Discover rare bird and wildlife at their hotspots
Various endemic birds such as Izu Thrush, Iijima Warblers, and Japanese Pygmy Woodpeckers, Oriental White Stork call Japan their home. Aside from endemic birds, there are also other fascinating wildlife that you can witness first-hand like the snow monkeys bathing in onsen of Nagano Prefecture or the Ussuri Brown Bear.
Seeking the spirit of the forest
The Japanese serow is an endemic species locally known as kamoshika. It can be found in the subalpine forests and meadows across Japan. At a glance, it looks like a mix between a goat and an antelope with greyish brown fluffy fur.
Encounter the rare winged giants of Hokkaido
Witness the magnificent symbol of Japan – the Red-crowned Crane – and the largest owl species, Blakiston's Fish Owl, in their natural habitats. Both birds are revered by the Ainu – the indigenous people of Hokkaido.
Find Okinawa's elusive flightless bird
Okinawa is home to various rare and endemic species. The rarest of them all is the Okinawa Rail. Locally known as the Yabaru Kuina, it is a medium-sized bird with a vermillion-coloured bill and legs. At the same time, it has olive-brownish feathers on its back while it has black and white stripes on its chest.
Explore the scenic marshlands by rail
The Kushiro Marshland is a national park that preserves the biggest marshland in Japan. It is home to the endangered Japanese Red-crowned Cranes or tancho. The easiest way to admire these iconic, incredible creatures and other wildlife is on board the Kushiro Shitsugen Norokko Train.