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Japanese Crane Reserve, Kushiro

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Wildlife Area
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. Work out when and for how long to visit Japanese Crane Reserve and other Kushiro attractions using our handy Kushiro itinerary maker.
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  • The captive cranes were in very large enclosures and appeared to be behaving naturally. Some pairs were breeding with chicks yet easily visible.  more »
  • We are lucky enough to see how eagle was fighting with crane over food and also the keeper trying to chase the crane back into the cage..there are few cranes wondering outside cage and this allowed us...  more »
  • There are an exhibition to give you knowledge about cranes. And also alive cranes in cage to see. But only 2-3 cranes there. If you come in winter, you may see many cranes fly to here for food.  more »