This small fox roams from the coast to sub-alpine areas and usually spotted by the roadside. Once seen on the Niseko Village Golf Course, it stole a golfer’s ball, mistaking it for an egg!
Also called a snow rabbit, its brown coat changes to white in winter for camouflage against the snow. A nocturnal creature, it feeds in the evenings and early mornings around Niseko.
A creature with dainty legs and white spots on its reddish to golden-brown coat, Japan is the only country where they exist in large numbers.
This furry animal resembles a striped squirrel and is only 15cm or so in length. It can be seen while exploring the lower slopes of Mount Yotei or hiking in the Niseko-Annupuri range.
Possessing long, upright ears that makes it look rather like a small rabbit; this squirrel does not go into hibernation.
This striking black and white bird with a brilliant red abdomen and under tail coverts with the male topping it off with a red patch on its nape is also Niseko's mascot.
Shiribetsu River is home to this member of the salmon family and is Japan's largest freshwater fish. Sadly, the numbers are greatly reduced today.
This curious creature, also known as tanuki, is popular in Japanese folklore and the only dog-like mammal that hibernates during winter.
This rare crane, also called the Japanese crane, is known as a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity with a resident population nesting in eastern Hokkaido’s wetlands and rivers.