Top 10 Japanese Restaurants In Fresno, California

japanese restaurants in fresno
Virginia Maryann Dcruz
Virginia Maryann Dcruz 
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Located along the San Joaquin River, the city of Fresno came into existence in 1872 and has retained its name that is based on the ash trees that grow in the area. Initially, it was just a railway station that was part of the Central Pacific Railroad and it gradually transformed into a city by the year 1885. The city has grown considerably, especially in the past few decades, and its surroundings continue to be dominated by agricultural activities that obtain a rich yield from the fertile land.

The Chinatown part of the city plays host to several Japanese businesses while the Shinzen Japanese Garden is one of the picturesque areas that draws a large crowd. Whether you are interested in traditional Japanese food, sushi with a modern twist or teppanyaki, you can find it all in Fresno. Aspects of Japanese culture are showcased in these restaurants and many of them keep alive traditions that were brought to the area when labor from Japan was brought to work in the ranches and farms nearby. Scroll down to read our list of top Japanese restaurants in Fresno, California.

1. Kikku Japanese Food

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Posted by Kikku Japanese Food on Wednesday, 8 January 2020

At the Kikku Japanese Food restaurant, the food is spiced to perfection and dishes such as the crispy chicken have a huge fan following. The portions are sizable and the service is friendly. The customers can relax and enjoy their meal surrounded by a comfortable ambiance. The combination plates which feature a mix of teriyaki chicken, salad, and tempura, along with beef and white rice is quite affordable and comes with drinks.

Kikku Japanese Food

Address: 2336 Tulare St, Fresno, CA 93721, United States

Website: Kikku Japanese Food

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10:30am - 6:30pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

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2. Takumi Japanese Restaurant

The teppanyaki on offer is one of the cornerstones of the Takumi Japanese Restaurant and the staff ensure that guests have a fun and memorable experience. The restaurant has a bright ambiance and beautiful colors which make the interior inviting. As for the food, the standouts are the fried rice which pairs well with the fried shrimp. Appetizers include spicy garlic edamame, fried oysters and calamari tempura. A variety of bento boxes are also available for a take-away meal while the teriyaki bowls come with steamed rice.

Takumi Japanese Restaurant

Address: 3486 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93711, United States

Website: Takumi Japanese Restaurant

Opening hours: 11:30am - 8:30pm (daily)

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3. Oishii Japanese Cuisine

Posted by Oishii Japanese Cuisine on Thursday, 17 March 2016

At Oishii Japanese Cuisine which has a décor and ambiance similar to a sushi bar, you can enjoy a laid back dining experience whether you are spending time with friends or family. The restaurant has a good selection of sushi on offer which is created with fresh fish and seaweed. The bento boxes offered by the restaurant include a variety of spring rolls. As for the popular items on the menu, they include spicy salmon tempura rolls and Japanese style steamed dumplings. The rice on the menu includes unagi fried rice which pairs well with the mains such as teriyaki salmon and assorted tempura which you can order as well.

Oishii Japanese Cuisine

Address: 4462 W Ashlan Ave, Fresno, CA 93722, United States

Website: Oishii Japanese Cuisine

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 9pm; Sat: 4pm - 9pm (closed on Sun)

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4. Sakura Chaya

The café style ambiance in Sakura Chaya allows the dishes on the menu to shine through with ease. The restaurant is popular with families and there is plenty of space for the hibachi chefs to go about creating show-stopping dishes. The fried rice on the menu is popular and guests get to choose between it and steamed rice when ordering hibachi New York steak, teriyaki salmon and other dishes that are included in the teppanyaki set for lunch. The menu for dinner includes à la carte dishes such as hibachi calamari which is served with soup, salad, and rice of choice.

Sakura Chaya

Address: 690 E Nees Ave, Fresno, CA 93720, United States

Website: Sakura Chaya

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 10:30pm

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5. Umi Sushi

Sushi is an integral part of the menu at Umi Sushi restaurant and it is available alongside several other traditional Japanese dishes. The restaurant is family-run and has a relaxed ambiance where you can spend time with friends and family. Among the popular offerings is the teriyaki bento box which comes with miso soup. As for the other dishes on the menu, baked mussels and shrimp tempura which are part of the appetizers, as well as beef udon, a noodle soup, are popular. You can also order fresh fish rolls like the green hunter and the creatively named flamin’ sunrise as well as fried rolls such as dragon roll.

