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Has an interesting amount of crane information. Doesn't open until after the cranes have flown in... read more

Reviewed January 12, 2019
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Bus pass a great deal

Thousands of cranes around the crane observatory. Very nice. Most of them are standing around or... read more

Reviewed February 11, 2018
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2478-4, Izumi 899-0435, Kagoshima Prefecture
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Reviewed January 12, 2019

Has an interesting amount of crane information. Doesn't open until after the cranes have flown in the morning. Has good views of the feeding cranes later in the day.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

Thousands of cranes around the crane observatory. Very nice. Most of them are standing around or eating. Every so often some will fly overhead, an awesome sight! At the observatory, you'll need long-lens to get nice pictures of the bird. If you have time, you...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank DYA717
Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

This place fulfilled all my expectations. There were literally thousands of cranes in the fields around the center. They provide about it ton of grain each day for the birds, so they’re not flying off to other fields as much. There were lots of other...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed November 22, 2017

i was quiet bored actually with this visit. The outside where you can already see the cranes gathering was more interesting than the view from the observation centre itself. maybe we went at the wrong time (the place opens at 9am from what i read)...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank silverspire
Reviewed July 20, 2017

Prepare yourself to wake up early! We left our hotel room at 4:15am and drove to this site just in time to see the sun rise and thousands of cranes that take their daily first flight to social/seeking for food/exercise. It is an amazing scene...More

Date of experience: February 2017
2  Thank EddieLeungHK
Reviewed April 7, 2017

Izumi city has a largest place where more than 10 thousand cranes fly from Siberia every winter in Japan. The Izumi City Crane Observation Center is the best place to observe the migratory cranes in Izumi. The Observation center is located just in front of...More

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed February 18, 2017

We caught the shinkansen fom Kagoshima to Izumi station, wanting to catch the train from the station to see the cranes, we were 30 minutes too late. :( The last bus leaves Izumi station at 3.53pm. See photo below of bus timetable.

Date of experience: February 2017
9  Thank Sarah J
Reviewed April 8, 2016

It was worth our nearly 2 hours slow drive from Kirishima to Izumi to observe the cranes. It was a pleasant surprise for my husband as he thought it was only a few cranes, but it was 12,034 cranes that day. (there is a notice...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank KKYZ
Reviewed February 17, 2016

I arrived too late for the tour bus so I got a taxi as I really wanted to catch the cranes as the sun set. Luck was with me and the sun came out. You ned to stay past closing time in order to see...More

Date of experience: February 2016
1  Thank ShazF7
Reviewed February 9, 2016 via mobile

Every winter, the cranes that come to the city are a big attraction and a big event for the entire city. It really is impressive the first time you visit the Crane Center and see the 10,000+ cranes that visit every year. They start to...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank AngryAugury
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