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McDonald’s in Tokyo Shinjuku – “Makudonarudo”

Japan, being an advanced nation and a neighboring country to South Korea, naturally hosts global companies. In Japan, you can find McDonald’s outlets similar to those in South Korea.

McDonald’s has grown into a global giant, with locations worldwide. The concept of the “Big Mac” menu item led to the creation of an economic index measuring purchasing power based on it in different countries.

“Makku” or “Makudo” – McDonald’s in Japan

McDonald’s in Japan is often referred to as “Makku” or “Makudo.” The Japanese pronunciation of McDonald’s is “Makudonarudo,” shortened to “Makku” or “Makudo.” In the Tokyo area, it is commonly called “Makku,” while in the Osaka region, it is referred to as “Makudo.”

McDonald’s Outlet in Tokyo Shinjuku

After exploring the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, taking our time, we returned to downtown Tokyo, and it was time for dinner. Since we were in the Shinjuku area, we decided to find a place for dinner, and McDonald’s in Japan caught our attention.

Shinjuku has several McDonald’s locations, and the one we visited was southeast of Shinjuku Station.

Japan McDonald’s Egg-based Burger

At Japan’s McDonald’s, we discovered a hamburger not seen in South Korea, one with egg. It was an affordable option, and since it was a menu item not available in South Korea, we decided to try it. (Now, a similar menu is available in South Korea.) Ordering it as a set cost around 500 yen, equivalent to approximately 5,000 won.

Japan McDonald’s with Partitioned Seating

While not all fast-food restaurants in Japan follow this style, especially in Shinjuku, fast-food places tend to have a seating area divided by partitions, creating a setting reminiscent of a study room. We had experienced a similar atmosphere at a Lotteria in Shinjuku during a previous Tokyo trip, and McDonald’s had a similar vibe.

Sitting in the partitioned areas, reminiscent of study cubicles common in Japan, we could immerse ourselves in the atmosphere of traveling in Japan.

McDonald’s in Tokyo Shinjuku Information:

  • Address: Japan, 〒160-0022 Tōkyō-to, Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku, 4 Chome−1, 新宿区新宿4丁目1−13
  • Phone: +81 3-5379-6265
  • Website: McDonald’s Japan – Shinjuku
  • Operating Hours: 24 hours