- What: Fast Food Restaurants
- Where: Tokyo, Japan
When walking around Tokyo the amount of Western restaurants available is really quite surprising for first time travelers to the country. In fact I have known western visitors to Japan that live off of the familiar fast food outlets instead of trying some of the local restaurants. I always encourage travelers to try and eat all of their meals at local restaurants in order to get a true cultural travel experience when abroad. Unfortunately most people just do not have the stomach to do this. If you are someone who just doesn’t have the stomach for Japanese food then these below pictures of the western fast food chain restaurants should be of interest to you.
This first picture is of ubiquitous McDonald’s:
I don’t know if this is a fact or not, but to me it seemed like there were more McDonald’s in Japan than any other western fast food outlet:
It is important to keep in mind that the McDonald’s in Japan are slightly different from their Western counterparts with some food items specific to the Japanese taste. There is also no Western style breakfast for sale either. Finally the food is more expensive and the portions are smaller compared to the US.
Colonel Sanders’, Kentucky Fried Chicken can also be found in Tokyo:
Here is a Wendy’s:
I never ate at either Wendy’s or KFC in Japan because I do not eat at these restaurants back in the US either. So if anyone has tried these restaurants out before in Japan please leave a comment.
If you want to try out a local fast food burger restaurant than Lotteria is the chain restaurant that can be found all over Japan:
I have eaten at Lotteria a few times before and do not like their burgers, but I don’t mind eating their chicken burgers which aren’t that bad. Besides being found in Japan Lotterias are also very popular in South Korea.
If you are not up to eating fast food and want to sit down at a table and order food, Tokyo even has a Denny’s for you to eat at:
If you want to eat some where a little more upscale than a Denny’s than there is the Hard Rock Cafe to try out as well:
I haven’t ate at either of these place either because if I want to sit down to eat I will go to a Japanese restaurant instead. The way I look at it is that I don’t travel all the way to Japan just to eat American food.
Overall, the food choices in Japan is quite numerous with restaurants for just about everyone’s food tastes. However, it is important to keep in mind that though a popular chain restaurant may be located in Japan, that doesn’t mean that the food is going to taste the same.