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Japa Dog

Corner of Burrard and Smithe
Vancouver, BC V6Z2K6
Neighbourhood: Gastown
  • Cuisine: Hot dogs, Japanese
  • Price: $ ($15 or less)
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Service: No table service, Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: Cheap eats
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 9PM, Fri - Sat: 11AM - 10PM, Sun: 11AM - 9PM
  • This Japa Dog stand is located in front of Sutton Place Hotel. Japa Dog offers a creative and uniquely Japanese take on the classic hot dog. Sample the Terimayo which is smothered in Japanese mayo, nori, teriyaki sauce, and fried onions, the Oroshi is a bratwurst laden with special soy sauce, green onions, and daikon, Misomayo is turkey smokie laden with special miso sauce, Kaiware, and Japanese mayo and many more.

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Great lunch or snack
By Marik of Coquitlam (23 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 16, 2007 - 9:31pm [Dine in]

I finally went to this hot dog stand after hearing the reviews of this place. I was hesitant to go, since I am not a big hot dog fan, but I can honestly say this was the best hot dog I have ever had.

I recommend the terimayo. They use teriyaki and mayonnaise instead of the regular mustard and ketchup, and I know, it sounds weird, but ends up tasting great. I liked it so much I had another one. It cost $4.25.

Service was quick and friendly.

Obviously there isn't going to be much atmosphere since this is a hot dog stand, but it's fun to look around at what other people are eating (they sit down close to the stand).

On a side note, this place had a small sign that said they would be closed from around November 19th to January 31st of next year. These might not be the exact dates, but the thing to remember is that they are closed for the winter.

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Never Disappointed
By missy604 of UBC , Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 2:05am [Dine in]

I've been to Japadog several times and have never been disappointed. The hotdogs/sausages themselves are perfectly seasoned and juicy and when they add the japadog toppings to them, they just taste even better. This time I ordered the Oroshi, a huge pork sausage with grated radish, green onions and special soy sauce. I wasn't sure what to expect because I'm not a big fan of radishes but I thought I'd try it. Oh man! The combination of the flavours were so amazing. Another thing that impresses me about this humble hot dog stand, is how efficient they are. We were a big group and ordered at least 12 hotdogs and they got all our orders correctly and quicky.

I can't wait to go back to try their Edamame Terimayo.

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Wow! Sanitary, Safe, and Tasty
By ravingfoodie of downtown, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 9, 2008 - 8:46pm [Dine in]

I have no aversion to eating at any greasy hotdog stand but with recent news about listeria, ecoli, etc. I am put at ease when I "dine" at Japadog. It's so refreshing to go by this hotdog stand and see them put to practise all of the foodsafe guidelines. I did not notice at anytime their barehands handling the dog or the buns. I love their new addition the menu..Okonomi Dog. Who would even think of putting Bonito flakes on a dog? Very tasty and creative. I hate to admit it but I have tried every dog. hmmm, I would think a nice Pinot Noir would go with their Miso Mayo Dog.

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Top Marks for Originality
By notic of Pitt Meadows (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 4:05pm [Dine in]

I'm not sure if this concept was taken from another part of the world, but in Vancouver it is the most original modification to street food I have enjoyed so far. The dogs are top quality, the service is quick and friendly, they are definitely not stingy with the toppings and you get to people watch while chowing down your dog on the curb in front the Sutton.

I liked my first trip there so much, it became a regular destination in the summer time.

the only problem, it seems to only be open on sunny days :(

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Long wait, ok experience
By ab1 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 4, 2012 - 7:46pm [Take-out]

Hot dogs weren't bursting with flavour, it was good though. It's nice to know that the actual hot dog is good quality without the bad stuff that you would risk for a street hot dog.

It's cool to visit occasionally, but that wouldn't be regular lunch spot if I worked around there.

Thumbs up for the great entrepreneurship!

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Satisfied my craving
By frugal-diner of richmond (20 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 9:03pm [Dine in]

My 2nd time back at Japa Dog. I have regular cravings for their dogs but the thought of driving downtown just to get a dog was too much for me. This time we were in the neighborhood. They have expanded their menu with variations of the Terimayo dogs and new flavors like ume dogs. I had a Okonomi dog that was very tasty. Their dogs are grilled and served right away so they are juicy and fresh. Bonito flakes/sauce are delicious on top. Too bad the Oroshi is no longer avaliable due to health regulations by City of Vancouver. Japa dog is trying to bring it back.

Will definitely be craving their dogs soon. Looking forward to their new Robson Store opening in Dec sometime. Finally a nice warm restaurant to enjoy their food.

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Great. Tastes good.
By Luv_Selina of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 8, 2009 - 4:27pm [Dine in]

I think their dogs are very delicious , well last time I went with my sister once and we both ordered teri-mayo and the taste was outstanding and I found out that their price is reasonable it's just sometimes they don't have enough people working there so during lunch and dinner times it's quite busy.However it is worth going back.

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Not Just Your Average Dog!
By Crispy of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 1:14am [Dine in]

I've always wanted to try a Japa Dog after hearing so much about them...and since I work close by, I trotted on down during a sunny lunch hour last week. Being that it was lunch time, I had a bit of a wait for my order, but it was well worth it! I tried the Teri Mayo; holy crap, was it good! I love the way the Japanese mayo melds with the thick teriyaki sauce - it totally works! I definitely want to come back and try the others. The two women serving the hot dogs were very friendly. All in all, a great hot dog experience.

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A Quick Bite
By vanilla of Surrey (25 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 6, 2010 - 2:52pm [Dine in]

Decided to try a hotdog from here. The lineup was short, service was efficient, and the wait was only about 5 minutes. I tried the Terimayo. While it was ok, it wasn't 'wow', as I thought it would be better. It was a nice treat, but I think next time I will try someplace else.

