The Hibagon is described as a black creature with white hands and large white feet, standing about five feet tall.
Sightings have been reported in forested, mountainous areas of the country. It has been reported in the forests around Mount Hiba in Hiroshima Prefecture and has been said to resemble a gorilla.
The creature is reported to look like an ape and smell like decaying flesh. It is said to live in low shrubbery on the foothills of Mt. Hiba and also areas around Hibayama National Park. A typical sighting says that it is about five feet tall with a face shaped like an inverted triangle. The Hibagon has a snub nose, large deep glaring eyes and is covered with bristles.
A sighting from 1972 reports that the creature has a chocolate brown face and is covered with brown hair.
Although the Hibagon is said to have 'deep glaring eyes', in two reports by a Mr. Sazawa and a Mrs. Harada, the creature took no hostile action and fled from four armed residents intent on hunting it. Japanese Boy Scouts claimed to find footprints 25 cm (10 inches) long and 15 cm (6 inches) wide. The Hibagon is said to have a most unpleasant stench, like a decomposing human body.