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14 Setsurigenyakita, Tsurui-mura, Akan-gun 085-1200 Hokkaido
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#2 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Tsurui-mura
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Michael C wrote a review Mar 2020
Singapore, Singapore1656 contributions353 helpful votes
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We found this place by chance during our Hokkaido self drive in August 2019. We decided to make an enquiry for our winter birding trip n here we are March 2020. We stayed only for 2 nights but had a glorious time with the hosts Mr n Mrs Ando. What makes this place special is the unique and specific self catered wildlife program, food n side visits to local eateries. You choose what you want to see or photograph in my case and Mr Ando san will endure you get the photo. I would say 100% hit rate. Being a newbie photographer n with an expert professional guidance on a personal basis was a dream come true. He gives advice on what to compose, camera settings etc. and even on a wintry day ( to most amateur photographers would have call it a day but we continue to shoot, check my images of the red crane on a wintry day - classic perfect bird n landscape shot ( a photographer’s dream). Like others have mention, google his name (Makoto Ando) and you can read his many credentials. A man of many talents (whisky to history buff). For those who are not keen to drive, airport pickup can be arrange and daily wildlife sites visits can be catered. Bear in mind, Hokkaido is a vast region n wildlife appears in different seasons. Do not expect to see everything in a season. We came to see the cranes n owls. In terms of facilities, there are 2 bedrooms with private baths (western) and the others are shared common bath basis (Japanese). We plan and look forward to come back in October to see the brown bears and stay longer too.
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Date of stay: March 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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ZenDark30 wrote a review Feb 2020
Portland, Oregon2236 contributions196 helpful votes
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The closest neighbors of this lodge are red-crowned cranes, long tail tits, ezo red fox, Stellar sea eagles and other wildlife. Inside, the eclectic art pieces are as welcoming as the hosts. World-class award winning photographer and guide Mokota Ando humbly speaks to his images and the stories behind them. Meanwhile, scrumptious dinners are prepared by spouse and co-proprietor Shinobu Ando. Additionally, Kozy, Kana, and other staff are readily available and incredibly generous with their time, patience and kindness. We stayed 5 days and every day was a new adventure. Flexible to the weather and guests we visited all the local wildlife spots, ate sushi, local oysters and were entertained by Mokota’s videos and music. Stay if you want an authentic experience, good food and an international guest list. Mokato’s reputation draws professional and nearly professional photographers. Even if you’re an iPhone photographer like myself, the outings are worth cold feet and fingers.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Elinor D wrote a review Mar 2019
Chelmsford, United Kingdom20 contributions19 helpful votes
We had such a memorable time at Hickory Wind Widerness lodge. We talk at great length to everyone about our trip to Japan which we loved, but when asked about our favourite place, it was here! We were made so welcome and could not have been looked after better. Makoto san ensured that we saw so much of this stunningly beautiful landscape and it’s wildlife, while Shinobu san cooked the most delicious meals. Kana san and Kenta san, such lovely young people helped to make it all so enjoyable. We were most impressed with the musical entertainment!
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Date of stay: February 2019
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SuttonHill wrote a review Feb 2019
Hereford, United Kingdom366 contributions181 helpful votes
This lodge has a reputation for photography, being the home of Mr Ando - award winning photographer, wildlife expert, guitar player and occasional cook. The Lodge gallery is a homage to him and he entertains guests over there in the evening. His wife is a perfect hostess, there is delicious food aplenty and they are ably assisted by friendly staff. The bedrooms in the main house are simple, with shared toilet, with a single shower or trips to the local public Onsen (extra cost). Mr Ando knows the wildlife like the back of his hand, and other tourist behaviour, but you will be lucky to get him personally for the duration of your stay. His team are very good however so no worries about missing out. In truth the days are pretty set and I think you visit the sights in set order. Disappointingly we visited the crane sanctuary late morning when the light was appalling for photos. We wrongly assumed we’d go back later but we actually went for a lunch stop and lost two hours of our only day here - our bad, we should’ve taken the lead more on this (we usually do) and I’d recommend you check the exact timings and itinerary with your guide and ensure they are tailoring your day for you. This Lodge is quirky, an homage to its owner and will suit some more than others. My wife loved this place, me not so much.
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Date of stay: February 2019
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rdella wrote a review Feb 2019
Princes Risborough, United Kingdom1654 contributions297 helpful votes
First thing to mention is the home made food .. vast quantities of it and delicious and served around a communal table. The lodge is full of stuff.. pictures, postcard, books, statues .. pretty eclectic. The rooms are comfortable . One communal toilet upstairs and one downstairs and two sinks to wash at - I personally prefer an en suite so this was a downer for me. In terms of gear .. you can buy shoe and hand warmers and rent coats, boots, gloves etc - it was minus 18 when we visited. 1 min drive to viewing area for cranes and 10 mins to bridge view.
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Date of stay: February 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hickory Wind
Which popular attractions are close to Hickory Wind?
Nearby attractions include Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary (0.2 miles), Tsurumidai (3.4 miles), and Otowa Bridge (2.6 miles).
What food & drink options are available at Hickory Wind?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hickory Wind?
Conveniently located restaurants include Doremifa Sora, Hearten Tree, and Hotel Taito Restaurant Forest.