Japanese Serow Watching Trekking Tour

On this tour, we will be able to see the magnificent mountain environment of Mount Asama, one of Japan’s top one-hundred mountains. 

Also, we will be able to experience the abundance of Japan’s nature where animals live in high densities. If you look up, you can see the yellow leaves of the larches, or the figures of the wild birds flying about between the trees, and the sounds of water are music to one’s ears.

In the fresh air, when you advance along the mountain trail, you arrive at a rocky stretch called by the popular name Kamoshika-daira (i.e., Serow Plateau). That is the best observation point to see Japanese serow, a protected species of Japan. Lets try to get a glimpse of the serows that are comfortably walking on the rocky hill or leisurely eating grass.

To the place where serows meet

With the exception of mothers leading their children, serows each live alone without forming flocks. That is why, inside the forest, it is difficult to run into them by chance. In this tour, we will go to Kamoshika-daira, which is at an altitude of 1,900 meters, spreading to the mountainside of Mount Asama. On top of being surrounded by rocky areas and having few days where the area is clouded, Kamoshika-daira has a high serow density, so it is a place where one can easily watch the serows. Thus far, the staff members of Picchio have never been unable to see serows after coming out here. Also, you can enjoy the mountain landscape at the same time.

Our skilled staff will provide support in meeting the serows

Because Picchio’s staff are skilled in observing animals, they will travel with us, and we will be able to quickly spot even the serows that blend in with the surrounding scenery and serows that remain motionless on the rock surfaces.  In addition to preparing one pair of binoculars for each person, we will use a telescope that can see further afield, and we can carefully observe the serows leisurely eating grass.

Taking a picture of the serows that are out that day as a commemorative present

We will actually photograph the serows we observe during the trekking tour. There are individual characteristics in the features of the serows. At a later date, we will E-mail the pictures we take with the cards on which we will write down the characteristics of the serows we encounter that day as a commemoration of the encounter.

Renting Trekking Shoes or Rucksacks

Gear needed for trekking can be rented free of charge. Please inquire at the time of reservation.

Tour Details

Dates 2018, September 30 / October 14 or 21 or 28 / November 4
  • 8:30AM – Meeting* at Tengu Spa Mount Asama Sansou
  • 4:00PM – End at Tengu Spa Mount Asama Sansou
  • 8:30AM – Meet at Tengu Spa Mount Asama Sansou
  • 9:00AM – Start of Trekking
  • 12:00PM – Arrive at Kamoshika-daira / Lunch / Serow Observation
  • 1:30PM – Depart Kamoshika-daira
  • 4:00PM – End at Tengu Spa Mount Asama Sansou
Price ¥18,000 (tax included)
(Including guide service fee, accident insurance, lunch (bento), one bottle of mineral water (500 ml),
rental of shoes, etc.)
Age restriction Adults (middle school students and up)
Capacity Five people per day
  • Long Sleeves
  • Long Bottoms
  • Trekking Shoes
  • Hats
  • fleece and/or other protection against the cold
  • Rucksack
  • Drinks
  • Raincoat
  • Towel
Items That Can Be Rented Trekking shoes, raingear, trekking pole, towel for wiping off sweat, rucksack
In cases of rainy weather We will go as planned (in cases of heavy rain, or foul weather like typhoons, we will cancel) The decision to carry out a trip as planned will be made at 5pm on the previous day, and we will only contact you in cases of changes or cancellation.
Reservation Please make your reservation no later than 5pm on the previous day
Note Cancellations made from two days in advance will incur a cancellation fee. 2 Days Before: 20%, 1 Day Before: 50%, The Appointed Day: 100%
In cases of cancellation, please make sure to contact us.

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Picchio aims for this coexistence and is taking actions to make humans and bears able to live together while maintaining a moderate distance.