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Peppermint Café – Kichijoji

If you love Thai food, Peppermint Café in Kichijoji is a great restaurant to check out.  It is the sister restaurant of Pepa Café which is just a short walk away. The atmosphere is great and the food was awesome too.  My friends and I stumbled upon the menu on the street on a girls night out .  We were seated at a cute table in the corner where we took off our shoes before sitting.  The dinner menu was very large so we decided to share and sample a variety of items.  The mojito’s were also very tasty!    I have since been back for lunch when we had family in town.  The menu is much smaller for lunch but includes a soup and salad set.  The area itself is also a great spot to check out for a date night or girls night out.  There are many shops and restaurants and it is a 35-45 minute train ride from Akishima station. – Angela Vaillant, November 2017

Website: http://www.peppermintcafe.com/
HOURS: Daily 11:30am-12am
PHONE: 0422-79-3930 

More Yokota Travel posts on Kichijoji: https://yokotatravel.com/?s=Kichijoji

Seiyu Department Store – Fussa

Seiyu Department Store is located in downtown Fussa, right next to the Fussa train station. We flew in to Yokota on a Space A flight and spent a few days on Yokota. We did not have a car so foot and taxi were our means of travel. Seiyu department store is great because it has everything. A big grocery store on the first floor with mega selections of prepared food, bento, and sushi. A great way to eat cheap. On the top floor are sit down restaurants. There is a particularly good Japanese restaurant right next to the elevators. Unfortunately it does not have a English name.  – Sinclair Lai, November 2017

Japanese Restaurant in Seiyu

Hanno Ganno Kiln

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A short 30 minute drive north of Yokota is the Hanno Ganno Kiln in the town of Hanno.  They make traditional Japanese pottery. Don’t think typical blue and white…think green and white and turquoise and tan with patterns and textures.

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There are two showrooms.  The main showroom is directly in front of you when you park in their small parking lot.  It has two rooms with decorative and everyday use pieces. The pieces are food safe but in most cases not dishwasher safe (bases or undersides of pieces aren’t completely sealed with glaze).  Prices range from 300-3000 yen per piece, depending in size and intricacy.

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The second showroom is slightly to the right and down the hill from the main showroom building. Here the potter displays his expensive and exhibition pieces. Many pieces are for sale in this room, but prices usually start at 7500 yen and go up quickly from there.

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On my last visit, there were some pieces for sale under 3000 yen in this room though.  Even if you don’t want to spend that much, it is worth looking in the second showroom since the exhibit pieces there are beautiful. Be sure to take off your shoes before you go in this showroom; slippers are provided if you want them. Sometimes the potter is there too, so if he is, the ladies who work at the kiln will be happy to introduce you. Everyone’s English is limited, but we’ve always been able to have good simple conversation. Also, be sure to enjoy the view off the deck on the back of the first showroom building.  This is one of my favorite things about this location.  You would never guess that you are only 30 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Fussa!

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Small parking lot is available, so carpooling is recommended. If your items are a gift, they will gift wrap them for you at no charge. Cash only.  Katie Campbell June 2016

 

Phone: 042-973-9099
Hours: Sun-Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
GPS to parking area: 35.844044,139.279154

WORD Coffee

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.1f965e01-462e-4e3a-8528-955b615f8fd8
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
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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
PHONE: 070.4163.8269
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Tokuju, soba restaurant

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
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Directions:  It is a 15min walk straight out the Fussa gate passed the “Y” intersection on the left hand side, two doors before the German restaurant, Stuben Ohtama.

Sushi-chu

2013-12-08 14.35.18There is Japanese food and Japanese cuisine…Sushi-chu offers the latter – to the maximum delicious degree. Prices are reasonable, the staff is learning English to serve their customers, and the atmosphere is cozy and relaxing. You can order from their set menu, or create your own experience by ordering a la carte. The restaurant is family-run and family-friendly (kids can even roll their own sushi). Sushi-chu delivers on taste, freshness, presentation – and most importantly, a welcoming staff.2013-12-08 15.03.31

2013-12-08 16.02.37Arrive with cash (yen) and park next to the building on the West side. You can even reserve special tatami rooms to dine in. This would be a great place to take visitors for an authentic Japanese experience. Pictures, Jamie Cowan, July 2015

DIRECTIONS:This restaurant is about 20 minutes away from base, in Hachioji.

