The Mint Motel

A slice of Americana for the most important meal of the day

By Kim B    - 2 min read

Fussa's Route 16 offers an eclectic mix of retail stores and restaurants, many of which have nods to Americana. The Mint Motel is one such place, and though the name may fool you, it's not a motel at all - it's a 50's style diner offering up all-day breakfast.

If you appreciate retro aesthetics, you'll be in love before you even get to the food. The exterior of the cafe is painted mint green and white, with a giant neon sign that looks amazing when it's lit up at night. Inside, the decor fits the theme to a tee, perfect for fans of the mid-century modern design style.

The Mint Motel by night (Photo: Mint Motel)
The Mint Motel by night (Photo: Mint Motel)

Part of the appeal of a visit to The Mint Motel is that it really does feel like you've been transported to America while you're in Japan. 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.

All the fixin's for a hearty breakfast (Photo: Mint Motel)
All the fixin's for a hearty breakfast (Photo: Mint Motel)

Back to the sweets for just one second, though: their cupcakes are next-level adorable. They often have seasonal variants available, but one of the constant staples are their poodle cupcakes which are piled high with frosting and almost too cute to eat. They can also pack up their cupcakes in to-go containers, so if you're celebrating a special occasion or just want to give someone a tasty treat you can.

The cupcake cabinet (Photo: Mint Motel)
The cupcake cabinet (Photo: Mint Motel)

Getting there

The Mint Motel is located approximately nine minutes on foot from Ushihama Station on the JR Ome Line. Parking is fairly limited along Route 16, so public transport is advised if possible.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures - with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Sherilyn Siy 2 weeks ago
It's rare to see proper bacon strips in Japan.
Sleiman Azizi 2 weeks ago
Doctor time?
Elizabeth S 2 weeks ago
It's even hard to find 1950s diners like this in North America.

About jukeboxes, my favorite diner in Vancouver has tabletop jukeboxes. You get one song for a quarter.
Kim B Author 2 weeks ago
I would love to visit Vancouver someday. Have heard great things!
Bonson Lam 2 weeks ago
I am sold! Just looking for the jukebox to go with the 50's charm and colour.
Sleiman Azizi 2 weeks ago
Haha! Yes, A jukebox would seal the deal, lol