Japan’s Winter Wildlife

In February 2010 John Shaw led a group of 14 photographers to Japan. We began our tour in Kushiro at Tsurul Mura Crane Reserve. Then we drove to the Kawayu area to photograph more birds in the snow and ice. Our next drive took us to the Shiretoko Peninsula and out on the pack ice to photograph Steller’s sea eagles. Along the way we chanced to see Sika deer, red fox and the Japanese squirrels. We then flew back to Tokyo and drove into the Japanese Alps where we spent several days with Japanese macaque monkeys at the Jigokudani Yaen-Koen Monkey Park. This is said to be the only place in the world where monkeys use thermal hot springs.