Birdwatching tours at Hokkaido’s Hickory Wind Wilderness Lodge

Enjoy personalized birdwatching and wilderness excursions in eastern Hokkaido

Nestled in winter’s snowfall or amidst the green pastures of summer, Hickory Wind Wilderness Lodge in eastern Hokkaido is a year-round destination for travelers looking to immerse themselves in Japan’s natural splendor. Their local guides are well-versed in all the region has to offer, and will do all in their power to see that your trip is truly unforgettable. With their professional guidance, observe the magnificent wildlife that call this region their home.

Winter is the season for snowshoe trekking across glistening snow-white vistas, and for the opportunity to encounter the region’s world famous red-crowned cranes. Hickory Wind is ideally located near three key crane viewing areas, meaning that you’ll be in prime position to witness these magnificent birds from up close as they gather in search of food. A heated transport will always be waiting nearby, with a free shuttle to the local hot springs also available for true convenience.

The thawing landscapes of springtime are perfect for heading out with Hickory Wind’s Makoto Ando, one of only three professional guides who are authorized to take visitors into the wilderness areas of the region’s national parks. There are more than 200 bird species to observe, and ample territory for hiking and fishing excursions.

The nearby Kushiro Marshlands National Park is spectacular in the summer months. Home to the cranes year-round, you might also get chance to photograph the region’s deer and foxes amongst the wildflowers and woodlands of this unspoiled wilderness. During July and August, what better way to enjoy the warmer weather than a canoe trip? You can even take to the lake at night and view the Milky Way while drifting upon gently rocking waters, with shooting stars reflected on its rippling surface.

Celebrated across Japan for its changing leaves, autumn is the season of deep red, orange, and yellow hues—a color palette that will provide an unbeatable backdrop for your excursions. Hickory Wind can tailor a wilderness tour to suit your schedule throughout the year, so whether you want to see Steller’s sea eagles, Ural owls, or the red-crowned crane, they will help you make your stay in eastern Hokkaido unforgettable.

There are direct flights to Kushiro from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport and New Chitose Airport in Sapporo. Hickory Wind Wilderness Lodge offers both Western- and Japanese-style rooms for your comfort, as well as a large communal dining hall where guests can enjoy lovingly and painstakingly prepared local cuisine.

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