Cafe Mozart is the cafe on the grounds of the former Ogawa Town Shimozato school. The school is known to many as Ashigaoka school from the Non Non Biyori anime. The cafe is attached to the acclaimed school, which has become a popular destination for fans of the anime. But that’s not the only draw of the cafe…
Mozart cafe attributes
Many of the visitors, particularly locals, come for the food rather than the stardom. It is one of the few partially organic cafes for miles around. The vegetables are not just organic, but they are homegrown fresh from the next door farm.
They do not have a fixed menu. It is a daily menu with two to four dishes. The dishes change daily. They pin the menu of the day to a beam by the cash register. They don’t have children’s meals, but they can provide extra plates or bowls and cutlery. You can share drinks too.
Another pull is the scenery. The yard of the school and cafe has stunning mature cherry blossoms. The cafe is nestled in a small valley. In the Autumn the surrounding hills are dotted with colour.
Also, while some come because it is “that” school from Non Non Biyori, some just want to experience the school decor of the interior of the cafe. They have school desks as tables and blackboards with chalk art.
Along the large windows that face the farm, they have school desks as tables. Inside has 20 seats and there are a further twelve outside on the deck. All non smoking and no pets.
Outside, they have a beautiful outdoor deck with further seating. These are not school desks. They each fit up to four diners. The deck is right under a magnificent cherry blossom tree and also has a view of the farm. It has a view of the hills which have wild sakura blooming in spring and beautiful shades of colour during Autumn.
The outdoor seating of the cafe also has a view of the playground. There are more sakura trees in the yard of the school too.
There is a play are for toddlers in front of the deck too.
Cafe Mozart Information
|Address:||824 Shimozato, Ogawa, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0323 (map below)|
|Hours:||Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm|
|Cost:||budget for around 1,100 yen|
|Web:||Official Facebook Page|
Access Cafe Mozart
The nearest station is Ogawa machi on the Tobu Tojo and JR Hachiko lines. Not to be confused with the Ogawamachi in Tokyo! It’s only about an hour and a half from Tokyo, all in, if you get a taxi from the station. You can also hire a bike or take a bus part of the way. It takes much longer if you walk as it is a 40 minute walk from the station.Source: http://insaitama.com/shimozato-school-ogawa/
You can get a bus part of the way. From the station you can get a bus to “Ogawa Park Hill” and alight at “Dento Kugei Kaikan”「伝統工芸会館前」 . It is about a 15 minute walk from there.Source: http://insaitama.com/shimozato-school-ogawa/
Parking is free. It is at the back of the school. You go through the school gate and down a dirt road until you see it past the organic farm.Source: http://insaitama.com/shimozato-school-ogawa/
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More Organic Cafes in Saitama:
Ones with English web pages linked
- Alishan, Hidaka
- Natural Cafe Sora (partially – vegetables), Yoshimi
- Organic Cafe Wood Canvas, Hatoyama
- Poppo No Ki, Tokigawa
- 3552, Fujimi
- Raw Souk, Kumagaya
- Five, Kasukabe
- Fu-fu-fu, Fu-Fu-Fu2’nd and Fu-fu-fu+, Iwatsuki
- Jackson Farm & Grill (partially – vegetables), Koshigaya
- Onmatable, Koshigaya
- Teru Cafe, Warabi
- Cinagro Organic Salad and Cafe, Omiya
- Saegusa, Urawa
- Onion Jack (partially – vegetables), Urawa
- Lapin Noir Kurousagi, Chicihibu
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