Updated: September 20, 2017
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Lucky Pierrot: An Amusement Park in Hakodate, Hokkaido!

Hakodate is an astonishing place with beautiful mountain views and red brick buildings. There is a famous long-standing fast food chain called the Lucky Pierrot. The locals nicknamed it Lappi, a combination of the first syllable of the full name of the chain. Lappi is also a major tourist spot for its unique amusement park style building and interior.

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Lucky Pierrot

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Lucky Pierrot was established in 1987. The chain has 17 branches that have different themes and storefronts. They all have the same mission: sharing the joy with the customers. The uniqueness of the restaurant is that it is not just a restaurant but also an amusement park at and it can only be found in Hakodate, a town in Hokkaido. The restaurant uses only fresh ingredients from local farms in the region to ensure the quality of the food. This fast food chain is deeply loved by the locals and no other fast food chains could beat it in that region.

Theme

The Elvis Presley

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Lucky Pierrot nearby Hokkaido University has a theme in the memory of "the King of Rock and Roll", Elvis Presley. A picture of Elvis Presley on the storefront is impossible to miss. The concept is based on the younger years of Elvis Presley. Antique furniture in the restaurant bring back an old school atmosphere.

The Log-house

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This is the flagship store of the chain. The store is a bird-watching theme park restaurant. The building is a log house of approximately 1,000 meters in area, while the entire land of the premises covers approximately 10,000 square meters. There is also a merry-go-round, a pond, a basil farm, a goat spot e.t.c. There are illuminations during the winter season from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. This is a great place for kids to run around or to relax with friends and family.

Menu

A first look at the menu can be confusing as the chain serves everything from burgers to Japanese cuisine to Chinese street foods to silk soft serves. The prices are reasonable which attracts customers of all age range. There are also store limited menus.
Retina burger
The award-winning Chinese Chicken burger is mouth-watering and crunchy. It is 350 yen for a 14cm x 11cm (height x length) burger. It is a house recipe originally created by Lucky Pierrot.
The omurice, or omelet rice, in short, has pickles vegetable and Chinese fried chicken on the side for 750 yen. The portion is larger than most omurice, so it is better to share with your company.
A popular dessert is a lucky ball made of deep fried sesame dumpling that is said to bring great luck to the person who eats it. Another one is this soft serve made of silk. That's right, made of real silk. Silk protein is an ingredient that has been used since the times of Cleopatra and Yang Kwei-Fei. Its amino acids work great for beauty and health. A win-win situation for a healthy body and to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Lucky Pierrot Circus

The using of point cards is common in Japan. Lucky Pierrot has its own "circus" club. There are four stages: associated member, senior member, star member, and superstar member. Members get cashback benefits for each access. All members other than associated member receive meal coupons. Superstar members will be invited to the annual corporate meeting.

Access to Hakodate

By air:
A 20 minutes bus ride from Hakodate Airport to the outside of central Hakodate for 410 yen.

By train:
You can take the bullet train (shinkasen| 新幹線) from Tokyo to Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto through the JR Tohoku/Hokkaido line. Then, you transfer to a local train from Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto to Hakodate. The total trip should take about 5 hours.

By bus:
It is the cheapest way to get to Hakodate from Tokyo if you have plenty of time. It takes around 17 hours for approximately 7,000 yen. A highway bus ride from Tokyo station to the Aomori Ferry Terminal. Take the ferry from there to Hakodate.
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