Top 30 restaurants in Japan as voted by foreigners
Find out what catches the appetite of foreigner travelers in Japan.
Many people love Japanese food. So, if you were to travel to Japan, how would you rate the local restaurants? Certainly you will not compare them with the sushi bar back in your home country. And how do you know if they are good? Perhaps this list could help you a little.
TripAdvisor Japan, the famous travel website, recently released its top 30 restaurants, chosen based on ratings and comments left by foreign diners in local restaurants in Japan. The results are from its annual survey conducted in 2014. Let’s find out what foreigners have to say about the top 30 restaurants voted by TripAdvisor’s members.
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1. Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M.
Cuisine: Japanese - Yakiniku (Japanese Barbecue)
“It was one of the best meals of our trip. We took the premium set and were very satisfied with the 6 cuts offered to us. The beef was delicious and melted with every bite.”
Address: 1-1-19 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0076, Osaka Prefecture
2. Center4 Hamburgers
Cuisine: Western - Hamburgers
"The balance between the sauces (mayo, tomato, and mustard) with the succulent beef patty, melted red cheese, and crunchy veggies takes you back to your very first burger (if it was a good one) and continues to be amazing with each bite."
Address: 94 Kami-ichinomachi, Takayama, Gifu Prefecture
3. Sushi Dai
Cuisine: Japanese - SushiNan-Cheng Tsai/Flickr
"Sushi Dai was truly an amazing experience. We had read a lot about it but were also concerned this may be a tourist trap. Although clearly there are many tourists waiting in line, it ultimately felt like a genuine experience. The sushi is unbelievably fresh and good; I'd say it was the best sushi we have ever had."
Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji | Tsukiji Fish Market 6th Bldg., Chuo 104-0045, Tokyo Prefecture
4. Kyubei Main Restaurant
Cuisine: Japanese - Sushi
"Hands down one of the best dining experiences I have ever been to. Mr. Imada served us personally - which was incredible. Food, drinks and service were the best I had during my trip. It is also incredibly expensive - but you only live once."
diningforfun, United States
Address: 7-6, Ginza 8-chome, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
Cuisine: Japanese - SteakhouseChi (in Oz)/Flickr
"Everything was just amazing. I had heard about Kobe beef many times in my life but could not afford it since I had no occasion to go to Japan. The meat is dealing with perfection, so does the cook. We all loved it. It is really amazing to see the different taste of the various parts of the beef."
Address: 1-1 Kitanocho, Chuo-ku | Shinkobe Oriental Avenue 3F, Kobe 650-0002, Hyogo Prefecture
6. Hafuu Honten
Cuisine: Japanese - Steakhouse
"The beef/steak is well beyond our expectation. We've been visiting Japan many times and every time we tried out the local best beef. Hafuu's steak was the best we ever had. We had three beef courses in our menu, all cooked different ways and all superb. The bread and other side dishes were also quite delicious. Some people might think this is a bit pricy, but we think it's a great value, considering the beef quality and the living standard in Japan."
Wang_HH, Hong Kong
Address: 471-1 Sasayacho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0983, Kyoto Prefecture
"This was the best meal of my life. No other way to describe it. The food was delicious, the staff was exceptionally attentive and the sommelier was excellent."
Address: 2-6-15 Minami Aoyama, Minato 107-0062, Tokyo Prefecture
Cuisine: Japanese - Sushi
"Now I know what sushi is supposed to taste like. We only waited about 30 minutes on a Monday around lunch time. We ordered the Kiku Set for 3,900 yen (11 pieces plus egg and miso soup). I have never been a fan of either uni (sea urchin) or anago (eel), but it is obvious I've never had the freeh good stuff. The uni was sweet and buttery; the anago reminiscent of fresh tuna sprinkled with sea salt and yuzu. In short, skip the long lines elsewhere in Tsukiji Market and go here for a once in a lifetime sushi experience."
Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji | Tsukiji Market Building 6, Chuo 104-0045, Tokyo Prefecture
9. Ippudo Nishikikoji
Cuisine: Japanese - Ramen HouseLeng Cheng/Flickr
"Ippudo is apparently the most famous place for ramen noodles in Japan. It's true that they were delicious. The atmosphere is not super fancy but still nice, the service is fast and efficient and the price was very reasonable. I would recommend it."
Address: 653-1 Bantoyacho, Nishikokoji Higashi-iru, Higashi-no-Toin, Nakagyo-ku | Nishiki Bldg 1F, Kyoto 604-8143, Kyoto Prefecture
Cuisine: Japanese - Ramen HouseMichael Mortola/Flickr
"Ordered the Ramen + Extra pork, +seaweed, +egg and +mushrooms using the vending machine. Sat down at my booth and chose my preference for my soup and noodle firmness. The noodle was cooked to perfection according to your preference. This is a place where many of the locals will eat. A good value for the authentic experience and taste."
