Surprisingly (to us Americans, maybe), McDonalds all over the world has different menus to cater themselves to the locals. Even in Hawaii, you’ll find things like ramen, Portuguese Sausage / Eggs / Rice Plates, and taro pies. Japanese McDonalds, of course has it’s own quirks, not to mention special choices on the menu.

Besides the food, Japanese McDonalds has some other differences as well. Ronald McDonald has a different name: Donald (ドナルド). McDonalds Restaurants are generally a lot cleaner, staff seems to be a little friendlier, and everything is a little more upscale (at least as upscale as McDonalds can be). The drinks and fries are considerably smaller, though the hamburgers are only a little smaller. They have most of the staple McDonald choices on the menu, but I went through and found all the ones you might not see in your country of origin. Let’s start with breakfast!

Breakfast Menu (朝マック)

Feel free to click on the image above to get a closer view, but we’ll be getting into more detail on some of these below. I’ve provided a literal translation to all of them, written right above each picture. A few things strike me as a little odd, though. Why is the Chicken Caesar Wrap and the Fillet-o Fish on the breakfast menu? Japanese love eating weird things (at least by our standards) for breakfast. So if you study abroad, be prepared to eat a lot of lunchy-dinnery things in the morning!

Bacon Lettuce Egg Wrap

This sounds ridiculously good. I thought I loved Sausage and Egg McMuffins, but now I have something new to look forward to. Thank goodness Japan’s time difference might help me wake up early enough to grab one of these, while I’m still in jet lag mode.

The Mega Muffin

I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard about the MegaMac (keep reading), but this is it’s monstrous morning brother, the Mega Muffin. From the looks of it, the Mega Muffin consists of two sausage patties, a slice of cheese, an egg, some bacon, and some ketchup. Seriously? Well, I suppose it won’t stop me from trying one the first chance I get.

Chicken Caesar Wrap

This menu item isn’t strange all on it’s own. The thing that’s strange is that it’s found on the morning menu. Though, I gotta say, I probably wouldn’t mind. This is a good segue to…

The Lunch / Dinner Menu

Not a whole lot that’s terribly interesting here. You’ll notice that many of these items are found on your local McDonalds menu. Here’s the things that are probably unique:


If you live in Hawaii, you may be one of the lucky Americans to come across one of these…uh…things? Just double the amount of meat you would normally find in a Big Mac, close your eyes, tap your ruby shoes together, and you’ll get one of these. When I tried it, I could barely fit it in my mouth, that’s how ridiculous it is. Why Japan would have a hamburger bigger than any of its counterparts in America is beyond me. I suppose it makes up for the generally smaller portions everywhere else.

Shrimp Thousand-Island Wrap

Normally I am a big fan of some Thousand Island salad dressing… but that’s usually just on my salad. I can’t wrap my mind around this one, though I love the shrimp (sounds like a perfect wrap). This is very similar to their Shrimp Burger, which we’ll take a look at right now.

Shrimp Fillet-O

If you’ve never had a shrimp burger, do so as soon as you can. It is (unsurprisingly) one of the best fast-food burgers you’ll ever have. The Japanese Ebi Fillet might even rival an In-n-Out burger, though that might be pushing things a little bit.

Croquette Burger

One of my favorite aspects of Japan is the constant easy access to one of my favorite foods: Croquettes (コロッケ). If you can put them in a hamburger, then more power to ya, I say. Though, I would probably just take them out from the bun and eat them separately. But then again I’m not twelve years old.


Erin says these exist from time to time in the US, so I won’t talk about them too much. I thought that maybe it was due to the ban of beef imports from a couple years back, but maybe it’s just a plain old normal hamburger :(

Teriyaki McBurger

I’m a sucker when it comes to Teriyaki Burgers, and this is no exception. My mouth is watering.

Shaka Shaka Chicken

These are like little fried chickens in a bag. Then, you get this seasoning mix that you pour into the bag, seal, and shake. Now, all of a sudden you have some seasoned chicken, the McDonalds employees didn’t have to do the seasoning part for you, and now everyone’s happy! Here’s a video of someone doing it.


Bacon Potato Pie

I’m not too keen on sweet deserts. I’ve always been one for eating salty things after eating salty foods, you know, to clear the pallet. This piece of work seems to fall within that category, and sounds wonderful. Screw you Apple Pie. Bacon Potato pie is in town.

Now, we’ve only gone over the different food options there were. There’s also some different drinks you can get your hands on, to wash the greasy goodness down.

Available Drinks

You’ll notice all sorts of different things (and a lot of familiar ones). One of my favorite things about Japan is the availability of Ginger Ale. You definitely don’t see it very often in American fast food restaurants, but in Japan, it’s pretty common! Other interesting drinks include tea, Grape Fanta (Fanta is fairly big in Japan), and Qoo (I have no idea how to explain Qoo, except for that their apple juice is amazing).

So What Will You Eat?

There’s all sorts of great / interesting things there, but if you could only choose one, what would it be? I think I would go with the Mega Muffin, just because my current American favorite is the smaller version of that one, and more is always better, right?

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  • Darkstar

    MCDonalds is bad for you

  • UrDad

    Good job!

  • guest


  • Darkstar

    The Teriyaki Chicken Burger looks ok….

  • Gues

    u goto mcdonalds or die

  • hobo boy

    thats kinndacoolyaboy 


    I LOVE THAA ASAIN PUSSSAY! They should make like, asain tits burger, would be hot as.

  • grotesk_faery

    I had a MegaMac (not sure if it was called that, but it was the same thing) several years ago in Mexico. I was still pretty young, probably about 10, but we had been swimming all day so I ate the whole thing.

  • Human

    Interesting article, however the grammar-Nazi in me came out while reading it. When you want to change courses, you cleanse your “palate” not your pallet, which is the wooden base for a large, wrapped warehouse inventory.

  • Evansx33

    i love mcdonalds.

  • Evansx33

    no, no its not.

  • Evansx33

    no, i am.

  • Evansx33


  • Evansx33

    doesnt take a retard to know that fillet o fish means fillet of fish.. what did you do.. add the f?

  • Evansx33


  • Evansx33

    fat bap. x

  • Evansx33

    thats a nice little story.

  • nz275

    New Zealand has a Double Up Menu. Which means there is a MegaMac (Big Version of Big Mac), Double Fillet-O-Fish, Double Quarter Pounder and Double McChicken (all pretty self-explanatory). Not to mention the Olympic Menu at the moment too!

  • Scott Simonds

    Wish the mega mac would come to New Hampshire

  • kj

    We gotta get smoking out of Ronnys. They promote and cater to kids and then they let adults smoke like chimneys in their restaurants. Boo, hiss, fail !!! NO SMOKING NOW!

  • Maria Misfit

    Yet another super reason to visit Japan.

  • sora

    People, are you stupid the Y.A had the mega Mac here in the U.S. about 17 years ago, but it was known as the “double big Mac

  • Amzar

    For muslim they must say no to McDonald in Japan. because they using the same item they use to handle pork and other food.

  • Laurie-Ann Pederson

    They don’t have Double Big Macs and Double Quarter Pounders in the states? I’m in Canada and the Mega Mac is the same thing as our Double Big Mac.

  • Donald Watley

    Just like the japanese, doing it better Long Live Nippon

  • muslim!

    what about the croquette burger ?! :)
    and thank you for mentioning that!

  • Karndel

    Why don’t we have some of these thing in America!?!?!!!

  • Karndel

    I think it looks delicious too. You just have to be open to New Things.