|Most expensive month:||May|
|Average price in Izumi:||$69/night|
|Cheapest price found:||$33/night|
|Most expensive day:||Saturday|
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A city built on the junction of both river and sea, Izumi’s claim to fame is the 10,000 cranes that descend here each year from Siberia in winter. Their arrival in Izumi is quite a spectacle, keenly awaited by locals and birding enthusiasts alike.
Birdwatchers should start at the Izumi City Crane Centre, the best place to see the migrating cranes. The centre’s observation deck overlooks the roosting grounds of many local birds, perfect for watching these majestic creatures up close. You can learn about their habits and extraordinary flight path in the on-site museum, which also offers binoculars to rent.
Continuing with the crane theme, Hakozaki Hachiman Shrine commemorates a prince who fell in love with a crane. The shrine is located in a picturesque setting, and its temple bell is said to be one of the largest and heaviest in the world.
It is said that plenty of samurais lived in Izumi, with several of their former homes now open to the public where you can go on a guided tour to learn about the samurai way of life. Meander through the simple wooden dwellings, where you’ll find little furniture, in keeping with traditional Japanese decor.
Above Izumi are the Uwaba-kogen Highlands, one of the most popular day trip destinations for locals. People come here to hike and picnic amongst the fresh, green landscapes and to buy ice cream made from the milk of the highland cows.
Izumi is served by the Shinkansen bullet train, while buses connect to destinations across the city, starting from the Izumi-Chuo train Station. The nearest airport is Kagoshima Airport, located an hour from Izumi Station via an airport shuttle. Once in Izumi you can use the public bus system, rent a car or traverse the city on a bicycle
Hotel Wing International Izumi (7.6/10 from 190 reviews), Kamon Inn Kotobuki (8.6/10 from 38 reviews), and Hostel Tomal (8.6/10 from 157 reviews) are all highly rated places to stay in Izumi.