How to Start Japanese Restaurant

Starting a Japanese restaurant can be both rewarding and challenging adventure. A lot of people like Japanese cuisine. Take advantage of this by opening your own Japanese restaurant.

You need to consider several factors like hiring a sushi chef and buying Japanese things and stuffs. Don’t forget to layout your restaurant to make it more appealing and have a good selection of Japanese food on the menu.

When starting a restaurant particularly a Japanese one, this can be a challenging experience but also at the same time a rewarding one. For it to become a successful business venture, it requires more than just a good recipe. As we all know a big percentage of people’s money go to eating in restaurants so take advantage of it. Many people love Japanese food like sushi, maki, sukiyaki and the like. So if you want to serve this kind of meal, then opening a Japanese restaurant is a good choice for you.

Starting a Japanese Restaurant

The first to consider when opening a Japanese restaurant is your funding. You can loan from a bank or you could find an investor to partner with. Of course you need to make a good business plan so that they can actually see the whole concept. This is actually giving them assurance to show that their money is actually going somewhere.

The next thing to consider is the food that you will serve. Japanese culture has thousand of food that could be served in your restaurant. It is important to choose the ones that are easy to make and popular to a lot of people. It is also essential that you know something about what will you serve so that when people ask you about it, you know what to answer. Another thing to consider is the decoration of your restaurant. Don’t forget to decorate it based on the Japanese style that can definitely attract your customers.

When starting a restaurant, you need to consider several factors like how you will get your ingredients. You need to partner up with suppliers that can give you fresh ingredients that you need. Make sure that you have a well stocked kitchen. A good management system is important when running a restaurant. You need to learn to manage staff and budget. Planning is an important aspect to any business. It is important that you keep track of every detail in your restaurant. This way you can assess what part of your business is improving and what part is not.

You need to have equipments and things that are needed for your restaurant like Japanese plates, chopsticks, sake glass and others. You make sure that you buy only quality things so that it can last for a long time. In running a Japanese restaurant, you need to hire a good sushi chef that could prepare hand roll dishes. It would be best if you find an expert and who has the experience. This is important to satisfy your customers with good food that you serve.

Remember that you need to have a definite plan and make sure that you follow it every step of the way. The plan includes your financial and operational goals. Set goals that are realistic enough or else, everything can lead to failure. Try to stick with your budget. Don’t overspend because it can actually affect your whole operation. As an owner, you need to define your daily operational procedure so that everything will be organized. Keep this in mind so that you will become a popular Japanese restaurant in town.


  • Cristine said on May 25, 2010
    Burbank, California. Any idea how much minimum capital I need to set up a sushi resto. Thanks.
  • Mika said on August 30, 2010
    Singapore. What are the Do's and Dont's of setting up a Japanese restaurant? What is the capital required for a small to mid-size set-up? What constitute to failures in this business?
  • Guido Alvarez said on January 30, 2011
    I want to open a Japanese restaurant in Bogota Colombia with the system conveyor rotary machine. I need advise on this matter and what kind of steps i need to take about it. A franchise may be a good option for me. Thank you for all the advise i can get. Guido Alvarez
  • Kenny said on March 29, 2011
    I want to open small to midsize sushi bar and ramen noodle bar. How to setup and what are the things I should be aware of and how much it cost approx. to setup one in U.S.. Thanks.
  • Ram chouhan. said on April 8, 2011
    How to open a Japanese restaurant in mumbai? And how much money we have to invest?
  • sushil kumar bitolia said on September 24, 2011
    i want to start a small to again mid-size japanese joint in meerut u.p.please help me on dos and donts.thanks
  • kelum c devasundera said on February 26, 2012
    i want to start a Japanese restaurant in sri lanka and i would like to know the following
    - How should the outer appearance look give me some ideas to make it more attractive?
    How should I arrange the interior so that I could make it look more attractive?
    - What are the special things that I should have than a normal restaurant?
    - How should I arrange the furniture
    Please give me some ideas in detail
  • Rares Badrea beginner adviser said on April 11, 2012
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    - Restaurant interior and exterior design including kitchen if needed
    - Japanese ingredients suppliers set-up
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    - Menu set-up
    - On-line website for sushi orders
    Costs starting from 10.000 Euro (depending of the actual level) Mail me for more information || Japanese/Sushi Restaurant Consultant

  • Lee said on May 15, 2012
    Hi I am in Alberta, Canada, I am going to open a teppanyaki(6) and sushi restaurant in September, I already have somebody do the layout of the kitchen, but it is not ideal,I am wondering if you can help with this, I would also like to know the suppliers. Best regards, Lee
  • Ferry said on August 29, 2012
    Hi, I'm Ferry, Indonesia. Could you inform me the Japanese restaurant's suppliers in Indonesia? Thanks & Regards. Ferry
  • Peggy said on October 3, 2012
    I would like to start a small size Japanese restaurant in a small town in Brunei Darussalam. Please can you kindly help. Many thanks, Regards, Peggy
  • Gary said on December 3, 2012
    Hi, I'm Gary from Indonesia. I need some information about Japanese restaurant suppliers and available franchise in Indonesia. Many thanks.
  • Connie said on February 27, 2013
    I would like to open a small size Japanese restaurant nearby shopping mall and residential area in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, i would like to know
    a) How much capital required for startup cost if
    1) start everything myself without franchising
    2) franchise
    b) what are dos and dont to operate a Japanese Restaurant
    c) Any franchiser available in Malaysia
    Thanks & regards, Connie
  • Alex said on June 5, 2013
    Hi, I would like to open the Japanese Sushi restaurant in shopping mall or residential area in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Can give me a information,
    1)How much the cost i need to set up the restaurant?
    2)Have any franchise available in Malaysia?
    Thanks, Alex
  • Michael said on June 7, 2013
    Hi ,I am Michael, I am sushi chef, I have one Japanese restaurant already, I want to open another japanese restaurant at seatlle, where can I find a good location?
  • Andre said on July 26, 2013
    Hi there, I'm andre from Indonesia, I just wondering how much cost in making Japanese sushi restaurant if I want to open in residential area nearby shopping mall in jakarta indonesia. Could you give me any information about it? Thanks and best regards
  • lo fang wei said on June 27, 2014
    I'm from Malayasia. How much for starting a small japanese restaurant..
  • tohid said on February 23, 2015
    I am working in a japanese restaurant in malaysia. If someone want to know can contact with me. Thanks
  • Allan said on March 30, 2015
    I am planning to open a small Japanese restaurant in Philippines - Cavite and i need to know where can i get the suppliers. Thanks and regards. / Allan
  • albert flores said on September 8, 2015
    i am planning to open a small sushi restaurant in philippines.. how much is the cost. thanks..
  • Ingrid Rita beginner adviser said on February 1, 2016
    Hi, looking for japanese food consultant / chef in the philippines, please email me at || Consultant

  • Sally said on April 25, 2016
    Hi I am planning to open a japanese restaurant in bali. I need information on japanese products suppliers. Would you be able to help? Thanks and regards


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