Japanese McDonalds

4 Apr

マックドナルド (McDonald’s) fast-food restaurants has stores around the world.
No matter which store you go into, the menu is basically the same. Some items, though, are customized for individual countries.
For example, I’ve heard that McDonald’s in India doesn’t serve beef burgers (pork or chicken instead), in Germany they serve beer 🙂  (some fast-food restaurants in Japan, such as Freshness Burger and First Kitchen serve beer…but not マックドナルド (McDonald’s Japan)), and in the Philippines they have spaghetti on the menu.


マックドナルド (McDonald’s) in Japan has many unique items on the menu, too.
Some are “limited time only“…such as the Lettuce Pepper Burger that was on the menu a few years ago. I really like that burger…but unfortunately, they don’t serve it currently.

New items on the menu at マックドナルド (McDonald’s Japan) include:

The 「マックホットドッグ」 (McHotDog) and 「マックホットドッグ・メガソーセージ」 (Mega Sausage McHotDog), which are breakfast items and only available until 10:30AM.

「マックホットドッグ」 (McHotDog) and 「マックホットドッグ・メガソーセージ」 (Mega Sausage McHotDog)

「マックホットドッグ」 (McHotDog) and 「マックホットドッグ・メガソーセージ」 (Mega Sausage McHotDog)

The 「チーズカツバーガー」 (Cheese Cutlet Burger), which is a cheese-filled pork cutlet sandwich.

「チーズカツバーガー」 (Cheese Cutlet Burger)

「チーズカツバーガー」 (Cheese Cutlet Burger)

マックドナルド (McDonald’s Japan) has the regular “Cookies & Chocolate McFlurry” and “Oreo McFlurry” ice cream dessert.
But they also have the 「マックフルーリー抹茶&オレオクッキー」 (“Green Tea & Oreo Cookies McFlurry“).

「マックフルーリー抹茶&オレオクッキー」 (Green Tea & Oreo McFlurry)

「マックフルーリー抹茶&オレオクッキー」 (Green Tea & Oreo McFlurry)

The 「えびフィレオ」 (Shrimp Filet-o Burger):

「えびフィレオ」 (Shrimp Filet-o Burger)

「えびフィレオ」 (Shrimp Filet-o Burger)

「シャカシャカチキン」 (Shaka Shaka Chicken) is a chicken filet in a bag that you add spice powder (chili or black pepper) and shake the bag to mix the spice (“Shaka Shaka” is a Japanese onomatopoeia for shaking):


Besides cola, milk, coffee and orange juice, etc マックドナルド (McDonald’s Japan) sells 爽健美茶 (Blended Tea):

「爽健美茶」 (Blended Tea)

「爽健美茶」 (Blended Tea)

マックドナルド (McDonald’s Japan) also has a ¥100 and ¥120 (about US $0.99 and US $1.19) menus which includes hamburger for ¥100, cheeseburger for ¥120, ice cream cone for ¥100, Shaka Shaka Chicken for ¥100, milk shakes for ¥100…and the 「マックポーク」 (McPork sandwich) for ¥100:

「マックポーク」 (McPork) ¥100 (US$0.99)

「マックポーク」 (McPork) ¥100 (US$0.99)

And All-You-Can-Drink coffee is also only ¥120


If you visit a マックドナルド (McDonald’s) in Japan, you’ll be sure to notice people looking at their cell-phones while they’re waiting in line and when they get to the cashier, they might show their cell-phone to the person behind the counter. This is because マックドナルド (McDonald’s) in Japan offers weekly cell-phone coupons.

Have you ever tried any of these items at a マックドナルド (McDonald’s) in Japan? Does McDonald’s offer unusual menu items where you live?

BTW, I wrote a post last November when マックドナルド (McDonald’s Japan) introduced the Quarter Pounder Burger.
Click here to see it.

33 Responses to “Japanese McDonalds”

  1. antonia May 7, 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    it awesomenessness


    • tokyo5 May 8, 2010 at 2:58 am #

      Have you eaten at McDonalds in Japan before?
      What city (country) do you live in?


  2. Mike January 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    I would love to try that shrimp burger D:


    • tokyo5 January 21, 2010 at 1:07 am #

      You should come to Japan and try it!

      What kind of special menu items does McDonalds have in your country?


  3. tokyo5 January 16, 2010 at 1:57 am #

    Yes, I wrote a post about these burgers (called “Big America” collectively)…

    My post about them is here:


  4. greg January 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm #

    I like they are introducing new America burgers


  5. Tyler July 11, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    I didn’t bring my camera with me to McDonald’s in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, but I ate a Teriyaki Quarter Pounder today. Regina is a test market for McDonald’s and KFC in Canada. It was slightly different from the teriyaki burgers I have eaten in Japan. Are the patties in Japan not marinated in the sauce? This one was like a regular quarter pounder patty with lettuce and sauce, likely mayonnaise, and teriyaki sauce poured on top.


    • tokyo5 July 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

      McDonalds in Canada has the Teriyaki Burger?
      I didn’t know that. Thanks for the info.

      And yes, in Japanese McDonalds, the Teriyaki Burger is marinated in the sauce, I believe.


  6. sohail ahmed June 6, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

    may i apply jops in here


    • tokyo5 June 6, 2009 at 11:55 pm #

      What do you mean?

      Can you apply for a job at McDonalds in Japan?
      Yes…if you can speak Japanese and you are in Japan now (with a valid working visa).

      Or do you mean can you apply for a job through my website?
      No, sorry.


  7. edebock April 23, 2009 at 1:50 pm #

    Now that I’m back in Canada, I miss the ebi burger! Of course, I miss a lot of other things about Japan too! According to this morning’s news, McDonald’s is doing extremely well in Japan in spite of the current downturn in the economy. Apparently people are choosing McDonald’s over more expensive Japanese restaurants.


