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Camping with Cats

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Tashirojima's Manga Island, a destination in Tohoku for cat lovers

Miyagi Prefectural Government

 

 

Cat Island Tashirojima in Miyagi is home to a public campground featuring adorable cat-shaped cabins. Dubbed Manga Island, the campground is operated by the City of Ishinomaki as an affordable lodging for visitors to the island in summer and autumn. The interiors of the cabins are decorated with cat-themed art drawn by famous manga artists, including Miyagi’s own Tetsuya Chiba, known in Japan for producing sports manga about boxing and sumo wrestling.

 

Even if you choose not to stay overnight, the campground features picnic tables and a grassy lawn area, making it a good picnic spot for a day trip. It overlooks the ocean and is a great spot for stargazing on clear nights. Better yet, the friendly, free-roaming cats of the island often come by looking for food and affection.

 

Each cabin accommodates five to six people and comes equipped with bedding, a shower, kitchen utensils and cooking equipment. Cabin options include a large cabin (five people, two rooms) for ¥9,000, or a small cabin (six people, one room) for ¥8,000. Tent sites are ¥1,500 per night. Tent and camping gear rental is available for an additional ¥1,500.

 

How to get there

 

Manga Island: About 60 minutes by boat from the Ishinomaki Chuo Ferry Terminal. Ishinomaki Chuo Ferry Terminal: A 13-minute walk or 16 minutes by bus from Ishinomaki Station.

 

 

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