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An historic samurai town that's home to Japan's oldest Zen temple and 10,000 cranes
Each year over 10,000 cranes migrate to the Izumi area from Siberia in a spectacular event not seen elsewhere in the country. Once home to tough samurai, Izumi is the former northern stronghold of the Satsuma domain. It's also the location of one of the country's oldest Zen temples, Kannoji.