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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