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Come play with tiny 'Mame' Shiba Inu dogs in Harajuku!

Posted on December 21, 2020


In the middle of jam-packed Harajuku, filled to the skies with high-rise buildings and fashionistas, you’d never expect that in amongst all the hustle and bustle would be a cozy little cafe where you can cuddle up with some furry four-legged canine friends. The Mame Shiba Inu Cafe, located on the famous Takeshita Dori, is home to over a dozen ‘mame shiba,’ the miniature version of the Shiba Inu dog breed. With its classic tatami floor and wooden furniture, the cafe’s interior resembles a traditional Japanese home. Playing with the pupsters in this cozy cafe, you’d forget you were out in the middle of one of the busiest cities in the world.


Mame Shiba Cafe Harajuku cute dog

photo by @cyurumio

The ‘mame’ in Mame Shiba means bean in Japanese to emphasize just how tiny these guys are. For 880 yen, you can spend a precious 30 minutes with the little Shibbies whilst enjoying an inclusive drink.


Mame Shiba Cafe Harajuku two dogs

photo by @nastyaa_1806

The cafe controls for the number of guests allowed in per 30-minute slot so that the dogs don’t get overwhelmed!


Mame Shiba Cafe Harajuku petting dog

photo by @yun02ec

The cafe is open from 11am-7pm, but it’s advised to arrive as early as possible as queues get pretty long fast and reservations are not permitted ahead of time. However, once you arrive you can purchase tickets for your preferred time slot and then go walk around Harajuku. You can just stroll back over once it’s time!

Mame Shiba Cafe Harajuku two dogs

photo by @whereabigailwent

All the dogs wear these super cute Japanese patterned scarves in red, blue, and green colors.

Mame Shiba Cafe Harajuku cafe interior

photo by @rodjxc

Look at how tiny they are! They are barely the height of the coffee tables.

Mame Shiba Cafe Harajuku toys

photo by @mmariacato

You can pet or play with the dogs, but it is asked that you do not disturb them while they sleep.

Mame Shiba Cafe Harajuku dog butt

photo by @yun02ec

This Shibbie’s decided to go for a quick swim. Care to join him for some breaststroke?

Mame Shiba Cafe Harajuku sleeping dog

photo by @___n.a.gi.310

Sometimes they’ll even just walk onto your lap and fall asleep…

Mame Shiba Cafe Harajuku board profile

photo by @namolur66

Find out all the birthdays, full names and pictures of the cafe residents. There are even handy little sticker badges to let you know which doggies are on their break time!

Mame Shiba Cafe Harajuku sign

photo by @namolur66

These fox-like cuties are waiting for you, so be sure to come say hi!



Harajuku Mame Shiba Cafe
Address: 3F, 1-6-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Closest station: Harajuku Station (JR Yamanote line) or Meiji-Jingu Mae Station (Fukutoshin line)


Written by: Maya Kimura Watts