Japan’s northern-most island of Hokkaido probably ranks as the country’s most scenic and is certainly Japan’s most rugged and wilderness-rich island. Home to several of north-east Asia’s most iconic birds, we will explore the eastern side of the island in search of mouth-watering species such as the magnificent Red-crowned (Japanese) Crane, Hazel Grouse, Black Woodpecker, Ural Owl, Long-tailed Rosefinch, Middendorff’s and Sakhalin Grasshopper Warblers, Japanese Robin, Siberian Rubythroat, Grey Bunting and the regal Blakiston’s Fish Owl amongst a wealth of other great birds and wildlife.

Top Birds

Red-crowned (Japanese) Crane; Blakiston’s Fish Owl; Hazel Grouse; Black Woodpecker; Ural Owl; Long-tailed Rosefinch; Middendorff’s & Sakhalin Grasshopper Warblers; Japanese Robin; Siberian Rubythroat; Grey Bunting; Harlequin Duck; Rhinoceros Auklet; Spectacled Guillemot.

Habitats Covered

temperate broad-leaved and coniferous forest, lakes, coastline, wetlands and grasslands

Expected Climate

warm sunny days, can be a little cool in the evenings

Max Group Size

10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader

Tour Pace & Walking



comfortable minshukus (guest houses) & hotels

Ease of Birding


Photographic Opportunities

good to excellent

What our clients say about us

Glen Valentine
DB & PB, Japan

Glen, as usual, was the best. This is our third trip with him and would not hesitate to do many more.

Erik Forsyth
PS, Japan 2018

The birding and bird vocalisation skills of Erik Forsyth and local guide Bryan Shirley are simply outstanding. So far, I've probably met only 2 guides who were only just about as good as these two!

Erik Forsyth
MW, Japan 2018

This trip was quite an experience: Earthquakes, an erupting volcano, a major blizzard, raw fish and squid for breakfast, some incredible dining experiences, great scenery, and a wicked lot of fantastic birds! Erik Forsyth did a very good job with the tour. He was a bit more laid back than I am used to, but we really had good luck with the birds. A lot of that also had to do with Bryan Shirley, who is also an excellent guide. Erik and Bryan made a great team and appeared to really enjoy the trip, which was infectious for the rest of the group.

Erik Forsyth
BS, Japan 2023

Wonderful experience with Erik Forsyth and Bryan despite challenging weather conditions. The lodging was very comfortable. The birds were fantastic.

Japan - Hokkaido Extension 2024

26 May 2024 - 30 May 2024 (5 days)

JPY315,000 - No Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Carlos Sanchez

Tour price (Per person): JPY315,000 * USD2,099 * GBP1,658 * EUR1,936 * AUD3,231

Single Supplement: JPY49,000 * USD326 * GBP258 * EUR301 * AUD503

Flight costs: JPY48,500 * USD323 * GBP255 * EUR298 * AUD498

Japan - Hokkaido Extension 2025

24 May 2025 - 28 May 2025 (5 days)

JPY345,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Erik Forsyth


Tour Leader: Local Leader

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change*

Tour price (Per person): JPY345,000 * USD2,298 * GBP1,816 * EUR2,121 * AUD3,539

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