Japan is a paradise for delicious, mouthwatering foods and you can try a variety of Japanese dishes during your stay here. But sometimes, a taste of home is all you need. The good news is, there are a number of famous American food chains available in Japan.
If you’re looking for Western food while on your trip, you can count on this exploration guide to help you find the best eateries.
Here are the top ten American eateries in Japan, and what to expect when you get there:
When it comes to pizzas, Dominos Pizzas is one of the most widely known franchises in the world. And this pizza chain is available all over Japan with over 600 operating stores. The popular chain allows for dine-in, takeaway, and delivery and is loved by the Japanese people.
The menu is quite diverse too. You can find simple pizza toppings like chargrilled beef, pepperoni, and cheese, ham, and mushroom, as well as ultra-cheese.
Dominos Pizza Japan is famous for its innovations in flavor, adapted to the Japanese culture. For instance, the Fish and Chips Pizza and the Four-flavor Nippon Pizza. Other unique flavors include Hokkaido Three Cheese, Spicy Mayo and Mochi, and Goryeo Galbi.
The Pizza Rice Bowl and New Zealand Egmont Cheese Cottage Pie are some more fascinating dishes offered by the franchises across Japan.
The price of Dominos pizzas in Japan ranges from 1600 to 3600 Yen, including tax.
The legendary golden arches can be found throughout Japan too. Yes, we are talking about the most popular fast-food chain in the world, McDonald’s. The franchise has more than 3700 McDonald’s outlets currently operating in Japan.
If you’re simply looking for comfort food, you can opt for the standard American flavors offered, such as Big Mac, Filet O Fish, Spicy Double Cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, or their classic breakfast options like Egg McMuffin and Sausage Muffin.
Their Japanese menu is filled with some interesting choices too. The newest ‘Rice Burger’ also known as “Spicy Dabuchi” is made from 100% domestic rice buns. Rich White Dabuchi, Hami Trichi, and Dabuchi sausage muffins are also available.
Sea-food lovers can enjoy McDonald’s first-ever shrimp burger, Bai Shrimp Filet-O. If you want to try something different while not experimenting much, you can try their other flavors like Bai Bacon Lettuce Burger, Bai Teriyaki Chicken Filet-O, White Double Cheeseburger, and Roasted Soy Sauce.
Mcdonald’s Japan burger prices range from 110 to 540 Yen.
Another famous global fast-food chain, Burger King is also available in Japan. Burger King Japan offers some exciting food options on its creative menu. Confused about what to eat? Head over to your nearest Burger King and surprise yourself.
A new and famous item on their menu is the “Extreme Super One Pound Beef Burger”, a burger with no bun. It has lettuce, cheese, and pickles, all sandwiched between four juicy patties of beef. This super meaty burger is priced at 1400 Yen.
The “Teriyaki Ugly Burger” and “Cheese Ugly Burger” are some other attention-grabbing flavors offered exclusively by Burger King Japan.
The Teriyaki Ugly Burger has four different types of cheese including gouda, mozzarella, cheddar, and Egmont. Paired with rich teriyaki sauce, red miso paste, pickles, and charred onions, the burger is loaded with flavors. These messy burgers are a complete experience on their own.
Another unique item only available in Burger King Japan is the Cheddarich Chicken Nuggets. Imagine succulent chicken breast and cheddar cheese, covered in batter and fried golden…it’s a must-try.
Japan has almost 578 Denny’s restaurants that you can visit for both Western and Japanese dishes. You can also stop by for some coffee or dessert. This restaurant has a relaxing atmosphere that everyone enjoys.
If you’re missing American food and don’t feel like having fast food, you can find a wide selection of main courses at Denny’s. This includes Soy Sauce Spaghetti, Beef Meat Spaghetti, Hamburger Steak, Grilled chicken, sandwiches, and more. The menu is not limited to Western food and they also have Japanese cuisine available.
Denny’s even has a diverse breakfast menu and can be an excellent choice for mornings in Japan.
