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Tsurui is a village located in Kushiro District, southeastern Hokkaido. Tsurui was named one of the most beautiful villages of Japan in 2008. The district is most famous for Kushiro Marsh National Park and Japanese Crane. Japanese cranes were once thought to have been extinct until they were rediscovered in 1926 and since then have encouraged the recovering of over 1,000 cranes. Spring in Tsurui starts in May as cherry blossoms start to blossom and cover the village with the flowing petals. Animals and plants suddenly come to life after enduring a long and harsh winter. The nearby Kushiro Marsh, stretching 183 km square kilometers, sheds its wintry colors and becomes covered in fresh green. When summer comes the Marsh is now covered with rich green, making a wonderful contrast with the blue of the rivers. In the fall the trees covering the mountains display their autumn leaves in various stunning shades of red and yellow. Cows produce plenty of famous Hokkaido milk. Finally winter steals over the Marsh, spreading thick snow on the ground. Regardless of the time of year you decide to visit, Tsurui is sure to be a beautiful destination.
Japan's largest marsh famous for red-crowned cranes
Fishermen's Wharf, Kushiro Marsh
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The most popular way to view the ice flows up-close is to board an ice-breaking boat.