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Initial Last Name Area Available Language

M Jansen Fukuoka, Kyushu Anytime English, Dutch, some Japanese
I'm living on a sailboat and move around Asia a lot, but Fukuoka is home.

S Fukuhara Shizuoka-ken, Shizuoka Weekend Japanese, English
I am a novice birdwatcher who occasionally enjoy watching birds in the pond. I can hardly recognize the birds without guidings and assistance from experienced birdwatchers or reference books. Popular birdwatching sites in and around Fujieda include Rengejiike Park and the mouth of Oi River.

T Bannister Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Weekend English, German, French, Dutch, Japanese

C Cook Tokyo Weekend English, Japanese


  M Morioka Tokyo Weekends English and Japanese
  I am an amateur bird watcher living in Tokyo. Using my car, I can guide birding places at close to Tokyo bay area on the weekend. Area:

Area Birds:

Nature, Birding, Fishing, Camping and Biology.

C Harper Yokohama Weekend English, Japanese
Relaxed birding near Yokohama on a Sunday (Sorry, I'm working the other 6 days). No running madly around to get every bird possible, but we'll have a nice walk in the woods or along the riverside, pick up at least a couple of endemics, and see some locations not included in the bird finding guides to the area. I've been birding around here since 1990.

Professional Guides

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First Name Last Name Area Available Language

  Mark Brazil Sapporo, Hokkaido Anytime English, some Japanese

Author/Naturalist (“Field Guide to the Birds of Japan” (to be published in 2017); ”Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia” 2009; “Birds of Japan” 1991; “Birdwatcher’s Guide to Japan” 1987) based just outside Sapporo, western Hokkaido, with easy access to all areas of Hokkaido. Born in the UK, I have lived in New Zealand and been based back in Japan since 1998. I have been birding in Japan since 1980 and birding worldwide since 1974. I was previously professor of Biodiversity and Conservation at Rakuno Gakuen University, and prior to that with a career in the field of natural history documentary for television. Currently author and tour leader focussing on birds and wildlife.
Birding Pal Tours Itinerary

east Hokkaido, to the Kushiro, Akan, Nemuro and Shiretoko areas

Area Birds:
in winter are: Blakiston’s Fish Owl, Ural Owl, Red-crowned Crane; Steller’s and White-tailed Sea Eagles, and in summer all of the regular breeding birds of Hokkaido.

I live close to Nopporo Forest Park - the only large area of protected lowland forest in west Hokkaido; an ideal location to visit when in Sapporo. Close to various groups of mountains with year round access, within reach of Miyajima-numa (a Ramsar site renowned for its passage of Greater White-fronted Geese and other waterfowl) and Lake Utonai, another wetland site famous for geese, swans and in summer for birds such as Latham’s Snipe and Gray's Grasshopper Warbler.

I travel regularly throughout Hokkaido and with guests most frequently to east Hokkaido, to the Kushiro, Akan, Nemuro and Shiretoko areas. Common target species in winter are: Blakiston’s Fish Owl, Ural Owl, Red-crowned Crane; Steller’s and White-tailed Sea Eagles, and in summer all of the regular breeding birds of Hokkaido. Winter birding is great from November to March, and summer birding is excellent in May and June, the autumn (September/October) is great too! I have been designing and leading tours of Japan since 1980 and continue to guide tours throughout the year for individuals, families and professional bird and wildlife tour companies.

Masayuki Shimada Kawasaki, Kanagawa Anytime Japanese and English

Japan-Birding was established in 2012 to provide fresh and useful information regarding birding in Japan.

If you are planning bird watching in Japan but be worried about the language barrier, Japan-Birding will be able to support you.

Tours or day trips can be planned on your request so that you can set the pace according to your needs and Japan-Birding tries the best to cater for birders.

Tours can begin in Tokyo or any other location within Japan and Japan-Birding can support the arrangement of your trip including accommodation, transportation and a varied itinerary.

Please refer to my website;

The hot spots varies depending on the season. Please refer to my web site; about the birding sites in Japan and about the past trip records. You can find your favorite sites from the list or trip reports, and I can advise and tailor-make the itinerary for you.

Area Birds:
The available species varies depending on the area and the season. As for the list of birds in Japan, you can refer to my web site; Also about the past trip records shows what kinds of species have been observed at each site. Your favorite species will be found in the list or the trip reports. I will try to advise you properly.

K Shinoda Tokyo Anytime Japanese, English
I’m a male Japanese birding guide with more than a decade’s experience. I frequently guide individuals and small groups of visiting birders in the Tokyo area on day trips. Longer trips can be arranged throughout the country as well. My guiding philosophy is to give my clients the most enjoyable and rewarding birding experience possible in Japan.

Local Information
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Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Japan
Local weather Yahoo
Japanese Society for Preservation of Birds Club
Kabukuri Wetlands Club Club
Wild Bird Society of Japan Club
Wild Bird Society of Japan Osaka Chapter Club
Japan Aalcid Society Club
Shiokawa Tidalflat Preservation Association Club
Masahiro Hashimoto's Osaka
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