Overview

Our Highlights of Japan tour during spring takes in the very best of what Japan has to offer during this fabulous time of year when all of the country’s resident species and summer migrants are present and actively singing, displaying and nesting – indeed a magical time to visit ‘The Land of the Rising Sun’.

The wetlands and forests on Honshu support the extremely localized Japanese Marsh Warbler, Japanese Reed Bunting, Long-billed Plover, Latham’s Snipe, endemic Copper and Japanese Green Pheasants, Japanese Green Woodpecker, Japanese Yellow Bunting, Japanese and Brown-headed Thrushes, Japanese Grosbeak and Japanese Accentor, all of which will be targets on this trip. On the offshore island of Miyake-jima we hope to find the richly-coloured and endemic Izu Thrush and Owston’s Tit, while other specialties include Japanese Wood Pigeon, Styan’s Grasshopper Warbler and Ijima’s Leaf Warbler. We conclude the main part of this Japan Spring Highlights tour in the Ryukyu Islands where we spend our time on the small islands of Okinawa and Amami in search of a host of exciting endemics and near-endemics. The endangered Okinawa (Pryer’s) Woodpecker, recently discovered and highly threatened Okinawa Rail, stunning Ryukyu Robin, Ryukyu Minivet, Amami Woodcock, Lidth’s Jay and Amami Thrush are just some of the islands’ tantalizing species that we will be searching for during our explorations there!

Tour Facts Top Birds
Japanese Marsh Warbler, Japanese Reed Bunting, Long-billed Plover, Latham’s Snipe, Copper & Japanese Green Pheasants, Japanese Green Woodpecker, Japanese Yellow Bunting, Japanese & Brown-headed Thrushes, Japanese Grosbeak, Japanese Murrelet, Japanese Accentor, Izu Thrush, Owston’s Tit, Japanese Wood Pigeon, Styan’s Grasshopper Warbler and Ijima’s Leaf Warbler.
Habitats Covered
temperate broad-leaved and coniferous forest, lakes, pelagic, coastline, wetlands and grasslands
Expected Climate
warm sunny days, can be a little cool in the evenings
Max Group Size
12 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace, undemanding walks
Accommodation
comfortable minshukus (guest houses) & hotels
Ease of Birding
easy
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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!

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

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 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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
2023 DEPARTURES
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