Phone number: 042-691-0230

Coordinates: 35.708078, 139.295207

Website: http://www.sushi-chu.com/pg9.html

Tripadvisor: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g1060898-d6656894-r290066255-Tobuki_Sushichu-Hachioji_Tokyo_Prefecture_Kanto.html#

Blue Little Butterfly, Steakhouse

IMG_4109We went to Blue Little Butterfly for a date night. The atmosphere is really nice. The menu is all in English including the drink menu. We ordered the steak and the lamb chops, you have to order your sides separate. I would recommend ordering three sides and sharing them between two people (they have a huge assortment of potato salads). The steak was amazing, a thick cut, cooked perfectly, and delicious. The prices are very good for steak in Japan. We had a bottle of wine, six sides (you really only need three) and two main dishes for ¥10,000. Everything was very good and perfectly cooked. They also have a variety of seafood dishes on the menu and some delicious sounding pancakes on the dessert menu. I highly recommend this for a date, or if you just feel like a really good steak. Phone: 042-530-0160. Michaela Nelson-Kelley, May 2015.
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Go out the main gate, it will be on your immediate left, just before 7-11.

 

Toraneko, Asian Jamaican Restaurant

ChickenToraneko Asian-Jamaican Fusion Restaurant in Fussa is located adjacent to Mike’s Tex-Mex, across from the Fussa Hospital, on the “Seiyu Road.” It has friendly staff, marvelous food and excellent prices, especially during lunchtime. Some of my favorites are the spring rolls, cilantro pickle, and the Jamaican jerk dishes, particularly the chicken with rice and beans. It is open Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday. Lunch is from 11:30 to 15:00 (last order is 14:30); Dinner is 18:00 to 23:00 (last order is 22:30). Parking is free, but there are only three spaces, located just around the corner. The restaurant is small, seating 18 people. Smoking is allowed, but rarely seen.

SoupThere is a party menu and all you can drink for 120 minutes. It’s only available during dinner and requires a minimum of two people. The party menu includes a seven+ course meal and is ¥3,600 per person.

 

An interesting tidbit: the restaurant name is listed in Gurunavi, a Japanese language travel/restaurant guide, as “TABETABI TORANEKO” ( 無国籍料理店食旅トラネコ ), which is a clever play on the Japanese words Tabe (to eat) and Tabi (i.e., tabby cat). Toraneko is the Japanese word for tabby cat. Pamela Tubbs, October 2014.

Ramen Square, Tachikawa

Ramen Square is a collection of seven ramen shops, combined on the third floor of a building in Tachikawa. When you step into the square, you feel like you are entering the streets of Manhattan. Each shop has a specialty ramen dish. Prices range from ¥500 to ¥1200. It’s open 11:00 to 24:00, last order is 23:30. Phone: 042-521-7111. Website: http://ramen-square.com/.

The Square is located south of the Tachikawa Station, near the Tachikawaminami Station. It’s on the third floor of the Arearea 2 building. It will be marked with green NYC style road signs. GPS: 35.6961514, 139.4128046. Michelle Nexon, July 2014.

Princess Raira – Chinese Restaurant

This eating treasure is located in Kunitachi, only a short train ride from Yokota. The food at Princess Raira’s is the freshest and highest quality without being overpriced. My favorite was the gyoza with a close second being the shrimp in a sweet-sour chili sauce. The chicken and peanut dish is well worth your yen. Princess Raira is open daily and is a great place to leisurely chat. Lunch: 11:30-15:00, Dinner: 17:00-21:30. Phone: 042-328-0022. An average price for dinner is ¥3500, and ¥1000 for lunch. –Unknown Author

DIRECTIONS: Exit the Tokyo-bound Chuo Line train at Kunitachi Station. Be sure you are not on an express train as it will pass through the station without stopping. Take the South Exit. Continue walking on the street angling towards the right. Stay on the right side of the street for a few blocks until you reach the restaurant.

Fukuro Sabo, Owl Cafe

Owl Cafe 1Allergic to cat cafes? Or want an up close and personal experience with an owl? Well here’s a place for you! Fukuro Sabo is an owl café out in a quiet residential area, about a 10 minute walk from Kokubunji Station. They have no parking and recommend you come by train.

