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Akan International Crane Centre

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The cranes are quite close

Perhaps the best time to go in the morning/early afternoon when the feeding takes place. We arrived... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Liverpool, United Kingdom

As a feeding station, it's one place that you're guaranteed to see cranes that are not captive. We... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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23-40 Kamiakan Akancho, Kushiro 085-0245, Hokkaido
+81 154-66-4011
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Reviewed 1 week ago

in the morning they are fed with corn, all they they are lookin for it in the snow. You can see them from very close (a few meters) Due to bird flew they stopped feeding fish for 3 years now, not to attract eagle any...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank DirkDeWitte
Reviewed 1 week ago

Perhaps the best time to go in the morning/early afternoon when the feeding takes place. We arrived after a 60 minute drive ( lots of foxes to see on the way!) from Kushiro Railway Station (JR), in the mid afternoon. There were about 40 cranes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank goldsb
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was so excited to come to this place. Was told that they will fly to this centre during winter. I was so amazed to see so many of them. Singing and dancing. It was so cold outside but we just can’t get to see enough....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank thamfelicia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a feeding station, it's one place that you're guaranteed to see cranes that are not captive. We went in early December, in the late morning. There were cranes, not a great number, but enough. They were active, and a couple of times, I saw...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank SereneO36
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is beautiful as you will get to see a lot of Tanchos. I went there and saw about 50 Cranes and it’s so close that i can take some good photos. Getting there by Bus you will have to go to Kushiro Bus...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank Nemo_0414
Reviewed December 26, 2018 via mobile

17min video about the cranes was informative and helpful. The view of the cranes was good, and there were a few deer there

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank shayne140
Reviewed December 21, 2018 via mobile

We didn’t want to drive in winter - so it was quite a challenge to get here as there is very little information in English. Getting Here From the bus terminal outside Kushiro JR station, take Bus #30 from bus stop #15 towards the direction...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Adventure811082
Reviewed December 12, 2018

My hubby and I decided to visit this place to see the Tancho for our 10 years wedding anniversary as we heard that these Japanese cranes symbolise “bird of happiness” for couples and longevity! This trip was great and we managed to observe their graceful...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DrMichCHANG
Reviewed May 10, 2018

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

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank omgHimalayaA
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

Date of experience: March 2018
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Julie D
February 4, 2019|
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Response from Nemo_0414 | Reviewed this property |
They sell meal, snacks and drinks at the Tancho Observation Center, this is just beside the Crane Center. There is also a restaurant just next to the bus stop and there is a souvenir shop and snacks at the Crane Terrace... More
Ca T
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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