Many of the Japanese restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City can be found in an area bordered by Ton Duc Thang on the riverside, and Ly Tu Trong. Moving towards the city they spread as far as Thi Sach. This rough rectangle of real estate is often referred to as “Little Tokyo.” There are many Japanese owned restaurants, cafes, clubs and businesses here.

As far back as the 16th century, Vietnam and Japan had a healthy relationship based on trade. However in 1940 Japan invaded, taking advantage of a power vacuum and remained until their surrender to the allies in 1945. Nowadays Japan is the country’s largest donor - in 2007 it pledged US$890 million. A steady stream of tourists and emigres has followed.

Japanese cuisine in the city is usually of a high standard. On the edge of Little Tokyo coming on from Binh Thanh, The Sushi Bar has been serving the local Japanese community since 1999. Their staples being the the bento boxes, mini okonomi yaki and shabu shabu. Across District 1 and high up in the sky you’ll find Sorae. This is 600 feet above street in the AB Tower directly under the Chill Skybar. Sorae Sushi and Sake Lounge is an excellent high-end, modern restaurant. The food is superb and the views across the city are amazing. Kobe Teppan Yaki in District 3 is the first restaurant in the city to bring teppanyaki techniques and fine Kobe beef together.

Dining out Saigon style if you like Japanese food is special. The various sushi restaurants are far cheaper than you could hope for in the West. Even in the shopping malls, Japanese venders will serve reasonably priced bento boxes. A sushi lunch can cost just a few dollars. It is fair to say that Japanese restaurants are more than well represented in Saigon.

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Sorae: Sushi & Sake Lounge

Sorae: Sushi & Sake Lounge

Three female chefs carefully cut skins off pieces of salmon for later frying, patting down sticky rice and throwing an occasional soft comment to one another. Behind them, glass shelves hold a collection of Japanese sakes stretching to the ceiling, where large mesh clouds float immovably. The city outside is a vast expanse of dots and high-rises. The black-and-red accented ...

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Kobe Teppanyaki

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A garden-covered alcove on Tu Xuong street, Kobe Teppanyaki is Ho Chi Minh City's first fine teppanyaki restaurant, established in 2011. The owner, Minh Le, has an inherent passion of Japanese restaurants, and has spent much time in Japan's finest teppanyaki restaurants, sampling high grade Kobe beef and other premium foods. Along with an understanding of true Japanese quality, he ...

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Zen Japanese Restaurant

Zen Japanese Restaurant

An extensive range of Japanese dishes makes Zen Japanese Restaurant a great place for a memorable taste of Japanese cuisine in HCMC. Popular with Japanese expats, Zen offers dishes comprised of the freshest produce, artfully prepared by Japanese chefs behind the counter. Feel like a regular, not just a customer, when you set foot inside Zen. Zen Japanese Restaurant boasts a funky ...

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Sushi Hokkaido Sachi

Sushi Hokkaido Sachi

With beautifully crafted Japanese dishes, fresh seafood and imported ingredients, Sushi Hokkaido Sachi introduces guests to a world of authentic Japanese cuisine, complete with traditional décor.

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Sushi Hokkaido Sachi

Sushi Hokkaido Sachi

With beautifully crafted Japanese dishes, fresh seafood and imported ingredients, Sushi Hokkaido Sachi introduces guests to a world of authentic Japanese cuisine, complete with traditional décor.

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Yoshino Japanese Restaurant

Yoshino Japanese Restaurant

Yoshino Japanese Restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine with delicate traditional Omakase set dinners and an a la carte menu. Treats include seasonal fresh fish and Wagyu beef. Yoshino Japanese Restaurant is situated on the second floor of the five star Legend Hotel Saigon. House specialties include the shabu shabu hot pot (so nice they named it twice) and Kobe beef, imported of course. ...

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Kacyo Restaurant

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Located on the first floor of the New World Hotel, Kacyo Teppanyaki has an exquisite Japanese style decor. Enjoy their excellent seafood and Japanese inspired dishes. Don’t miss their talented chef’s signature sushi, sashimi and tempura, all made from Japanese imported ingredients. If privacy is what you seek, book one of their three private 8 person rooms. Whether staying at ...

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The Sushi Bar

The Sushi Bar

Enter any of the six HCMC Sushi Bar locations and you'll feel as though you have been transported to Japan. The sushi is made with fresh fish, flown in daily, as well as local ingredients and there is a dizzying selection to choose from. The house special Sushi Bar roll is a treat, with nine ingredients. Pair your sushi with ...

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Sorae: Sushi & Sake Lounge

Sorae: Sushi & Sake Lounge

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Kobe Teppanyaki

Kobe Teppanyaki

A garden-covered alcove on Tu Xuong street, Kobe Teppanyaki is Ho Chi Minh City's first fine teppanyaki restaurant, established in 2011. The owner, Minh Le, has an inherent passion of Japanese restaurants, and has spent much time in Japan's finest teppanyaki restaurants, sampling high grade Kobe beef and other premium foods. Along with an understanding of true Japanese quality, he ...

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Sushi Tei

Sushi Tei

Sushi Tei’s new flagship outlet is located by Ben Thanh Market in the heart of the city. Its 300-plus dishes delight the palates of all customers. From the bright open areas to the private dining rooms it creates the perfect ambience in which to enhance your gastronomic experience.

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Tokyo Deli

Tokyo Deli

Tokyo Deli serves authentic Japanese cuisine set in a chic modern setting. Tasty and healthy Japanese food at reasonable prices are the cornerstones of their restaurants. Salmon sashimi, okonomiyaki and udon noodles are well recommended.

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Ebisu Japanese Restaurant

Ebisu Japanese Restaurant

Named after the god that implements god cultivation in Japanese lore, Enjoy Japanese cuisine in one of Ebisu’s authentic tatami rooms. This centrally located restaurant specialises in freshmade udon noodles and charcoal grilled fare.

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Zen Japanese Restaurant

Zen Japanese Restaurant

An extensive range of Japanese dishes makes Zen Japanese Restaurant a great place for a memorable taste of Japanese cuisine in HCMC. Popular with Japanese expats, Zen offers dishes comprised of the freshest produce, artfully prepared by Japanese chefs behind the counter. Feel like a regular, not just a customer, when you set foot inside Zen. Zen Japanese Restaurant boasts a funky ...

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Mochi Sweets

Mochi Sweets

Mochi Sweets has served this distinct Japanese dessert to Vietnamese palates since 2011. A harmonious blend of Japanese tradition and modern tastes, each cake is a subtle blend of 3 layers: crust, ice cream and filling. Traditionalists will enjoy the red bean filling while more adventurous types can enjoy 16 different exotic flavours such as mango, coconut, sakura and green ...

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Salon de FREJYA

Salon de FREJYA

Just a 3 minute walk from Ben Thanh Market, this restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine, served with a smile. Pair delectable dishes such as homemade gyozas and a bacon wrapper fillet steak with carefully selected liquor such as sake or syochu.

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Iki

Iki

Saigon's hippest, trendiest Japanese restaurant, Iki, turns the notion of the common hotel sushi eatery on its head, with a wide yet very affordable menu. Choose from bento boxes, crispy tempuras or fresh made-to-order sushi and sashimi. Our interactive hot pot tables that seat up to six people will have you and your friends enjoying the fun of cooking and ...

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