Wild Safari Tour

Surrounded by an abundance of nature, Karuizawa is a home to many amazing wild animals. However, most of them are nocturnal animals that are most active at night, which makes it difficult to see them during the day. On this tour, our guests have the opportunity to explore the nighttime forests and grasslands searching for wildlife with the spotlights we provide. The thrill and excitement experienced when your eyes meet theirs would remain as an unforgettable memory for all.


Wild Safari Tour

per person

Adults 6500Yen
Children 4500Yen 4 to 12 years old

Plan Details

Duration 2022/4/23(Sat)~2022/8/31(Wed)
What is included in the travel/plan price ・Guide fee
・accident insurance premium
・binoculars rental fee
Minimum number of people for reservation 1 person/people
Minimum number of travelers 1 person/people
Maximum number of applicants 6 person/people
Tour Conductor No
Start Time 10 minutes before the tour (reception starts 30 minutes before t
Tour Time 90 minutes
Reservation Deadline 4:30pm
Payment Method Creditcard
- Meeting Place -

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Nature Kids Forest House

- Important Points -
  • Although it says "Payment method: Credit card", you cannot make online payments on the reservation page.
    Payment will be made locally by cash or credit card.
  • There would be a possibility that other customers would be present during the tour.
  • Children age 3 and under will not be able to participate (even with a guardian or a parent).
    Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.
  • Please note that the tour would not be cancelled in light rainy weather. However, it would be cancelled in the events of a storm (We will contact the person who had made the reservation at least an hour before the scheduled departure)
  • We recommend wearing long-sleeved tops and long trousers that provide minimal skin exposure to prevent insect bites.
- Other -
  • We will be meeting at Nature Kids Forest House which is located in Karuizawa Prince Hotel East, not at Picchio Visitor Centre.
  • We provide free rental services of our winter clothes during the colder seasons. *available for rent in limited quantities/subjected to availability.
  • Please refer to the “When the temperature is low" tab as it could get chilly at night.
- Cancellation Fee -

In cases where the customer cancels the contract after the contract has been completed, 1 customer will be charged a cancellation fee from their travel fee at the following rates. In cases where multiple people are participating and a portion of the customers cancel their contracts, we will charge the remaining customers a fee based on the difference according to the change in the number of people (around 1 vehicle/1 room per person) using transport and accommodation facilities.

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- Plan Provider Company -

Hoshino, Karuizawa Town, Kitasaku District, Nagano Prefecture 389-0194

Sales Manager:Otsuka

Contact Phone Number:+81(0)267-45-7777


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Plan Contents

Course details

Nature Kids Forest House … Wild Safari Tour (90 minutes) … finish

98.9% Encounter Rate of Wild Animals!/ High chances of encountering wild animals!

One unique feature of our tour is the high probability of seeing wild animals in their natural habitat. The encounter rate in 2019 and 2020 were 98.9% and 97.8% respectively. Our guides in Picchio are knowledgeable and familiar with the ecology of many wildlife species here in Karuizawa. You will be able to discover many unique aspects of these animals through an expert’s perspective, which involves combining observations from the animals themselves, the natural environment and the ecosystem as a whole.

Spotting Wild Animals using the Light Census Technique

By using a night survey technique called “Light Census”, we can spot these wild animal’s glowing eyes in the dark by scanning the area with a spotlight directly from the car! We can usually find animals such as Sika deer, Japanese hares, and Japanese red foxes, and occasionally. you’d be able to spot the Japanese badger, Raccoon dogs and Wild boars too!

Hop out of the car to get a closer look at the Wild Animal

The car is equipped with observation lights on the front, left and right of the vehicle, allowing you to have a wider view of the area that we are passing through. Depending on the safety of the location and situation, we can get out of the car and have a closer look at the animals!

Image Stabilised Binoculars

Even if you had no prior experience with nature watching, this pair of binoculars would allow you to observe the animal so clearly - you might even be able to see them blink in the dark!