Once upon a time, there was a dark and dreary island in Japan where bad things happened.
Poisonous gas was secretly being manufactured for the military.
More than 6,000 tons of lethal gas was developed at the site, from 1929 to 1945.
The mission was so top-secret, the island was omitted from maps and workers were sworn to secrecy.
It was an extremely dangerous place to work, with many of the laborers becoming ill from breathing in the fumes, or becoming grotesquely disfigured in chemical accidents.
When the factory shut down, the island remained a ghost town.
But in 1971, that all changed.
Japanese school children visited the island during a field trip and released eight bunnies.
Today, there are more than 300.
The island has become one of the most fascinating tourist attractions in the world.
It is named Rabbit Island.
The floppy-eared fluffballs have the entire island to themselves, free from predators. Although they are technically considered wild rabbits, they are accustomed to humans and will approach delighted visitors, eager for a tasty treat. Their favorite food is carrots and cabbage, but they won't turn down rabbit feed, which can be purchased on the island.
They are also known to hop right into visitors' laps.
They love people.
It is a grassy, blue-sky paradise.
The island now has a golf course and camping ground. Visitors are allowed to swim in the crystal clear water surrounding the island. People are not allowed to litter on the island or steal the bunnies.
The ruins of the old gas factory still stand, projecting a haunting shadow amongst the child-like innocence enveloping the island.
It is quite simply, a hell turned into a heaven
Would you like to visit Rabbit Island?