When you get the chance to visit, make sure that you check out the wide variety the types of animals in Japan has. Who does not love to see and get to know animals, right? You see, if you get to know the types of animals in Japan it’s like you are able to get a taste of the wildlife there too. Indeed, not only will you be able to have a good time, you will also be able to get to know the flora and fauna of the country.
The Tanuki. Tanukis, more popularly known as Super Mario’s flying suit, are a real deal. They are types of animals in Japan that are like raccoon dogs. No matter where you go, you will see these medium size types of animals in Japan. These raccoon dogs are known to forgetful, jolly, and sometimes mischievous. But because they are very cute, the Japanese people still love them.
The Squirrels. Not many countries are able to have squirrels just running around their place. Well, these are very common types of animals in Japan. As a matter of fact, there are a number of different kinds of species of squirrels that can be found in Japan. On the island of Hokkaido, northern Japan, you will get to see many red squirrels. There are also flying squirrel species in the country, the Siberian flying squirrel is one example. In mainland Japan, you can get to see the biggest flying squirrel specie, the Japanese giant flying squirrel. They are known to be able to glide as far as 160 meters.
The Bears. There are many bear types of animals in Japan too. They are known to be the biggest types of animals in Japan. In Gifu Prefecture’s Mount Kurai, Asian black bears are very common. In Hokkaido, brown bears are the more common sight. If you visit the World Heritage Area Shiretoko, you can see these brown bears crossing the road. This is how common bears are in Japan.
The Wild Cats. There are two very common species of wild cats in Japan – and they are both known to be critically endangered. The Tsushima and the Iriomate types of animals in Japan can be found in Tsushima Island and Iriomate Island respectively. Tsushima is a leopard cat and given that they are already endangered, not a lot of them can be seen in the wild. On the other hand, there are only 250 or less Iriomate wild cats alive in the wild at present. But given the fact that they are endangered and nocturnal, they are not a normal sight.
The Japanese Sable. Sables are long lost cousins of the weasels. The Japanese Sables are types of animals in Japan that you can also see in the northern part of Japan, in Shintoku Hokkaido. You will not be able to see these sables everywhere, though. There are not a lot of them alive now and they are mostly just in their hiding places in the forested areas of the island.