Category Archives: Central Fussa

Deli Taj Indian Restaurant

photo by JohnI 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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Mos Burger

mos1 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

Hoops: Bagels & More

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.

KC’s Dining

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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Screaming Sushi (Totoya Michi)

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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Ishikawa Brewery / Beer House of Fussa

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. Ishikawa Brewery 3The 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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Yoshinoya “Beef Bowl”

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 Tempura

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

Tony’s Tonkatsu House

tonys by kelly 4This 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.
tonys by kelly 3DIRECTIONS: 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.
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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!

Stuben Ohtama

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

 

Family Steakhouse & Shabu-Shabu Don Tei

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

Sushi Santa

Our favorite sushi restaurant is Santa Sushi,  a 5-minute walk out the Fussa Gate. They also have a few parking spots in front of their building in case you’d rather drive. When you go in, choose a seat at the counter. They will bring you a small photo album with photos of the types of sushi available. The menu gives the name in English and Japanese, as well as the price for two pieces. When the chef asks what you would like, tell him the names of what you want; you can order as many times as you like. They make it while you watch. The staff keeps track of your bill by adding colored chopsticks to a can in front of you. Green tea is complementary.
DIRECTIONS: Turn right out the Fussa Gate. Turn left at the first light. Sushi Santa is in a small building on the right shortly after the train tracks, past the first light. There is a sign out front that says “Sushi Santa.” Hours: 11am-10pm, closed Tuesday.  Telephone: 042-552-1234  English menu is available. Brian & Kristen Marriott, Kyoko Bissell, 2010

SushiRo

SushiRo1SushiRo5Added 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.

SushiRo2SushiRo3Once 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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Shanghai Hanten

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?

Saint Marc’s

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.

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Custard filled pastries.

Ristorante Galleria Lucenti

galleria lucentiItalian 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. Hours: 11:30am-2pm lunch, and 5:30-9pm dinner. Closed Monday. 
DIRECTIONS: Follow the directions to the Marufuji grocery building and walk to the front of the building. Ristorante Galleria Lucenti is on the west end, next to a massage parlor. Telephone: 042-539-0533. Alexis Roberts, 2009; photo by Tiffany Carter, Sept 2013.

Red Bird

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 theY 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 Shops on Bar Row

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

Minar Indian

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 theY 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

Lunch House Tatoru/Chicken Shack

It seems every small restaurant selling chicken is called the chicken shack. This take-out restaurant close to the base serves white chicken meat and has several other delicious dishes. This is one of my kids favorite places.

DIRECTIONS: Take a right out the Fussa Gate onto Route 16. Turn left at the first light. Go over the railroad tracks. Turn right at the first light. In a few blocks there will be a 7/11 store on your left. A few buildings after the 7/11 is a small building with an orange awning. This is it! Just park on the side of the road. Hours: 9:30am – 9pm. Telephone: 042-553-4896

Dawn Leach

Kubota’s Tempura Restaurant

If you’re looking for the best traditional Japanese food, including tempura, broiled eel (sounds weird, but it’s yummy!) and fresh fish that’s been broiled on a skewer, Kubota’s is the place. The staff is very warm and welcoming, and there’s an English menu with lots of pictures. The set dinners are a great deal. Credit cards are welcome. The tempura lunch sets, including soup, rice and fruit are only¥1000. Remove your shoes if you get a table in the tatami dining room, which has low tables and is next to a small garden. Western-style seating is also available Hours: 11:30am-2pm and 5-9pm. Closed Mondays. GPS: 35.7456, 139.3288
DIRECTIONS: Turn right out Fussa Gate (0km), left at the light where George’s used car dealership is, near Ushihama Garage. (Signposted “Shorin Dori Ent.” 0.6km.) Cross the tracks. Continue straight and downhill through three more lights. At 1.5km, turn into the dirt parking lot on the right. The restaurant is across the street. Telephone: 042-551-0545. Ace & Pamela Tubbs, 2011

