Blakiston's fish owl

Meet Blakiston's fish owl, the largest owl in the world, which feed on river fish around the Shiretoko Peninsula.

Rausu on the Shiretoko Peninsula is a great place to spot the rare Blakiston's fish owls. InsideJapan can arrange a stay at a minshuku which has its own bird watching hide right by a stream where a pair of Blakiston's fish owls feed almost nightly. The owls are also accustomed to flash, which makes this an ideal place for anyone interested in photographing this impressive owl.

Blakiston's fish owl

located in Rausu

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Interested in this Experience? It is included in this tour:

  • Enjoy some fantastic bird-watching on Japan's snow-swept northern island of Hokkaido

    Winter Bird Watching

    Steller's Sea Eagles, Red-Crowned Cranes and Blakiston's Fish Owls are just some of the many rare species to be spotted in Hokkaido during Japan's winter season. Our flexible independent travel itinerary includes two full days with birding guides and the very best lodging locations.

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    Enjoy some fantastic bird-watching on Japan's snow-swept northern island of Hokkaido

Other Wildlife experiences

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  • Steller's sea eagles

    Steller's sea eagles

    Take a small ice breaker cruise into the ice flows of the Nemuro Straits to photograph Steller's sea eagles fishing for Pacific cod.

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  • Snow monkeys

    Snow monkeys

    Don't miss the famous snow monkeys enjoying bath time at Yudanaka Onsen.

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  • Hammerhead sharks

    Hammerhead sharks

    Fancy swimming amid a school of hammerhead sharks?

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