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Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary

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Address: Aza Nakasetsuri Minami, Akan-gun, Tsurui-mura 085-1205, Hokkaido
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An amazing place!

Watching several hundred Red-crowned Cranes jumping and dancing was simply spectacular. These are majestic birds, culturally significant to the Japanese. Being able to view so... read more

Reviewed 2 February 2017
Boston, MA
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Boston, MA
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206 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Watching several hundred Red-crowned Cranes jumping and dancing was simply spectacular. These are majestic birds, culturally significant to the Japanese. Being able to view so many, and at such close range, was one of the reasons we visited Japan in winter.

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Bellevue, Washington
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2016

At the Tsurui Ito Red-crowned Crane Sanctuary you are close to the wildlife. It is a great place to the the Red-crowned Cranes.

Thank Wolfie723
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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280 reviews
182 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2015

Maybe I was expecting too much, it was not as what I have expected in some photos. Just around 20 red-crowned cranes. Nothing fascinating.

1 Thank DorothyCheong
Hokkaido, Japan
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57 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2015

I have been visiting Tsurui several times each winter for over 30 years. The sight of the cranes dancing on the snow covered fields each winter never fails to thrill. Combine visiting here with the nearby crane roost (best watched from the nearby bridge - not yet listed on Tripadvisor), the feeding site at Tsurumidai ( though it is surrounded... More 

6 Thank StellersEagle
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288 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2015

We were not sure if we would be in luck to see red-head cranes. Upon arriving at the sanctuary, we were escalated to see about more than 20 beautiful cranes in the near distant. There were about 10 photographers with their professional bazooka lens waiting behind the wooden fence quietly for cranes' actions. Everyone was very co-operative and kept noise... More 

3 Thank kwoong
Singapore, Singapore
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121 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2015

There are a few locations in eastern Hokkaido where you can view the Tancho (Red Head) Crane (Grus Japonesis) during their winter migration (www.japan-guide.com has an excellent writeup). I did not expect to see so many of them and at a relatively close distance. I don't have a "bazooka" lens like most of the other photographers but even managed to... More 

3 Thank aktan6336
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280 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 953 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2014

Certainly an awesome sanctuary for the red-head tancho cranes ! And also a perfect venue for wildlife photographers, especially birds photographers. The regal birds come as they please and feed on the field just beyond the safety barriers. For best images of the birds, at least a 400mm lens would be ideal. To preserve the serene ambience of the sanctuary,... More 

4 Thank jensen_chua
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2014

loved all of it, nothing else to say Five star for sure - we had the most amazing service, both in our rooms, and in the restaurant, and we were instantly immersed fully into Japanese culture and tradition.

1 Thank Angelheart69

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