God Burger in Yokogawa

Unique little burger shop with a long history

By JJ Walsh    - 3 min read

God Burger is less of a Yokogawa feature than it used to be when it commanded a main corner of the town, but it is still a unique little burger place that you are unlikely to forget once you visit. Named "God Burger" after the owner who explains it was because part of his name, Kami, means "God". If you like burgers and are in Yokogawa near the station, this is an interesting and tasty place to eat-in or take-out from.

The owner originally opened this shop in the 1970's when it was one of the only western eateries around. The classic god burger, dripping in grease and salt, eaten with signature spicy fries and overly creamy shakes became the norm here until 2009. At the remodel of the shop, the owners also reinvented the God burger model. Since 2010, when they reopened this new, smaller shop, they cut out anything deep fried. Gone are the fatty fries and other deep fried burgers, gone are the high calorie shakes too. They have also designated the new shop as a smoke-free zone.

I have to admit to feeling slightly disappointed walking in thinking we were going to eat fast food and being denied feeling disgusting on the way out, but there is always the greasy ramen shop next door if you are in need of an unhealthy fix. Once I got my head around the idea, it was quite nice to sit and have a burger in the smoke-free, grease-free, comfortable wooden surroundings- it must be a lot nicer to work in this environment as well.

There is a huge variety of burgers (in 3 sizes) to keep you interested: curry burgers, teriyaki burgers, hawaiian burgers, chicken burgers, bacon & egg, pork burgers and so on. For the non-meat eaters there is a, egg burger, salad burger and the mochi (pounded rice cake) burger. Mochi, egg, pineapple, bacon, extra hamburger patties and other extras can also be added to any burger starting from a mere 30 yen extra. One of the kids (as professed on the poster on the wall) is apparently a big fan of the curry burger with mochi topping. Very interesting! They also have hot dogs on offer as well (with various toppings). There are eighteen burger and hot dog items on the menu in total. Burgers cost from around 300 yen for a small egg burger to nearly 1,500 yen for a double patty Hawaiian burger with all the extras you could imagine.

God burger is open everyday, except tuesday from 11am to 6pm.

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JJ Walsh

JJ Walsh @joy.walsh

I've been living in Hiroshima since the mid 90's & still discovering new things to enjoy. I'm a big fan of both the old "wabi sabi" as well as modern and new designs, Japan offers both of these type of places to explore and enjoy. Even after many years here, I am still discovering surprising, fantastic and wacky things about this strange and wonderful land. I hope you enjoy your adventures around Japan- feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about traveling with kids, vegetarian dining or anything specific to Hiroshima.

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JJ Walsh Author 7 years ago
I'm so glad you liked it, the couple who run the place are very hardworking and kind people. It has a loyal following from locals in the area (and hopefully now some tourists too).
Mary Kawai 7 years ago
Thank you for this! I found your article just before a visit to Hiroshima and now it is on my list of places to come back to every time.