For the coffee lovers out there who might be craving something other than Starbucks or other chains, there’s a wonderful new coffee shop that has popped up in Fussa. The owners are a young Japanese couple who are passionate about both coffee and baking. There’s a host of yummy baked treats on offer daily too – when I visited there was carrot cake, banana bread, chocolate cubes and custard cubes.
The atmosphere is very chic and minimalistic, but warm and welcoming too. The owners also speak perfect English and have an English menu available too, so don’t let not knowing Japanese deter you from visiting!
One of the other great things about this place is they open early. I’ve found many places off base don’t tend to open as early as WORD Coffee do, which is just another reason to love them!
I know there are plenty of people who enjoy supporting the “mom and pop” type stores and this cafe is one of those places. –Kim Bosack, May 2016
DIRECTIONS: Getting there is easy – head out the Fussa gate as if you were going to Seiyu. Continue past the Seiyu, you’ll go past Mikes Tex Mex on your left and Fussa Hospital on the right. Word Coffee is just a short walk beyond there!
HOURS: M-F 6:00 am- 5:00pm, Saturday 6:00 am-1:00 pm, Sunday-closed
They also have a Facebook page and Instagram account!
Tokuju– There is a great little Soba restaurant with lots of character right out the Fussa Gate. They have a great udon, nabe yaki and katsu meals, among other things. The owners speak almost no English, but they have a (mostly) translated English menu, and you can get by with pointing 😊. It’s has six or seven tables, several with chairs and several with the traditional tatami seating. Nice little family-run restaurant, good prices and great food! I think it is only open for dinner.- Emma Stober, March 2016
Directions: go straight out the Fussa gate, and the restaurant is two doors before the German restaurant, Stuben Ohtama.
I tried a new restaurant today called Deli Taj Indian Restaurant. This is a family run restaurant. The owners told me they just open September 7, 2013. I had tandoori chicken, garden salad and buttered naan. The food was really good and portions were a good size. The price I paid was ¥1550. The menu has English on it and the owners daughter spoke very good English. I was very pleased by how friendly the owner and his family were to me. GPS: 35.749299, 139.325155. – J0hn, September 2013.
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Summer is coming up and I’m trying to watch my carbs. I checked out Mos Burger today and I was pleased to see that they offer burgers wrapped in crispy lettuce and onions instead of buns. It reminded me of In-N-Out burger in California. The sauce was really good on the burger and it came with a small side salad and a drink. They do offer burgers on buns if you prefer and they also have chicken or even crispy shrimp burgers. There were lots of vegetarian options too.
DIRECTIONS: It’s really close to base, just around the corner from the Fussa train station. It’s a chain restaurant and I’ve seen them around other locations as well. Here is the GPS to the near us 35.741720,139.326341. If you exit the Daiso (¥100 shop) then just walk around to the other side of that building, away from the Fussa train station, and it’s right on that corner. – Kelly O’Donnell, May 2013
I LOVE this place! It has fresh food and great variety: Pizza, bagel sandwiches, numerous types of bagels, even tofu cream cheese. They also have a little shop selling all different types of foods, including local produce. (Hoops was carved out of space that used to be Cupid’s garden shop. The plant section is now much smaller but still there.) The prices are decent and they take dollars. They have tables and a kids’ play place.
DIRECTIONS: Turn left out of the Fussa Gate. Hoops is about halfway to the Supply Gate, on the right side of Route 16, next to Blue Seal ice cream. Both have enormous signs, so you can’t miss them. It’s an easy walk or bike ride. They also have a few parking spots. Sierra Kennedy, 2012.
Comment and photos by Kelly O’Donnell, 2013 – I had no idea that there was this great play area upstairs inside the Hoop bagel place. I had gone there 4 or 5 times and had never gone upstairs. There is lots of seating for the parents up there and the waitress will bring your lunch up while the kids play.
Comment by Suzie Qu from Facebook, April 2013: During lunch hours you can NOT use the upstairs without reservations anymore. They will try to accommodate you if they can, but i know as of about last week, they even put up a sign stating that between certain hours, no seating upstairs unless call ahead.
This place, right nearby in Fussa, has good Indian food with an English menu. The lunch set is ¥1000. The restaurant is downstairs. It has two large tables and several small tables. It’s barely half a mile from Fussa gate, so close enough to walk or bike.
