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Picchio

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Nagakura 2148, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun 389-0194, Nagano Prefecture
+81 267-45-7777
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Who would have thought flying squirrels could be so interesting!

Our guide, a young warden was excellent, so enthusiastic! we had a half hour humorous talk telling... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
leafpeeperbristol
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bristol
Nature Watching Tour

Motoi-san was our guide during this amazing tour. We had never been birdwatching before and he was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Picchio, established 1992, offers fine eco-tours and nature tours such as Bird watching tour, Flying squirrel watching tour and other animal watching tours. We currently have 12 professional guide that specializes on wild animals and birds and more than 39,000 participants joined our tour in 2012.We also conserves wild animals such as Asian Black Bear since 1998.
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Nagakura 2148, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun 389-0194, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our guide, a young warden was excellent, so enthusiastic! we had a half hour humorous talk telling us about the squirrels and then a walk through the forest at dusk to see one! I was not expecting much but he was brilliant and we very...More

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picchiokaruizawa, guide at Picchio, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

This is Motoi. Thank you for joining our flying squirrel watching tour and your message. We are very happy to hear that you had a good time in our tour. We have several tours depending on the season. Next time, please come to Karuizawa from...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Motoi-san was our guide during this amazing tour. We had never been birdwatching before and he was such a great guide. It was obvious that he is very knowledgeable and enjoys teaching others. Once we reached the waterfall, we were surprised by a brief stop...More

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picchiokaruizawa, guide at Picchio, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

This is Motoi INOUE. Thank you very much for joining the tour and your message. I was very happy to walk along the boardwalk to the waterfall with you because you knew creatures very well. And we were lucky to be able to meet the...More

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Reviewed May 17, 2018

Our guide Motoi took us out to a nest box equipped with an infrared video camera so that we could see the squirrel waking up in his nest at dusk, and then followed him for three glides through the forest! Very difficult to do, but...More

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picchiokaruizawa, guide at Picchio, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2018

On that day, I was very excited but a bit nervous at the same time because I knew that you are the researchers of flying squirrels. While doing a lecture in the first half of the tour, I got very excited to know the difference...More

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Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

Our guide was very friendly and despite not speaking a lot of English tried the best to explain. We were a bit unlucky as it was raining, the only Squirrel to see was one with a Baby, we waited for almost 1 hour for it...More

Thank Marco Manuel B
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picchiokaruizawa, Nature Guide at Picchio, responded to this reviewResponded May 6, 2018

I am a nature guide working at Picchio Wildlife Research Center. Thank you very much for your comment. We are very sorry that you could not see the gliding of flying squirrel. As you write, that individual had a baby and those flying squirrels (mother...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

The enthusiasm Matoi exhibited while teaching us about the Japanese Flying Squirrel was contagious. Learning all the details before hand about this amazing animal made us eager to go search. On the search we experienced everything Matoi told us we would. He really knows these...More

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picchiokaruizawa, guide at Picchio, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2018

This is Motoi. Thank you for join the frying squirrel watching tour and your message. Yesterday, thanks to many participants who asked a lot of questions, the tour was very exciting. And it was very good that the squirrel showed a very good glide.Especially 3rd...More

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Reviewed April 17, 2018 via mobile

As with many excursions like this, we didn’t really know what to expect. But to sum it up quickly it was the highlight of our trip! Our guide Motoi did a phenomenal job of educating us on all aspects of the flying squirrels before heading...More

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picchiokaruizawa, guide at Picchio, responded to this reviewResponded April 17, 2018

This is Motoi. Thank you for join the frying squirrel watching tour and your message. Yesterday it was a bit cold and it was raining a bit, so I am anxious about your condition. Are you okay?. Yesterday it was a bit cold and it...More

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Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

My recent evening tour to see these giant flying squirrels - Musasabi - was amazing Our guide, Tataynki Mori was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He spoke perfect English, and effortlessly kept changing from Japanese to English to Japanese see Waleed into the forest just before...More

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picchiokaruizawa, Nature Guide at Picchio, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2018

I am Takayuki Mori from Picchio Wildlife Research Center. Thank you very much for your kind comment. Also I am really glad that you enjoyed the tour and became a Musasabi Watcher! I always feel that the world of nature/wildlife is so deep that we...More

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Reviewed March 20, 2018

So , on a chilly evening guided by a man so passionate above the task its totally infectious we are treated to the sight of seeing these animals in their natural habitat gliding through the night air. No one was cold and definitely no one...More

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picchiokaruizawa, guide at Picchio, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

This is Motoi. Thank you for your message. And thank you so much for join our frying squirrel watching tour in the cold weather. It was very lucky day, because we were able to observe multiple frying squirrels. In Karuizawa, we have various living creatures...More

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Reviewed March 20, 2018

Visited this attraction with a group very interesting it was a very cold evening but if you wrap up well you will be alright.the guide was very passionate about his work and he explained everything in great detail.well worth a visit.More

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picchiokaruizawa, guide at Picchio, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

This is Motoi. Thank you for join the frying squirrel watching tour and your message. It was cold day. Now,I am anxious about your health. Last night was a nice evening, except for the cold weather. Because we got two frying squirrels and several flights....More

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Reviewed February 23, 2018

We visited this centre and joined the eco-tour on a winter day. Our eco-tour guide reassured us that winter visit isn't necessarily a disadvantage. I didn't understand. Soon, we were shown animal footprints on snow path; those unique marks left by the wild life won't...More

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picchiokaruizawa, nature guide at Picchio, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2018

I am Takayuki Mori from Picchio Wildlife Research Center. Thank you so much for your kind comment! Many people think that winter is not a good season to walk in the forest but personally I love walking the forest in winter because, as you saw,...More

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