We flew JAL to Kushiro via Tokyo. Our car, a Toyota Murano with GPS, was hired via club tocoo.com. 

Highlights included the crane photography sites at Tancho No Sato and nearby, ducks like Harlequin and Long-tailed photographed from the car in harbours near Rausu and breakfast at Minshuku Furen with the Matsuo family.  

At Lake Kussharo we photographed Whooper Swans at the edge of the ice. Our minshuku had outdoor hot pools in the snow.

After Hokkaido, we stopped over in Tokyo and met friends. We enjoyed the ducks and the other birds in Toyko’s public parks.