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About this Location

It is a lowland wetland registered as a Ramsar wetland in 1985, and is a wintering ground for geese and shorebirds. It covers an area of 369 hectares and is surrounded by rice paddies. It is famous for the spectacle of geese that cover the sky as they fly away en masse in the early morning or late at night, and the sound of their wings and cries overwhelm the viewer with a vigor and power that is unimaginable in everyday life.

What kind of birds can we see?

Geese and ducks (geese, geese, ducklings, mallards, pintails, whooper swans, etc.)

  • 10 minutes by car (cab) from “Kurikoma-Kogen Station” of JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line
  • Approximately 8 minutes by car (cab) from Nitta Station on the JR Tohoku Main Line
  • When coming by car, use Miyagi-Kenboku Expressway: …… Approximately 3 minutes from Izunuma I.C.
    Parking is available in Parking Lot 1, the largest parking lot with a capacity of 100 cars. Several other parking spaces are scattered near each shooting point.
Shooting locations and tips
  • There are several points from which you can observe the geese flying away, but the best location is at Shooting Point 2 on the west side of the lake. It took off from the lakeside and flew in a westerly direction toward the shooting point.
  • This location is on a narrow embankment, but you can park on the embankment. Basically, pack on the north side and park on the other side of the lake.
  • The north side is the most popular, but any location can be photographed.
  • Flying Gries can be seen about 30 minutes before dawn. However, it is best to get there at least an hour before to get a spot, as many photographers will be there.
  • In addition, Photo Point 1 is suitable for both early morning takeoff and evening roosting. The return flight starts about 30 minutes before sunset.
  • There are parking spaces for two cars near Photo Point 1. The parking lot on the east side is reasonably large.

Geese fly away (November)

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