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Akan International Crane Centre

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Address: 23-40 Kamiakan Akancho, Kushiro 085-0245, Hokkaido
Phone Number: +81 154-66-4011
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Beautiful and Graceful

The Akan International Crane Center is a sanctuary for the Japanese red crested cranes. We were fortunate that when we were there, there were 30 to 40 cranes. The cranes and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Akan International Crane Center is a sanctuary for the Japanese red crested cranes. We were fortunate that when we were there, there were 30 to 40 cranes. The cranes and the background of the snow and mountains made the scene even more beautiful. We spent about an hour watching the cranes and took about 300 pictures. Beautiful, graceful creatures.

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singapore
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The feeding was at 2pm and the birds started to go for it. The place allowed us to watch the feeding at a close range and how the eagles and crows trying to have a share of the food . The entrance fee to the place was not expensive and the place is easily accessible by car.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

When I visited the Center (8/Feb/2005) there were more than 100 cranes around. And more than 50 photographers. However the cranes didn’t seem to be disturbed, they were really close by. During feeding the closest bird was maybe a mere 10 meters from me, otherwise maybe 20-30 meters away, a 300mm tele lens was absolutely satisfactory. At 2pm the birds... More 

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Darlington
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31 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We have to confess that we are keen birds watchers and, therefore, our view may be biased! We visited in January by first stopping off at the large education centre and shop which has a range of crane (and other wildlife) souvenirs as well as lots of information. We then proceeded to the smaller 'Tancho' observation centre which gave excellent... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 via mobile

Once upon a time there is a wind Museum and breeding facilities. Highlight is the feeding time from 14:00. Bait only dace. White-tailed sea eagle as well as crane, Tobi, fox also allows you to see up close the scramble of fish have been set. Please Come bring a telephoto camera.

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Lethbridge
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103 helpful votes 103 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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71 helpful votes 71 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
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38 helpful votes 38 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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Singapore
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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