Winter Hike and Birdwatching in Winter Hike and Birdwatching in Oku-Nikko(5 hours)
In winter when food is scarce, you can see small birds gathering to feed on
the fruits of Malus sieboldii. You can see waterbirds garthering at Kotokunuma
when covered with snow in winter.
Let's see how the birds spend cold winter in harsh conditions.
Kotokunuma Pond : Solitary snipe*・Mallard・ Japanese wagtail・Rustic bunting・Eurasian wren
Shobugahama: Long-billed plover*・Brown dipper・Japanese wagtail・ Coot・Tufted duck・Common pochard・White-tailed eagle*・Steller's sea eagle*・ Common goldeneye・ Common merganser・ Peregrine falcon*
Shobugahama is located in Nikko National Park, at the foot of Mt. Nantai, on the shore of Lake Chuzenji, surrounded by greenery and the murmuring lake, making it a perfect place for a relaxing camping life.
Being as a base for mountain climbing / trekking in Oku-Nikko, canoeing and fishing in Lake Chuzenji, Shogahama can also be used for sightseeing in the city, including visiting the World Heritage sites.
Kotokunuma Pond is a small swamp with a circumference of around 300 metres and a depth of about 1 metre, located at the upstream of Sakasagawa River. Since it is surrounded by many large Malus sieboldii trees, you can enjoy their beautiful white flowers in mid-June. Nearby is the Kotoku Farm, where you can taste rich milk and ice cream while watching scenery of cows and horses grazing.
Guide fee・Bus fare・Snowshoe rental fee
Please wear a mask. It would be nice if you bring some hand sanitizer.
Wear something comfortable for walking. Bring a hat, gloves and sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. according to the weather.
A towel and drink, maybe light snacks just in case.
Maybe rain/snowgear according to the weather.