Address: 1-22-7 Jinnan | Iwamoto Bldg. B1F, Shibuya 150-0041, Tokyo Prefecture
11. Kobe Beef Kaiseki 511
Cuisine: Japanese - Kaiseki (Traditional multi-course Japanese meal)
"The restaurant atmoshpere may be a bit cold but the meat they serve is the best quality you'll find. Spend an extra few yen and go for tenderloin. If you're eating kobe beef for the first time in your life, trust me it's worth it. The meat melts in your mouth. All other steaks you'll have after that will taste like... If you're in Tokyo and want to taste kobe beef, this is the place."
Dusan V, Switzerland
Address: Akasaka 4-3-28 | Dear Plaza Akasaka, B1, Minato 107-0052, Tokyo Prefecture
12. Tapas Molecular Bar
"This was our first experience of molecular food and we were very happy to have tried it. We had a 16 course meal of exciting and innovative food that we had never experienced before. Wonderful flavours and high quality ingredients dominated the meal. The meal was quite expensive, especially with the 21% added on (even to the drinks) but it is worth it for a once in a while experience. Surroundings are luxurious and have some amazing views of the city which creates a wonderful atmosphere for the evening."
ek28, United Kingdom
Address: 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi | 38F, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Chuo 103-8328, Tokyo Prefecture
13. Tokyo Shiba Tofuya Ukai
Cuisine: Japanese - Kaiseki (Traditional multi-course Japanese meal), Tofu house
"We visited this restaurant on a lonely planet recommendation and it totally exceeded our expectations. The restaurant is housed in a number of beautiful old buildings surrounding a tranquil japanese garden with carp ponds, bridges and maple trees. We had a two hour degustation menu of 8 courses and the most memorable on our trip to Japan.Some of the tastes included, scallop with fried crumbs, Tofu in soya milk soup, deep fried yellowfin Tuna and sashimi. The presentation is thoughtful and creative with different pottery for each dish."
Address: 4-4-13 Shibakoen, Minato 105-0011, Tokyo Prefecture
14. Ninja Akasaka
Cuisine: Japanese - Ninja themed restaurant
"It is a fun ninja themed restaurant with a "ninja town". We got a great magic show at our table from "ninja master" and the food was great. We all agreed that the meat we had as main course was something special."
Alex R, Sweden
Address: 2-14-3 Nagatacho | Akasaka Tokyu Plaza 1 F, Chiyoda 100-0014, Tokyo Prefecture
Cuisine: Japanese - Sushi
"Their ordering system is unique but have English menu, so easy to get. Everything we ordered was very fresh and tasty. Especially Aji, fish was still moving. If you don't wanna see that, just let sushi chef know (^_^;)"
Address: 103-2 Hashimotocho, Shimogyo-ku | （1F underground northeast of the intersection Kiyamachi Shijo）, Kyoto 600-8011, Kyoto Prefecture
16. Harajuku Gyozaro
Cuisine: Japanese - Dim Sum, Gyoz
"A real place, no fanciness, just godlike gyoza at a crazy low price. Had to wait few minutes outside but was well worth it. Recommended!!"
Address: 6-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture
Website: not available
17. Umegaoka Sushi No Midori Sohonten Shibuya
Cuisine: Japanese - SushiAndy Yeo/Flickr
"We totally fell in love with this place! The sushi was literally amazing that it 'melts' in our mouth. Despite it generally has a (very) long waiting line, it is definitely worth waiting it. We managed to eat in after waiting about 2 hours. At first you might feel that it is slightly expensive. However after you eat the sushi, that thought will completely go away."
Susemi, South Korea
Address: 1-12 Dogenzaka | Shibuya Mark City East 4F, Shibuya 150-0043, Tokyo Prefecture
18. Kamimura Restaurant
"Nice, romantic location, professional staff and higher level of food. Perfect location for a special dinner or just if you expect something more. Although you are obliged to take the 9-course diner set menu, it does not disappoint, moreover they showed their capability to come up easily with an alternative dish in case there is something you don't like/eat."
Peggy D, Belgium
Address: 190-4 Yamada | 1F Shiki Niseko, Abuta-gun, Kutchan-cho 044-0081, Hokkaido
19. Tonkatsu Maisen Aoyama Honten
Cuisine: Japanese - Tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet)Wally Gobetz/Flickr
"I've had lots of tonkatsu before but his was by far the best, probably even worth it for checking out the menu, these people are serious about pork and it shows. Incredible stuff."
Address: 4-8-5 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture
20. Kyoto Gogyo
Cuisine: Japanese - Ramen House
"Almost two hours waiting in line to get in. But it's definately WORTH it. The ramen with black soup is very special and signature like no other ( for me). The soup is always hot till the last dip. The atmosphere is good, nice design restaurant and great service. Definately will come back."
Address: 452 Jumonjicho Yanaginobamba-dori Takoyakushi Sagaru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8121 , Kyoto Prefecture
21. New York Grill
“Recommended by the "1000 places to go before you die" book. Upscale environment, excellent service, jaw-dropping view from the 52nd floor, and nice drinks and live jazz music. International cuisine, not exactly the best option if you want to try the most traditional local food.”
