Away from the hustle and bustle of the major cities Japan is a magical land of traditional houses, and a surprising amount of unspoilt forests. Japan can be explored in both winter and summer with the emphasis on very different birds in the different seasons. In winter we can travel from the snowy wastes of Hokkaido through the Japanese Alps above Tokyo where the snow monkeys sit in their thermal pools surrounded by ice to the plains around Arasaki in Kyushu. Extremely photogenic flocks of cranes in snowfields seen through mists, roosts of Steller's and White-tailed Sea-Eagles and the elusive Blakiston's Fish-Owl are all part of the dramatic winter scene. In spring we will concentrate on the breeding birds of the archipelago which include Japanese Auklet, Tufted Puffin, Fairy Pitta, Japanese Robin, Japanese Thrush, Ijima's Leaf-Warbler and Siberian Rubythroat.

An optional extension to the Ryukyu islands of Okinawa and Amami for the endemics found on these subtropical islands can be added to either the winter or spring tours. These are rarely recorded by bird tours and could include Okinawa Rail, Amami Woodcock, Pryer's Woodpecker, Amami Thrush, Ryukyu Robin and Lidth's Jay, not forgetting the rare Amami black rabbit.

If you are interested in experiencing more of Japanese culture we are happy to devise a personalised itinerary for you that will do that. There are amazing temples and shrines, sumo wrestlers, ice festivals and much more.

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Best time to visit:January, February, May, June
Popular Locations: Hokkaido, Mt Fuji, Honshu, Okinawa

Tours in Japan

Japanese Temple © Jun Matsui

    Japan Birds & Culture

    15 days

    Spring time in Japan and a chance to explore the birds, temples and culture of these fascinating islands with a Japanese speaking guide. Cherry blossoms and pale arctic  migrants.

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    Japan in Spring birding

      Japan in Spring

      22 days

      This 22 day birding tour takes you travelling from the subtropical Ryukyu Islands in the south west to Hokkaido in the north east with its strong Siberian influences, this is a great chance to explore Japan and its birds with…

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