The king of donuts, Krispy Kreme is available in Japan too. These famous, delicious donuts first came to Japan in 2006 and have been wildly popular ever since. The donuts come in lots of cute colors and different flavors, specifically catering to Japanese taste.
You can try the “Fruits Yogurt Bran” if you like yogurt parfait. This tasty donut is filled with yogurt cream and topped with a berry glaze.
One unique Japanese offering is the Uji Matcha Cream Strawberry donut. This tea-flavored donut has a white chocolate and pink (strawberry) chocolate topping.
Krispy Kreme also has donuts with Japanese fusions like the Green Tea Adzuki, Citrus Green Tea Ring, and Sakura. With all these sweet treats, you surely won’t be disappointed with Krispy Kreme Japan.
If you’re looking for a classic American meal, you’ll be happy to head over to Hooters in Japan. Whether you’re looking for chicken wings dripping in hot sauce or the chili cheese nachos you enjoyed back home, this place has it all for you. You can enjoy tacos, quesadillas, and salads too.
So, if you’re looking for comfort food and missing the taste of home, you can easily grab a Western BBQ burger or a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich from this cool place. There are lots of seafood options too.
Hard Rock Cafe
The famous themed Hard Rock cafes has 8 locations in Japan. You can visit these for an authentic American dine-in experience in a true rock n’ roll vibe. If you’re staying in Tokyo, Hard Rock Cafe is situated in the midst of the city’s nightlife. It can easily be spotted by the giant Hard Rock guitar outside the building.
There is live entertainment, rich musical history, classic American cuisine, and a gift shop for memorable souvenirs.
Are you a fan of music, especially rock music? Hard Rock Cafe Japan is calling your name.
Are you in the mood for some ice cream? You can treat yourself to Baskin Robbins in Japan. The popular ice cream parlor has over 1000 stores in the country. With all its classic and only-available-in-Japan flavors, there is something for everyone here.
Every month on the 31st, new flavors are introduced at Baskin Robbins Japan. Some popular flavors include Sweet Jewelry Box, Love Potion 31, Matcha, Rocky Road, Dainagon Azuki, and Jamoka Almond Fudge.
Starbucks is extremely popular among the Japanese and has been in the country since 1996. Today, Starbucks has over 1600 stores in Japan and is continuously expanding. You can easily find all your favorite beverages at Starbucks Japan and cozy up in the warm and beautiful cafes there.
In fact, Starbucks Japan is popular for its artistic and aesthetic coffee shops with photo-worthy spots and cool architecture.
Some of the most stunning Starbucks outlets in Japan are located in Hirosaki Koen-mae- Aomori, Hakodate Bayside- Hokkaido, Starbucks Reserve Roastery Tokyo- Meguro, Old town Kyoto, and Yomiuriland Hana Biyori, Tokyo.
You can also find local blended beverages in Japanese flavors like Hokkaido, Tottori, Aichi, Miyazaki, Niigata, Osaka, Kyoto, Kagoshima, Fukushima, and more. Starbucks Japan recently released 47 new JIMOTO Frappuccino blended beverages to honor and appreciate the Japanese community.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company
This famous casual dining restaurant was based on the characters in the film Forrest Gump. Even the interior design reflects the scenes of the movie. And this iconic restaurant is present in a few locations in Japan. These include Tokyo, Tokyo Toyosu, and Osaka.
If you’re in the mood for tasty shrimp dishes cooked in Southern American style, you can visit Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Japan and satisfy those cravings.
To make things fun, your server may come up to you during your meal and ask you questions about the movie Forrest Gump.
A must-try is the famous “Shrimper’s Net Catch” with Peel ‘n’ Eat shrimp steamed in beer. Lt. Dan’s Surf and Turf is another favorite. This dish comes with Dixie-style baby back ribs, along with juicy grilled shrimp and fries.
The menu also has special alcoholic drinks including a Pineapple Margarita, Coco Cran Punch, and Strawberry Basil Smash.
The best part is, they even have a kid’s menu with lots of options such as cheeseburgers, pepperoni pizza, popcorn shrimp, fish n chips, and chicken strips.