Address: 3-7-1-2 Nishishinjuku | 52F Park Hyatt Tokyo, Shinjuku 163-1052, Tokyo Prefecture
22. Daiwa Sushi
Cuisine: Japanese – SushiVictor Lee/Flickr
“Once we got in, the sushi chef quickly explained our options. We decided to go with the omakase for Y3500. The first one they served - fatty tuna, I think - was just heaven. The chef was right to tell us "No soy!". :) The other sushi dishes in the set were excellent too. The freshest I've ever had. We were done in 30 minutes or so, wonderfully sated. The staff is very efficient, cheerful, and very helpful. Quite a wonderful experience even with the wait.”
Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji | Tsukiji Fish Market Bldg. No.6, Chuo, Tokyo Prefecture
Cuisine: Japanese – Tonkatsu (deep fried pork cutlet)
“The restaurant isn't too big, there was about 5-6 4 seater tables, 1 big table that fits about 8 (can be shared by 2 groups of 4). Had a bit of a queue but didn't wait long (about 15mins?), food came quite quickly after you place order so the guests come and go quite quickly.
The tonkatsu was really nice, wasn't over fried and the batter wasn't too thick and became too hard. I had the croquette+tonkatsu set, think it was a scallop+carot+___ croquette, but I didn't taste the scallop...I enjoyed it nonetheless. The miso soup was really nice too~
Ch0yan, New Zealand
Address: 901 Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyoku | TheCUBE 11F, Kyoto 600-8216, Kyoto Prefecture
24. Sushi Sukiyabashi Jiro Roppongi Hills
Cuisine: Japanese – Sushi
“Remarkable, memorable sushi experience. It's expensive (£160 a head), but then you're eating some of the rarest, finest ingredients in the world, prepared by some of the most talented, staggeringly technically skilled chefs in the world - that is going to cost a bit of money.”
Caloobrus, United Kingdom
Address: 6-12-2 Roppongi | Roppongi Hills Keyakizaka-dori 3F, Minato, Tokyo Prefecture
25. Kanidouraku Dotombori-Honten
Cuisine: Japanese – SeafoodWally Gobetz/Flickr
“We couldn't miss the giant crab sign while walking through Osaka so we decided to give this place a try. To be honest I'm not particularly a big fan of crab but my spouse, a seafood enthusiast, was very happy with the meal and found the crab very tasty and fresh. So the rating here is not based on my opinion since I did not enjoy the food as much (although I agree it did taste very fresh). I guess it must be a great place for crab lovers.”
Address: 1-6-18 Dotombori, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0071, Osaka Prefecture
26. Shinjuku Tsunahachi So-honten
Cuisine: Japanese – Tempura (deep fried battered seafood and vegetables)
“Definitely a worth visit if you are a tempura lover. My experience was excellent from the moment I stepped into the door till the time I paid the bill. Sit at the tempura bar and you'll observe how it's all done by the chef, from live seafood to crispy tempura. Service is customised; you will be served piece by piece as it comes out fresh from the deep fryer with clean, golden oil. A little bit pricey, but worth a visit.”
Imelda Y, Malaysia
Address: 3-31-8 Shinjuku, Shinjuku 160-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
27. Jomon Roppongi
Cuisine: Japanese – Yakitori (skewered meats) / Bar
“This may not be the best Yakitori in Tokyo, but in all my years in Japan it's one of the best and most welcoming for foreigners as they go all out to accommodate and make you feel comfortable, and what's more the food is great.... But book in advance if possible as arriving without a reservation may lead to a long wait or no table availability..”
Address: 5-9-17 Roppongi | Fujimori Bldg. 1F, Minato 106-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
28. Niseko Pizza
“An easy night in! Feel like pizza? Don't hesitate to call Niseko pizza for their fresh authentic Italian thin crust pizza and fast and efficient delivery service. Ordered Niseko Pizza three times this holiday and they were consistently good everytime. Both kids and adults devoured the lot...never any leftovers...a good sign!”
Address: 167-3 Yamada | J-Sekka Bldg. B1F, Abuta-gun, Kutchan-cho 044-0081, Hokkaido
29. The Niseko Supply Company
Cuisine: French – Bar
“Wonderful bakery and crepes and coffee to die for mid afternoon on a snowy day. Expresso martini great too! highly recommended.”
Tracey B, Australia
Address: 190-13 Aza-Yamada, Abuta-gun, Kutchan-cho 044-0081 , Hokkaido
30. A-Bu-Cha 2nd
“Visited A-Bu-Cha 2 with 18 people. We had a great time there with great food! Service was very efficient and friendly staff!! Would definitely go again!”
kaymet, United Kingdom
Address: 191-29 Yamada | Suiboku 1F, Abuta-gun, Kutchan-cho 044-0081, Hokkaido
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The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.