Chris McGrath

Talk about a hare-raising adventure.

March 25, 2016

The Easter Bunny may reign supreme this weekend, but there’s one place where rabbits hold court all year round. Okunoshima, Japan (unofficially known as Rabbit Island) is home to hundreds of the fluffy, long-eared creatures that often crowd around tourists looking for food.

Animal lovers come to the small island in the Inland Sea off the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture just to see the cottontails and to lay on the ground only to be enveloped by the flock of fur balls. “Largely unknown until a couple of years ago, Rabbit Island is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction thanks to social network sites like Facebook and YouTube showing crazy pictures and videos of people being mobbed by rabbits,” London-based photographer Paul Brown told the Daily Mail. “The island truly lives up to its name and is home to potentially thousands of rabbits, all of which seem to have lost their fear of humans who they now see as a primary source for food.”

(c) Bernie DeChant

It’s still unclear exactly how the massive population of rabbits came to be, but the island has embraced the herd and has even banned cats and dogs to protect the bunnies.

Jordi Lippe-McGraw is a Contributing Digital Reporter at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @WellTraveler.

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