By NOBORU TOMURA/ Staff Writer
June 7, 2021 at 07:00 JST
MIZUNAMI, Gifu Prefecture—Reaching new heights, the “cafe in the sky” here has set up a helipad to attract customers from neighboring Aichi Prefecture.
Sitting on top of a 500-meter mountain, Cafe Seigaiso, which opened in 2017, was remodeled from a villa built about 50 years ago.
Visitors can enjoy great views of the Central Japan Alps, Mount Enasan and Mount Byobuzan, as well as high-rise buildings in Nagoya on some occasions.
Manager Takeshi Mizoguchi, 52, said he came up with the idea for the helipad after learning that a restaurant in the prefecture was using one to receive customers from urban areas.
He asked a pleasure flight company if a helipad could be built at his cafe.
Construction began in November last year.
The cafe manager invited about 50 local residents for a completion ceremony on May 5. A chopper took off and landed there during the event.
The emergency helipad, about 15 meters in diameter, is open to public use in times of disaster.
It will also be used as a venue for yoga classes, music events and other purposes.
“I want to use the helipad as a springboard to make the cafe an entertaining place,” Mizoguchi said.
He expects demand from participants of lunch tours hosted by the pleasure flight company.
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