REVIEW: Ho-Ho-Hot Dog Made Us Jolly at Universal Studios Japan

Ho-ho-ho, it’s the most wonderful time of the year at Universal Studios Japan! We’ve seen two incredibly themed hot dogs at the park this year, the JAWS Dog and the Frankenstein Dog. Now, Universal Studios Japan is rounding out the year with the Ho-Ho-Hot Dog, reminiscent of jolly ol’ Saint Nick himself!


The Ho-Ho-Hot Dog is sold at the hot dog cart in the NO LIMIT! Market.

Ho-Ho-Hot Dog – ¥900 ($7.92)


Almost $8 is pretty expensive for a hot dog, particularly for Japanese standards. Fortunately you do get a decent amount despite the price, with a thick and long sausage surrounded by a round red bun and topped with white stew sauce, a thin bread belt and a little cheddar cheese buckle.


It all comes in this creative little wrapper as well!

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Although pricey, we always enjoy Universal Studios Japan’s specialty hot dogs, and the Ho-Ho-Hot Dog is no exception. The meat is thick and juicy, perfect for a hot dog wiener. The bread, meanwhile, miraculously manages to support all of the weight without tearing or breaking easily. But we must note that the white stew sauce is rather plain, almost like a non-mustardy potato salad. It’s nothing special or overly bland, but it hardly adds to the flavor as much as the bacon and basil cheese sauce did on the Frankenstein Dog.

Would we get it again? Of course! Universal Studios Japan always has excellent hot dogs by themselves, and this Santa Claus-themed spin is no exception. Plus it’s perfectly Instagrammable, making for a fun memory to look back on this holiday season. The Ho-Ho-Hot Dog is available through January 10th, so be sure to pop in to the NO LIMIT! Market and give this one a try.

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