The Izumi Crane Observation Center is the best place to witness the amazing natural spectacle of over 10,000 cranes migrating to Izumi from Siberia for the winter months. The center is open between October and March each year.
Cranes are believed to have first appeared in Izumi around 1700
The best time to see the cranes is at dawn
The Izumi Crane Observation Center is best accessed by car. However, a bus is also available.
The nearest train station to Izumi Crane Observation Center is JR Izumi Station. It is 20 minutes by car from the station and parking is on site. An infrequent tourist bus also departs from Izumi Station.
Cranes started to arrive in Izumi in the 1700s, after a land reclamation project was completed under the orders of the Shimadzu clan. Today, over 10,000 cranes migrate to Izumi each year between October and December, remaining until March when they return to the colder climate of Siberia.
Visitors can observe the birds engaging in their graceful mating dance and feeding throughout the day. The Observation Center is located right in front of the migration grounds and offers an amazing panoramic view over a truly unique natural spectacle.
Several species of crane migrate to the site each year, including hooded cranes, white-necked cranes, common cranes, Sandhill cranes, Siberian cranes and Demoiselle cranes. Information on the birds is on display in the Observation Center building. Early risers can make their way to the Observation Center at dawn to see the cranes take flight at once as they set off to find food for the day.