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

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Kobe Teppanyaki

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Zen Japanese Restaurant

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Sushi Hokkaido Sachi

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

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Sushi Hokkaido Sachi

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The Sushi Bar

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Sushi Tei

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Tasaki BBQ Japanese Restaurant

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Gyumaru Hamburg & Steak

Wagyu Ribeye Beefsteaks Tucked away at the end of a winding hem in the heart of the Japanese-influenced Le Thanh ...

Sorae: Sushi & Sake Lounge

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Kacyo Restaurant

Located on the first floor of the New World Hotel, Kacyo Teppanyaki has an exquisite Japanese style decor. Enjoy their ...

Bishin

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Yoshino Japanese Restaurant

Yoshino Japanese Restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine with delicate traditional Omakase set dinners and an a la carte menu. Treats include ...

Kobe Teppanyaki

A garden-covered alcove on Tu Xuong street, Kobe Teppanyaki is Ho Chi Minh City's first fine teppanyaki restaurant, established in ...

Tokyo Deli

Tokyo Deli serves authentic Japanese cuisine set in a chic modern setting. Tasty and healthy Japanese food at reasonable prices ...

Iki

Saigon's hippest, trendiest Japanese restaurant, Iki, turns the notion of the common hotel sushi eatery on its head, with a ...

Zen Japanese Restaurant

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Mochi Sweets

Mochi Sweets has served this distinct Japanese dessert to Vietnamese palates since 2011. A harmonious blend of Japanese tradition and ...

Salon de FREJYA

Just a 3 minute walk from Ben Thanh Market, this restaurant serves authentic Japanese cuisine, served with a smile. Pair ...

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