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Chang wrote a review Feb 2020
53 contributions12 helpful votes
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be there early ie. 630am. lots of photographers were there by 630am vying for the best spot to capture the morning fog and tancho roosting. u probably need to either drive or book a taxi to go there.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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JamesKMTan wrote a review Mar 2019
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia21,689 contributions382 helpful votes
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This is the place to observe cranes in there natural habitat. It is in a rather remote area not accessible by public transport. Photographers from all over the world are here early in the morning to observe these marvelous creatures in their home environment. There are toilets in the parking area. When we went there at 6am many photographers were sitting and waiting. The cranes also return here in the evening.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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MarkfromtheIsland wrote a review Feb 2019
Duncan, Canada762 contributions568 helpful votes
The crane watchers come here for sunrise. But not just sunrise - they show up 2hrs BEFORE sunrise to get their tripods in position before it gets all filled up. The cranes - at least when we were there - were very far away. We were with a professional guide who was a Nikon ambassador shooting 1200mm glass and he couldn't get a full screen of them
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Date of experience: February 2019
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PH L wrote a review Feb 2019
Lindfield, Australia560 contributions41 helpful votes
You have to drive here yourself, or be on a tour bus that does it, as you have to be here about sunrise. When we got there at 6:30am late Jan, there were already birdwatchers that had been there since 4:30am. Be aware that the cranes can be a very long way away, so unless you have a long lens, you will not see much (birdwatchers were using 600+mm lenses). It's good to see them in their natural habitat, but there are better places, such as the Tsurui Ito Tancho Crane Sanctuary.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Yves R wrote a review Jan 2019
129 contributions31 helpful votes
You must be there about 45 minutes before sun rise... to be safe and be able to stop in front of the bridge rail. If not, you may be forced in staying behind a continuous row of cameras, long lenses and tripods (along the length of the bridge). But the view is generally marvelous, possibly with Japanese cranes waking up in the mist raising from the river in the first sun light. But you may be frightened by so much people. If you want to arrive 1 hour after sun rise, you will probably have the bridge for yourself, but no crane, no foggy river...
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Date of experience: January 2019
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