Falcon Cafe 鷹匠
Shopping/Entertainment | Avg price: ¥800 | English Available: None (Unknown)
Meet birds of prey
On historic Nanakomachi Street, there are many coffee shops and cafes, but Takajo, the falcon cafe, lets customers meet the avian staff. For ¥800, you sit and relax with a cup of coffee, and endure the haunting stares of owls, falcons and hawks. The birds are well cared for and get out for “walks”, so they are habituated to people and quite relaxed. I waited until one of the birds, a hawk, paid attention to me, and asked the falconer if I could handle her. You’ll receive a leather gauntlet for your left arm on which the bird will stand, and you can take your time to be a perch for as long as you and the bird care to. You are welcome to take photos. The only trouble I had was that the hawk, who is very clever and active in the daytime, unlike her owl companions, wanted to play with my fingers and fluttered every time I said something. Be careful, these birds have wickedly sharp beaks and minds. She was gentle but she is still a wild bird. Be careful, too, what you say around these birds as they have large vocabularies in Japanese. Just don’t say “Sampo” within their sharp hearing. You’ll end up with an excited blur of feathers.
5-18 Nanokamachi, Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima-ken 965-0044