Important Information

Best Season
Tour Dates
2nd to 8th January 2020 (7 days)
Tour Price (Per Person)
Tour Type
Birding Adventures
Single Supplement
Internal Ticket
Spaces Available
Spaces available

The forests inland from Tokyo harbour the spectacular, endemic Copper and Japanese Green Pheasants, Japanese Accentor, Japanese Grosbeak and Japanese Green Woodpecker, while the hot springs at Nagano are famous for their ‘Snow Monkeys’. The extensive rivers and lakes on the Sea of Japan side of Honshu teem with waterfowl that include the immaculate Smew, Falcated Duck, Baikal Teal, Tundra and Taiga Bean Goose and the rare Long-billed Plover.

Tour Fact Sheet

Top Birds

Baikal Teal, Falcated and Mandarin Ducks, Smew, Copper and Japanese Green Pheasants, Japanese Accentor, Japanese Grosbeak, Hazel Grouse and Japanese Waxwings.

Top Mammals

Japanese Macaque (Snow Monkeys), Japanese Serow, Sika Deer, Red Fox and Japanese Squirrel.

Habitats Covered

Temperate broad-leaved and coniferous forest, frozen lakes, coastline, wetlands and grasslands.

Expected Climate

Mild to very cold.

Comfortable minshukus (guest houses) & hotels.
Ease of Birding
Number of Species Expected
Photographic Opportunities

Tour Route

Tour Leader

Amar Ayyash

Amar Ayyash lives in the Chicago area where he combines his passions for teaching and birds. A well-known blogger and speaker, Amar is frequently found at wildlife festivals doing what he enjoys most: guiding others to new birds. An expert on gulls, Amar has authored a number of technical articles on the subject and remains dedicated to various projects throughout North America that aim to advance our knowledge of this family. He coordinates the annual Gull Frolic on Lake Michigan and serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Ornithological Society.

What our clients say about tours to Japan

  • Glen, as usual, was the best. This is our third trip with him and would not hesitate to do many more.

    DB & PB, Japan
  • Erik is a wonderful guide with great birding skills and the ability to help everyone possible see the bird. He is funny and has a pleasant manner to everyone at all times.

    EL, Japan