Jonathan’s

This chain of Japanese restaurants seems like the Japanese-food version of Dennys. They typically have at least picture menus and the food is pretty good. Most of them have all-you-can-drink soft drinks. There are Jonathan’s everywhere, and the one closest to the Fussa Gate is near Fussa Station. They are generally open late, which is nice if you are getting back to base late and need a meal.
DIRECTIONS #1: Go straight out the Supply Gate and cross two railroad tracks.  Jonathan’s will be past the 2nd railroad tracks on the left. Hours: 10am – 2am. 042-539-7216
DIRECTIONS #2:  Go right out of East Gate. At the first light turn left. Jonathan’s will be on the left at the next light.  Open 24 hours. 042-520-7009 Kyoko Bissell, 2010

Jesse James

This nostalgic, rustic-looking restaurant serves American-style food and plays recorded jazz. It has a varied menu including chili con carne, shrimp fajitas, chicken, pizza and steaks. Entrees range from ¥800-1500 with steaks ¥1800-3400. The first few pages of the menu are in Japanese, but English can be found near the back. Kimiyoshi Endo, the owner, and at least one waitress speak a considerable amount of English and can explain dishes to you if needed. Jesse James, which holds 45 people, will host parties with a one-week notice. Whiskey/ bourbon drinkers can purchase bottles from JJ and leave the bottles for their own use. The food is tasty, the ambiance wonderful and the prices reasonable, but keep in mind the ¥600 per person sitting fee and 13% tax (four of us spent ¥10,850). There are also Jesse James restaurants in Tachikawa (042-525-9360) and Mitake (042-255-4497), as well as Fussa (042-551-4222). Parking in Fussa is limited, but it is a short walk from the Fussa Gate. Hours: 5pm -12am. Telephone: 042-551-4222.
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out the Fussa Gate and cross one set of railroad tracks. At the stoplight, a “Y” intersection, bear left and cross one more set of railroad tracks. Proceed through one stoplight and Jesse James will be about half a block down on the right side. The sign is in English and has black letters on a white background. The front of the restaurant looks like a log cabin. Karen Ozment, 2001

Jean’s Pub and Restaurant

Love spicy Thai food? There is no better place than Jeans to get your fix. Highly recommended and only a short walk (or very quick drive) from Yokota’s Fussa Gate, the staff at Jeans is extremely friendly and speak enough English to help with any questions you may have about the menu. However, the menu is in English with great pictures so youll have no problem making your selection. Because most dishes feed up to 4 and the pub/restaurant will hold up to 30 of your closest friends, Jean’s is a great place to take your friends or hold an office party. Jeans does not get too busy until late at night, so there is always plenty of room during dinnertime. Jeans also offers Karaoke, if you have the urge to sing with your friends. Highlights of the menu: fried shrimp in curry sauce; spicy beef salad and the flagship dish: Tom Yum soup with shrimp (enough for up to 6 lucky diners). The dishes run around ¥1,500 yen, but provide more than enough to share. There is also a robust drink menu (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) with most drinks only ¥500.

DIRECTIONS: Go out the Fussa Gate and veer right at theY intersection (toward the Fussa Train Station). At the first stoplight, a Hyper Mart is on the left-hand side; turn right. Go straight on this road (Bar Row) and continue straight to the stop sign. Cross the intersection and Jean’s is on the left-hand side, on the second floor, directly across from Beat Karaoke where parking is also available. It’s an easy 15-minute walk if you want to work off some of the calories before and after your meal. Hours? Telephone: 042-552-5859

Cindy Smith, date?

Ippatsu “Screaming Ramen”

Great for a hot bowl of “Chinese” noodle soup on a cold evening. Match the dish numbers on the English menu to the numbers on the machine by the door. Put yen in the machine and push the button for your choice. To get any change, twist the lever at the top. Give your ticket to the cook behind the counter. Pour your own glasses of water from the water stand near the ticket machine. This ramen stand is unusual for using “tororo” Japanese “mountain yam” also called “yamakake” when grated in several of its dishes. To spice up your selection, sprinkle black pepper or add grated garlic on top. Prices vary from ¥700 -1,200.
DIRECTIONS: Make a left out the Terminal Gate (zero odometer), then turn right at the next light onto Homukyoku Dori. Cross the railroad tracks and turn right at the intersection near Marufuji’s, 1.1K Higashi Fussa N. Turn left at the second light, Musashino Dai, 1.5K by the 7/11. Make a right at FussaRokusho Mae past the ramen stand on the corner and turn left into the green fenced parking lot behind it at 2.1K off Nichu Dori.  Park in front of a yellow parking marker numbered 21-22-23 or 25-26, then walk back to the ramen stand. The red and yellow “noren” curtain with ラーメン (ramen in katakana) shows the stand is open. Julie Hudson, Teresa Negley

