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A great introduction to springtime Japan, timed to coincide with the arrival of Fairy Pitta and other avian summer visitors, with lovely scenery the backdrop to our birding.

This new tour is designed to catch the spring migrants at a lovely time of year before it gets too hot and humid. We visit the subtropical Ryukyu Islands for the endemic birds there -- Ryukyu Scops-Owl, Amami Woodcock, Amami Thrush, Ryukyu Robin, Okinawa Rail, Whistling Green-Pigeon, and Pryerr's Woodpecker, as well as Ryukyu Flycatcher, a split from Narcissus Flycatcher.

Fairy Pitta is a star bird we hope to catch up with, along with summer visitors such as Japanese Leaf-Warbler, Japanese Robin, perhaps Siberian Thrush, and Japanese Marsh-Warbler, Japanese Reed Bunting, and Japanese Yellow Bunting. We'll also have chances for both Green and Copper pheasants as well as Japanese Accentor and Japanese Green Woodpecker.

Attractive scenery and a unique culture will make for an unusually interesting trip, and we'll have our expert Japanese guide Jun Matsui along to help with the cultural side as well as both birding and driving.

We'll include a visit to wild and unspoiled Hokkaido, with a chance to see Gray's Grasshopper Warbler and Rhinoceros Auklet, Tufted Puffin, and other seabirds, as well as the charismatic, spectacular, and rare Blakiston's Fish-Owl. It should be a fun trip, with great exotic cuisine, comfortable hotels or inns, and of course the chance to try some hot springs at some of the lodges. If you've done our Winter Japan tour, you need to do this one for makes a fine seasonal counterpoint.

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2019 Departures
May 21 - Jun 3 ($7750)

2020 Departures
May 16-28

2021 Departures
May 15-27



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Phil Gregory

What to Expect
Good accommodations, moderate pace, easy to moderate terrain, cool to warm climate, some long drives.

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