On a certain side street in Shibuya, it is possible to find goats. Well, one goat, anyway. He was in a cage on the patio of the Sakuragaoka Café, and appeared to be the lone yagi present on the day of my visit.
The atmosphere inside of the café was the same as any other comfortable eatery at noon. Businessmen were enjoying lunch at the tables to the tune of light jazz. Oddly enough, there didn’t seem to be much in the way of a “goat theme” beyond the capra aegagrus hircus at the door.
Still, the food was excellent. The menu boasted Italian dishes such as margarita pizza and pasta, along more traditional Japanese fare such as ginger pork and curry. Especially pleasing was the 1000¥ price tag, a desirable quality in the famously expensive world of Tokyo eateries.
Sakuragaoka Café is a pleasant and inexpensive spot in Shibuya for lunch, but the goat population seems to be going down.
Sakuragaoka Café Contact Information
Sakuragaoka Café (English site)
4 minutes from Shibuya Station (click on the pin for directions via Google Maps)
Morning: 8:30 – 11:30 (last order 11:00) (Weekdays only)
Lunch: 11:30 – 15:00
Dinner: 17:30 – 23:00
Midnight time 23:00 – 28:00 (24:00 on Sundays or last day of a holiday weekend)
Estimated Price: 1000 yen for lunch (Menu)
“Why Go?”: Goat! Also, an inexpensive lunch break during your Shibuya shopping tour.