Tigers (虎, tora), scientifically known as Panthera tigris are felines found through South and East Asia and are the largest of the big cats. Tigers did once inhabit Japan, however they went extinct during the late Pleistocene along with many of the megafauna of the Japanese archipelago. The Japanese tiger is not well known and likely played no part in the tiger folklore in Japan due to the extinction of the animal being early on in human evolution and other extinct megafauna around the same era not familar to the Japanese until recent era.
Tigers in Touhou
In ZUN's interview on Undefined Fantastic Object, he was unsure about tigers in Japan and said that a large tiger like animal may have existed before in Japan.
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- Wikipedia entry for tiger