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The Japanese Dancing Cranes of Kushiro

Japan > Hokkaido > Kushiro

09 December 2011

A visit to Kushiro Shitsugen National Park in eastern Hokkaido in search of the majestic Dancing Cranes aka Japanese Crane aka Red-crowned Crane, sp. Grus japonensis, an icon of Japan. Very rare, only about 1000 birds now live in Japan. Long journey from Sapporo — a 4-hr express train ride to Kushiro, then a 1-hr bus trip to the site in Tsurumidai, just before Tsurui village — a round-trip of almost 750km, all done in one day out of Sapporo. Worth it all!

The Dancing Cranes.

 

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