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Chitose-shi, Hokkaidō, 066-0068

0123 29 3410

The Bird Watching cafe is situated close to the Chitose river. From the cafe you can view the forest and all the birds and animals that live in the area. The cafe also has a purpose built bird hide from which you can photograph the animals at close range. 

We serve a variety of hot sandwiches and sweets with coffee, tea, cold drinks, beer and wine. 

Also housed in the same building is the Tadashi Shimada Nature photo gallery showcasing his work as a photographer of birds both locally in Hokkaido and other international works.


WED 10am -5pm 

THUR 10am -5pm

FRI 10am -5pm

SAT 10am -5pm

SUN 10am -5pm


The "Bird Photo Cafe" , a permanent Bird hide/blind from which you can view and photograph at close range the many birds and animals that visit the garden. Since we have opened we have recorded some 52 different species of wild birds. 

There are 9 seating positions within the bird hide. You can order a meal or coffee which can be eaten in the bird hide. Its difficult to accommodate a tripod due to space but mini tripods work quite well.  






The concept of this cafe was created by the Photographer, Tadashi Shimada. He wanted people to experience what he does when he is out photographing birds.

The concept of this cafe was created by the Photographer, Tadashi Shimada. He wanted people to experience what he does when he is out photographing birds. 

As the cafe sits nestled in the forest it provides a perfect location to see all kinds of Hokkaido birds. We provide feed to attract the birds thus creating a place where you can see birds close at hand. 

The bird hide seats up to 9 people and provides a location in which you can photograph birds and other animals without disturbing them. 


- Please let the staff know that you would like to sit in the Bird photo cafe

- No entry fee but please order a drink or some food at least one item per person. 

- Food or Drink ordered can either be consumed inside or within the bird hide. Please let the staff know if you would like to eat side or outside. Food/drink consumed in the bird hide will be served as take out.

- Food or drink purchased outside the cafe cannot be consumed in the bird hide. 

- The bird hide is a non smoking area.Please use the outdoor designated smoking areas.

- You are responsible for your own equipment. The cafe is not liable in such case of theft,etc. 

- Refrain from talking loudly or using your phone. This is a quiet space for observing and photographing birds and nature. 

- Please dispose of rubbish in the bin provided. 

If you have more questions about the bird photography hide or are visiting in a large group please contact staff through the below form or ring us on

 +0123 29 3410. 

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SIGHTINGS @thebirdwatchingcafe

Birds and Animals that can be seen at various times during the year.