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If You Love KFC, Here’s The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet In Tokyo

The nuggets of information to increase your chances of eating at Tokyo’s KFC buffet.

One of the most exciting stops you could make in Tokyo is the all-you-can-eat KFC buffet.

You might be wondering why on earth anyone would travel all the way to Japan to fuel up from a fast-food chain. Yet, there’s more than just chicken at Japanese KFC buffets. In fact, KFC is somewhat a staple in Japanese culture, and a major hotspot for locals – More on that later.

For this reason, I jumped at the chance to dedicate an entire morning venturing out towards Machida neighbourhood for a piece of the action. Below, you’ll find an overview of the experience, with the all-important details of how to increase your chances of getting a reservation, when the best time to visit is, and why you shouldn’t hoard stacks of chicken at your table.

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The Lowdown On Tokyo’s KFC Buffet:

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Preparation is required if a trip to Tokyo’s KFC buffet is firmly on your radar as, believe it or not, Japan is one of KFC’s primary markets.

Many Japanese families actually welcome Christmas Day with a bucket of KFC as a popular tradition. You read that correctly. KFC chicken is the standard Christmas meal for millions of locals. Read more about the festive campaign here.

You may have questions, so here’s the answers to, what I assume to be, the topics you’ll want to uncover the most.

Side Note: UK readers, if Tokyo isn’t on the cards right now, can I tempt you with an entire UK-based chicken wing festival? WingFest 2024 is a real thing, and it’s sensational.

How Do I Get To The KFC Buffet In Tokyo?

Regardless of your starting point, the easiest method to reach Tokyo’s KFC buffet is by metro. The restaurant is located outside of central Tokyo, at Grandberry Mall. The stop you’ll need is Minami-Machida-Grandberry-Park.

The metro will drop you directly inside Grandberry mall, so tracking down KFC is simple. You’ll find the fast-food chain towards the back of the ground floor. Should you happen to lose your route, use mechanical stairs as references – The KFC buffet is located opposite.

KFC Buffet In Tokyo, Japan
Exterior Of Tokyo’s KFC Buffet.

How Much Does The Buffet Cost?

The price is just over 3000 Yen per person.

Currently, this is the rough equivalent of £15*.

*There’s a small additional cost if you wish to upgrade to an alcohol-inclusive option.

Can I Reserve A Space At The KFC Buffet?

Yes and no.

The KFC buffet in Tokyo doesn’t accept phone reservations, nor can you pre-book a slot online. However, you can collect a ticket on the day, to determine your time-slot.

This is what you need to do to skip the queues once restaurant doors officially open.

By 10 am, only a small cluster of locals were ahead of me. It turned out I was number 8, which confirmed my entry to join the first batch of KFC eaters.

When Is The Best Time To Visit?

The first slot is ideal, which means getting a ticket at 10 am for 11 am entrance. Keep in mind, the earliest eating hour is 11 am.

As for opening times, the restaurant operates from 11 am – 10 pm on a daily basis. Although, I’d ditch the thought of visiting on a Saturday or Sunday. Avoiding Friday is also encouraged.

I hit jackpot during a Tuesday, but not a single spare table remained during my visit. This factor alone should be enough to keep you away from weekend sessions!

What’s Included In The Buffet?

While there’s enough cuts of chicken to reach your protein intake for the rest of the year, you’ll also find sides which aren’t available on UK menus.

Chicken rice is one example of a dish only found in Japan, pasta being another contrast to UK menus.

Oh, and did you know KFC in Japan also has cake? There’s an entire dessert station, featuring the likes of mini pancakes, crème caramel-esque puddings, and a soft whip ice-cream machine. Not to mention bottomless soft drinks. Ice-cream cola float anyone?

All-You-Can-Eat KFC Buffet Tokyo
The Much-Loved Chicken At Tokyo’s KFC Buffet.

Does The KFC In Japan Taste The Same As The UK?

True fans may notice a slightly less crispy chicken coating, but there were no major differences that were detectable to the average human eye.

Is There A Time Limit At The KFC Buffet In Tokyo?

Yes.

In the photo below, you’ll see a receipt on my table. This contained a maximum time limit, according to the ’12:20′ printed on paper.

You’ll get 80 minutes of all-you-can-eat service.

The Receipt With What I Believe Was The Time Limit.

Can Staff At The KFC Buffet In Tokyo Speak English?

No, and it’s not a big deal.

There’s only 2 small occasions where communication is required.

The first is during ticket collection. The second is when you’re shown to your seat.

In both these instances, pointing to instructions and a brief Google Translate message were sufficient.

However, locals appreciated the effort when I sprinkled in ‘Arigato’ (Japanese for Thank You). Utilise it!

From Start To Finish, Walk Me Through The KFC Buffet Process In Tokyo?

  1. Arrive to Grandberry Mall just before 10 am, and head to the KFC restaurant.
  2. Join a queue (length will depend on day). Not long after, you’ll be given a paper ticket with a queue position and time stamp. At this point, you’re free to roam around your surroundings until your time slot.
  3. Based on the displayed time of your ticket, go back to the restaurant to exchange payment. From here, things advance quickly. Service starts at 11 am, but locals line up with plates a few minutes beforehand. There was never any pushing though. This is Japan, after all.
  4. Once service officially begins, everything functions how a traditional buffet would work.

Additional Comments:

-Chicken seemed to be replenished constantly. Prior to my visit, I’d heard a few horrors stories indicating the main attraction would sell out if you weren’t fast enough. How is that even possible? I thought. Then again, there was a nationwide scandal when KFC briefly sold out of chicken in the UK so nothing surprises me anymore.

Whilst I can’t confirm or deny whether Tokyo’s KFC buffet runs low on chicken, as I visited on the very first slot possible, I never saw chicken trays remain empty.

-The texture of KFC chicken isn’t the same when at room temperature, so don’t stack plates with multiple items until you’re ready to lick your fingers continuously. You’ll prefer the taste.

Overall Summary On Tokyo’s KFC Buffet…

Tokyo’s all-you-can-eat KFC buffet is unforgettable.

The experience unlocked memories of munching family-sized KFC buckets during my childhood. Yet, Tokyo elevates the typical fast-food atmosphere into something exclusive.

Few people can say they’ve eaten at one of the last few KFC buffets in Japan. Make sure you’re one of them during your next trip to Tokyo.

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