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Akan International Crane Centre

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This is the place We managed to get the closest to the Tancho. They are truly a beautiful bunch... read more

Reviewed February 24, 2018
Singapore, Singapore
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Worth a visit

An awesome place to see the cranes Allow a couple of hours to be mesmerised by these magnificent... read more

Reviewed February 7, 2018
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23-40 Kamiakan Akancho, Kushiro 085-0245, Hokkaido
+81 154-66-4011
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Reviewed May 10, 2018

Great place for bird photography in winters. Come prepared for extreme cold climate. Batteries drain out pretty fast.

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Reviewed March 13, 2018

We had already seen the cranes at two of their winter feeding sites and at the bridge so this was more of an informative session rather than a viewing session for us. Also the morning we arrived at the centre, it was raining quite heavily...More

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Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

This is the place We managed to get the closest to the Tancho. They are truly a beautiful bunch. Even more so when they are flying. There were also many photography enthusiasts with tripods there. If u have a zoom lens, do bring it soon....More

Thank carynlwong
Reviewed February 20, 2018

We were disappointed coming here immedately after being at the Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary and the Tsurumidai roadside observatory. Why? The other areas are free and have plenty of cranes, swans, and other birds. Here there is a small parking area and the Roadside...More

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Reviewed February 7, 2018 via mobile

An awesome place to see the cranes Allow a couple of hours to be mesmerised by these magnificent creatures

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Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

Those cranes in the fenced up area should be given a lot bigger area. As we were there in Autumn we did not get to see too many around the area. Just saw 1 family and a pair.

Thank JekYap
Reviewed May 4, 2017

I am sure it is a good place to watch cranes in the winter but my last visit there was in summer. Only a few cranes fed in the cages. If you are travelling to the East of Hokkaido in winter, visit there.

Thank SolonLeung
Reviewed April 17, 2017

If you are into spectacular birds against a gorgeous backdrop, then a trip here is a must. We went during the winter when the birds are supposed to be fed (an effort that has resulted in their ever-increasing numbers). Fortunately, although it was bitterly cold,...More

1  Thank Travelfan
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

We visited the Akan International Crane Centre (Grus) Tancho Observation Centre as part of a self guided tour from our accommodation at Lake Akan. Included in the cost was the 1hour bus trip from lake Akan to the international Crane Centre and return, lunch and...More

3  Thank Nodd
Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

There isn't any opportunities for dramatic photos of Cranes fighting off Eagles for food as this center has canceled its feedings for the season. Due to bird flu they do not want to risk infection in the bird population. Regardless, for less than Yen500 (cash...More

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January 31, 2017|
Response from Chuzaa | Reviewed this property |
Lake Akan resort has many good hot spring hotels/ryokan. In the immediate neighbourhood of Crane Centre has a very limited number of accommodation. That's the way cranes like it.
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January 25, 2017|
Response from william1942 | Reviewed this property |
I believe that they are two different places. The Akan Crane Sanctuary is on the Kushiro Marshes and is an interesting place, however I prefer the Japanese Crane Centre in Kushiro. Both centre are very close together, only... More