Cafe D-13 near Yokota in former US military housing

The barista at Cafe D-13 near Yokota Air Base, Japan, mixes a double shot of espresso into milk, making a latte on Jan. 22, 2020. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES
The barista at Cafe D-13 near Yokota Air Base, Japan, mixes a double shot of espresso into milk, making a latte on Jan. 22, 2020. THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES

Cafe D-13 near Yokota in former US military housing

by Theron Godbold
Stars and Stripes

Just a five-minute walk from the main gate of Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, you’ll find a relaxing little coffee shop inside what used to house a U.S. military family.

Cafe D-13 is nestled, almost hidden, from the bustle of Route 16, a major thoroughfare that parallels the base. With an almost bohemian air, the cafe atmosphere will lull you into a comfortable state of mind.

Keep an eye open for the small wooden sign on the side of Waratsuke Avenue just off Route 165 that dead-ends into Route 16 and Yokota’s main gate. The sign directs you to the vine-covered building that is Cafe D-13.

The cafe smells like coffee and patchouli and feels more like a cozy reading nook than a business. It boasts a relaxed vibe with soft jazz in the background, but not the kind you hear at your dentist’s office.

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