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Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary

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Best of five places we saw cranes

Of the five crane areas we went to, this was the best. There were more cranes here, there were no... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2018
Leavenworth, Kansas
Crane observation points Tsurui truly amazing

The Tsurui area has a number of crane sanctuary and feeding places in winter as and the experience... read more

Reviewed 11 February 2018
Adelaide, Australia
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Feb 20, 2018
“Best of five places we saw cranes”
Mar 30, 2018
“Mid March”
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Nakasetsuri Minami, Tsurui-mura, Akan-gun 085-1205, Hokkaido
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Reviewed 31 March 2018

Unfortunately no cranes were there in mid March. The feeding had stopped as there was enough food for the cranes to find by themselves.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank pollyoppy
Reviewed 21 February 2018

Of the five crane areas we went to, this was the best. There were more cranes here, there were no fences between us and the cranes, there was plenty of parking spots, and the bathrooms were clean and convenient. We saw probably 180 cranes or...More

Date of experience: February 2018
6  Thank JohnD209
Reviewed 11 February 2018

The Tsurui area has a number of crane sanctuary and feeding places in winter as and the experience is truly amazing. The sanctuaries are for wild birds which are readily observable in the area: are breathtakingly beautiful and amazing to watch dance. The story of...More

Date of experience: February 2018
3  Thank ryantd2016
Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Just fantastic - wonderful views of the cranes without intruding in their space. There is also an info centre with plenty to learn about. To me it was a not to be missed experience

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

Watching several hundred Red-crowned Cranes jumping and dancing was simply spectacular. These are majestic birds, culturally significant to the Japanese. Being able to view so many, and at such close range, was one of the reasons we visited Japan in winter.

Date of experience: January 2017
2  Thank lizlubee
Reviewed 5 March 2016

At the Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary you are close to the wildlife. It is a great place to the the Red-crowned Cranes.

Date of experience: February 2016
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Reviewed 24 December 2015

Maybe I was expecting too much, it was not as what I have expected in some photos. Just around 20 red-crowned cranes. Nothing fascinating.

Date of experience: December 2015
1  Thank DorothyCheong
Reviewed 18 September 2015

I have been visiting Tsurui several times each winter for over 30 years. The sight of the cranes dancing on the snow covered fields each winter never fails to thrill. Combine visiting here with the nearby crane roost (best watched from the nearby bridge -...More

Date of experience: February 2015
12  Thank StellersEagle
Reviewed 29 March 2015

We were not sure if we would be in luck to see red-head cranes. Upon arriving at the sanctuary, we were escalated to see about more than 20 beautiful cranes in the near distant. There were about 10 photographers with their professional bazooka lens waiting...More

Date of experience: March 2015
3  Thank kwoong
Reviewed 27 January 2015

There are a few locations in eastern Hokkaido where you can view the Tancho (Red Head) Crane (Grus Japonesis) during their winter migration (www.japan-guide.com has an excellent writeup). I did not expect to see so many of them and at a relatively close distance. I...More

Date of experience: December 2014
5  Thank aktan6336
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9 March 2018|
Response from ryantd2016 | Reviewed this property |
We went with a local naturalist called Manami Ita. I am not aware of specific tours but she will do a guided day tour that is fantastic. she has a website that can be searched
9 March 2018|
Response from JohnD209 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We drove here in February 2018. However, you can ride the bus for about 1000 yen each way all year long. From the JR Kushiro Station train station, take the bus going to the "Tsurui Hoyo Center". Get off at... More