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Hunting in Japan, A Dream You Didn’t Know You Had

  • July 5, 2018
  • By Nick Vincent
Hunting in Japan, A Dream You Didn’t Know You Had

Going to Japan can easily become one of the most memorable trips you’d ever make; but if you’re a keen hunter, moving to the Asian country is a wonderful idea. Japan is not really known as a hunting destination but the land of the rising sun is full of surprises. According to Kumamoto University, “hunting has ancient roots in the country.” In fact, Japanese folk living in the mountains of Kumamoto hunt bears, wild boars, and deer. This is also true in other prefectures. In 2015, Japan Times reported that there is a need for more hunters in the country as the wild boar population grew to troubling levels that year. Based on the report, the damage they bring to Japanese farms costs 5bn Yen annually.

Wild Boar and Deer Hunting

Aside from your rifle, optics are a must in any hunting expedition. Good binoculars and wildlife spotting scopes will be needed for you to find game before it spots you. Your scopes will help you hunt for wild boars and will definitely prove to be useful while hunting for deer as well. Rick Sacca, a hunter in Shizuoka Prefecture told Japan Times that “There are probably 200 deer for every boar in Japan.” Because of the deer problem, prefectural officials taking care of land near Mount Fuji revised their hunting targets in 2015 in an attempt to decrease the deer population in the area. In fact, officials even started offering financial incentives for hunters that year. In 2017, Nara City authorities told Japan Today that there was a need to control the deer population outside of Nara Park as well.


Hunting in Japan

Fukuoka prefecture also has the same problem and with the decrease of hunters in the whole of Japan, the deer and boar population has reached critical levels. Data from Fukuoka estimates over 15,000 deer in the area and it is reportedly growing. The same is true for wild boars. The good news is, foreigners can buy a gun in the country and apply for a license. However, a lot of patience will be needed for you to finally be able to hunt game in Japan. To start the process, you would need to go to a local gun shop to buy a handbook. Ensure that you tell the shopkeeper that you want to go hunting.

Read the handbook thoroughly because you will have to take an exam at the local police station afterwards. You will also need a health clearance and other paperwork and will also have to buy ammunition for your practical shooting test, take said test, choose a gun from the local gun shop, apply for your license, get two gun lockers, pick up your license, and buy your gun. Living in Japan can be quite exciting for hunters. If you have always thought of living and working abroad, Japan just might be the right place for you.

By Nick Vincent, July 5, 2018