Wildlife*

 

When you shut your eyes and think of Japan, the first images that come to mind are bright lights, busy cities and historic temples.

There is all that of course but there is also nature and during your Rugby World Cup 2019 adventure, you will get to see some of it. Most of Japan consists of steep mountains, thickly covered in dense forest. As this doesn’t make for a very hospitable environment, most Japanese live on the coastal plains, leaving large expanses of natural environment largely untouched by humanity. It’s perhaps not surprising that Japan is host to a great diversity of wildlife.

There are around 130 kinds of land mammal and over 600 bird species. The Tanuki is like a raccoon and can be found throughout Japan – it is often used as a decorative entrance to temples. Wild boars are also common. The largest animal in Japan is the brown bear and sometimes venture even as far as Tokyo! One thing is for sure, keep your eyes open on your trip and you won’t be disappointed.

Koishikawa Botanical Garden

Idyllic plants and landscapes are probably not the first image that enters your mind when someone mentions Tokyo, however, there are lots of opportunities to take in some glorious nature that Tokyo has to offer. One of the best examples of this is the Botanical Garden.
Owned by the most prestigious University in Japan, the gardens host a few thousand species of tree and plants. As you wonder through, your senses will be overloaded as colours pop from plant to plant and the aromas fill the air.
This is the perfect opportunity to have a relaxing afternoon stroll through some of Tokyo’s most beautiful areas.

Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill

William Smith Clark is probably the most famous American in Hokkaido. He was a professor, and is called the father of Hokkaido’s development. On the observation hill of Hitsujigaoka is a statue of Clark, and it’s a famous spot for photos so add one to your Rugby World Cup collection here.
In the summer, the lavender blooms, and the entire park is filled with a sweet scent. It’s about a 10 minute bus ride from Fukuzumi Station.

Nogeyama Zoo

If you find yourself with a spare couple of hours on your Yokohama adventure, then the Nogeyama Zoo is the perfect stop. The zoo hosts over 100 different species, including some rarer ones. Unlike a lot of zoos, this one differs in that you can interact with a lot of the animals that you will see on your visit. One more thing to note is that the zoo is completely free to enter, so there is no reason not to go and see the adorable animals!
The zoo is just a 3 minute train journey from Yokohama Station.

Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise

The Sea Paradise in Yokohama is the perfect day out, with lots of different animals and attractions to see, ranging from Dolphins and Walruses, to Polar bears and Giant turtles.
One of the highlights of the Sea Paradise, is the Aqua Museum. This is a walk-through tunnel, surrounded by a huge tank of water, hosting all kinds of sea life that swim around just metres away from you. If that isn’t enough for you, then just head outside and there are daily marine mammal shows in which animals perform tricks and skills in front of crowds.
The site is located on a small offshore island, just a 30 minute train ride south of Yokohama, so easily accessible to anyone!

Imperial Palace East Gardens

If you would like a break from the sprawling city scape, then you can head over to the Imperial Palace East Gardens, a pocket of greenery and historic structures, between the modern skyline. The foundations of the castle tower, built in 1638, remain in the gardens and serves as a great photo opportunity. In place of where old buildings used to reside, a gorgeous collection of trees and plants have now taken over.
The perfect spot for a relaxing walk in serenity, the gardens are only a 10 minute walk away from Tokyo Station.

*Please note that these activities are not included in our packages, endorsed by or supported by us and may have a cost attached to them to participate.