AO-SHIMA 青島

Cat Island

This mile-long island is
the home of more than 120 feline residents

while human population is only 15

Cats were originally brought here to kill mice
living on fishermen's boats

(but they multiplied and outnumbered human)

With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks,
Aoshima is no tourist heaven
But cat lovers are not complaining

The only way to get here is to take
a 30-minute ferry ride off the coast of Ehime prefecture

Local residents haven't taken too kindly to the cat tourists
They say they don't mind them coming, but want to be left in peace

AO-SHIMA Camping Ground
青島キャンプ場