Hiking & Nature Walks in Karuizawa


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Nature lovers can enjoy the sights and sounds of nearly 80 species of birds at the Karuizawa National Wild Bird Sanctuary. Tours are conducted by staff at Picchio Wildlife Research Centre, but you are also free to explore the forest on your own. Nighttime also offers activities including a chance to observe the world’s largest species of flying squirrel take flight. For a more relaxing evening, the clear, winter night sky makes for excellent stargazing while hot wine and a sleeping bag keep you warm.
On your way home, you can refresh yourself in the Hoshino Resorts Hot Spring Tombo no Yu which even has an open-air bath.

Location Hoshino, Karuizawa Town Map
TEL 0267-45-7777
URL https://www.wildlife-picchio.com/
Usage fee Flying Squirrel Watching Tour (Adults) : 3,300 yen / Flying Squirrel Watching Tour (Children) : 2,500 yen / Early Morning Bird Watching Tour (Adults) : 3,100 yen / Winter Stargazing Tour (Adults only) : 5,000 yen
Date(s) Flying Squirrel: Late Mar - last day in Nov | Bird Watching: Late Apr - mid-May

Access and Parking


By Car:15 min by taxi from Karuizawa Station to Hoshino Area


Experience instructor

Summer Activities

Nature Observation

Forests and Lakes

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