Hamazen (“Torches” )

This traditional Japanese restaurant, also known as Torches, is a close but unique culinary adventure for guests who are seated at either the tables or a broad counter surrounding an indoor fish pond. Guests can fish from the table surrounding the pond.  If you catch a fish you have to purchase it and can have it cooked for your evening meal. Weekday lunch specials are about ¥1000, while dinners are higher with the tempura set about ¥1500 and monthly specials ¥3500+. Sashimi is available in great variety (even fish on the bone while still breathing). They have an abbreviated menu available in English (no pictures). Private party rooms may be reserved in advance. Hours: 11:30am -10:30pm. Lunch is served until 3pm. Telephone: 042-551-0035. www.kourakuen.com
DIRECTIONS: Drive straight out the Supply Gate, cross both sets of train tracks and continue straight. Turn left on Okutama Kaido. Turn left after about 1km into the walled parking lot for Korakuen Hotel and Hamazen Restaurant. During the evening, torches burn at the entrance to the restaurant. Teresa Negley, Kyoko Bissell, 2010.

Gyoza no Mansyu

If your family is fond of the mostly pork potstickers (moon-shaped dumplings) served at ramen and Chinese restaurants in Japan, check out the gyoza place on the other side of Fussa Station. There is an English picture menu. Eat in or take-out. One six-pack of gyoza with fried rice was ¥630 while a double order for ¥500 came with a side of white rice. Open from 11am, orders taken until 9:30pm; www.mansyu.co.jp Tel. 042-539-7722.
DIRECTIONS: Go out the West exit of the Fussa train station, (not the side you’d exit for Seiyu or Yokota Air Base).  Cross the street. The restaurant is nearly opposite the Daiso 100 Yen Store, just a stone’s throw from the station. Negley and McDaniel, 2010

Great Taj Mahal

An Indian restaurant about 10 minutes walk from the Fussa Gate is the Great Taj Mahal, near Sushi Santa and across from the small post office by Higashi Fussa station.  Lunch sets served 11am-2:30pm Monday-Saturday start at ¥670 (vegetable curry with salad, rice or a large piece of nan). Tandoori Chicken and other dishes from the English menu are also available. Pick your spiciness level, from a mild 1 to the scorching 5. Dinner is served 5-9:30pm. Call 042-569-8949 for takeout.
DIRECTIONS: Turn right out the Fussa Gate, then left at the next light (Higashi Fussa Stn). Cross the tracks. The Great Taj Mahal is on the right just after the next light. Three parking spaces (3,4, and 5) are available in the dirt lot across the street.  35.7447, 139.3339. Teresa Negley 2010

Cloud Nine Bakery

This bakery has been open since July 2005; it is homey and welcomes you to a great variety of fresh Danishes, both sweet and savory. Best of all Cloud Nine offers very good natural wild yeast breads and rolls made daily including: fig bread, black sesame bread, rye bread, French bread, country style bread, cinnamon raisin and more. Chef/Baker Hiraoka-San speaks good English and is always eager to please and take requests! The shop also sells specialty jams as well as a very good olive oil. Prices are reasonable and the quality of the product is well worth the trip up to Fussa for a nice loaf of bread for dinner or chocolate croissants for breakfast and a three cheese and herb butter roll for lunch. Hours: 10am – 7:30pm daily, except Sunday.
DIRECTIONS: From Fussa Gate, cross Highway 16 and continue straight. At the “Y” intersection take a right and go through the first light. (Right before the next light, there’s a small road right to your left and a tiny triangle graveled parking lot with a drink vending machine. If you are driving you can park there for a few minutes.) Cloud Nine Bakery is at the next traffic light, right on the corner of Yanagi Dori.  Aline Steiner, 2006

