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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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Phone Number: +81 154-66-4011
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Interesting insight into saving a species

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed June 25, 2016
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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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Alaska
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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

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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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Passau, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2015

I visited this place in late October 2015, there were only 4 Cranes here in the cage - i would expect around 10... I saw them much more along the way from Kushiro. Good things are the exhibition and the video, to get a bit insight about the red-crowned cranes in Hokkaido.

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2015 via mobile

Unless you are an avid crane fan and satisfied with seeing 2-3 captive cranes behind their enclosures, don't bother coming. I was quite disappointed. I would suggest calling to find out whether it's feeding season before going.

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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2015

It was the most disappointed attraction I saw in Hokkaido. After read the review, the day drove all the way to the Crane Centre. It costed 460yen pp. There were a lot of information about crane and the centre in the building. But went walk outside, there were 2 bleeding areas, each had 2 cranes. There was a grassland with... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2015

Interesting place to visit during the winter feeding season. We were there in late April, and the cranes had departed to breed. Still, there were four captive cranes for viewing. Take time to watch the movie. Small entrance fee.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2015

Visited early March as a package day trip bus tour. Stayed here a mere 1hr, but enjoyed a lot watching beautiful cranes. During winter they feed the birds that's why so many cranes flock together. Huge number of cameramen (either professional or amateur) holiding their high-spec machine to catch impressive moments. Prepare warm clothes and enjoy yourself, this place is... More 

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