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The best animal attractions in Japan


We offer a guide to animals that are special in Japan and suggest where to see them, from a famous shrine where sacred deer roam to a thermal spa frequented by snow monkeys and an island inhabited by cats

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Katie Ramsingh,

Japan is a nation of animal lovers and there are many places where you can get up close and personal with some of its favourite creatures. Several groups of animals are held in special regard due to their sacred associations, such as the tame deer roaming hallowed Miyajima island. Some, like the sea creatures of Okinawa, are an extra bonus in an area of remarkable natural beauty.

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