DIRECTIONS: Go out the Fussa Gate and turn right onto Rt. 16. Turn left at the next light. Cross the tracks and go straight through two lights (the road bends left at the second.)Pass the yellow-striped pachinko building. KC’s is next to the pink-trimmed Foxy bar, which is on the corner with Bar Row. There’s pay parking at the corner. You can also park in the lot across from the pachinko parlor. Tel. 042-553-7708. GPS: 35.74371, 139.3311. Ace Tubbs, 2011
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It is called “Screaming Sushi” among Yokotans because the sushi chefs boisterously welcome customers and sometimes make loud announcements of special dishes. It is the most popular place to go for revolving-belt sushi in Fussa. If seats are not available upon arrival, sign up at the new-fangled monitor for a table or counter seating (“countah” in Japanglish). Generous portions are priced between ¥126 and ¥577 per plate, plus miso soup refills are free at lunch. Chopsticks are in the oblong box and pickled ginger “gari” is in the square box. There are two types of powdered tea, brown hoji-cha and green matcha; put two spoonfuls in a cup and add hot water from the push lever spigot. Besides sushi (including California rolls, seared salmon, shrimp and avocado), there is fried chicken, rice paper spring rolls with shrimp and lettuce, shrimp tempura, fresh fruit, crepes and more. Orders from the menu (English with pictures) may also be placed with the chefs or waitresses. If a bell rings, a chef may be offering something special such as seared scallops, fresh tempura, or fresh fish to be fileted. Returning customers may ask for a point card eventually good for ¥600 off a meal.
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out the Fussa Gate (0km), veer right at the “Y” and turn right onto Yanagi Dori, aka the Seiyu street (0.7km, Fussa Sta. E. Ent. No.2 intersection). Keep straight (through approx. nine traffic lights) and the restaurant will be located on your right (2km), across from a Shell station. Hours: 11am-11pm, 042-539-1418. GPS: 35.75204, 139.3231 August, 2011.
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This charming restaurant/brewery (sometimes referred to as the Mayor’s House) has been in the Ishikawa family for more than 300 years. The family began making sake 135 years ago, using rice grown in the immediate area. A few years later, their great great-grandfather began making beer but it was before its time and did not go over well. Lucky for us, the trend eventually caught on.Once inside, the courtyard and building have an old German flavor. There are two massive 400-year old Zelkova trees standing sentry. In a small store behind the trees, there is a presentation on how sake is made. Ask questions. They have people who can speak English well if you want to know more. After leaving the store, there is a Karu (old storage building) to the right, and an old metal sake pot. The soba restaurant to the left as you wonder through the courtyard has hosted many generals and VIPs as evidenced by many photos. Further into the courtyard is a pavilion housing an antique cooker/pot for making beer. The walls and ceilings depict the making of beer 100 years ago. Just outside the pavilion is a tree more than 600 years old. Across from the pavilion is the beer brewery and lots of tables to eat outside when weather permits. There are two restaurants, Italian and Japanese. Both are inventive, borrowing from West and East.
The Italian side (Fussa no Birugoya) has pizza, pasta, risotto and larger entrees, along with a seasonal menu. They roll their own pasta, and the pizzas often include fresh herbs. Entrees include roasted tuna, sauteed veal and baked freshwater shrimp. The main dishes run about ¥1,400. The appetizer list is extensive.
The Japanese side, Zougura, specializes in buckwheat noodles (soba), served every which way: garnished with duck, with mountain yam, with seaweed, hot, cold or in soup. The menu has a long list of small plates, some of which Americans might eat on a dare: Salted squid guts, fish guts and dried mackerel. But there are plenty, too that would appeal to an American palette, such as braised pork, beef, seafood and many European dishes. And of course, lots of beer. The business gives tours of both the sake factory and the beer brewery. Please arrange ahead of time for English speaking tours. The owner’s two sons (Taro and Yoshiro Ishikawa) speak English. You can call them for more information at 042-553-0100 or Fax 042-553-2008. Hours: 11:30am-10pm (last orders of the evening at 8:30pm).
DIRECTIONS: Take a left out the Fussa Gate. Stay on 16 as it becomes a bridge over the train tracks. Turn right at the traffic light after the bridge. Go straight through three lights. Now begin to watch for a cement block wall (not more than 20 feet long) on your left (there is a Temple directly across the street.) Take the next left turn just after the wall ends (a very narrow street), then take an immediate left (about the length of a car), follow along the street paralleling the brewery/sake complex (white buildings). Take the first right hand turn. Go past one building on the left and park in the lot behind it. Additional parking is past the first parking lot. Continue on to the next street, make a left and look for a “P” parking sign on the left. Telephone: 042-553-0171. GPS: 35.71907, 139.33297. Doreen Garten 2010
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In the mood for fast and cheap? Try Yoshinoya, the Japanese answer to fast food. It basically serves one dish, “gyudon,” translated as beef bowl. It is a hearty bowl of rice with thinly-sliced beef and onions. The regular size is only ¥280! It is served with complimentary tea. Sides such as miso soup, potato salad, and salad are also available. There are two close to base, but we think the best way to experience Yoshinoya is when you’re walking through Tokyo, hungry and looking for a quick bite to eat. Once you notice one of these orange and black signs, you will start seeing them all over Japan. The chain of restaurants is open 24 hours a day for a fast, tasty meal at all times of day or night.
