There are many unusual and interesting things in Tokyo, Japan and in part three of my series of unusual/ unique restaurants in Japan, I turn my focus to Shibuya. Now we all know that Shibuya, one of Tokyo’s 23 wards, is the most colorful and busiest, packed with shopping, dining, nightclubs and swarms of visitors each and every day. But just five minutes from the JR Shibuya Station is an establishment which seems a bit out of place in this bustling metropolitan district.
What I am referring to is the Sakuragaoka Yagi (goat) Café (web page: http://www.udagawacafe.com/shibuyagi/). We have heard of everything from maid cafes to cat cafes being popular in Tokyo, but a goat café? Yes! Rena Kawaguchi and her staff brought the animals, named Sakura (Cherry) and Chocolat (Chocolate) in an effort to attract a new breed of animal-loving customers and spice up dwindling weekend business. Customers can pet the goats in their pen while drinking coffee or book an appointment to take them for a walk through the crowded area surrounding Shibuya station.
Japanese urbanites are drawn to the café because it affords them the opportunity to commune with nature.
The café is open from 8:00 AM – 4:00 AM Monday through Saturday. Breakfast is served from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM, lunch is available from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM and dinner is served from 5:30 PM – 11:00 PM. The time in between is devoted to customers lounging on the various sofas and comfortable chairs grouped throughout the café enjoying drinks like iced coffee, caramel macchiato, cherry cola, or yuzu soda and socializing or taking advantage of the Wi-fi. There is a large sakura (cherry blossom) painting that adorns one wall and pink glass fixtures hang over the fully stocked bar. Goat themed artwork adorn the others walls.
The food which includes items such as potato wedges with homemade garlic sour crème, bruschetta, pizza, burgers, risotto and various stir fried dishes is a bit on the pricy side, which is normal for Shibuya. They do offer menus in English so ordering is not a problem if you do not speak Japanese.
On the way out, be sure to check out the goat themed souvenir snacks available for purchase at the cash register.
All in all, it is a very charming and cute café worth looking into if you happen to be in the area and just want to immerse yourself in the unique and unusual culture which can only be found in Japan!