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Asia / Japan

Japan is situated in the Pacific Ocean. It is comprised of several islands from which the northernmost have a boreal while the southernmost a sub-tropical climate. Because of the variable climate and ecological background, Japan's avifauna is incredibly rich. More than 600 species have been recorded and there are approximately 60 species that are either endemic or sub-regional endemic, including the Okinawa Rail, Blakiston's Fish-owl, Japanese Murrelet, Red-crowned Crane, Pryer's Woodpecker and Lidth's Jay.

Winter is a good time to visit, with famous gatherings of Cranes and Steller's Sea Eagles, and we will visit five islands, from the frozen north to the subtropical south in search of the specialties and endemics.

Our tour is offered in conjunction with Sarus Bird Tours. Sarus has been visiting Japan for many years, and the leader of this tour will be Chris Cook.




Tour to Japan

  • Japan Birding Tour

    15 birding days

    A Far-eastern Odyssey ... Japan is seldom seen on birding tour itineraries,… Read More +

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Pacific Diver

Pelagic Cormorant

Red-faced Cormorant

Laysan Albatross

Black-footed Albatross

Short-tailed Albatross

Streaked Shearwater

Short- tailed Shearwater

Tristram's Storm-petrel

Black-faced Spoonbill

Falcated Duck

Baikal Teal

Harlequin Duck

Steller's Eider

Steller's Sea Eagle

Japanese Sparrowhawk

Gyr Falcon

Red-crowned Crane

Hooded Crane

White-naped Crane

Sandhill Crane

Demoiselle Crane

Okinawa Rail

Copper Pheasant

Swinhoe's Snipe

Red-necked Stint

Spoon-billed Sandpiper

Far-eastern Curlew

Amami Woodcock

Grey-tailed Tattler

South Polar Skua

Saunder's Gull

Black-tailed Gull

Glaucous Gull

Glaucous-winged Gull

Slaty-backed Gull

Japanese Murrelet

Long-billed Murrelet

Ancient Murrelet

Spectacled Guillemot

Brünnich's Guillemot

Red-capped Green


Japanese Woodpigeon

Blakiston's Fish Owl

Ryukyu Scops Owl

Okinawa Woodpecker

Japanese Pygmy


Japanese Skylark

Pacific Swallow

Ryukyu Minivet

Ryukyu Robin

Amami Thrush

Dusky Thrush

Pale Thrush

White's Thrush

Brown Thrushes


Japanese Bush Warbler

Varied Tit

Chinese Penduline Tit

Bull-headed Shrike

White-cheeked Starling

Lidth's Jay

Daurian Jackdaw

Oriental Greenfinch

Chinese Grosbeak

Japanese Grosbeak

Asian Rosy Finch

Grey-headed Bunting

Rustic Bunting

Meadow Bunting

Yellow-throated Bunting

Grey Bunting