Japanese Crane Reserve, Kushiro

3.6
#2 of 10 in Parks in Kushiro
Get a close-up view of the magnificent birds that symbolize longevity in Japan at Japanese Crane Reserve, a sanctuary for endangered red-neck white cranes. Instrumental in increasing the number of these birds, the Kushiro National Park zoo built a fenced section providing a shelter and nursery for around a dozen free-ranging adult cranes roosting in large pens. Specially designed wire-free holes provide good opportunities to take photos as you look in at the cranes. You can take a bus from Kushiro airport or a train from Kushiro station to visit the reserve independently. However, on a guided tour, you'll increase your chance of seeing flocks flying and frolicking in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled and you might just get to witness the cranes' attractive mating dance. Add Japanese Crane Reserve to your Kushiro travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Kushiro online journey planner .
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  • We visited Akan International Crane Centre first. AICC is nicely done and educational but only a few cranes were kept there at the moment when we visited in early Oct. Therefore, when we arrived Kushi...  more »
  • It was great to see the cranes. It is an easy walk along a path to see all the enclosures. Peek through camera holes make getting good pics easy. Nice place to see these birds.  more »
  • Crane seems likely to turf consciousness into 9 pairs of males and females separated, can be observed. Want to fly will cut wings. We're raising kids pair. I think, from children to adults can enjoy many attractions
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When it comes to international tourism, Kushiro represents more of a transit point than a destination, with people passing through and using it for its good onward connection options. For those that do spend the night here, Kushiro has a welcome set of accommodations, usually business class hotels with a pool, a restaurant, and simple rooms. Some particularly budget-friendly hotels sit as close as possible to the main train station, while the train station district as a whole contains the vast majority of what's available here.
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