Cheese and Olive

Cheese and Olive specializes in sandwiches such as the Hawaiian, potato bacon, mushroom eggplant, submarine and cabbage bacon. Don’t let the combinations scare you: these sandwiches are fantastic! Ranging from ¥950-1500, the sandwiches, made on thick, fresh bakery bread with homemade mayonnaise, are also served with sliced homemade pickles, onions and french fries. The owner, Mr. Yoshi, loves Texas and it is obvious in his decor and the country-western videos that are always playing. Cheese and Olive has four wooden tables that seat up to five people each and has five tree stump bar stools. English is spoken and you may call ahead to reserve the restaurant for parties.
DIRECTIONS: Go straight out the Fussa Gate and cross one set of railroad tracks. At the “Y” intersection, bear left and cross one more set of railroad tracks. At the second light after the train tracks, the Fussa Post Office will be in front of you, toward the right. Turn right. Go through two stoplights and the road will curve slightly to the left. Cheese and Olive is on the curve, on the left-hand side. There are four parking spots in front. Hours: 11am – 9:30 pm. Closed Tuesday. Telephone: 042-552-2315.
ALTERNATE DIRECTIONS: Go out the Fussa Gate and turn right. At the first stoplight, turn left and cross one set of railroad tracks. Turn right at the next stoplight. Go to the second stoplight and turn left. Continue through one light and go under the underpass to the stoplight. Then turn left, and go through one stoplight and Cheese and Olive will be down on the right-hand side.  Karen Ozment,  2010.

Bamiyan

A reader had trouble finding this place. Do we need better directions or is it closed?  Leave comments if you can help us.  – Sarah, Dec 2013

The Bamiyan Chinese restaurant chain (featuring a peach logo) is popular because of its family atmosphere, delicious food and affordable prices. Three are near Yokota. Monday through Saturday, a lunch set for ¥580 is featured (children’s set is ¥480). Equally delicious are the Bamiyan noodles (¥380), gyoza (¥230), and the dinners ¥400-700). For an additional ¥150, you can add steamed rice, Chinese pickles and soup to your dinner. And, amazingly, unlimited self-serve drinks are only ¥150. The picture menu is in English. The last order is taken immediately before closing. Hours: 10am-2am weekdays (open 9am weekends).
DIRECTIONS, Hamura Location: Exit the Fussa gate and go straight, across one set of tracks. At the “Y” intersection, go to the right and turn right at the 2nd light. You are now very near Fussa Station, on a street called Yanagi Dori. Seiyu is on the left. Drive another 3.7 km. The restaurant is on the right and has a large parking lot. Telephone: 0425-70-7068. Address: 2-14-1 Sakaecho, Hamura.
DIRECTIONS, East Gate location: turn right out of the East Gate and turn left at the first light, turn right at the 5 way intersection (not hard right), turn left into Daiei parking. Bamiyan is located next to Daiei.

Zuccoto & Heaven

Just outside the Fussa Gate is a little restaurant named Heaven with an attached cafe called Zuccoto (featuring different menus.) Heaven serves  American-style food including pizza in a friendly atmosphere at very reasonable prices. Heaven comes the closest to authentic American food of any American-style restaurant we’ve been to off-base.
DIRECTIONS: Balk straight out Fussa Gate, stay on the right-hand side of the road and you’ll see the restaurant on the right before the 1st set of railroad tracks. Hours: 11:30am-11pm. Heaven opens for dinner 5-11pm. Telephone  042-551-5851 for both Zuccoto and  Heaven. B & K Marriott, Kyoko Bissell, 2010.

 

Niramanju Chinese Restaurant

Niramanju1Extremely close and surprisingly good. While the specialty is shrimp and dumplings, the fried noodle and rice dishes are also popular. They have great lunch and dinner specials. The Combination Plate includes one entrée, white rice or fried rice, chive dumplings and deep-fried dumplings, for ¥1680. Entrees include sweet and sour chicken, chicken and broccoli, beef and broccoli, chili shrimp, shrimp and broccoli, etc. Beverages include beer, Chinese liquor, plum wine, Chinese tea, and soft drinks. Water is self-serve and is located by the kitchen.

