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Akan International Crane Centre

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Address: 23-40 Kamiakan Akancho, Kushiro 085-0245, Hokkaido
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+81 154-66-4011

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Lots of cranes to see

This is a well organised attraction for viewing around 150 to 200 wild Red Crowned Cranes (Tancho), especially in winter. The centre is well run, the viewing areas and the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 entry to the art museum all within easy walking distance at a cost of 4,500yen.... More 

Thank Nodd
Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 only), you do get good close up views of the cranes from this centre. Watching... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a well organised attraction for viewing around 150 to 200 wild Red Crowned Cranes (Tancho), especially in winter. The centre is well run, the viewing areas and the information centre are staffed by knowledgeable people, and there are plenty of opportunities for seeing and photographing these magnificent birds up close. Best to visit in the morning as this... More 

Thank kyw20152015
North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only one public bus from Kushiro station and only one public bus to Akango in the afternoon. So much plenty time for discovery. However, the area open to the public is bit small, limited by the local public transportation, we spent half-day there while luckily got a very close experience with the crane! The staff is very friendly, helped with... More 

Thank candyfloss2017
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I preferred this crane center over the one in Kushiro. You can't see cranes from as close, but they are not behind fences so you can see them flying and walking around freely. Great place to take photos.

Thank Lieke v
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

This place is fabulous. When we went we were lucky to see Red Crowned Cranes with a chick. Such a rare bird there in front of us feeding a chick only a few days old, almost hidden by the reed growing to a good height at the edge of the lake. Then suddenly a golden flash as chick clears mum... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Behind the Roadside Station (Michi-no-Eki) Akan Tancho-no-sato (Fields for tancho cranes), a few minutes of walking will take you to the Akan International Tancho Crane Centre. The admission is JPY470 for Grade 10 and up and adults, and JPY240 for Grades 1 to 9 students. This is where you can always see at least a few Japanese red-crowned cranes (tancho-zuru)... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016

The most informative part of this attraction was the information on how one man realized the tanchos, the red-crowned crane, would probably not survive without human intervention. This is a place where the efforts of humans to save a species is easily understood.

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New Hyde Park, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

To be able to watch such beautiful birds is a blessing. During the winter the cranes are fed and therefore easy to photograph. Somehow the cold is not as painful when taking photographs

1 Thank PGIT
Singapore River, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2016 via mobile

The incredible pictures you see of the stellar sea eagle fighting a crane for food, abruptly ends end February the centre stops feeding It was still an awesome sight 30+ cranes, similar whooping swans and a few sea eagles waiting in the trees Note also kushiro marsh was closed due to snow

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