On our Japan - Southern Islands birding extension we will visit the small island of Amami, home to the striking Lidth’s Jay, Amami Thrush and the scarce Amami Woodcock, before venturing to the island of Okinawa, where a host of exciting endemics can be found – endangered Okinawa Woodpecker, recently discovered Okinawa Rail, stunning Ryukyu Robin and Ryukyu Minivet are just some of the island’s exciting species that we hope to see!

Top Birds

Okinawa Rail, Amami Woodcock, Black-faced Spoonbill, Ryukyu and Japanese Scops Owls, Northern Boobook, Japanese Wood Pigeon, Ryukyu Green Pigeon, Okinawa, Japanese Pygmy and White-backed (Owston's) Woodpeckers, Lidth’s Jay, Amami, Izu and Brown-headed Thrushes, Ryukyu and Okinawa Robins, Japanese (Owston's) Robin, Ryukyu Minivet, Japanese Cormorant, Grey-faced Buzzard, Ryukyu Flycatcher, Owston's and Varied Tits, Long-toed Stint, Cinnamon Bittern, Short-tailed, Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses, Tristram's Storm Petrel, Streaked Shearwater

Top Mammals

Amami Rabbit (Black Hare), Ryukyu Flying Fox, Ryukyu Long-tailed Giant Rat, Ryukyu Spiny Rat

Habitats Covered

“Itajii” (evergreen oak forests), estuaries, rocky coastlines, wetlands, rice paddies, irrigation channels, open ocean/seas

Expected Climate

mild to cold

Max Group Size

10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate pace, undemanding walks


comfortable hotels & ferry rooms, all en suite

Ease of Birding

easy to moderate

Number of Species Expected

around 100

Photographic Opportunities


What our clients say about us

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.

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
EL, Japan

Erik is a wonderful guide with great birding skills and the ability to help everyone possible see the bird. He is funny and has a pleasant manner to everyone at all times.

Japan - Southern Islands Extension 2024

13 Feb 2024 - 20 Feb 2024 (8 days)

JPY402,500 - 1 Space Available


Tour Leader: David Hoddinott

Tour price (Per person): JPY402,500 * USD2,700 * GBP2,201 * EUR2,544 * AUD4,156

Single Supplement: JPY65,000 * USD436 * GBP355 * EUR411 * AUD671

Flight costs: JPY100,000 * USD671 * GBP547 * EUR632 * AUD1,033

Japan - Southern Islands Extension 2025

11 Feb 2025 - 18 Feb 2025 (8 days)

JPY420,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Local Leader


Tour Leader: Nigel Redman

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

Tour price (Per person): JPY420,000 * USD2,817 * GBP2,296 * EUR2,655 * AUD4,337

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