5 fabulous restaurants to try in Fussa, Japan

FoodPhoto: cotaro70s / CC BY-ND 2.0
FoodPhoto: cotaro70s / CC BY-ND 2.0

5 fabulous restaurants to try in Fussa, Japan

by Kim
Japan Travel

Fussa City is located on the outskirts of Tokyo Prefecture, and it's a place with a unique atmosphere thanks to the presence of Yokota Air Base which is home to around 3,500 US military members. You can learn more about things to see and do in the area in the following articles:

The food culture in this part of the city is also a lot of fun, with some great restaurants located along Route 16 – it's the main thoroughfare that snakes its way along the perimeter of the base. If you're in the area and looking for a bite to eat, this guide covers 5 spots worth checking out.

Niramanju

Niramanju is a must if you're craving Chinese cuisine, and their menu includes steamed, fried, or soup-filled dumplings, sweet and sour pork, and orange chicken to name just a few. A must-try is the dandan noodles (sometimes in Japan you'll see them referred to as tantanmen), which come in several varieties including white sesame, black sesame, red-hot, and super-hot. They also have a dry dandan noodle option, which as the name suggests, comes without the soup.

2218 Fussa, Tokyo 197-0011


(Photo: cotaro70s / CC BY-ND 2.0)

Khaomangai R16

It's hard to miss Khaomangai if you're traveling along Route 16 – the tuk-tuk out the front serves as a colorful landmark. They've got all the classic Thai favorites on the menu here, including gapao rice, green curry, and tom yum soup, and the lunch specials in particular offer great value. It's a very popular spot in the area, so it's recommended to head over early during their lunch or dinner sessions to ensure a table is free.

2270 Fussa, Tokyo 197-0011


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Demode Diner

If you've visited Fussa, you'll know that parts of the area feel like a small slice of America. That certainly rings true for Demode Diner, which wouldn't have felt out of place in a movie like Grease. The 50s-themed diner has booth and table seating, with the requisite ketchup and mustard bottles ready to use. Over 15 types of burgers feature on the menu, plus hot dogs, ice cream parfaits, and good ol' American apple pie.

1121 Kumagawa, Fussa, Tokyo 197-0003


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Un Quinto

Un Quinto is the epitome of "don't judge a book by its cover." Located in a former military housing building directly across from Yokota Air Base, the restaurant serves up some phenomenal Italian cuisine. They have a standard menu plus additional specials that change with the seasons, and the cozy ambience lends perfectly to a date night. One of the quirky things about visiting here is that the interior walls are all lined with sharpie signatures and messages from previous visitors!

2270 Fussa, Tokyo 197-0011


(Photo: Jennifer Pack / CC BY-NC 2.0)

Mint Motel

Mint Motel isn't a motel at all – it's a fun diner-style restaurant serving up all-day breakfast. You can make your own waffles at the waffle station (super fun for children!), watch pancakes come out of the pancake press imported directly from the States, or enjoy American cereals like Reese's Puffs and Frosted Flakes. If you're more of a savory food fan, they have you covered there, too - you'll find bacon, sausage links, baked potatoes, eggs, and toast on the menu.

2477 Fussa, Tokyo 197-0011


(Photo: Mint Motel - Used with Permission)

 

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