Lake Biwa is the largest and oldest lake in Japan. It is incredibly biodiverse with 60 native species and 5,000 waterbirds calling it home.
The island of Tsushima became world-famous thanks to the game, Ghost of Tsushima. Like the title, there is in fact a ghost on the island, the Tsushima Leopard cat. They are rarely seen as they are active at night and keeps their distance from humans. They might soon be ghosts in a more literal sense soon as car collisions and loss of habitat have made Tsushima leopard cats critically endangered.
There has been beekeeping in Japan for over a 1000 years. The honey of the Japanese honey bee is harvested by capturing wild swarms and housing them in a constructed log or pile box hive. Japanese honey bees produce less honey than Western honey bees but they make up for it in by being expert pollinators and by being more hardy towards diseases, the cold, and predators.
In Kasaoka city in Okayama prefecture, you can visit the only Horseshoe Crab Museum in the world! Go way off the typical tourist map and see a strange and one of a kind museum devoted to an animal that could only get a prize in a beauty contest if it was playing a game of Monopoly.
The Chugoku region of Japan is home to diverse ecosystems witch hosts a wild variety of wildlife. I will show you the best spots to see animals in each prefecture.
Today, I will talk about Kamba Falls and its resident monkey population in Maniwa city, Okayama. There are a few places in Japan famous for Japanese Macaques but I chose Kamba falls because it is less intrusive and more sustainable than other spots. It is also not well known to foreign tourists yet so it is not overcrowded like Arashiyama (famous for its bamboo forest and troop of monkeys)or Joshinetsu-Kogen National Park(this a park where monkeys bath in hot springs). There are about 160 monkeys in Kamba falls that can be often seen hanging around the walkway to the waterfall. They come down from the mountains in search of food. The monkeys are not stressed or aggressive as the park is not usually overcrowded and visitors are forbidden to feed them