No English was spoken here, but the two ladies who were working the day we visited were super nice and we muddled through with gestures and the little Japanese we had. For the minimum order of one soft drink or coffee (¥500), you are free to sit and observe the owls they have in a glassed in area. For those of you who are hungry, they have a pasta and drink set for ¥1200, and a few other items on the menu.

Owl Cafe 6When we were done with our pasta sets, it was time to go to the main event, selecting the owl we wanted to touch! They had a photo menu of the owls with various prices (300/500/700/1000), depending on the owl species, or you could go up to the enclosure and point out which one you’d like to see.

Once you choose your owl, the staff sits you down on the bench side of the table and puts out some towels in case of bird has an accident. You are given a heavy leather glove for the owl to perch on. You get a few minutes with the owl perched on your hand for you to pet, then they put a towel on your shoulder and move the owl up to hang out with you for a few minutes more. You’re allowed to take all the pictures you want, but no flash please! Of course these are wild animals so they can behave unpredictably, one owl in particular lost its grip on a glove and was flapping about frantically trying to regain its balance. If you have small children, please watch them carefully as the owls will nibble and potentially bite. It is recommended that small children watch from a distance.

Owl Cafe 5This is a non-smoking café, which has 3 tables of 4, and 3 barstool seats. No high chairs or changing tables, but the tables have bench seating on one side. A small umbrella stroller would fit in the shop but nothing bigger. On your way out you can buy some owl themed trinkets from a display of gifts they have. Key chains, bags and little owl statues galore!

Fukuro Sabo is cash only and has no parking. It is recommended that you arrive by train. Their hours are 11:00-17:00 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 11:00-19:00 on Saturday and Sunday. They are closed Tuesdays and Thursdays, please consult their schedule for off-normal closure dates. The phone number is 042-208-3400. Or check out their website http://www.hukurousabou.sakura.ne.jp/, though you may need to use a website translator. For their schedule, please check out this link http://www.hukurousabou.sakura.ne.jp/yoteihyou.htm, again, you may need a translator. Carmen, May 2014.

Owl Cafe 4DIRECTIONS: To get there, head out the South Exit of Kokubunji Station, and walk down the road that is between a Mos Burger and a Matsuya beef bowl shop. Take the third small road on your left, you’ll walk past a post office on your left, continue straight and the road will go down a hill. Keep walking downhill, past the creek until you reach a T intersection, turn right and Fukuro Sabo will be on your right shortly.

 

Kushiya Monogatari – Fondue Restaurant

Oil Fondue5If you are looking for fondue, look no further than Kushiya Monogatari, at the eastside Aeon Mall. The restaurant is located just inside the Mall’s west entrance (by Mister Donut). Walk through the entrance and turn left.

Oil Fondue2If it’s your first time, be sure to ask for help, the workers are very friendly. But just in case, here’s the rundown: You will be given a bowl of milky batter, and another of bread crumbs. Walk up to the buffet and choose your “food on a stick.” These foods include meat, vegetables, potatoes, seafood, and more. When you return to your table, dip the desired item in the batter and then roll the item in the bread crumbs. Place the breaded item in the oil and fry to perfection. The restaurant includes plastic bibs and a cover to prevent oil splatter. Once you are finished cooking your items, choose from a variety of sauces to dip them in. The sauces are located at the buffet near the drink machine. Sauces include spicy, sweet, cheesy, etc. and are marked in English. When you are finished with your stick, you can place it in a handy cup located on your table, to reduce clutter.

Oil Fondue6If that isn’t enough, there is also yakisoba, curry, salad, dessert, etc. at the buffet. Be sure to save room for the dessert, a chocolate fountain!! They have marshmallows, pastries, fruits and more. I also recommend frying up a wedge of pineapple, yum!

