What is Coco-Ichibanya ? | Commentary by Japanese webmaster | Common in Japan #51

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This is SHINTA+, Japanese writer.


What is ‘Coco-Ichibanya’ ??

I want to know it !

This page is
  • To introduce ‘Coco-Ichibanya’ well known in Japan
  • To clear your question about it

I wrote this article to introduce ‘Coco-Ichibanya’, as popular Japanese donut restaurant and to clear your question about it.

I would like to explain about the topic with mainly two parts.

  • Introduction of ‘Coco-Ichibanya’ in Japan
  • Deep Diving with Q & A style
    • History
    • Number of restaurants
    • Spicy level
    • Topping, etc

In first part, you can get basic information about ‘Coco-Ichibanya’ in Japan.

And next, I would like to introduce more details, with style of answering questions. You can get information with cherry pick style, in stead of reading long article.

I hope you will have proper information about Coco-Ichibanya in Japan, after reading this page.

What is ‘Coco-Ichibanya’ ?

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‘Coco-Ichibanya’ is very famous restaurant chain of curry rice in Japan.

‘Coco-Ichibanya’ provides various kind of curry rice, both to go, and in restaurant. Japanese people generally call ‘Coco-Ichibanya’ as ‘Coco-Ichi’ in short.

Yellow colored signboard is the trademark of ‘Coco-Ichibanya’.

Introduction of ‘Coco Ichibanya’
  • Famous Curry rice restaurant chain in Japan
  • Available both to go, and in restaurant
  • People call ‘Coco-Ichi’ in short
  • Yellow colored signboard is the trademark

Deep Diving into Coco-Ichibanya in Japan

I would like to introduce more information about Coco-Ichibanya in Japan, in this paragraph with Q & A style, so that you can access information easily.

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Coco Ichibanya has more than 40 years of history in Japan

  • 1978 Established Coco-Ichibanya in Nagoya city
  • 1988 Number of restaurant became 100
  • 1994 Number of restaurant became 300
  • 1996 Number of restaurant became 500
  • 2004 Number of restaurant became 1,000

Founder, Mr. Tokuji Munetsugu opened cafe as predecessor of ‘Coco-Ichibanya’ in 1974.

As curry rice was very popular in his cafe, he established curry restaurant, ‘Coco-Ichibanya’ in 1978 in Nagoya city in Japan.

In 1980’s – 2000’s, with good evaluation of his curry rice, number of ‘Coco-Ichibanya’ was drastically increased and getting popular in Japan.

Reference : ichibanya webpage

As of 2022, there are 1262 of ‘Coco Ichibanya’ restaurants in Japan. ‘Coco Ichibanya’ is available in all of prefectures in Japan.

And there are 202 restaurants out of Japan, in 12 countries, like China, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippine, Indonesia, USA, Great Britain, etc.

Sauce : ichibanya webpage

There are 10 spicy level of curry available at Coco Ichibanya.

There are Level 1 (1-Kara) to Level 10 (10-Kara). Level 10 is the hottest curry. Only people who had lower level can try to next level.

For people who don’t like spicy food, Mild curry is also available at ‘Coco Ichibanya’, so that various people could enjoy curry at ‘Coco Ichibanya’.

Reference : ichibanya webpage

There are more than 30 of topping menus available at ‘Coco Ichibanya’. People can add preferred toppings on curry rice.

Top 10 Popular Topping menu in Coco Ichibanya in Japan

  • Cheese
  • Pork Loin Cutlet
  • Crispy Chicken
  • Pork
  • Seafood
  • Spinach
  • Cream Croquette
  • Pork Cutlet
  • Squid
  • Natto

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Yes, there are 3 way to have curry of Coco Ichibanya at home.

  • Take-out
  • Delivery (Uber, Demae-can, etc)
  • Retort pouch curry

We can enjoy curry of Coco Ichibanya both at home and restaurants.

Author’s research in Yokohama city


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I hope you have clear understanding of Coco Ichibanya !

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