Spectacular Japan in Winter
Feb 16 - Mar 01, 2022
14 days | Japan | Quest Nature Tours
Land of Cranes, Snow Monkeys, and Eagles
Nature and the seasons have figured prominently in the Japanese imagination for centuries. And how can they not? While long settled, fifty percent of Japan remains uncultivated owing to the country’s ample rugged terrain, and its location at the interface of Asia and the Pacific has made it host to annual feathered migrations from beyond since time immemorial. On this tour of discovery, we’ll visit three distinct areas of this archipelago nation for a chance to experience the source of some of this inspiration for ourselves. Dormant winter woodlands will be brought to life by sublime forest birds as we explore and attune ourselves to the tranquility. Elsewhere, overwintering cranes provide a contrasting seasonal rendition as they gather by the thousands and offer their rousing calls. Seaside expeditions in the north provide a taste of raw nature as eagles and seabirds navigate icy landscapes during their winter sojourn. And everywhere, we will be treated to the remarkable Japanese hospitality and cuisine. While birds provide a lot of interest on this tour, you don’t need to be a “hardcore” birder to enjoy this…you may not even need to love winter! The birds will bring winter alive and provide a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the season and discover this fabled land.
Tour Cost (per person):
Approx. US$8995 (Incl. taxes and gratuities)
What’s included: Airport transfers; accommodations based on double occupancy; most meals; two internal flights; all ground transportation by private vehicle; all activities and park entrance fees; taxes and gratuities of US$225; services of Quest leader Justin Peter and a local English-speaking Japanese naturalist leader.
Itinerary at a Glance
|1||Arrive in Tokyo |
|4||Snow Monkeys at Yudanaka|
|6||To Izumi, Kyushu|
|9||Lake Mi-ike, to Hokkaido|
|10||Tsurui Crane Sanctuary and Lake Kussharo|
|11||Kotan and the fish owls|
|12||Cruising for eagles and sea birds|
|13||Lake Furen and Cape Kiritappu|
Your Tour Leader
Justin Peter is Quest Nature Tours' Director of Programs and senior naturalist. Justin was most recently the senior naturalist at Ontario’s world-renowned Algonquin Park, where he coordinated the park’s interpretive program and acted as lead howler for the celebrated Public Wolf Howl events.
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