Similar to a yakiniku restaurant, there is seating for both small and large groups. The restaurant is open every day from 11:00am to 11:00pm. The phone number is 042-561-7737. The Japanese website is http://www.kushi-ya.com. Please note that not all menu items are presented on the website.  Visit the Aeon Mall page for directions. – Megan Luke, December 2013

Saku-La French Restaurant

Saku-La2Saku-La is a French restaurant in Fussa. If you have a special occasion coming up, birthday, anniversary etc., or are looking for a great date night, consider Saku-La. We went for our 10th anniversary and they made it really special. When making the reservation, be sure to let them know it’s for a special occasion. When I made the reservation I told them that it was for our anniversary, and when they brought out our dessert, they wrote “Happy Anniversary” in French with chocolate for us!

Saku-LaThere is no menu and there are six courses throughout the evening. Although the courses are small, after six of them, we had more than our fill. When making the reservation, they will ask if you have any allergies. You can also make special requests. For instance, we asked to not be served raw fish. Although three of the six courses were either fish or seafood based, all were cooked and served French-style with delicious sauces. Two of the courses were meat and the last course was an awesome soufflé dessert. The price per person, including all six courses, was ¥6,000. This did not include any alcohol. We ordered some great red wine though; they have a large selection of French wines. Approximately ¥800 per glass.

The restaurant is located in Fussa, not far from the Seiyu. Drive north of the Seiyu and turn left at the first gas station. The restaurant is immediately on the left, across the street from the gas station. The address is 14-3, Higashi-cho, Fussa-shi, Tokyo, 197-0021. GSP: 35.745537, 139.326320. You must have a reservation to eat here. To make reservations, call 042-552-0770, 10:00 to 20:30. Please note that they are closed on Wednesday night and also the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. For more info, please check their website: http://www.sa-ku-la.jp/. – Kelly O’Donnell, November 2013.


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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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Mike’s Tex-Mex Restaurant

Tex Mex3Mike’s Tex-Mex is a Tex-Mex joint just north of the Seiyu, serving burritos, chimichangas, tacos, enchiladas, margarita specials, and more. Many entrees come with rice and refried beans. Appetizers include chips and salsa, nachos, taquitos, or a cheese quesadilla with guacamole. Lunch and dinner menus are both in Japanese and English. The Margarita of the day is written on chalk board near the bar. My favorite was the peach margarita, delicious! ! The
restaurant also serves a variety of Mexican beer. Most entrees range from ¥900 to ¥1500. Children are welcome as well. In fact, there’s a shelf in the seating area full of toys to help keep the little ones occupied.

Tex Mex1There is parking at the hospital across the street. My friend and I recently parked there for approximately an hour and paid ¥100. The restaurant is open every day 11:30-14:30  and 17:30 to 22:00, unless otherwise posted. The last order is at 21:45. They ask that you call in advance during a Japanese holiday to make sure they are open. Telephone: 042-513-5210. If you search for Mike’s website through Google, click on “translate this page” and the page will appear in English. They also have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/yokotaTEXMEX. GPS 35.746357, 139.326014. Michelle Nexon, August 2013.


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Hamazushi: Conveyor Belt Sushi

My husband and I discovered Hamazushi during one of our adventures to the MoriTown Mall. We were craving sushi, so we decided to give it a try. It was the perfect sushi fix, and we’ve been back many times. In fact, Hamazushi is a chain restaurant with many locations throughout Japan.

HamazushiYou can park in the parking lot outside the restaurant. Once you enter, make sure you get a ticket with a number to be seated. You can choose to sit at a table or the bar. There is a television screen in the waiting area. When your number is displayed on the screen, take your ticket to the register where you will be handed a second number. This number corresponds to your seat. Once you find your seat, you are ready to eat.

It’s a conveyor belt sushi bar, so you simply grab what looks appealing (as long as the plate is not elevated on a tray, these are special requests from other tables). If you are feeling brave, you may use the touch screen to order specific foods, however, it’s in Japanese. When the food is on its way, the touch screen will beep to let you know the sushi (on an elevated tray) is on the belt near your table. Choose from a variety of sushi, desserts, and sides. Most plates are ¥105. Water is self-serve. Or you can make green tea at your table. You can order beer and other beverages through the waiter. To summon a waiter, press the yellow button on the right side of the touch screen. When you are finished push the button. A waiter will come, count your plates, and give you a ticket. Take the ticket to the register to pay.

