Wildlife 2017-10-04T09:36:49+00:00

About the Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary

The Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary, which is located in the town of Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture, was formed in 1974 as one of the four bird sanctuaries established by the government. The altitude is 1,000 – 1,100 meters and . tThe average annual temperature in a year is around 8℃, and is a known so it is a cool area. The area including the wild bird sanctuary and its surroundings is designated as Joshinetsu-kogen National Park and Asama National Wildlife Protection Area, whereand the natural landscapes and habitats of birds are preserved.

Recently, about 80 species of birds and 40 species of mamals have been confirmed. Of these, four species of birds and 20 species of mammals are endemic to Japan.

The area of the whole forest  is about 100 hectares. In the area in the south side, there are walking trails and rest houses maintained by the Ministry of the Environment. It is a forest that has been afforested with a mix of larches and broad-leaf trees, but one part which is a secondary forest centered on Mongolian oak trees is spreading. In the spring, Manchurian violets and anemone raddeana flowers bloom, and through the beginning of summer, the new green leaves of every tree become dazzling, and the chirping of the birds echoes throughout. In the summer, species of insects such as dragonflies become a common sight, and in the autumn, every tree becomes beautifully colored. DuringAnd in the winter, most of the trees drop their leaves, and the view becomes a nice, bright forest; on top of the snow, you can see the footprints of rabbits, wild boars, foxes, squirrels, and other such animals.

Picchio Visitors’ Center / IKARU-Cafe

Picchio Wild Bird Sanctuary Visitor Center is toward the entrance of the Karuizawa Wild Bird SanctuarySancturary.   Picchio’s staff will provide help with enjoying the nature of Karuizawa.

Information about the Facilities

Nature Tour Reception / Showing Information about the Nature of the Wild Bird Sanctuary (Wild Birds, Asian Black Bears, Etc.) / Bear Bell Rental / Binocular Rental (fee applies) / Cafe / Other

Days and Hours of Operation

April – November Seven days a week, 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
December – March
  • Seven days a week, 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
  • * Note that there are maintenance days)


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