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First Burger King Restaurant to Open in Shinjuku Tomorrow

It’s been 6 years since Burger King pulled out of Japan, but the “whopper” will back again… tomorrow!

Burger King Japan will open its first Burger King shop in Shinjuku tomorrow at 7am. It’ll be on the first floor of a building called “Tokyo Island It’s“. You may not recognize the name of the building, but some of you may recognize the artwork: a big sculpture of “LOVE” by a very famous American artist, Robert Indiana. Tokyo Island It’s is directly linked to Nishi-Shinjuku Station on the Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line.

The second Burger King restaurant will open on Friday, June 22 in Ikebukuro. It’ll be in the “Alpa Building” of Sunshine City. It’s across the street from Tokyu Hands and is less than a 10-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station.

According to the Burger King’s website, both of those restaurants will be open from 7am to 10pm. However, it also says “予定” (yotei/plan) after its hours, so I guess their store hours are tentative.

Will the new Burger King shops bring in the chaos like the new Krispy Kreme doughnut shop did in Shinjuku? (There are still long lines there, by the way.) I hope not, but I also hope that my son, who somehow thinks it’s fun to stand in a loooong line to get “good food,” won’t find out about this!

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