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Over priced hot dogs but i like it
By foodjunkiex of vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 28, 2010 - 9:45pm [Take-out]

If you can stand waiting in line outside for at least 10mins to get a tasty hot dog with a Japanese twist, this is the place for you. I have tried the whole menu and my favorite is the teri mayo. Service is only mediocre cause these guys (usually 2 workers) are working there asses for filling orders. These hot dogs are on the pricey side but they are tasty. Ambiance = me standing or finding a place on the sidewalk to stand while people in line watch me eat.

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really good but some people might not like it
By dillydog of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 10, 2009 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

the hot dogs of japa dog are my favorite hot dogs ever. they taste like sushi which is my favorite type of food (my favorite sushi restaurants are toshi's and toyotami's). the hot dogs there are really good but some people may not like them. if you dont like japanese food then i wouldn't recommend these but if you do, these hot dogs are great. the only thing i have to say about them is that sometimes there is to much mayonnaise which to me ruins the hot dog.

the service is so-so but the servers are busy making hot dogs to.

the value is good...its not super cheap and its not super expensive, its just good.

i dont really like the ambiance rating but its not the japa dogs staff's fault because they are situated outside. while your waiting you have to listen to cars screech buy, people are honking at each other and sometimes the benches are wet but i here they are getting an indoor restaurant which will solve these problems.

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am I the only one who is uncomfortable saying Japa
By shane8585 of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 30, 2008 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

I love this hot dog stand... I will pay to park just to eat here. how could a hot dog stand be so good??? there is something for everyone and the veggie dog taste like real food not plastic-ish.

My wife even had to admit that the dogs here are great and she is not a hot dog connoisseur as am I.

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Unique and delicious
By ferrystar of Victoria (19 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 11:27am [Dine in]

Love this place! I'd heard, but never tried a Japa Dog and recently I was introduced to this cute eatery. Sitting literally on the street corner, this stand usually has a few people milling around it. Hot dogs are around $4-5 but come piping hot and stuffed with toppings like daikon, sprouts, and yummy mayo sauces. So good. Totally try this out.

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great dogs!
By touristinvc of nyc (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 23, 2008 - 2:25pm [Dine in]

enjoyed the jap dog. had a kurobata and a all beef. i dont like mayo, so i had my with the shredded nori, and dijon mustard with some sauerkraut relish.
The kurobata is pork sausage from black hogs raised to be sausages i guess. it was delicious and smokey and well seasoned and well grilled.
love the combination of nori sheet with the dog.
love the way they toast the buns.
the all beef was also delicious,

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East Meats West (pun intended, sorry)
By beentheredonethat of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 12:04am [Dine in]

Tired of the everyday runofthemill frankfurter? This is the place to be! The Japanese may have unconventional ideas when it comes to matching of tastes (e.g. sugary salty crackers), but I find that they can be trusted. I tried the Terimayo hot dog and it tasted like someone dropped a Salmon Roll into the bun, but in a good way! The briney taste of the julienned nori along with the subtle taste of Japanese mayo and the teriyaki sauce meshed nicely with the perfectly cooked hot dog. Definitely worth going again!

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It's ok
By beenthereatethat of north van (16 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 1:56am [Dine in]

I read this site and went there for the first time and tried a Terimayo $5.00 ($4.75 plus tip). I could smell the onions from a block away and it lured me to it.The dog itself was juicy and the best wiener that I've had. Cooked to perfection and I like the fact that it was sliced. The teriyaki sauce was ok with the mayo but the nori you could not taste, but it does looks good. I didn't notice the taste of the onions until hours later. Nothing speical about the service (they called out the dog and if it's your you take it. And the location it's a street corner. One of the many places where you should eat a dog but not my first choice and in the rain,forget about it.
I do not crave another one now nor will I really go out of my way to have one some other time. If asked I would direct others there to find the best dog in town but for value I would go somewhere else to eat.

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overrated and overpriced
By hy1121 of Richmond (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 7:17am [Dine in]

japa dog is the most expensive hot dog i've ever had in vancouver. i guess i'm just not a japanese hot dog fan. many of the street western hot dogs can beat japadog easily, and your homemade BBQ hot dogs probably taste better! will not go back again, waste of money.

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Dogs
By msmall of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 21, 2009 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

This is a great place for street food. In a city where theres virtually no street food outside of hotdogs these guys are doing some amazing things. Had a kurobata pork terimayo, wow great stuff. Saw this on No Reservations, and Anthony Bourdain knows his dogs. I hope this can start a street food revolution.

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Love them
By AngelaW of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 1:45am [Dine in]

Honestly, I don't really hot dogs but the only hot dog stand I'd eat from is this one. I love the Japa Dogs but they seem to leave pretty early (I guess I find myself in the area only around the evening/night time). I like the terimayo with the seaweed on it. I tried to replicate the flavour and have tried other hot dog stands at the Richmond Night Market which tried to serve the same thing but nothing is as delicious as the Japa Hot Dog Stand. Service is quick and I can't say much about the ambiance for a hot dog stand :) The price is the same as other hot dog stands.

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Incredible
By chococat1209 of Fairview, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 5:13pm [Dine in]

i've only been here a couple times and is very pleased with their hot dogs. Definitely a good experience and the hot dogs have such a cool japanese twist to it, with many different kinds of dogs and toppings to choose from. Creative! and yummy as well. The downside is that it is not always there when i try to look for it, and was disappointing sometimes. The guys working there are friendly and proud to serve you. Almost always a little line up there when i go. Absolutely one of the best hot dog place around!!!! Will definitely be back for some more!!

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