Whether you’re a passionate lover of sushi or just looking to explore another corner of San Jose, Japanese restaurants represent one of this city’s best chances to try something new. Sure, there are plenty of good restaurants in San Jose that don’t specialize in raw fish, but they’d be hard-pressed to top a place like Gombei, which features traditional and exotic fare from up and down the Pacific Rim. And then there’s MIZU Sushi Bar and Grill, another local favorite thanks to its flavorful sushi, fresh sashimi, and ever-popular edamame. Of course, if you prefer a night in, you can pick up all manner of Japanese groceries and ingredients at the Misuwa San Jose marketplace.

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