Niramanju2My favorite thing about the atmosphere is the music. Very relaxing and hip. Niramanju is kid friendly and provides high chairs for the little ones. Open weekdays 11:30am-2:30pm for lunch and 5:00-10:30pm for dinner with orders taken 45 minutes before closing. Open weekends 11:30 to 10:30, with orders taken 45 minutes before closing. If you don’t feel like dining out, Niramanju offers a take-out menu. Simply call 042-553-0177 to order.

Niramanju3DIRECTIONS: To get there, simply walk out the front gate, cross the street and continue to walk. You will see the restaurant on your right across from the 7/11. My husband and I prefer to park at the bank parking lot and walk out the front gate and across the street. However, there is a parking lot just east of the 7/11 (across from Niramanju) where you can park for free if you are dining at Niramanju. Teresa Negley, 2009, updates & photos Michelle Nexon, October 2013.

Café du Jardin

cafe du jardin by kelly odonnellThis pastry shop serves warm fresh scones with cream cheese or marmalade jam for ¥525 (two biscuit size in plain, cheese and herb, sesame or tea flavors) at the small tables in the back or outside. Allow 15 minutes to warm order and prepare hot or iced drinks for ¥472 (¥50 off if served with baked goods). Organic muffins are also available.
DIRECTIONS: Walk out Fussa Gate and turn left onto Route 16. It’s on the right, about halfway to the Supply Gate. (While there is no dedicated parking, cafe au jardin kelly odonnellthree vehicles can be parked on the side street curb next to Nicola’s restaurant parking.) Open 10am -7:30pm. Closed Mondays and second and fourth Tuesdays (plus after Japanese holidays). Tel.: 042-553-2225. – updated with photos by Kelly O’Donnell, May 2013

 

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Blue Seal Ice Cream Shop

This place is on Route 16, between the Fussa and Supply Gates next to Hoops Bagels, and is  popular with young Japanese people. It is also known as the Okinawan Ice Cream Place due to some flavors and its origins during the long American occupation of Okinawa (some may recognize the Foremost dairy logo). Soft vanilla ice cream available in your choice of sugar, waffle or a couple other flavored cones is ¥231, while a Blue Seal Sundae is ¥367, plus tax. Note the Big Dip ice cream cone sign above the shop; there are two parking spaces shared with Cupid’s Flower shop.
DIRECTIONS: Go out the Fussa Gate and turn left. The ice cream shop will be on the right hand-side of the road, before you reach the Supply Gate. It’s a nice stroll, or there are a couple of parking places. Hours: 11am-11pm. Telephone: 042-551-0539. Teresa Negley, 2007.

Un Quinto

This quaint Italian restaurant is right outside of the Fussa gate in what appears to be former military housing. It offers delicious Italian food at reasonable prices.  Diners can enjoy a well-prepared meal easily during their lunch hour thanks to the limited lunch menu and attentive staff.  However, going early is recommended as it does fill up fast and seating is limited due to the restaurant’s small size.
un quinto by kelly odonnellThe lunch menu includes two sets. Course A consists of pasta with your choice of sauce, slice of garlic bread and a drink for ¥1,000; Course B includes a salad, pasta, garlic bread, drink and dessert for ¥1,470. A much larger menu is available for dinner and includes a wider selection of appetizers, pastas and entrees ranging from ¥1,300 to ¥1,800.  The Un Quinto salad is highly recommended as are the desserts.  Full English menus are available for both lunch and dinner. A small parking area is located behind the restaurant. Lunch:  11:30am-2pm. Dinner:  5pm-10pm (last order at 9:30pm) Telephone:  042-552-6052
DIRECTIONS: From the Fussa Gate, cross Route 16 and make a left.  The restaurant will be located on your right after an approximate 1 minute walk. Aggie Pabst and Kate Boyer 2008