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 seven cute fluffy animals in particular that you will absolutely fall in love with!
Some of these are just subspecies of other more widely-spread wild animals, while others are unique natives. All of them, however, are cute. Whether it’s for the winter sports, natural sights, unique culture or cute Japanese animals, Hokkaido is definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in near. A photographer who goes by Pop Shiretoko on Twitter took most of these pictures, so check them out!
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.
Hokkaido red fox
The Hokkaido red fox is simply a sub-species of the common red fox, but we really love foxes, so we won’t miss the opportunity to post a few more photos of these adorable animals.
Hokkaido red squirrel
The Eurasian red squirrel is spread far and wide throughout Asia and Europe, but Hokkaido has its own subspecies and is the only place in Japan where these squirrels can be found.