    • tokyo5 April 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm #

      Does McDonalds in Canada have any unique menu items?

      And, yes, inexpensive places such as McDonalds, Yoshinoya, Daiso, etc are doing well in Japan because of the bad economy.


  8. tokyo5 April 9, 2009 at 10:24 am #

    Did you know that McDonalds Japan didn’t invent the Teriyaki Burger.

    MOS Burger, Japan’s second-largest fast-food chain, created it in the early 1970s (McDonalds copied it).


  9. bartman905 April 6, 2009 at 9:20 pm #

    I have tried the Green Tea & Oreo McFlurry – yummy! And I have meaning to try the McPork, next visit.

    Didn’t know that the coffee in McD is all you can drink – now I know, your blog is certainly a fountain of useful information 🙂


    • tokyo5 April 6, 2009 at 9:47 pm #

      You didn’t know they offer free coffee refills?

      You only need to bring your empty cup up to the counter and ask 「お代わり下さい」 (Okawari-kudasai).


  10. gaijinnosekai April 6, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    Last year was the first time I was in Japan, but apart from going this summer I’ll be studying from September 2010 until June 2011 at a Japanese university for the 3rd year of my degree. Yeah, I def do crave genuine Japanese food, what I can’t wait to eat most is tendon, so far what I’ve tried in London obviously doesn’t compare with the real thing and it’s pretty expensive here. Sushi in London can be pretty decent but I’m looking forward to going back to a genuine Japanese kaitenzushi shop. 🙂


    • tokyo5 April 6, 2009 at 6:58 pm #

      I like the Tenya Tendon restaurant chain.
      And of course, 回転寿司 (Kaiten-zushi) is great!


  11. cuteandcurls April 5, 2009 at 11:02 pm #

    I might try it out ..maybe when Im back from my trip 🙂


    • tokyo5 April 5, 2009 at 11:10 pm #

      You can wait til next January 7.
      That’s when it’s commonly eaten…and it’s also eaten when someone feels sick, because it’s easy on the stomach.


  12. cuteandcurls April 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    When I say porridge, some think its oat porridge which is why i say congee 🙂 Over here its just rice porridge with shreds of chicken. I prefer to eat my rice porridge with a dollop of Bovril

    If Im not lazy and generous, i’ll put minced beef or shreds of chicken meat with lots of vegetables!


    • tokyo5 April 5, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

      With chicken or beef!! Sounds great!
      (I never heard of “Bovril” though).

      I’d like to try “Congee” one day.

      You should try Japanese 「七草粥」 (7 Herbs Porridge).


  13. cuteandcurls April 5, 2009 at 7:25 pm #

    McD over here have congee and rice on their menus.


    • tokyo5 April 5, 2009 at 7:36 pm #

      What’s “congee”?

      (Update: I just looked online. “Congee” looks a little bit like Japanese 「七草粥」 (Seven Herbs Porridge).
      Japanese McDonalds doesn’t serve such an item.
      I wrote a post about Japanese 「七草粥」 (Seven Herbs Porridge). Here:
      https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2009/01/07/seven-herbs/ )


  14. gaijinnosekai April 5, 2009 at 9:59 am #

    aaah, brings back memories! I used to eat at McDonalds in Japan alot during my lunch breaks, the shaka shaka chicken was a lifesaver for a poor guy like me lol! McDonalds in England just doesn’t compare to that in Japan, but yeah, my favourite Japanese burger chain is Freshness Burger, can’t wait to go back there!!


    • tokyo5 April 5, 2009 at 7:07 pm #

      Are you planning to come back to Japan?


      • gaijinnosekai April 6, 2009 at 6:50 am #

        Yeah, I’m going back this summer, probably going to Freshness Burger will be one of the first things I’ll do when I get back, and probably get matcha ice cream after that lol.


      • tokyo5 April 6, 2009 at 11:23 am #

        Do you visit Japan every year?

        >going to Freshness Burger will be one of the first things I’ll do

        The last time we left Japan was for a two-week trip to America about five years ago.
        After a few days, we all began to really miss Japanese food…not Japanese fast-food, but real Japanese food!
        Don’t you want to eat sushi or don-buri first thing here?


  15. In10Words aka "Galileo" April 5, 2009 at 1:29 am #

    If there’s any type of food I love reading about, it’s Japanese food. It’s just so…quirky if you ask me. But then again, I’m just a fat, lazy american with apparantly bad education, crap quality cars and a troubling economy 🙂

    Why can’t American McDs have any of those things?! We’re not even privleged to have a McRib on the menu year round! Sure, Germany does, but I’ve never been there. Also, there’s food at McDonald’s that’s limited to specific regions In America™, like Lobster Rolls in the mid-atlantic, cheesesteaks in Pennsylvania, and they’ve tried pizza and mozerella sticks, but I don’t trust any of those things from there. They tried hot dogs, too, but not for breakfast.


    • tokyo5 April 5, 2009 at 2:25 am #

      >Why can’t American McDs have any of those things?

      Who knows??
      But compared to McDonalds Japan, McDonalds in America is a disappointment!


      • In10Words aka "Galileo" April 5, 2009 at 4:13 am #

        It is…and we started it! 😦


      • tokyo5 April 5, 2009 at 7:06 pm #

        Come to Japan and try McDonalds Japan. Actually, come to Japan and try real Japanese food! 😉


  16. Tsukareru April 5, 2009 at 12:36 am #

    Ah, the ebi burger….. I miss McDonald’s in Japan. But I miss Mos Burger even more.


    • tokyo5 April 5, 2009 at 2:24 am #

      Yeah, Mos Burger is good. I like Freshness Burger more…especially since they sell beer!


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