Bird Watching

Karuizawa National Wild Bird Sanctuary Forest is one of four national wild bird forests in Japan. Its designation was deeply related to Godo Nakanishi, who was the founder of The Wild Bird Society of Japan. About eighty species of birds have been recorded in the sanctuary. Four of these birds are endemic to Japan (e.g. Copper pheasant,Syrmaticus soemmerringiiand Japanese Green Woodpecker,Picus awokera).

Walking trails are maintained by the Ministry of the Environment. For Bird watching, winter, spring and fall (From November to June) are good seasons because of fewer tree leaves. Let’s find out the birds and acquire new knowledge with our guide!

Japanese endemic birds in the sanctuary

  • Copper pheasant(Syrmaticus soemmerringii)
  • Japanese Green Woodpecker (Picus awokera)
  • Japanese Accentor (Prunella rubida)
  • Japanese Wagtail (Motacila grandis)


Other birds

  • Japanese waxwing (Bombbycilla japonica)
  • Yellow Bunting (Emberiza sulphurata)
  • Blue-and-white Flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomela)
  • Ural Owl (Strix uralensis)
  • and so forth.


Tour Details

Dates September 2, 2018 – May 31, 2019
  • 1:30pm
Price 10,000 JPY per person
Age restriction For adults
Capacity Up to 6 guests (depend on day)
  • Required up until a week ago

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