In search of a new favorite Japanese spot?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top Japanese spots around Honolulu, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're on the hunt.
1. Izakaya Naru
Topping the list is Izakaya Naru. Located at 2700 S. King St. in McCully-Moiliili, the izakaya is the highest-rated Japanese restaurant in Honolulu, boasting 4.5 stars out of 261 reviews on Yelp.
2. Musubi Cafe Iyasume
Next up is Waikiki's Musubi Cafe Iyasume, situated at 2427 Kuhio Ave., Floor 1, Aqua Pacific Monarch Hotel. With 4.5 stars out of 3,149 reviews on Yelp, the Japanese, Hawaiian and fast food spot has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin
Waikiki's Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin, located at Outrigger Regency Beachwalk, 255 Beach Walk, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the Japanese spot 4.5 stars out of 1,796 reviews.
4. Lucky Belly
Lucky Belly, a bar and Asian fusion spot that offers ramen and more located downtown, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 1,704 Yelp reviews. Head over to 50 N. Hotel St. to see for yourself.
5. Tonkatsu Tamafuji
Over in Diamond Head-Kapahulu-St. Louis, check out Tonkatsu Tamafuji, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 941 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Japanese spot at 449 Kapahulu Ave., Suite 203.