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It is very difficult to find wild Blakiston's fish owls in Hokkaido. Blakiston's fish owls are the largest owls in the world. They are an endangered species with only an estimated 140 owls currently in Hokkaido. With such low numbers in the vast land mass of Hokkaido, these owls are not easy to find, but there are some places where there is a higher possibility to find them in the wild.
One location is “Yuyado Daiichi”. This is a little known Japanese hot spring inn nestled between the mountains in the secluded “Yoroushi” hot spring village surrounded by mountain streams. Visitors can sometimes see not only owls and other birds such as great spotted wood peckers, Japanese tits, marsh tits, crested kingfishers and common kingfishers, and but also Hokkaido squirrels, Hokkaido sables and other animals.
Staff and visitors at “Yuyado Daiichi” sometime feed the owls, but meeting an owl is entirely up to chance. If you wish to see an owl, you need to use your five senses and feel nature. You can walk around the surrounds with an illustrated book of the animals, listen to the sound of the mountain streams, relax in a hot spring to purify the skin and taste local delicacies for dinner. This alone might be good reason for visiting the inn.
518 Yoroushi, Nakashibetsu-cho, Shibetsu-gun, Hokkaido
Open all year
Approximately 30 mins. by car from Nakashibetsu Airport
Approximately 90 mins. by car from Kushiro Airport
Accommodation (per person): 14,190 yen -
Day entrance to the hot spring: Adults: 600 yen Elementary Students: 300 yen
*Hot Spring Hours: 13:00 - 15:00
*Major cleaning is conducted one time per week. Please inquire.
*Loan of bath towels for 200 yen - Loan of one face towel free of charge
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