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Chang
61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
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.
Written February 15, 2020
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StellersEagle
Hokkaido, Japan76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Business
Arrive at dawn (before if you hope for tripod space during the peak weeks of winter) and be amazed at the sight of a hundred or more Red-crowned Cranes sleeping and waking up in the early morning light. I have been visiting for more than 30 years and still find it magical. On very cold mornings the hoar frost in the river side trees sparkles like diamonds in the morning light, mist rises from the river and the breath of the cranes is visible as they wake. On some mornings the cranes call and dance before flying out to the feeding fields. If you are lucky some will fly along the river towards you and over your heads as you stand on the bridge. Don't be surprised to see others here, this is one of the most popular crane photography sites in the world!
Written June 25, 2016
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PH L
Sydney, Australia569 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
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.
Written February 9, 2019
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JamesKMTan
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia21,734 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
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.
Written March 1, 2019
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Yves R
129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
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...
Written January 26, 2019
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pollyoppy
Ormskirk, UK1,262 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
Mid March so many cranes had already dispersed. We went out at 5am and saw about 100 cranes waking up. At first they were quite far away but gradually they came very close to the bridge and we got great photos and saw them in flight over our heads.
Written April 6, 2018
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strawberrythailand
Thailand577 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Try to go before sunrise. Yes, only in winter. Dress warm. Set up your camera and tripod. Enjoy the beautiful pink light with steaming river. As the sunrise how the light shine through and the beautiful cranes moves slowly on the riverbed. So beautiful.
Written May 19, 2017
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MarkfromtheIsland
Duncan, Canada849 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
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
Written February 23, 2019
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