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Flying Squirrel Watching Tour
Picchio Visitors Center : ピッキオビジターセンター

Twilight Forest Walk to See Flying Squirrels.

Eastern Nagano


When staying in Karuizawa, come out to the woods at dusk and see the world's largest flying squirrel. The program begins with a talk on its diet, how far it flies and other interesting information. Walk outside, and experience the silence of the squirrel's flight broken only by the excited gasps of the audience. (While there is no guarantee to see the flying squirrels, the tour has a 98.5% success rate.)


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Hours :
Center Hours 09:30-17:00 (until 15:00 December to March) Flying Squirrel Watching Tour start times vary with the season -- check website for details. 
Date(s) :
Open Year-Round (occasional temporary closures) 
Cost / Price of Admission :
Adults - ¥3,300 Children - Primary school age : ¥2,500 
Time Required :
1.5 hours 
Credit Cards :
VISA, MasterCard, Amex, JCB
Reservations :
# of Participants :
Foreign Languages :
English (Guide speaks basic English and there is an explanatory English brochure. Translators can be arranged (separate fee, advanced arrangement required).) 
Luggage Storage :


Age 4 years or older.
Other nature tours also available. Guidance is in Japanese, but birdwatching and mountain biking tours in the neighboring Karuizawa National Wildlife Forest as well as order-made tours provided.


tel : +81(0)267-45-7777   e-mail   Official site


By Train
From Karuizawa Station(JR Hokuriku(Nagano) Shinkansen), 25 min by the free shuttle bus to the Hoshino Area. Or, from Naka-Karuizawa Station on the Shinano Railway line, 25 min on foot or 5 min by taxi.
By Car
From Usui-Karuizawa IC, 25 min on Route 92 to Route 43, then the main Route 18 to Route 146.
From Komoro IC, 25 min using Route 79 to Route 80, then the main Route 18 to Route 146.
Hoshino,Yacho-no-mori, Karuizawa, Kitasaku 389-0111

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