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5 Top-Rated Japanese Restaurants in Johannesburg

Johannesburg is known for being one of Africa’s most popular cities for tourists from all across the globe. The restaurants choices here are infinite, and the authenticity Johannesburg’s Japanese dining scene offers is something to be admired. With well-crafted menus featuring the best and diverse Asian techniques. Looking for a Japanese restaurant, and craving a break from the usual while in Johannesburg? Head to one of these delicious places for sushi or other Japanese cuisine. Here’s a guide to some of the best and top-rated Japanese restaurants in South Africa’s biggest city.

So Yum

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Chefs at the So Yum restaurant, Johannesburg, South Africa | Image courtesy of So Yum

Whether you’re after a quick snack or main course, So Yum is the perfect spot for any occasion. The menu at this modest Johannesburg’s Japanese restaurant is refreshingly and the dishes haven’t been compromised to over appeal to South African gastronomy cultureDelicious food and excellent service, get yourself started with their skewer sampler (1 chicken, 1 beef filet, and 1 salmon).

Address: Jan Smuts Ave & William Nicol Dr, Hyde Park, Sandton, South Africa 


Yamitsuki is a sushi, noodle, teppanyaki and dim sum bar – a true one stop sushi and oriental cuisine restaurant in Johannesburg. Providing freshest sushi and a healthy meal to foodies in a glam and innovative environmentIf you love Japanese food and looking for a dining experience of note, head to Yamitsuki. Superb ambience, great staff and excellent food and cocktails.

Address: 55 Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview, Germiston, South Africa 


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Make your own dish at Biru, Johannesburg | © Christian Bosch

Traditional values reign supreme at this sleek, concept restaurant. This delicious spot is beyond Japanese food, an excellent incorporation of both Korean and Chinese cuisines. Foodies visiting here are treated with the luxury of being involved in making their own dishes, self-make each dish exactly to your likingfeel of homemade food right at your table. Great for a family dine out, they’ll love it, you’ll definitely be going back there!

Address: 329 Rivonia Blvd, Edenburg, Sandton, South Africa 

The Big Mouth

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The Big Mouth Japanese restaurant, Johannesburg, South Africa | © The Big Mouth

The Big Mouth treats its lucky diners to luxury and freshest ingredients that have been given the authentic Japanese treatment. Big Mouth ranks as one of the best options in Johannesburg, a contemporary take on the classic diner infused with culinary influences and ingredients from around the globe. Offers a relaxed and casual atmosphere with dishes that will keep you coming back for more. Excellent cocktails and a vibe that makes this spot a brilliant all-rounder.

Address: Nelson Mandela Square, Johannesburg, South Africa 


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Treats at Hokkaido Japanese restaurant, Johannesburg | © Nelio Fernandes

Quality is certainly something they deliver here, the sushi at Hokkaido is always fresh and the service itself always timely. A casual Japanese restaurant offers an extensive menu from sushi to chow faan. The portions are large here too. The atmosphere is relaxed and sitting near the window allows you to watch life pass by, feel the vibrant energy of Johannesburg.

Address: 40A Grant Ave, Norwood, Johannesburg, South Africa 

We also recommend our guide to the 8 great reasons to visit Johannesburg.


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