With Golden Week upon us, and with it also being the last holiday for toll road discounts, there will be a lot of people out and about in their cars, and many will be stopping at a service station to eat, where they might have their last chance for a while to try out curious local foods at motorway service stations. I’m on holiday, so you’ll have to make do with silliness for the time being!


Between the 23rd and 26th of March 2011 1,070 members of the goo Research monitor group completed a private internet-base questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were female, 10.2% in their teens, 13.1% in their twenties, 24.7% in their thirties, 23.7% in their forties, 13.3% in their fifties, and 15.0% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

All the foods link to images or videos of the food.

Can’t say there’s anything there I’ll be rushing out to eat, and number 18 looks a bit suspicious…

Ranking result

Q: What curious service station local delicacies are you curious about? (Sample size=1,070)

Rank Food Location Score
1 Octopus cabbage burger Akashi Service Area 100
2 Cream stew-filled steamed bun Hirugano Kogen Service Area 81.9
3 Cactus ice cream Moriyama Parking Area 79.6
4 Maiko han burger Katsuragawa Parking Area 76.5
5 Unshu mikan (mandarin/satsuma) bread Nihonzaka Parking Area 74.2
6 Crocodile set lunch Hongo Parking Area 68.8
7 Gabai!! Double Turkish rice burger Kawanobori Service Area 65.6
8 Conger eel burger Miyajima Service Area 63.3
9 Karinto manju (fried dough cake/steamed bean paste bun hybrid) Dangozaka Service Area 62.9
10 Sasakama (bamboo leaf-shaped fish cake) fondue Ohiso Parking Area 54.3
11 Sakura ebi (small pink prawn) ice cream Yui Parking Area 52.5
12 Nuki (warm) sushi Kibi Service Area 50.7
13 Saigo Don Sakurajima Service Area 50.2
14= Fried breaded pork with grapefruit set Kita Kumamoto Service Area 47.1
14= Tosa ishin (Tosa restoration) burger Nangoku Service Area 47.1
16 Peanut ramen Ichihara Service Area 43.9
17 Dangozaka-exclusive Houtouman (steamed bun filled with “houtou”, a local delicacy) Dangozaka Service Area 41.6
18 Aka oni (Red devil) chili-flavoured soft ice cream Kibi Service Area 39.8
19 Oyster balls and tiny sardine burger set Asa Service Area 38.5
20 Weiner sausage rice bowl Tanigawadake Service Area 37.6


RMilner · May 5, 2011 at 03:50

Some of those sound excellent.

Others sound, er, not so excellent.

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