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Top 5 Japanese Fast Food Spots

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Fast service, inexpensive, and delicious. Japan is jam-packed with fast food spots to fill you up when you’re in a rush or on a budget.

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For this ranking, we’ll be focusing on Japanese-style fast food, which includes variou rice bowls and set meals.

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Top-tier high quality restaurants often can’t be beat, but you’ll be surprised at just how delicious some of Japan’s cheaper fast food places ca be.

Strap yourselves in for a delve into the wonderful world of Japanese fast food. Where would the world be without Japanese fast food? In a much worse place I’d bet. Japanese fast food is so iconic to most people that we often forget the huge variety that is on offer. So, here today we are going to give you five of the top spots to find the best Japanese fast food. Enjoy.


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Known around the world, Yoshinoya is a fast food restaurant that is known for its beef bowls.

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Beef bowls, or gyudon in Japanese, refers to a bowl of rice topped off with onions and beef cooked a sweet and spicy sauce made from soy sauce and sugar.

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Feel free to add on other toppings like raw egg, kimchi, and cheese to find a beef bowl that fits your tastes.

Yoshinoya is one of Japan’s oldest fast food chains and established itself in the late eighteen hundred (more specifically in the year eighteen hundred and ninety nine). This place is famous for its beef and pork bowls. You go in you order your lovely bowl of food on a seating are which is often a counter then you get your chopsticks, eat your meal, pay and leave. Really great food that is also super fast. This chain is so large now in fact that they have a whole branch of the company dedicated to Yoshinoya spots in the United States of America. And don’t forget your Japanese tea or ginger drinks that come free of charge with your meal.


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Matsuya is one of Japan’s most popular fast food spots known for its beef bowls, curry dishes, and set meals.

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Set meals, or teishoku in Japanese, refers to a specific type of Japanese cuisine that refers to a set that includes a main dish surrounded by rice and miso soup.

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Enjoy delicious Hamburger steak and barbecue beef set meals and other seasonal menu items at very affordable prices.

Lovers of the Yakuza video game franchise may be quite familiar with this one as it is the leading sponsor for the gaming franchise and has been one for a considerable time. Matsuya Foods, founded in nineteen sixty six, is now a massively popular fast food outlet with over three hundred and thirty three restaurants in thirty three different Japanese prefectures and even one in Shanghai in China. It serves most popularly gyudon or beef bowl along with other rice bowls or donbori. It even serves certain Japanese curry dishes. You can get a beer there also and even a breakfast dish or two and a variety of set meals and side dishes. This place is truly quick and you’ll enjoy coming here again and again for fast food that is not only quick but also deliciously moreish.


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CoCo-Ichi is a very popular curry restaurant chain.

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Choose from curry dishes the feature meat or fish and adjust the level of spice in the curry to fit your tastes.

不要(BENLY八幡撮影)Toppings are also highly recommended, some of which include garlic, tuna, and eggs.

Ichibanya is a Japanese favourite curry house fast food chain. This is a must for lovers of Japanese curry. It is so large that it has one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven restaurants in Japan alone with nearly two hundred in places all over the world (primarily in Asian countries). It serves many different curries, often with rice and a variety of extra toppings to give yourself  a brilliant yet fast meal that you will want to travel to more and more and because of the convenience of its vast number of stores, you can do just that. It also runs a chain of twenty five spaghetti inspired restaurants called Pasta de CoCo. And to anyone in the state of California in the United States of America then do not worry because there are eight CoCo Ichibanya restaurants there too.

4.Tendon Tenya

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Tendon is a shortened version of tempura donburi, or tempura rice bowl, which refers to a bowl of rice topped with various tempura and sauce.

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For under 1000yen, enjoy tendon with your favorite tempura toppings, including shrimp, pumpkin, and scallops.

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We also recommend the seasonal menus which change to include fresh fish and meat acquired from local farms and fisheries.

This is probably my most favourite restaurant chain of them all. Tendon Tenya has, in my opinion, the most ultimate of Japanese fast food in its repertoire. I’m talking of course about Tempura. This place is probably the largest chain of places that sells tempura in the whole of Japan and the convenience may be why. It is very fast and very efficient and more importantly it is extremely delicious. Not only can you eat in at these restaurants but you can also get take out food which as we all know the world over is the ultimate fast food and tempura of course lends itself to eating outside on the streets so not only is it fast it is also the ultimate street food. You can get different bowls or Tendons as they are known, ranging from a basic mix to an ultimate mix to a purely fish mix to even a purely vegetable mix. These include all the things you would expect to be put into tempura anything from prawns to lotus root.

5.Nadai Fujisoba

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Fuji Soba is a fast food restaurant where you can enjoy delicious Japanese soba andudon dishes.

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In particular, kitsune udon topped with sweet and spicy fried tofu and kakiage soba topped with a fish and vegetable tempura are popular menu items.

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Another favourite around the world is the Japanese fast food versions of the ultimate classic, the noodle bowl. Hosting everything from Soba noodles to Udon noodles to the more familiar noodles you might find in the west a typical ramen. Nadai Fujisoba has a nice welcoming atmosphere that is not too bright and invading. You sit and eat at round bar counters and eat your noodle bowl the way it was intended, with chopsticks and a Japanese soup spoon with which to taste the delicious broth. I don’t need to tell you what’s on offer here because whatever noodle bowl you can dream of it will probably be there.

So, there you have it, Japanese fast food that we can all love from Japanese natives to foreign travellers. There really is something for everyone here from noodle bowls to tempura to beef bowls and even curry. Don’t forget to try out one of these places when you next visit and taste some delicious food.