Travel Tuesday: 3 Places in Japan Every Small Animal Lover Must Visit

A garden, a café and an island all have something in common: small animals.

Summer is almost here. Your small animals have already decided where they’re taking their holiday (their Facebook posts said France and Thailand). While they’re busy making flight arrangements and booking their hotels, you’re still searching the Internet for the perfect place to go.

We suggest Japan.

While it may not have been at the top of your list, we think you may enjoy it for three very specific reasons.

1. Squirrel Gardens
Yes, Japan has squirrel gardens. Located in Tokyo, one of the gardens, called Machida Risu-en, is home to about 200 squirrels, Kotaku reports. This squirrel garden has been in place since 1988.

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About 200 squirrels reside here.

2. Rabbit Island
Takehara, Japan, is home to what is often referred to as “Rabbit Island.” Okunoshima is full of feral rabbits, though they are described as tame and will often approach humans. The island also has a hotel and golf course.


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The feral rabbits that occupy this island are said to be tame.

3. Rabbit Cafés
Head back to Tokyo and end your small animal vacation at Ra.a.g.f. Harajuku, one of Japan’s rabbit cafés. The café is open from noon to 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Ra.a.g.f. Harajuku is closed on Fridays and the third Thursday of each month.

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Enjoy tea and bunnies at this themed café.

If you go to Japan, will you visit any of these places?

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