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Wildlife in Japan

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Wildlife in Japan

There are more species of wildlife residing in Japan when compared to other countries in the world. This is due to the country’s length that reaches both subarctic and subtropical areas. Along the coasts of Japan there is abundant marine life. On the various islands are the inhabitants of different animals like foxes, bears, deer, monkeys, birds, and wild boars. The densest population of brown bears can be found on the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido. In the Kushiro Marshland, which is also located in Hokkaido, you can find the endangered Japanese red-crowned cranes. It is the only marsh habitat that is known to support the bird. There are a few monkey parks in Japan, but the most desired to visit is the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Yamanouchi. In the winter you can see the Japanese macaque soaking in the natural hot springs.

In Nara Park you can see about 1000 free roaming deer. They are considered as messengers of the gods and have become the symbol of Nara city. You can purchase crackers and feed the many deer that will flock to you for the snack. There are many other places to see the wildlife, but there are places like Tashiro Island where you can find a large population of cats. Ogasawara Islands are the known as the “Galapagos of the Orient.” There you can find endemic animals that are unique to the area. As for the marine life there are many aquariums available to visit like the Churaumi Aquarium and Osaka Aquarium.

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photo of Birds in Hokkaido

Hokkaido

Birds in Hokkaido

Introduction to birds seen only in Hokkaido.

photo of Main Bird-watching Spots in Hokkaido

Hokkaido

Main Bird-watching Spots in Hokkaido

Places to see birds in Hokkaido, Japan.

photo of Snow Monkeys

Chubu | Nagano | Yudanaka Onsen

Snow Monkeys

The Snow Monkey Park, also known as Jigokudani Monkey Park, is known for the Japanese Macaque enjoying a bath in the hot springs.

photo of Nara Deer Park

Kansai | Nara | Nara City

Nara Deer Park

Nara Park is the most popular location for interacting with wild deer in Nara.

photo of Akan International Crane Center

Hokkaido | Akan National Park

Akan International Crane Center

A museum, breeding center, and sanctuary where cranes can be seen year round.

photo of Takasakiyama Monkey Park

Kyushu | Oita | Beppu

Takasakiyama Monkey Park

A popular tourist location with over 1500 wild Japanese monkeys for visitors to see in Oita Prefecture, Japan.

photo of Tsurui Village

Hokkaido | Akan National Park

Tsurui Village

Near the Kushiro Wetlands, known as the best place to see Japanese Red Crowned Cranes.

photo of Monkey Park Iwatayama

Kansai | Kyoto | Kyoto City

Monkey Park Iwatayama

The Monkey Park Iwatayama has over 170 Japanese macaque monkeys and is located in the Arashiyama Mountains.