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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Hours: Sun-Thu 9:00am-5:00pm
GPS to parking area: 35.844044,139.279154
New in 2013, there is a playground that can be seen from Route 16 before leaving Fussa. It is a bit convoluted to get to, but it is very close to the base and well worth the trip. There are tall, enclosed climbing structures that have imagination games written all over it. There is a zip line and a great tire swing. Put kids in clothes that they can get dirty because the ground underneath is just hard packed dirt. There are bathrooms and a water fountain where kids can clean up if needed. Playground GPS Coordinates: 35.72393, 139.342065. Parking lot GPS 35.722589, 139.343171.
DIRECTIONS: Leaving Fussa Gate, turn left onto Route 16. At the end of the Yokota fence line, where Route 16 curves right, exit toward Route 7 but don’t turn left onto Route 7. Instead go straight through the first light toward Haijima Station. There is a paid parking lot straight ahead. Park and this metal barrier will raise to trap your car. Pay at the kiosk to get out. From this parking lot it is an easy walk under Route 16 to the playground. – Alexandra Winkler & Sarah Straus, June 2013. Interested in another Fussa Playground? Try the Fussa Roller Slide Park or the playground on the Tama River Trail.
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We went to an all-you-can-eat, organic, locally grown, Japanese buffet in Hamura today. It was clean, fresh, and tasty and is owned by the same people as ZonaVoce. There was yakisoba, tempura, curry, three kinds of rice, pickled dishes, and salad. I particularly enjoyed the stewed and fried fish dishes and desserts including sweet beans, tangerines, and sugar toast. Hours: lunch 11:30am-2:30pm, dinner: 5:30pm-9:30pm. Lunch price is ¥1200 for adults and ¥600 ages 5 to 11. Validated parking available at the hotel.
Directions: Shikisai Buffet is located inside the Plaza Inn in Hamura, just outside the Hamura train station. To drive there, go straight out the Fussa Gate onto Route 165. At the fork in the road stay to the right, as if you were driving to Fussa Train Station. Turn right onto the road with Seiyu. Pass the main Seiyu building on your left. Continue 2.3 km. Turn left one light past Route 163 at the street with a McDonalds on the far, right corner. The Plaza Inn is one block down on the left. GPS coordinates: 35.75905, 139.316719. -Anna Quan- Schmoldt, February, 2013, photos S. Straus 2013.
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