Left the hostel in the morning and headed to the station.
9:07 am – Depart from Hayashima -> 9:19 Arrive at Okayama station
9:31 – Depart from Okayama -> 11:09 Arrive Mihara station (Rush out of the station to put my luggage in a locker)
11:21 – Depart Mihara station -> 11:44 Arrive Tadanoumi
12:30 – Take the ferry from Tadanoumi port to Okunoshima
Proceed to live out bunny heaven.
Bunny island is a lot of fun and lived up to my expectations. Do be fair, my expectations were a little lower after experiencing the deer in Nara, which are like aggressive squirrels in larger form. The bunnies on the island looked really healthy and were very gentle when approaching and taking food. They were got a little aggressive with each other, dive-bombing and pushing each other out of the way, but overall pleasant interactions all-around. I walked around the island a bit, ate my lunch outside, and hid under a tree when it rained for a bit.
Some tips for bunny island
- There is nowhere on the island to buy rabbit food, but you can buy some at Tadanoumi port.
- The best thing to bring, however, is fresh cabbage or lettuce. I got some bagged greens at the Family Mart near Tadanoumi station which was good, but I discovered there is a small grocery store a block away that has actual heads of fresh cabbage.
- There is luggage storage at Tadanoumi port for 500 yen.
- Get in line early for the ferry. I think everyone in line with me got on the ferry but since the ferry is not so frequent it’s best to be safe.
4:13 pm – Take the ferry back to Tadanoumi
5:15 – Depart Tadanoumi station -> 5:40 arrive Mihara
5:52 – Depart Mihara -> 7:09 pm arrive Hiroshima! (And walk to my hostel)
I checked in and met the owner, a really nice guy named Masa. I wanted to try Hiroshima okonomiyaki, which has lots of cabbage and noodles added. I asked him about okonomi-mura which is a big building full of okonomiyaki restaurants. He told me he had a better place and gave me a recommendation for Koshida (お好み焼き越田). I made my way over there and waited in line for a bit before I got seated. The staff was great and the food was even better. I get why this style of okonomiyaki is popular, the noodles and cabbage give it a nicer texture and another layer of flavour.