Tsurumidai

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Julian K
Hong Kong, China379 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Friends
Tsurumidai (鶴見台) is located at countryside of Kushiro city and approximate 1 hour bus to go. There is a non-government feeding field next to Tsurui village and an old grandma operate the field with over hundred Japanese Cranes. There is a good place to watch cranes outside the zoo. You can see natural crane's activity include walk, dance, fight and fly with your telescope. I highly recommended to someone like natural, bird watching and bird photography. But don't miss to bring your own telescope and telephoto lenses (300-500mm) equipped SLR camera if you want to take picture to cranes. Finally, according to the rules there, don't go the field inside or cross the wooden balustrade to prevent affect cranes. For the transportation, take Akan Bus bound for Tsurui from Kushiro Bus Terminal (next to Kushiro JR Station) to Tsurumidai Bus Stop, bus fees 970yen. Addition, there have a souvenir shop and restaurant are located the opposite side of the field.
Written March 29, 2013
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Annams A
Vancouver, Canada83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
There were many options for us to view the cranes, but we chose this one for several reasons: this was not a fenced in sanctuary where you can see cranes just at feeding times, and it's not that far from the Marsh Observatory on the same bus route, so if we wanted to add another destination we could.

To get here, take the number 20 bus from Kushiro's bus terminal (beside the Kushiro JR station). It takes about 50 minutes and the view is rather beautiful and if you keep yours eyes peeled, you can catch glimpses of deer and fox.

When we arrived around 10 am there was a gaggle of swans, but no cranes, so since there are no touristy activities to do in the area (which is a nice break) we hiked around the countryside for about an hour. When we returned to the site the cranes started to arrive! Between 11 am and the time that we had lunch at the nearby cafe (go to the second floor and watch the fields as you have a nice meal) the field was swarming with cranes. The cranes would look for food, dance and sing with lots of comings and goings!
Written February 10, 2015
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StellersEagle
Hokkaido, Japan76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Business
I have been visiting Tsurumidaiannually for over 30 years and feel that it is good for close up photography of cranes, but less than ideal for flight shots because of the many wires around the small field where the cranes gather for food in winter.

Even after snow melt in spring and early summer some cranes also visit here.
Written September 17, 2015
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bcw
Melbourne, Australia740 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
Visited on a sunny but very cold day in late March and the snow has melted. There were perhaps 5-6 cranes. Feeding has stoppped here but I saw a field of cranes feeding themselves on fresh crops sprouting on fields further towards the township. I can understand why the farmers are upset losing their livelihood.
This location is slightly more convenient than others for many using public transport but I wonder what will happen to associated industries when the birds no longer gather here.
The limited transportation to Tsurui from Kushiro makes it even less desirable to visit Tsurui when the cranes no longer gather on this spot.
Written May 1, 2018
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SoonHoe
Singapore, Singapore43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Easily accessible by public bus, just need to check with the driver. Great eatery just beside it to rest.
Written September 18, 2016
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Maggie W
Taiwan53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
We went around March and there were some cranes there. They're pretty far from where you stand but you could still spot them pretty well. There were also heaps of noisy swans tho. Haha! The cafe across from it offers great food and binoculars to see the cranes and deer farther from the cafe. The staff in there were so friendly and helpful, they're showing us where they were and where to look. Pretty easy to access, too. You can just take the bus there from central Kushiro. It's a great tourist spot I recommend!
Written February 22, 2018
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strawberrythailand
Thailand577 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
Rent a car. Very easy to access. Toilet available. Coffee shop across the street. Get there 10 minutes prior to feeding time. Spend like an hour viewing cranes landing from all directions was a fantastic experience.

Written May 19, 2017
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aktan6336
Singapore, Singapore275 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
Just want to share the GPS coordinates for Tsuruimidai to make it easier for folks planning to visit:
Tsuruimidai (Feeding Station)
43°10'37.6"N 144°19'13.6"E
43.177125, 144.320451
Written January 27, 2015
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minerva2387
Singapore, Singapore35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
We reserved 1 day to visit Tsurumidai and the nearby Ito Tancho crane reserve as it was December and nightfall begin as early as 3pm.

In-car GPS were accurate as we found the place easily. It was in such a beautiful, tranquil surrounding. The owners of the quaint village must feel blessed to be living in an environment.

We reached around 10am. There were a handful of cars parked along the roadside. Most of them professional photographers from the look of it. No one were talking, giving utmost respect to the beautiful cranes that were in the field beyond the timber fence.

Our children aged 10 & 7 understood well enough that they had to be quiet and we managed a peaceful 15 min of viewing. After awhile the started running around the small open space in front of the public toilet. It was such a quaint building too. I love this place and would love to drop by again if ever given a second opportunity.
Written October 8, 2017
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Jackie3002016
Berkshire, UK24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Couples
Having researched the best place to see cranes we ended up trying to get to see them at Tsurumidai which is on the 53 road heading north out of Kushiro. If you have a satnav tap in phone nos 01 54 64 2114 and your sat nav will take you there. It's really just a field on the rights and side of the road with limited parking and a restaurant/cafe on the left. This site is marked on road signs beforehand so you can't really miss it.We saw about 14 cranes coming and going and it was a great first wild crane viewing experience. We left the field and continued north on the 53 towards Tsurui and the Tsurui Ito Tancho sanctuary. We travelled for less then 2 kilometres when on the right hand side of the road we saw a field with approximately 80+ cranes again some flying in and out. I think it belonged to a working farm so there is no parking or lay-by so we just stopped on the road and watched them for about 15 minutes. It was amazing. We continued to T I T sanctuary and spent about 40 minutes looking at the cranes, we probably saw in excess of 30 cranes coming and going so all in all a fantastic crane spotting day I recommend these sites.
Written February 4, 2016
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