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Akan International Crane Centre

23-40 Kamiakan Akancho, Kushiro, Hokkaido 085-0245, Japan
+81 154-66-4011
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Ranked #10 of 24 Attractions in Kushiro
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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  • English first
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English first
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
47 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We were about to embark on a birding tour through the Kiritappu wetlands and stopped in here en route to Poroto Lake. The centre does an exceptional job of educating the public (in Japanese and English) about the biology, evolution and ecology of the red-crowned crane. We are both biologists, so our opinion might not be applicable to everyone, but... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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73 reviews 73 reviews
41 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Our guide told us that male cranes cry two cracking sounds, while the female ones cry once - which may be interpreted to mean " I want" and " No" respectively. These rare and endangered species of birds nestled in the preserved Akan National Park. His introduction fanned our interest and we were all ready to search and find these... More

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Hong Kong
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

A few cranes and a small visitor center. It was nice but not sure if it was worth the drive. It's okay to stop by if you are out that way anyways but not worth it if it's one of your major stops.

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Williamstown, Australia
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Feeding time at Tancho no Sato is a birdwatchers paradise. To get a good spot to take photos you need to get there no later than 1.30pm feeding is at 2pm. Waiting to be fed groups of birds fly in and the others are restless, calling out waving their wings and moving around quite a bit, so this gave us... More

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2011

I loved the AICC, we were choosing between going to this one, the Japanese Crane Centre or the Kushiro Marshlands Centre, and eventually chose this one because of the observation centre that allowed you to see wild cranes. It was worth it – the cranes in person were beautiful, with their dramatic black and white feathers, and red crown. We... More

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