Hokkaido, Japan – Wildlife in Winter


19th Feb to 29th Feb 2021 (11 Days)

Japan is a country of over three thousand islands extending along the Pacific coast of Asia. The main islands, running from north to south, are Hokkaido, Honshu (the main island), Shikoku and Kyushu. The Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, are a chain of islands south of Kyushu. Together they are often known as the Japanese Archipelago.

About 70% to 80% of the country is forested, mountainous, and unsuitable for agricultural, industrial, or residential use. This is because of the generally steep elevations, climate and risk of landslides caused by earthquakes, soft ground and heavy rain. This has resulted in an extremely high population density in the habitable zones that are mainly located in coastal areas. Japan is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

Hokkaido is an island at Japan’s northern extremity, surrounded by sea in all directions. It is an extensive land, and accounts for 22% of Japan’s total land area.

In Hokkaido you can enjoy the magnificence of nature to your heart’s content: Daisetsuzan National Park, which forms the roof of Hokkaido; the secluded Shiretoko Peninsula; Kushiro wetland, home to many precious living things such as Japanese cranes; Shikotsu-Toya National Park, which is full of volcanoes and lakes; and the ever-changing Shakotan Coast. There are also numerous hot springs, like the Noboribetsu, Jozan-kei and Sounkyo, where you can enjoy a leisurely bath to help you get over the fatigue of your journey.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Bird, Photo Tours, Safari, Wildlife, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Hokkaido, Japan – Wildlife in Winter.


  • Visit one of the remotest places to photograph various wildlife at its best
  • See and photograph white-tailed and stellar’s sea eagles in the wild
  • Shoot alongside wildlife photography master, Daryl Yeo, as he leads this expedition and provides valuable tips throughout the trip

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Accommodation inclusions as per the itinerary above
  • Admission fees to attractions and parks
  • All ground transport and tours as mentioned above
  • Photo tuition and tour leading services by a professional photographer
  • The current Japanese Tourism Levies and all relevant Government Taxes
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • International and domestic air-tickets (return) into Hokkaido, Japan (return)
  • Any additional meals as indicated in the above itinerary
  • Items and expenses of a personal nature
  • Drinks, entrance fees, portage, tours/excursions and transfers not specified above
  • Cancellation, baggage or medical insurance;
  • Any new Government taxes, levies, fuel or industry increases which are beyond our control
  • Visa fees where relevant
  • Comprehensive personal travel insurance
  • Tips for your tour leader & driver
  • Other language guides sourced locally
  • All Other Services not mentioned above

Note:  Itinerary subject to change.  This would be dependent on weather and photo opportunity conditions nearer to the commencement of trip.

  1. Day 1 19th February 2021
    • Depart for Hokkaido (Kushiro) with a transit stop in Tokyo (Haneda Airport)
    • Note:  arrival next morning
  2. Day 2 20th February 2021
    •  Meet up at Tokyo Haneda Airport for domestic flight to Kushiro
    • Proceed to Akan Crane Center to photograph red-crowned cranes and white-tailed eagles
    • After Akan Crane Center, proceed on to Nemuro for overnight
  3. Day 3 21st February 2021
    • Breakfast in hotel.
    • After breakfast, it will be raptors galore- Black Kites, White-Tailed Eagles
      and Stellar’s Sea Eagles. Here the majestic eagles, which congregate by
      the shore, compete with one another for limited food supply
    • After lunch, we will proceed to Notsuke Peninsula. Targets will be Sika
      Deer and Red Fox in the late afternoon glow
    • Proceed to Rausu for overnight
  4. Day 4 22nd February 2021
    • Rise early for the 5am boat ride out to the sea, capturing sun rise, gulls
      and eagles on the drift ice. It will be a 3hr journey and shoot, which we
      can capture plenty of action- eagles on drifting ice pack, flight action and
    • At night, Blakiston’s Fish Owl shoot will be arranged
    • Overnight in Rausu
  5. Day 5 23rd February 2021
    • Second attempt at eagle shoot out in the drifting ice pack. Capture shots
      which have been missed, and opportunity to adjust composition
    • After lunch we will head towards Tsurui, we will finish with Red-Crowned
      Cranes at or near Tsurumidai. Here you can capture courtship dancing,
      and cranes in flight against the evening light
    • Overnight near Tsurui
  6. Day 6 24th February 2021
    • Early morning, we will photograph sunrise with Red-Crowned Cranes at
      the iconic Otowa Bridge
    • After breakfast, we move on to Ito Tancho Sancturary in Tsurui for more Red-Crowned Cranes
    • In the afternoon, we will be back at Akan Crane Center followed by Tsurumidai.
    • Overnight near Tsurui
    • Opportunity to photography foxes in the late afternoon glow
    • Proceed to Rausu for overnight
  7. Day 7 25th February 2021
    • Another sun rise shoot at Otowa Bridge before breakfast.
    • We will check out after breakfast, and proceed to Ito Tancho Sanctuary
    • We will proceed to Lake Kushiro for Whooper Swans in late
      afternoon light. There is also landscape photography opportunities at
      this beautiful lake

      • Overnight in Kushiro
  8. Day 8 26th February 2021
    • Early morning, we will photograph swans flying into the lake, against the
      picturesque backdrop
    • After breakfast and check out in late morning, and proceed towards Yoroushi
    • Arriving in Yoroushi in late afternoon, you can photograph birds right from the comfort of the hotel lobby! Lots of forest birds- woodpeckers, tits, jays to name a few
    • Occasionally there is also Red Fox, and Japanese Marten. It may be possible to photograph Blakiston’s Fish Owl here too
    • Overnight in Yoroushi.
  9. Day 9 27th February 2021

    After breakfast, it will be raptors galore – Black Kites, White-Tailed Eagles and Stellar’s Sea Eagles. Here the majestic eagles, which congregate by the shore, compete with one another for limited food supply.

  10. Day 10 28th February 2021
    • In morning, you can still photograph birds from lobby.
    • After breakfast,  we can go to nearby farm and/or Akan Crane Center for final round of the Red-Crowned Cranes before heading to Kushiro airport in the evening.
  11. Day 11 1st March 2021
    • Arrival back into Singapore