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
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
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
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
Love spicy Thai food? There is no better place than Jean’s to get your fix. Highly recommended and only a short walk (or very quick drive) from Yokota’s Fussa Gate, the staff at Jean’s 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 you’ll 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. Jean’s does not get too busy until late at night, so there is always plenty of room during dinnertime. Jean’s 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 the “Y” 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
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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 Japanese Restaurant
Made a same-day reservation at this restaurant in Fussa on a Wednesday night. Three of us sat at Japanese-style seating around the aquarium. Sushi, Sashimi, and traditional Japanese seafood menu options, a la carte and sets. Active fish dishes are also available.
The food quality was exceptional and beautifully presented.
Service was excellent, and very quick. We had Sawanoi sake from Ome brewery (as special drink) and plum wine.
You can catch your own fish. It doesn’t get any fresher than this.
I highly recommend this restaurant for the food and experience. The prices are very affordable, I think cheaper prices compared to the quality you get in the food and presentation. Honestly, conveyor belt sushi cannot compare. Also it is kid-friendly. English menu available. Robin Kidder, May 2017
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. Teresa Negley, Kyoko Bissell, 2010.
Hours: 11:00am -10:00pm. Lunch is served until 3pm.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
Extremely 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.
My 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.
DIRECTIONS: 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.
This 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, three 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
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.
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.
The 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