Our Southern Islands Extension visits the subtropical islands of Amami and Okinawa and, with their white-sand beaches and palm trees, makes for a striking contrast to the frigid islands of the north. These tiny isles are home to an array of extremely localized endemics, with Amami hosting the beautiful Lidth’s Jay, Amami Thrush and the endangered Amami Woodcock. On Okinawa we seek out the threatened Black-faced Spoonbill and a horde of other over-wintering migrants, before turning our attention to the island’s specials including the remarkable and elusive Okinawa Rail and Okinawa Woodpecker, as well as Ryukyu Robin, Ryukyu Minivet and Ryukyu Scops Owl.
What our clients say about tours to Japan
The birding and bird vocalisation skills of Erik Forsyth and local guide Bryan Shirley are simply outstanding. So far, I’ve probably met only 2 guides who were only just about as good as these two!
Glen, as usual, was the best. This is our third trip with him and would not hesitate to do many more.
This trip was quite an experience: Earthquakes, an erupting volcano, a major blizzard, raw fish and squid for breakfast, some incredible dining experiences, great scenery, and a wicked lot of fantastic birds! Erik Forsyth did a very good job with the tour. He was a bit more laid back than I am used to, but we…
Erik is a wonderful guide with great birding skills and the ability to help everyone possible see the bird. He is funny and has a pleasant manner to everyone at all times.