DIRECTIONS: One of the nearest is south on Route 16 where it intersects with Route 29 (on the way to Hachioji Bypass). Set your odometer to zero and drive straight out the Fussa Gate. Cross the train tracks. At the first light (0.4km) bear left at the “Y” intersection. At the second light past the next set of tracks (Fussa City Office Intersection, 1.1km) turn left onto Shin Okutama Kaido. Continue straight until your odometer reads 4.2 km. Yoshinoya will be on your left, at the corner of Route 16 and Route 29. Hours? Telephone? Brian & Kristen Marriott 08/02
Unasen, a Fussa eel and tempura restaurant, serves a wonderful, crisp, tempura dish of shrimp, pepper, eggplant, Japanese mushrooms, squid and fish. If you order a tempura set, you also get a good miso soup, rice and pickles. The decor is traditional with tatami mats, shoji window screens and walls of white pine. Although the menu is in Japanese, there is a window of plastic food for menu selection when your language skill has reached the limit. Unasen has three private rooms plus two booths in the front. Price on the tempura set is ¥l,500.
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out the Fussa Gate, bear left at the “Y” intersection, Honcho Dori. Go across the railroad tracks and through the first light (intersection of Ginza Dori). The restaurant is on the left, across from Jesse James. Hours: 11am-l0pm, six days a week, closed Saturdays. Telephone: 51-6465. Diane C. Lyell, 1992
This little hole-in-the-wall is tucked away in the heart of Fussa City. Tony’s Tonkatsu is run by the chef, Mr. Yoshio (Tony) Torikoshi. Tonkatsu (deep fried breaded pork cutlet) is their specialty. It’s not all pork. You can also get dishes featuring cheese or vegetables. The catch is, they’re wrapped in pork and deep-fried, too! The prawn dish is an exception. It’s breaded and fried, but without the pork. Every dish is worth trying! All dishes are served with Japanese pickles, a little appetizer plate, miso soup, rice and salad. Prices range from ¥800-1950. The menus are in English and Romaji (romanized Japanese). Although reservations are not required for 6 or less, you should make one on weekend evenings. The restaurant is small, with low tables on tatami mats and bar stools at the counter. There is also a party room, accommodating 20. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11am-2pm and 5-8pm. Telephone: 042-552-0419.
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out the Supply Gate. Cross two sets of railroad tracks. After crossing the second set of tracks, continue straight through four traffic lights. Shortly after the fourth light, you will start to go downhill. There will be a traffic light at the bottom of the hill, with a blue pedestrian bridge overhead. Take a left here and go straight until the third light. Take a left at this light (Marufuji Supermarket on left). Tony’s Tonkatsu House is across the street from the parking lot. GPS: 35.7253, 139.3343. Jean Kuramoto, Delores Street, 2010, photos by Kelly O’Donnell July 2013.
May 2012, Pamela Tubbs: Hubby and I enjoyed a super tonkatsu set meal…for just ¥1200, Torikoshi-san and his wife served us a huge feast (by Japanese standards!), including a chunk of pre-cut super-sweet pineapple for dessert (no charge!). This is a sweet little “mom-n-pop” (family lives above their restaurant) place on the corner. Sit at the counter to get a detailed view of all the military and U.S.-themed kitsch stuck on nearly every vertical surface! Note: ash trays on the tables meant one thing–we were lucky to be there with only one other customer, who wasn’t smoking! Tips to avoid the crowd (particularly smokers): go during the week (don’t forget–closed on Mondays), and get there early– they open at 5:00 p.m. There’s plenty of free parking in Marufuji’s parking lot (behind Marufuji, beside Tony’s). Enjoy!
The atmosphere is quaint and the service exceptional. English picture menus are available. The menu features authentic German food and drink, with an extensive supply of German wines and beer. There is a German Deli on the premises as well, selling freshly made sausages, smoked ham and other German specialties.
