Japan is home to a magnificent range of whales and dolphins, and whale watching cruises provide a sustainable alternative to whaling.
Sadly Japan sometimes hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons, and the whole world knows that Japan has been stubborn in its defiance of the International Whaling Committee's ban on the whaling of certain species. Fortunately some coastal communities are bucking this trend by running whale watching tours; a chance to appreciate these magnificent creatures up close while supporting predominantly poor fishing towns and villages.
Venturing into the Pacific Ocean on a boat
cruise from Kochi, you may see a huge variety of wildlife including
porpoises, striped and bottlenose dolphins, killer, sperm and humpback
When to go: The best time to see Kochi's marine life is from May to September and InsideJapan can add a cruise to any Shikoku itinerary.
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Important notice: We are pleased to be able to offer so many amazing experiences in Japan. However, we are sorry that we can only include these as a part of a full Japan holiday package which includes your accommodation and transport alongside the experiences presented in this section of the web site.
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Blakiston's fish owl
Meet Blakiston's fish owl, the largest owl in the world, which feed on river fish around the Shiretoko Peninsula.
Japanese Giant Salamanders Conservation
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Dive off the coast of Ishigaki Island to see huge Pacific manta rays
Fancy swimming amid a school of hammerhead sharks?