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Whooper Swans at Lake Kussharo

Gorgeous proud birds spend the winter in the snow-covered lake

Whooper Swans at Lake Kussharo
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Every winter over 300 of beautiful white birds come back to the Lake Kussharo in Hokkaido. Their massive appearance in the snow-covered lake draws nature photographs searching for a perfect shot.

Things to do in Japan : Whooper Swans at Lake Kussharo
Things to do in Japan : Whooper Swans at Lake Kussharo

The lake surface freezes in the middle, but the waters closer to the shore function as a bath for the whooper swans due to a thermal spring.

Things to do in Japan : Whooper Swans at Lake Kussharo
Things to do in Japan : Whooper Swans at Lake Kussharo

Besides swans you can also watch some white-tailed eagles, common buzzards, brown hawk owls, yellow-breasted greenfinches. The wildlife of the area includes Sika deer, sables, mountain hares and Siberian chipmunks. The Lake Kussharo area is also known for free outdoor hot spring baths.

Kotan, outdoor bath
Kotan, outdoor bath

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