Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary

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Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary

Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary
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4.5
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simon_and_emma69
Workington, UK56 contributions
Mesmerising experience.
Feb 2020
In spite of the freezing temperatures (below -20 deg C with wind chill) this was such an evocative experience that the temperature didn't even seem to matter. Watching these elegant and beautiful birds strut their stuff and occasionally face off was absolutely wonderful. The small shop, information centre and cafe was great to retreat to when we needed a warm up and while we didn't use them, there were spotting scopes and binoculars you could use to watch the birds from indoors if you wanted to. If you don't have a car, plan you bus trip carefully from Kushiro as the service isn't regular, but you can manage a couple of hours stopover late morning and the service is reliable - even in freezing winter weather!. If you are in Kushiro - don't miss this place.
Written March 10, 2020
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ellen r
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Canada127 contributions
Beautiful birds
Feb 2020 • Family
On a mild February morning we took the bus from our hotel in Kushiro to the sanctuary. It was thrilling to see the 50 cranes in the snow.
While not professional photographers, we managed to take many beautiful photos. I’ll never forget this experience
Written February 23, 2020
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Chang
53 contributions
foc but not as good as red crown observation center
Feb 2020 • Couples
I personally felt that this was just ok. yes you get to see tancho but it just wasn't as good as red crown observation center. you can hear tancho singing and playing.
Written February 15, 2020
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Metwo3
United States293 contributions
Beautiful birds
Feb 2020
We hired R/Ujihara through Hokkaido Experience to take us on a private half-day trip to see the cranes roosting on the river and at the 9 am feeding at Tsurui Ito Sanctuary. We exchanged emails and I suggested an 8 am pickup to make the 9 am feeding.

Turns out the birds weren't anxious to get moving that cold morning. Most were still in the river when we arrived. We moved to the sanctuary after 9 am and only 3 birds were there. By around 10 am, 50 birds had arrived. They are still a distance from the fence, but great to watch, especially the juvenile trying to dance and the groups flying in.

Mr. Ujihara brought a spotting scope for us to observe the cranes in both locations. We also saw fox, ducks, and martens swimming in the river.

I heartily recommend him as a tour guide to get to Tsurui. You can contact him directly via email at R[アール]氏原英和
Written February 12, 2020
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Peter
Hartlepool, UK559 contributions
Incredible views, great visitor centre
Feb 2020 • Friends
Amazing views of the red crowned cranes , they are fed at 2pm , it is amazing to see these birds , they are stunningly beautiful and majestic. The visitors centre is well worth visit , you have to take your boots off at the door , tea and coffee are available at a reasonable cost , the reserve is run by the Wildlife birds of Japan society any you buy helps them. One of the highlights of my stay in Japan.
Written February 11, 2020
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ZenDark30
Portland, OR2,236 contributions
Dancing with Cranes
Feb 2020 • Couples
Who other than avid birders or zealous photographers would flock here, stand for hours in sub-zero temps and watch red crowned cranes dance on snowy fields? The answer is naive adventures such as ourselves.

We like birds and despite having traveled with friends on birding trips we don’t consider ourselves birders. And with an iPhone, I can hardly compete with the gaggle of photographers with their 800mm lens and tens of thousands of dollars of gear. That said, the cranes are well worth seeing.

We visited with our guide from Hickory Wind Lodge and he used a scope to get some tight shots. Once while people had their tripods and oversized lens focused in one direction I was able to whirl around and shoot a pair of cranes flying overhead with my iPhone.

Visitors Tips: Dress super warm and stuff hand and feet warmers in your gloves and shoes. Be respectful to other photographers. Be prepared for that lifetime shot and above all enjoy the performance!
Written February 6, 2020
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Wendy P
Sydney, Australia68 contributions
Tsururui Crane Sanctuary
Feb 2019 • Friends
Oh boy! What an amazing experience. It was 6am, minus 17°and before sunrise. We arrived at the bridge which spans the river and is the viewing platform to see the cranes wake. There were already people there with cameras set up ready. Our guide, Kenta was very attentive and concerned that we should be warm enough in these cold conditions. As we waited the sun began to rise and the river became more visible. In the distant mist if we looked carefully we could see small movements in the mist. Slowly we saw the cranes begin to move and gradually as they woke we saw the cranes dancing. I can only describe the whole scene as magical, mystical and the most wonderful experience. Our guide had powerful telescopes and took photos on our mobile phones through the telescope lens. Because of this we have the most amazing memories. If you are a photographer with the best equipment I'm sure you will have wonderful results.
Written December 30, 2019
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Dave B
Droitwich, UK7 contributions
Fabulous for close up views of the birds but not for serious phorographers.
Feb 2019 • Solo
A great place to get very close to the Japanese Cranes. Feeding is at 09.00 and 14.00 but there are many birds there all day. Its a safe a safe place to stop, good toilet facilities, great coffee shop with bird related merchandise. No entrance fee, just turn up and buy a few coffees!

If however your a serious photographer try one of the other Crane sanctuaries. The birds here are backlit all day in wintertime. I hung around hoping for the sun to move far enough around for my taste and it died in the evening before moving far enough. I didn't have time to check out the other spots of which there are many but this one didn't hit the spot.
Written March 16, 2019
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Chrissie E
Exeter, UK281 contributions
An absolute must even if you are not a dedicated birdwatcher
Mar 2019 • Friends
This is truly a wonderful spectacle. The cranes gather here because they are fed. We saw them "dancing" jumping up in the air, trumpeting and displaying against the snowy background. The only downside is all the photographers with tripods and whacking great telephoto lenses, as it's hard to enjoy nature with the camera shutters that sound like hundreds of sub machine guns going off in your ears . I would like to see a dedicated platform area for non photographers so one could enjoy the sound of the cranes....
Written March 15, 2019
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pollyoppy
Ormskirk, UK1,262 contributions
Mid March
Mar 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.
Written March 30, 2018
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