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out Fussa Gate toward Fussa Station, bearing right at the “Y”. It’s before the second light, across from Tai Sei Hospital.
Hours: 11:30am-2:30pm and 5:30pm-10:30 weekdays. 11:30am-3:30pm and 5pm-10:30pm weekends and holidays. Restaurant is closed Tuesdays but shop on first floor is open 10am-4:30pm. Telephone: 042-551-1325 . Available for event use for up to 80 people. http://www.otama.co.jp/stuben/english-stuben.html Kyoko Bissell, 2010
Two restaurants frequented by Yokota meat-eaters during lunch are Family Steakhouse Don and Shabu-Shabu Dontei. Sets at both places are ¥1000-¥2000, according to the picture menus. Shabu-shabu consists of boiling meat in broth in a table-top pan and then dipping it in sauce (sort of a Japanese fondue). Some say that you are supposed to cook the meat only as long as it takes you to say “shabu-shabu.” Thinly sliced pork is offered in addition to beef, along with a plate of vegetables and large noodles to be cooked at the end. Sets come with rice, salad bar is extra. Both restaurants open 11am-midnight.
DIRECTIONS: Drive straight out the Supply Gate (Itsukaichi Kaido) and across two sets of train tracks. Continue a few more blocks. The more western-style Steakhouse Don is on the near right corner of the next large intersection (at ShinOkutama Kaido) opposite the small Ushihama Post Office (before the road goes downhill)., 042-530-6866, 43-1 Ushihama. For the shabu-shabu restaurant, turn left at this intersection, then left past the brown apartment building into the parking lot (take off and put your shoes into the black lockers, then remove the wooden key). 042-551-7866, 986-1 Kumagawa. www.steak-don.co.jp/e/ Teresa Negley, Alexis Roberts 2009
Added to Yokota Travel in 2002, this “conveyor belt” sushi restaurant is still quite popular for its low cost and variety. If you go, you may have to wait in line for a seat. If there is a line, you will need to get a number from the machine next to the host/hostess. It’s in Japanese, but somebody will be happy to help you.
Once seated, you can grab sushi from the conveyor belt, or you may special order. Each table has its own ordering screen, which the staff will kindly switch to English for you. Special orders arrive via the conveyor belt on an elevated red tray that it color coded for your table. The special order screen will play a brief tune a moment before your order arrives. The price is determined by the plate color. There’s a handy chart at each table. Yellow and white are only ¥105, one is with wasabi and one is without (not sure which one). Black square plates are special and a little more expensive, but usually delicious.
Water is self-serve and located on the entrance side of the restaurant. There are two water stations. Additionally, each table has a hot water spigot and a bowl of matcha (green powder) for making green tea. Other drinks are offered through the special order screen. When you are finished, call a waiter using the button with a bell printed on it; they’ll count your plates and give you a card to take to the register.
SushiRo is open from 11am to 11pm. However, the last opportunity to be seated is at 10:30 pm. GPS: 35.718544, 139.335772. Brian Marriott, August 2002, confirmed Chris Kopp, May 2013, updated Roxanne Ready, July 2013, photos Michelle Nexon, July 2013.
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There are many reasons to patronize Shanhai Hanten: it is close to Yokota, has reasonable prices, great food and the owners speak English. The extensive menu includes shrimp, prawns, abalone, bechedemer and fish; beef, pork and chicken; bean curd, shark’s fin with chicken soup, rice and noodles. The four group specials tend to be the best bargain. Two specials will easily feed ten people and we always choose the following: 1) Shredded pork with green peppers, spring rolls, diced chicken (hot/spiced), bean curd with minced beef in hot sauce, egg drop soup. 2) Diced chicken with nuts, shrimp in chili sauce, bean curd with shrimp, shredded pork with baby garlic, spring rolls, sweet corn soup. The specials range from ¥5500-25,000. Bowls of rice can also be ordered. The restaurant has six tables (both western and Japanese style) and can hold up to 30 people. Most tables will seat 4-5 people, but one table will fit 10.
DIRECTIONS: turn right out the Fussa Gate. Turn left at the first stoplight; go over a set of train tracks and then straight through the first light. At the second light, there will be two streets that come in from the right, take the 90-degree right. It is the second building past the parking garage on the left. It has a red sign and the letters are in kanji. There are only 3 parking spots in front. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: Lunch 11am-2:30 pm, Dinner 5pm-9:30 pm. Telephone: 042-551-5843 Karen Ozment, date?
