Considering they’re located in a world capital that hosts dignitaries from countless nations, it’s not surprising that Washington DC Japanese restaurants are some of the best on the planet. The six seats at the omakase counter at Sushi Taro are among the most in-demand in the city, as the chef serves up a different menu of rare fish each night. At Makoto Restaurant, considered by some to be one of the best restaurants in DC, guests take part in the Japanese tradition of removing their shoes upon arrival. Of course, there are plenty of DC restaurants that don’t make you go barefoot—in fact, at Toki Underground, you might want to wear dancing shoes to keep up with their upbeat soundtrack.

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