Japan is home to more species than most other countries in the world thanks to the archipelago's large north-south extension from subarctic to subtropical latitudes and the abundance of marine life along her coast. Japan's islands are inhabited by land animals such as bears, foxes, monkeys, deer, wild boars and birds. Furthermore, there are numerous aquariums and zoos of varying quality across the country.

Below is a selection of some of the best animal-related destinations:

Wildlife destinations

Ogasawara Islands



Best zoos

Asahiyama Zoo


Best aquariums

Churaumi Aquarium

Osaka Aquarium

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Bird sanctuaries

Kushiro Marshland

Konotori no Sato Park

Monkey parks

Roaming deer

Nara Park

Animal islands

Animal-related museums

Dinosaur Museum