The restaurant is open daily from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm. However, the last opportunity to be seated is at 10:30 pm. GPS 35.714612, 139.365307. Michelle Nexon, July 2013


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DON-DON, Yakiniku Buffet

I went to a new yakiniku restaurant DON-DON over the weekend.  It is a Yakiniku buffet with salad bar and dessert bar, about a 10 min drive
from the East gate. It is housed in a 2-story structure with the restaurant on top and parking on the bottom.  The buffet comes with 85 items to order from plus the salad bar, dessert bar and cotton candy- all you can eat for 100 minutes.  It costs ¥2480 plus tax.  Grade schoolers cost ¥1240 plus tax while kids under 6 eat for free!  There is also a menu to order from where items are ¥1980 plus tax, but this doesn’t include the salad-dessert bars.  The drinks are a separate charge, all you can drink soda is ¥200yen/person.  All you can drink alcohol is ¥1200/person.  All parties at the same table have to order the same menu and all additional orders are placed via a tablet on the table. I think the tablet menu came with pictures (my friend did all the ordering). The first plate of meats comes with the initial order and then you can start ordering from the tablet.  It is that is non-smoking in the general restaurant.  There is an enclosed room for smokers.  Open M-F 1700-2400, weekends and holidays 1130-2400.  GPS 35.750761, 139.390193.
DIRECTIONS:  Exit left out the East gate.  Turn right at the Seven-Eleven.  Turn left on Route 59 towards the AEON mall. Turn right on Route 5.  It will be on the left side across from a Seven-Eleven past the “Sanbonenoki” light. – Hiromi Arita, July 2013.

Fujiya – all you can eat cake!

cake by meganAt Fujiya you can order meals or just dessert, one option being the cake buffet or “viking cake”.  Alone the buffet is ¥1380 per person or added to your meal it is an additional ¥980. Meals include Japanese cuisine or pasta dishes.  They allow 60 minutes for all you can eat cake and the slices are large. Children under five are allowed to share with an adult at no extra charge for the buffet. The menu is in Japanese only, but has pictures of everything and is easily understood. My family of five went around 4:30pm on a Sunday and were seated immediately,  We experienced quick and friendly service. GPS 35.733032, 139.325688.
DIRECTIONS: Fujiya is easily accessible by car about ten minutes from the supply gate and there is plenty of free parking. Head straight out the supply gate, cross two railroad tracks and continue down the hill. At the bottom, just before the road crosses the river, there is a raised blue pedestrian crosswalk.  The street name is Legal Affairs Bureau Road (written in English on the street sign). Turn right here. The restaurant will be on your right approximately one stop light up, You will notice the sign by it’s logo, a girls face with a hat.  The sign is written in English as well.  – Megan Miller, July 2013

Shokudo – All Day Dining Cafeteria

The food at Shokudo, “all day dining cafeteria” is yummy “home-style” Japanese cuisine (no sushi).  It is a very family-friendly place; the prices are amazingly cheap for Japan, and there’s plentiful parking adjacent to the building. The first thing you’ll see upon entering the restaurant is a bento box counter for take-out.  Keep walking around the corner, past the huge rice steamers to pick up your meal tray. Slide your tray along to check out all the offerings, the first of which is a made-to-order omelet station (the three toppings offered are red diced ginger, shredded scallions and teenie white fish (not at all “fishy” tasting)–it’s the rectangular pan-style omelet–delicious! Next comes broiled whole fish or salmon steak, then the chill-bin with lots of little dishes of pickled this-and-that (everything’s good, but the eggplant is particularly so). If you like thick slices of sweet and tender stewed daikon, this is the place! Then you’ll see various fried meats like tonkatsu (pork cutlet) and chicken. There is donburi (meat strips stewed in sauce) and udon-noodle;  ramen; rice (a “chiisai” [small] bowl is plenty) and miso soup (with a variety of self-serve toppings) come with the dinner. The cashier is at the end of the line and you pay for each item on your tray. The dining room includes a lot of 2-person tables, a solo counter, bigger tables by the windows and tatami-on-the-floor. ENJOY! – Pam Tubbs, June 2013
DIRECTIONS: Shokudo is on the Seiyu road.  GPS coordinates: 35.747579, 139.325687. Here is the new restaurant’s website, with their main menu items: www.shokudo.jp/menu/ as well as their map link: http://www.fujiofood.com/shop_search/shokudo/shop_1462.php.


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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