TOP 5 Places in Japan To See Animals (That Aren’t Zoos)

If you didn’t know, I love animals so much. Some are cute, some are majestic, some are interesting, but almost all of them are soooo awesome (I say almost because of this thing). And over the many trips I’ve gone on, I have had the opportunity to see many different animals— but not just in zoos! There are many places where hundreds, maybe thousands of animals are seen in their natural habitat in Japan. Do you know where these places are and what kind of animals reside there? Then read on. Here are the top 4 places to see wild animals in Japan!

#4: Shiretoko, Hokkaido

This marvelous place is one of the world heritage sites. It has truly beautiful scenes of nature and wildlife. Often when people go here, they go out to the ocean on a boat to see some sea creatures, such as orcas, dolphins, and whales. My family and I got to do that too. We saw so many dolphins and sperm whales. The cold wind was a bit harsh, but it was worth it. Sadly, we couldn’t see any orcas; the tour guide said it is because it wasn’t orca season. Maybe next time. Supposedly July and August are the best times to go.

#3: Nara Park, Nara

Nara Park has so many of one kind of animal. They frolic in the fields, they crunch the deer crackers they receive from humans, and they stand around just being adorable. (Although I guess one of them did try to eat my book) This park is filled with wild deer. Isn’t that the best? Deer are so wonderful.

Number of deer: approx. 1,500

Photo by Tomu00e1u0161 Malu00edk on

#2: Jigokudani Yaen-Koen, Nagano

If you like hot spring baths, you’ll probably be delighted to know that Japanese monkeys like them too. In Jogokudani, you can see Japanese monkeys (nihon-zaru) relaxing in the steaming hot natural spring baths in the winter. I haven’t gone here yet, but I definitely want to. I mean, monkeys are the best!

Number of monkeys: approx. 150

#1: Okunoshima Island, Hiroshima

This island is full of one of the most fluffy and adorable animals in the world. Bunny rabbits! If you read this post you can know all about it, but all you need to know is that it’s awesome and I NEED to go here.

Number of rabbits: approx. 1,000


Alright guys, that’s it for this post but I hope you enjoyed! I sure enjoyed talking about all these wonderful places!

Which is your favorite place that I mentioned? What’s your favorite animal?

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