OZU, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 20: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Cats are seen at Aoshima or Ao Island on November 20, 2014 in Ozu, Ehime, Japan. More than 100 cats live while only 15 people reside in this 0.49 square-meter tiny former fishermen island 13.5 kilometers off Shikoku Island. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

Welcome to the Isle of Cats

The Japanese island of Aoshima is catnip for feline enthusiasts.

In search of the purrrrrrrfect getaway? Look no further than Aoshima Island in Japan, otherwise known as "Cat Island." The 1-mile-long strip of land is home to more than 100 feral cats. Meow!

OZU, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 20: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Cats wait to be fed by tourists at Aoshima or Ao Island on November 20, 2014 in Ozu, Ehime, Japan. More than 100 cats live while only 15 people reside in this 0.49 square-meter tiny former fishermen island 13.5 kilometers off Shikoku Island. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images) The Asahi Shimbun CAT AND MOUSE GAME The felines were first introduced to the fishing village back in the 1940s to help manage the mice population. In the years following World War II, the people population began to decrease, while the cat population began to increase. OZU, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 20: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) Cats walk to a pier as a tourist boat is approaching at Aoshima or Ao Island on November 20, 2014 in Ozu, Ehime, Japan. More than 100 cats live while only 15 people reside in this 0.49 square-meter tiny former fishermen island 13.5 kilometers off Shikoku Island. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images) The Asahi Shimbun KITTIES ARE KING With cats now outnumbering people six to one, the island has become something of a quirky tourist attraction. But beware: There's just a single ferry, running twice a day, to carry visitors to the island from nearby Port Nagahama.

*** EXCLUSIVE *** EHIME, JAPAN - JUNE 2015: An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one - June 2015, Ehime, Japan. Aoshima Island is one of about a dozen 'cat islands' around Japan - small places where there are significantly more feline residents than people. In fact, cats outnumber humans six to one on the island. The incredible pictures taken by photographer Kei Nomiyama show hundreds of cats prowling the island, curled up in abandoned houses or strutting about in the quiet fishing village. PHOTOGRAPH BY Kei Nomiyama / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 564 8159 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4101 1726 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Kei Nomiyama / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
*** EXCLUSIVE *** EHIME, JAPAN - JUNE 2015: Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen's boats, the cats stayed on and multiplied, June 2015, Ehime, Japan. Aoshima Island is one of about a dozen 'cat islands' around Japan - small places where there are significantly more feline residents than people. In fact, cats outnumber humans six to one on the island. The incredible pictures taken by photographer Kei Nomiyama show hundreds of cats prowling the island, curled up in abandoned houses or strutting about in the quiet fishing village. PHOTOGRAPH BY Kei Nomiyama / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 564 8159 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4101 1726 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Kei Nomiyama / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images *** EXCLUSIVE *** EHIME, JAPAN - JUNE 2015: With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is no tourist haven. But cat lovers are not complaining - June 2015, Ehime, Japan. Aoshima Island is one of about a dozen 'cat islands' around Japan - small places where there are significantly more feline residents than people. In fact, cats outnumber humans six to one on the island. The incredible pictures taken by photographer Kei Nomiyama show hundreds of cats prowling the island, curled up in abandoned houses or strutting about in the quiet fishing village. PHOTOGRAPH BY Kei Nomiyama / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 564 8159 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4101 1726 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Kei Nomiyama / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images THE BIRDS AND THE BEES AND THE CATS According to the Washington Post, only 10 of the more than 100 cats on the island are neutered. But in early 2018, it was announced that efforts would be made to start spaying and neutering the entire cat population to help control numbers.

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*** EXCLUSIVE *** EHIME, JAPAN - JUNE 2015: With no restaurants, cars, shops or kiosks selling snacks, Aoshima is no tourist haven. But cat lovers are not complaining - June 2015, Ehime, Japan. Aoshima Island is one of about a dozen 'cat islands' around Japan - small places where there are significantly more feline residents than people. In fact, cats outnumber humans six to one on the island. The incredible pictures taken by photographer Kei Nomiyama show hundreds of cats prowling the island, curled up in abandoned houses or strutting about in the quiet fishing village. PHOTOGRAPH BY Kei Nomiyama / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 564 8159 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4101 1726 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Kei Nomiyama / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Barcroft Media/Barcroft Media via Getty Images COPY CAT Aoshima is actually one of about a dozen cat islands in Japan, meaning you could spend nearly two weeks in cat heaven without ever leaving the country.



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