Hokkaido Island Is Home To Incredibly Cute Animals

Incredible cute animals. Hokkaido, the large island at Japan’s northern end, is home to populations of adorable little critters that can’t be found anywhere else in Japan. There are several cute little critters in particular that you will absolutely fall in love with!

Some of these are just subspecies of other more widely-spread critters, while others are unique natives. All of them, however, are cute. Whether it’s for the winter sports, natural sights, unique culture or cute animals, Hokkaido is definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in Japan.

A photographer who goes by Pop Shiretoko on Twitter took most of these pictures, so check them out!


Ezo Momonga

Ezo Momonga
Ezo Momonga

The adorable Ezo Momonga is a type of flying squirrel unique to Hokkaido. Its huge, dark eyes and little paws are so cute that it has become a local mascot of sorts, appearing on the regional railway’s refillable ticket cards.


Shima-Enaga

Shima-Enaga
Shima-Enaga

Unlike the Northern long-tailed tits in the rest of Japan, this one doesn’t have brown “eyebrows” – its face is completely white.


Hokkaido red fox

Hokkaido Red Fox
Hokkaido Red Fox

The Hokkaido Red Fox is simply a sub-species of the common red fox.


Hokkaido Red Squirrel

Hokkaido Red Squirrel
Hokkaido Red Squirrel

The Eurasian red squirrel is spread far and wide throughout Asia and Europe, but Hokkaido has its own subspecies.


Ezo Fukuro

Ezo Fukuro
Ezo Fukuro

The Ezo Fukuro is a local sub-species of the Ural Owl.


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