Dean and Sue Zemke

Asahikawa, Hokkaido JAPAN

Animals in Japan




What sort of animals live in the wild? 

Japan stretches north to south in the shape of an arc. Because the climate in the north is quite different from that in the south, the wildlife found in the respective regions is also different.

There are approximately 188 types of wild mammals. On Okinawa and in other southern areas are the Iriomote wildcat and Amami hare. On the main island of Honshu and on Shikoku and Kyushu are found the Japanese serow, giant flying squirrel, Japanese bear, Japanese macaque, and wild boar. In Hokkaido live the Ezo brown bear, sable, striped squirrel, and Sakhalin red fox.

Kids feeding swans. Japanese macaques.

There are 665 species of birds, among the most common being the bush warbler, which heralds the coming of spring, the swallow, common pheasant, and copper pheasant. Many migratory birds make Japan their seasonal home, including the swan, which travels from Siberia to spend its winters in the northern parts of the country.

There are 30,146 species of insects. The chirping of insects in the fall is considered particularly poetic, and it is a poplar subject of traditional types of verse.

Animals on our island of Hokkaido

Ainu Dog or Hokkaido Dog



Heron (Aosagi)



Ezo Sable


Hokkaido Squirrel


Japanese Crane (Tancho)


Red Fox (Kitsune)



Raccoon Dog (Tanuki)

Hokkaido (Ezo) Brown Bear (Ejihiguma)


Japanese Mamushi - poisonous

Japanese Rat Snake (Aodaisho) - nonpoisonous

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