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Picchio | Nagano

Nature Watching Tour

One of Picchio’s signature tours, this is held in the pristine National Wild Bird Sanctuary Forest in Joshinetsu Kogen National Park, join our expert guides on a leisurely walk to observe seasonal nature. With a gentle pace and walking distance of just under 2km, this tour is suitable for people of all ages. Keep your eyes peeled for flowers, animal signs, birds and more!


1Flowers, Insects, Birds and More

While the site of the tour is the Wild Bird Sanctuary Forest, birds are only one of many kinds of living things to be seen here. Varieties of flowers bloom depending on the season, insects chatter, wild birds sing, and squirrels and foxes come and go. This is a variety tour where the creatures you observe are unique to that particular day.

2Spot Things you wouldn’t be able to Normally

Deer prints on the forest path. A walnut shell marked by a squirrel’s teeth. The faint sound of a bird landing on crisp leaves. Picchio’s guides are specially trained to pick up the traces of animals. With our guidance, you will be able to see things you may not otherwise notice.

3The Many Wonders of Nature

Not only can you learn the names of the animals and plants you see, but your guide will explain the fascinating reasons behind each creature’s form and behaviour. “What is that bird doing?”, “Why is this plant so colourful?” As you feel your curiosity grow, feel free to ask your guide questions about the wondrous ecology surrounding you.

All Year
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
2,500 JPY per adult, 1,200 JPY per child (4 - 12 years old)
Online reservation required
20 people
・Rental binocular: 300 JPY each
・Maximum number of people per tour may vary depending on the status of COVID-19
・During April to November, this tour will also be hosted during 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
・Walking ditance for this tour is approximately 2 km
・Pathway is unpaved so use of strollers and wheel chairs are not