Fuji-Susono Research Park / Susono Forest

The Fuji-Susono Research Park is located in the city of Susono, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan, lying at the foot of Mt. Fuji. In this area, many birds live and we call it as the wild birds’ paradise. This site is situated in a valley surrounded by forest visited by many passing wild birds.


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The Nature of Susono

There is a lot of untouched nature in the Mt. Fuji and Hakone vicinity, which forms part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. The Fuji-Susono Research Park is positioned exactly midway between Mt. Fuji and Hakone and is in wide greenery area. You can enjoy the changing seasons in this area, with cherry blossoms in spring and foliage in autumn, and it is an ideal environment for passing wild birds to visit. We promote several business activities together with preserving this beautiful green environment.


Birds in the Susono Forest

Around 56 species of wild birds can be seen at the Fuji-Susono Research Park site, according to the Higashi-Fuji branch office of the Wild Bird Society of Japan. We promote the conservation activities while hoping for days where we can encounter many wild birds living at the foot of Mt. Fuji, including the Japanese Paradise Flycatcher, as the prefectural bird of Shizuoka, the Blue-and-white Flycatcher, and the Grey Wagtail.
This site is also located on the migration route of Grey-faced Buzzard-eagle.


Major activity

Spot Census

Since 2016, we have started a spot census in our site. We count the number and species of wild birds that appear over a 10-minute period at each of five fixed locations. These locations include the grounds, the forest behind the building, and other typical environments on our property. Following the directions of the Wild Bird Society of Japan’s Higashi-Fuji branch office, we have observed 30 native species to date. We have recognized that the birds visiting the Susono Forest change as the seasons change.


Major activity

Installation of nest boxes

We installed nest boxes at two locations in our site in 2017. For better coexistence with wild birds, we will continue to keep comfortable environment for birds that they can breed more easily.


Birds at the Fuji-Susono site

  • Bull-headed Shrike

    Bull-headed Shrike

    This bird breeds on the edges of forests and the cropland as well as the riverbeds, and in other fairly open spaces. It’s known for twirling its long tail. The bird is often found in hills and mountain regions in spring and summer and in hills and lowlands during the autumn and winter.

  • Meadow Bunting

    Meadow Bunting

    This bird lives on the edges of forests, on croplands, on riverbeds, and in other fairly open spaces. At this site, the bird perched on the top of fence and sang while looking off in the distance.

  • Naumann’s Thrush

    Naumann’s Thrush

    This bird visits woodlands in autumn. But, in winter, it can be seen on the grass, croplands, riverbeds, and other open spaces. Some individuals have a darker tawny brown color while others are a paler color.

  • Japanese Wagtail

    Japanese Wagtail

    An endemic species to Japan, this bird lives in areas neighboring water features. Unlike the very similar White Wagtail, it has black cheeks and has a guttural voice.

  • Hawfinch


    This bird lives in woodlands, meadows, croplands, and riverbeds. Its primary food is seeds, and it is distinctive for its broad, flesh-colored bill.

  • Daurian Redstart

    Daurian Redstart

    This bird is a winter bird that visits gardens or parks. It makes very clear calls: “Hi, hi” and sometimes “Kwa, kwa, kwa.”

  • Blue Rock Thrush

    Blue Rock Thrush

    This bird lives mainly in coastal beaches and banks, but recently it has been found in inland areas as well. Its body size is almost same as a White-cheecked Starling.

  • Common Pheasant (Green Pheasant)

    Common Pheasant (Green Pheasant)

    This bird is the national bird of Japan. It lives in meadows on the edges of forests, riverbeds, and croplands. The males make sharp-sounding squawking calls: “kek keeen”, during the breeding season.

  • Oriental Turtle Dove

    Oriental Turtle Dove

    This bird is one of the most popular wild birds. Its back is characterized by the remarkable brown scale pattern. They are usually seen in pairs.

  • Barn Swallow

    Barn Swallow

    This bird is a migratory bird that arrives from Southeast Asia around March and stays until sometime in September. It makes its nest and breeds on our site. They has long been a part of the nature of Satoyama, in the mountains near the village, and are the symbol of coexistence with humans and the nature.