A very popular location in Hokkaido to watch red-crowned cranes roosting is Setsuri River from the Otowa Bridge. This is a long time favorite of both cranes and people alike, as the cranes feel safe here and come in a decent number, and humans get a beautiful view of the river, cranes and the surroundings.

There are many other roosting locations, but they hold just a few individuals and are streams and small rivers where you’ll spook them very easily.

It sounds like this:



  • Aperture: ƒ/7.1
  • Camera: NIKON D5
  • Focal length: 700mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000 s

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