Fancy Taco Bell Just Opened in Tokyo

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After a long absence, Taco Bell has returned to Tokyo. Today, a rather chic Taco Bell began serving customers.

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The Japan Times reports that the chain left Japan in the late 1980s, but remained on U.S. military bases. The newly opened restaurant has some Japan-only dishes. This is a look at the menu, via website Gori:

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[Photo: Gori]

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[Photo: Gori]

At the new Tokyo Taco Bell, prices seem slightly higher than they do in the States, with most meal combos between 760 and 850 yen (US$6.36 and $7.11), and individual items between 500 and 600 yen ($4.18 and $5).

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[Photo: Gori]

However, there are cheaper “snacks.” And, as The Japan Times points out, the restaurant does have a Taco Man character:

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[Photo: Satoko Kawasaki | The Japan Times]

Here’s Taco Man hanging out with people waiting in line outside.

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The Taco Bell is located on a somewhat cramped street:

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Things get very purple:

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Via Japanese website Gori, here’s a look inside:

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[Photos: Gori]

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Alex_Mexico
Alex_Mexico

Ah Taco Bell. Desecrating Mexican cuisine since 1962 so bad it’s been rejected from making a dent in the Mexican market twice (true story).

I’d be fine with it if so many people didn’t actually believe that Taco Bell served authentic Mexican tacos/food.

We’re sorry, Japan. We promise you the real thing’s better :(