EVER wondered what the fur of a Tanuki feels like? Or the teeth of a mole? The claws of a bear, the feathers of a woodpecker or the tail of a squirrel?
All these animals live in Hokkaido, but some of them are rare or nocturnal and will surely not be found anywhere near Hirafu’s slopes during the season.
In Kutchan’s Natural History Museum, wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to touch the dozens of stuffed animals that were brought in as road kill by the locals. Curator Katsunori Okazaki says by touching them, visitors might develop more interest in these creatures and their natural habitat.
For more information on the museum, check out our Discover Hokkaido page.