Cafe Aun quiet beside the Tama River

From the riverside walking track only a small wooden gate sign lets you know that both a gallery and cafe lie on the other side. The short path leads you past kid’s bikes, a cubby house and a deflated football that tell you this is an everyday backyard

The Aun Cafe sits in the back of the house with magnificent views over the upper reaches of the Tama River, close enough to hear the constant flow of rushing water around volcanic rocks seemingly deliberately placed to create a cluster of rapids.

Coffee freshly ground. Tea delicately made. Sweets on the side. The Aun Cafe was a great choice, and surprise after a long day exploring the Mitake Gorge and surrounds – a place where you can quickly forget you are just over an hour from Tokyo central.

So this place is three things. It is a studio and gallery for the exquisite ornate and intricate ceramic works of Ryujiro Oyabu (Yaburyu Ceramics) It is Cafe Aun. It is the family home.

This makes it very different from a couple of larger and well known visitor stops just up walking track. Only at Cafe Aun can you get the family dinner being prepared before you, two young children arriving home from school, throwing their bags unceremoniously down, greeting their mother, and then running off to play.

The location of Cafe Aun is 2-922 Sawai, Oumeshi

Mitake Gorge is a great place for a Tokyo day trip. I thank Mandy and Uncover Japan for the heads up.



About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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One Response to Cafe Aun quiet beside the Tama River

  1. blossomkitty says:

    Beautiful pictures, Tony 😊


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