One of our favorite restaurants in Japan, St. Marc’s is a beautiful restaurant with an attached bakery where you can stop by and pick up excellent fresh bread, sandwiches and homemade salad dressings. The restaurant has quite a romantic atmosphere, frequently with a live pianist. For dinner, you pay a set ¥1800 price for which you get to choose a soup, a salad, a main course, a dessert, and either tea, coffee, or juice. Lunch is equally nice and somewhat cheaper. All the food is excellent! The English menu shows you the free options and the “upgrade” options for which you pay the price listed below the item (from ¥50-300) in addition to the set price. The set price for dinner includes all-you-can-eat rolls fresh from the oven. You can eat in a glass sunroom surrounded by cherry trees in a small garden outside, which they illuminate at night, making an absolutely gorgeous view during cherry blossom season. St. Marc also offers a delicious breakfast, including their fresh baked breads. The “American Breakfast” is ¥780 (as of 2012) for an egg, bacon, coffee, soup and the endless bread basket.
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out the Fussa Gate. At the first light (“Y” intersection) bear left. St. Marc will be a couple of blocks ahead on the left, at the intersection with Yanagi Dori (Seiyu Street). It’s just before Tsutaya Book & CD. There is ample free parking (with validation), but it’s an easy 10-minute walk from the gate. Hours: 9am-11pm. Telephone 042-552-0309. GPS: 35.7405,139.3305. Brian & Kristen Marriott. Kyoko Bissell, 2010, photos by Kelly O’Donnell, April 2013.
Menu options great for kids.
Custard filled pastries.
*This restaurant has relocated to the below location. The picture and the write-up are from the last location. Please let us know your experience if you dine at the new location!
Italian food lovers will be happy to find another delicious Italian restaurant so close to base. Located in the front of the Marufuji grocery building, you can park in the Marufuji lot for easy access to this new (opened in 2007) restaurant. Although the staff is still working on a printed English menu, the chef himself came out and explained the menu to my group. I am told that this kind chef comes from a five-star restaurant background. For lunch we chose these dishes: pasta with mushrooms and chicken in a red/cream sauce, pasta with shrimp in a creamy basil sauce, pasta with shrimp and squid in a spicy red sauce. Set price for lunch included salad, bread and the entrée, along with tea or coffee, for about ¥1300. We added dessert onto that and tried a delicious chocolate torte, pistachio cake, and coffee custard pudding. The restaurant is quaint, with nice tablecloths and a clean feel to the interior decoration. Several small tables are in the front of the restaurant and a larger table, good for a group gathering, is in the back of the restaurant. –Alexis Roberts, 2009; photo by Tiffany Carter, Sept 2013.
HOURS: Monday-Saturday 11:30am-3pm lunch(LO 2pm), and 6:00-10:30pm dinner(LO 9:30pm). Sunday and Holidays 6:00pm-9:00pm (LO 8:00pm)
On Bar Row is a little restaurant/bar with excellent Thai food, inexpensive drinks, and a relaxed atmosphere with “ Alto-Punk” music. The menus are in English, and the owner speaks English. This is not a family restaurant.
DIRECTIONS: to get there, go straight out the Fussa Gate, bear to the right at the “Y” intersection, take a right at the first light past the “Y” onto Bar Row. Red Bird is midway down on the left with a sign in English and a parrot on the front. Hours? Telephone? Glen Kuhn, date?
Ramen noodles are a delicious and quick meal. They’re nothing like the dried kind you get in supermarkets. There are many ramen shops around Japan. The two closest ones to base are easy walks.
DIRECTIONS: the first one is on “Bar Row.” Go straight out Fussa Gate, bear left at “Y” intersection (1st light), take a right at next light. The restaurant is immediately to the left as you turn onto it. It has English menus and a wide variety of ramen soupflavors. To reach the second restaurant, continue down Bar Row and take a left at the next intersection. You will see another smaller ramen shop a couple buildings down on the right. Hours? Telephone? Name of shops? Brian & Kristen Marriott, date
Near Fussa Station is a tasty Indian restaurant. It offers several lunch meals, from ¥650–1200, and several dinner meals from ¥1500-3000. (There is a larger location on Shin Ome Kaido road.)
DIRECTONS: go straight out the Fussa Gate. At the “Y” intersection, bear right. Go through two lights, cross the railroad tracks and Minar is on the second floor of the building immediately to your right after crossing the tracks. We saw no parking lot, but there is another Minar’s out East Gate with plenty of parking. Hours: 11am-11pm. Telephone: 042-539-2871 Brian Marriott
* The Minar’s on Rt. 5 Shin Ome Kaido near Joyful Honda serves buffet lunches. 2009