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The best of Japan in KL

Your guide to the best of all things Japanese in the city including restaurants, shops and things to do

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The Time Out KL team embraces the kawaii culture, bringing you a slice of Japan in the city, from the best places to bury your face in a steamy bowl of ramen to picking out a kimono for a Bon Odori festival. Ganbarou!

Discover the best of Japan in KL

Japanese fine dining restaurants
Restaurants

Japanese fine dining restaurants

For special occasions that call for gorgeous views and high-end fish, check out the best Japanese fine dining restaurants in KL. RECOMMENDED: The best Japanese casual dining restaurants in KL

Japanese casual dining restaurants
Restaurants

Japanese casual dining restaurants

Instead of grabbing trays of supermarket sushi for dinner, take a seat at these casual Japanese eateries in KL for mentai rice, saba shioyaki and bowls of creamy torched salmon rice.

Yakitori bars
Restaurants

Yakitori bars

Tear on grilled meats at some of the best Japanese izakayas in town.

Pork-free Japanese restaurants
Restaurants

Pork-free Japanese restaurants

If you're looking for a Japanese meal without the porcine factor, we show you the best places to go for pork-free dishes. From fine dining restaurants to casual establishments serving sushi, donburi, noodles and yakitori, there's a Japanese restaurant in KL for you.

Best sushi restaurants
Restaurants

Best sushi restaurants

If you're up for a sushi experience where the food does the talking, sit back and submit to the will of these sushi chefs for the best omakase and sushi meals in the city. RECOMMENDED: Best Japanese restaurants in KL

Japanese restaurants for noodles
Restaurants

Japanese restaurants for noodles

From ramen, udon and soba, we narrow down the best Japanese restaurants in KL to get a bowl of comforting hot noodles. Save this list for a rainy day. RECOMMENDED: The best yakitori bars in KL

Japanese coffee shops
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Japanese coffee shops

Time to stop drinking canned Pokka coffee. For meticulously hand-crafted Japanese brews, here are the finest Japanese coffee shops in the city.

Green tea desserts
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Green tea desserts

Crazy for matcha? Check out all the varie-tea of green tea desserts you should have right now including molten cakes, parfaits, soft serve ice cream and even green tea butter.

Japanese dessert shops
Restaurants

Japanese dessert shops

From lavishly-topped honey toast and calming cups of uji matcha to sakura mochi and fresh strawberry cream cakes, here's where to go for the best Japanese desserts in the city.

Japanese brands and shops in KL
Shopping

Japanese brands and shops in KL

You don't have to book a flight ticket to Tokyo for the best of Japanese shopping – head this way for kimonos, imported crafts, furniture, and the rest of the weird and the wonderful. Plus: Japanese hair salons in KL.

Japanese activities and events in KL
Things to do

Japanese activities and events in KL

Once you’re done experiencing Japan through food, take the next step and partake in these activities to up your culture vulture points including ikebana, purikura and gashapon (yes, look up those words now). RECOMMENDED: The best of Japan in KL

Best Japanese anime shows for beginners
Film

Best Japanese anime shows for beginners

Japanese anime’s long and varied history makes the genre a tough nut to crack for most beginners. Ken W picks the best starter anime series to sink your teeth into. 

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