Snow Monkeys & Cranes of Japan
- Witness nearly 14,000 hooded and white-naped cranes in Arasaki, Kyushu—the stirring sights and sounds of these elegant birds are among the most memorable wildlife experiences anywhere in the Far East.
- Visit the enchanting, snow-enveloped village of Shirakawa-go, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; the tall, gable-roofed Gassho-Zukuri architecture, which literally means “hands folded in prayer,” is unique in Japan.
- Observe the celebrated spectacle of the snow monkeys that visit and soak in the thermal baths of Jigokudani in central Honshu, and enjoy the therapeutic properties of the hot springs at our lodge.
- Watch magnificent Steller’s eagles and graceful whooper swans at lakes along the coasts of east Hokkaido, and search for the world’s largest owl—Blakiston’s Fish Owl.