enjoyed here.

Isoryouri Kanea is located at 689 Jogashima Misakimachi, Miura City, Kanagawa. It’s a 3-minute walk from the Jogashima bus stop (about a 28-minute ride from Keikyu Misakiguchi Station) and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. You may contact them +81-90-6019-2822.


Enoshima Island

A cat basks under the sun near Enoshima Benten Bridge.

is also inhabited by many island cats. Kijitora cats are the first cats that will welcome you after you cross Benten Bridge. They’re pretty friendly and would sometimes surprise you by sitting next to you. There are also several cats by the entrance of Enoshima Escalator, which is located at the back of Benten Nakamise Dori. Around the Fuku Stones are paths for cats, so you might meet them on your way! 

In Enoshima, you can find the most cats in the Okutsumiya area. Many cats bask in the sun near the Wadatsuminomiya Garden. You can also meet cats sitting behind power stones that look like gods and at ritual-cleansing places of the shrine.

These cats snubbing each other near the Enoshima Escalator.

A cat relaxes on the bridge.

He was being watched without realizing!

Surprisingly, this cat came out from a lady’s bathroom.

A cat sits still behind a power stone, receiving god's power.

Enoshima Island is located at Enoshima, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa. It’s an 18-minute walk from Shonan Monorail – Shonan Enoshima station or a 17-minute walk from Enoshima Dentetsu – Enoshima station, or a 13-minute walk from Odakyu Enoshima line – Katase Enoshima station.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Yokohama Walker™ (22 February 2019)

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