Japan boasts 132 mammal, 583 bird and 66 reptile, amphibian and fish species. You can still find black and brown bears, foxes and deers. The only primate is the red-faced monkey - the snow monkey - found all over Honshu territory.
A symbol of love in Japanese culture, koi are very popular with gardeners the world over for their superb colours and peaceful nature.© iStockphoto.com / Skilpad
This eagle likes to pass the winter in Japan and is one of the most beautiful and powerful eagles in the world.© andreanita / 123RF
Snakes hold an important place in Japanese symbolism and folklore.© Sam D Cruz / 123RF
This race was bred 300 years ago to hunt bears, deer and wild boar.© Aliaksei Smalenski
This small passerine can be found all over: from Russia to Thailand and China to Japan.© iStockphoto.com / Kittikorn Phongok