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We had already seen the cranes at two of their winter feeding sites and at the bridge so this was more of an informative session rather than a viewing session for us.
Also the morning we arrived at the centre, it was raining quite heavily...More
This is the place We managed to get the closest to the Tancho. They are truly a beautiful bunch. Even more so when they are flying. There were also many photography enthusiasts with tripods there. If u have a zoom lens, do bring it soon....More
We were disappointed coming here immedately after being at the Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary and the Tsurumidai roadside observatory. Why? The other areas are free and have plenty of cranes, swans, and other birds. Here there is a small parking area and the Roadside...More
I am sure it is a good place to watch cranes in the winter but my last visit there was in summer. Only a few cranes fed in the cages. If you are travelling to the East of Hokkaido in winter, visit there.
If you are into spectacular birds against a gorgeous backdrop, then a trip here is a must. We went during the winter when the birds are supposed to be fed (an effort that has resulted in their ever-increasing numbers). Fortunately, although it was bitterly cold,...More
We visited the Akan International Crane Centre (Grus) Tancho Observation Centre as part of a self guided tour from our accommodation at Lake Akan. Included in the cost was the 1hour bus trip from lake Akan to the international Crane Centre and return, lunch and...More
There isn't any opportunities for dramatic photos of Cranes fighting off Eagles for food as this center has canceled its feedings for the season. Due to bird flu they do not want to risk infection in the bird population.
Regardless, for less than Yen500 (cash...More
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I believe that they are two different places. The Akan Crane Sanctuary is on the Kushiro Marshes and is an interesting place, however I prefer the Japanese Crane Centre in Kushiro. Both centre are very close together, only... More
I believe that they are two different places. The Akan Crane Sanctuary is on the Kushiro Marshes and is an interesting place, however I prefer the Japanese Crane Centre in Kushiro. Both centre are very close together, only about 2Km apart. For me the Japanese Crane Centre at Kushiro is by far the better place to view and photograph cranes.