A Japadog cart in Los Angeles
A "Terimayo" hot dog from Japadog.

Japadog is a small chain of street food stands and restaurants located in Vancouver, Canada (there was also a location in New York City[1] which closed in 2013). The chain, which specializes in hot dogs that include variants of Japanese-style foods like okonomiyaki, yakisoba, teriyaki and tonkatsu, is owned by Noriki Tamura.[2]


Tamura and his wife moved to Vancouver in 2005. They opened the first Japadog stand that same year.[3] A second stand opened in Vancouver in the summer of 2009. As of March 2013, the company now has four locations in Vancouver and a fifth one in New York City (now closed).[4] In 2014, they opened a sit down store in Los Angeles, California. In addition to their three mobile stands in Vancouver, in 2010 they opened a sit-in restaurant, allowing them to serve extra items such as desserts and their unique french fries, called "shaked fries." The kitchen staff prepare them by placing the cooked fries in a paper bag with seasoning and shaking them until they're coated.[5]


  1. MacDonald, Nancy (August 6, 2007). "Extra wasabi, hold the seaweed". Macleans.ca. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  2. "Vancouver restaurants: decathlon of dining". The Sydney Morning Herald. February 22, 2009. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  3. "Publicity & Famous person". Japadog.com. Retrieved May 29, 2009.
  4. "Japadog on St. Marks: A First Glimpse". The Village Voice. January 6, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  5. http://www.insidevancouver.ca/2010/06/21/japadog-gets-a-real-home-on-robson-street/

Coordinates: 49°16′56″N 123°07′27″W / 49.2822°N 123.1243°W / 49.2822; -123.1243

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