• September 9, 2019

    Jigokudani Monkey Park

    Established in 1964, the Jigokudani Monkey Park  (Jigokudani Yaen Koen, 地獄谷野猿公苑) was created as a refuge for a local troop of monkeys who now frequent the park on a daily basis. ...
  • March 9, 2022

    The Siberian Swans of Gohoden Yusuichi, Azumino

    Migrating from Siberia each winter, hundreds of swans descend on an otherwise anonymous pond and marshes of Gohoden Yusuichi in Azumino, to the delight of locals and visitors who journey all the ...
  • May 10, 2017

    Nara Park

    As much as any temple, Nara Park is a focal point for life in the historic city. Established in 1880, the expansive public area covers around 660 hectares and includes many of Nara’s most notable att...
  • January 10, 2019

    Aburagibirin Forest

    For more than 300 years, the trees of Aburagibirin Forest have been protected and cannot be logged. Thanks to this protection, immense trees now populate the forest including Japanese cypress, sawara...
  • May 2, 2019

    Shiga Kogen Highlands

    Located in the north-east of Nagano Prefecture and within the larger Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, Shiga Kogen Highlands covers approximately 30,000ha / 300km². A landscape formed by volcanic erupt...
  • March 15, 2018

    Gunma Safari Park

    One of only two safari parks in Japan, Gunma Safari Park is home to over 100 species of animal from Japan, Asia and Africa. Visitors have the option of driving their own vehicle through the park or m...
  • May 7, 2018

    Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary

    Located in the popular mountain resort town of Karuizawa, the Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary is an open forested sanctuary covering around 100 hectares. Walking trails criss-cross the forest, an area ...
  • April 28, 2017

    Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

    Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan lays claim to being one of the largest aquariums in the world and is regularly ranked as the best in both Japan and Asia. Divided into 15 thematic zones – including the Pacifi...
  • April 26, 2017

    Tempozan Harbor Village

    Situated on a man-made island on Osaka Bay, Tempozan Harbor Village takes a little time to get to but is hugely popular destination thanks to the number of attractions it boasts. Osaka Aquarium Kaiyu...