Photo by Ishinomaki City
Photo by Miyagi Prefecture
Photo by Roger Smith
The quaint and lovable Cat Island Tashirojima is home to a public campground featuring adorable cat-shaped cabins. Dubbed Manga Island, the campground is operated by the City of Ishinomaki as affordable lodging for visitors to the island in summer months. Cabins accommodate five to six people and come equipped with bedding, showers, kitchen utensils and cooking equipment. The campground features picnic tables and a grassy lawn area, making it a good picnic spot for day-trippers as well.
The campground overlooks the ocean and is a great spot for stargazing on clear nights. Better yet, the friendly “free-range” cats of the island often come by looking for food and affection.
Cabin options include a large cabin (5 people, 2 rooms) for 9,000 yen or a small cabin (6 people, 1 room) for 8,000 yen. Tent sites run 1,500 yen per night. Tent and camping gear rental is available for an additional 1,500 yen.