In contrary to what I thought, Japan is not a complicated country to go birding by yourself. Apps and helpful people made our journey a smooth ride and we exceeded our expectations in terms of birds and mammals that we saw. The logistics; 8 car rentals, 9 ferries and 3 domestic flights were almost all booked in advance from home. Good planning are the key words, and excellent trip reports can be found on In one month we covered Japan from Iriomote-jima in the south to Hokkaido in the north via the remote Bonin islands in the Pacific Ocean.
The first 6 photos in this gallery, represent some of the most wanted or unique targets on the trip. The rest are uploaded chronologically.