Aoshima : The Cat Island


Aoshima (青島), also known as Cat Island (猫の島, Neko no shima), is a sleepy island in Ehime Prefecture just one mile long and is better known by its nickname, “Cat Island.” With feline residents outnumbering the human population. For every 16 residents, there are more than 100 cats.

How To Get There

To get to the island, visitors can take a regular boat twice a day from Nagahama Port, about a minute’s walk from JR Iyo Nagahama Station, which basically gives priority to islanders. The island is small and not a tourist destination, so there are no guest houses, stores, or vending machines.Visitors should bring their own food and drink, and take all their garbage home with them.
ADDRESS : 269 Nagahamachō Aoshima, Ōzu-shi, Ehime-ken 799-3470, Japan

Nagahama Port is just a few minutes’ walk from JR Iyo-Nagahama station. It’s advisable to check the weather conditions before you leave, as ferries may be canceled if the weather is bad.

Ferries run to Aoshima twice a day from Nagahama Port, at 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The journey takes about 30 minutes and a round trip costs ¥1,360. Ferries run back to the mainland at 8:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. There is no overnight accommodation on the island so make sure you don’t miss the boat home!