Umi Sushi

Address: 2321 Kern St, Fresno, CA 93721, United States

Website: Umi Sushi

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 2pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

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6. Yoshino Japanese Restaurant

At Yoshino Japanese Restaurant the sushi bar is a big draw among customers who enjoy the quick service. At the restaurant, the other attraction is the teppanyaki which occupies a special spot on the lunch and dinner menu. The restaurant has seating that is ideal for families and guests can focus on tables where chefs cook up a variety of teppanyaki dishes. Among the teppanyaki dishes for dinner are sukiyaki steak while teppan scallop is available for lunch. Tempura, sushi, and sashimi are available during lunch and there are several combination platters with beef teriyaki and tempura on offer.

Yoshino Japanese Restaurant

Address: 6226 N Blackstone Ave, Fresno, CA 93710, United States

Website: Yoshino Japanese Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 9pm; Fri: 11:30am - 10pm; Sat: 12pm - 10pm; Sun: 4pm - 9pm

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7. KuniSama

KuniSama features a contemporary style of decor and is a popular hangout spot for locals during the day and night. The restaurant has a good range of liquor, whiskey and beer on offer and these are ideal when combined with the dishes on the menu. Among the rice on offer, bacon fried rice is popular, as it is spiced to perfection. The other Japanese dishes on the menu include panko chicken bowl. Guests can opt to build their very own noodle bowl if they wish to as well. As for dessert, the specialties include mochi banana split which is loved by many.


Address: 6825 N Willow Ave #101, Fresno, CA 93710, United States

Website: KuniSama

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 11am - 9:30pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 10pm

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8. Sakanaya Japanese Restaurant

At Sakanaya Japanese Restaurant guests come for the sushi which is made from fresh ingredients and has complex flavors. The teppanyaki on offer is cooked by chefs with ease and is, therefore, a fun experience for guests. The ambiance is casual and inviting at this restaurant. As for the popular dishes, firecracker jalapeno that is stuffed with a filling of cream cheese and crab are a crowd favorite. Albacore tuna tataki is one of the sashimi appetizers on offer, and there are several sushi rolls that guests eat alongside the noodles that are served up in adorable bowls.

Sakanaya Japanese Restaurant

Address: 9447 N Fort Washington Rd #116, Fresno, CA 93730, United States

Website: Sakanaya Japanese Restaurant

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 9:30pm; Fri: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 5pm - 10pm; Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 10pm; Sun: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 9:30pm

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9. Teriyaki Don

At Teriyaki Don the focus is on providing guests with a relaxed dining experience. The restaurant is a counter service joint and guests get their orders within minutes. Among the popular menu options is the spicy fried chicken which is offered at a discounted price over the weekend. The chicken teriyaki don and the shrimp ten-toji are other specialties at the restaurant. There are also many burgers on offer, among which is the don’s teriyaki burger combo, which is served along with curly fries and a drink.

Teriyaki Don

Address: 6731 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93710, United States

Website: Teriyaki Don

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 10am - 8:30pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 8pm

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10. Edo-Ya Tokyo Cuisine

Edo-Ya Tokyo Cuisine is a hibachi-style restaurant that has been in operation for several decades. The areas used to create teppanyaki in the restaurant are extremely popular and you have to make reservations in advance to get a table. The teppanyaki chefs are a treat to watch and ensure guests have a fun-filled experience. On the lunch menu are a variety of specials such as teriyaki chicken and Japanese spaghetti called teppan yakisoba. Several combinations of dishes focus on seafood, while the dinner menu includes the famous salmon and scallop tsutsumi-yaki.

Edo-Ya Tokyo Cuisine

Address: 3050 W Shaw Ave #112, Fresno, CA 93711, United

Website: Edo-Ya Tokyo Cuisine

Opening hours: Mon - Thu: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat: 11:30am - 2:30pm, 4:30pm - 11pm; Sun: 12pm - 3pm, 4:30pm - 9:30pm

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Fresno, a Japanese food haven

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Living in or passing through Fresno becomes a memorable experience if you stop at the Japanese restaurants in the city. These restaurants focus on the creative use of spice to ensure that their dishes are unique.

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