Best Restaurants to Eat at in Tokyo: Jojoen

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Jojoen is a high-end yakiniku chain throughout Tokyo. Every time that I go to Japan, I make sure to make at least one visit to Jojoen (multiple if I am lucky enough). I have been to 5+ locations, and all of them meet the super high quality standards that I expect.

If you have never had yaniniku before, it is similar to a Japanese version of Korean barbecue. At Jojoen, each table gets their own grill, and you order the meats and cook them how you want it.

The quality of meats at Jojoen is extremely high, and the pork, beef, and seafood are all great. Also, the side dishes such as Ishiyaki bibimbap and the Jojoen Salad are also incredible. The Ishiaki bibimbap is a bibimbap cooked in a hot-stone pot, and the Jojoen Salad has a super good dressing and flavor.

As for the main dishes, my favorite meats are the Harami, the Pork Trio, and the kalbi. Still, as I said before, they are all good so it is based on personal preference.

At the end of every meal, they also give a complimentary ice cream, which is also really good. Compared to many restaurants in Tokyo (which can already be on the pricey side), Jojoen is even more expensive. I would say that you can expect to spend a minimum of $50 or so if you go, but it is no doubt one of the top restaurants you can go to in Tokyo.

Do not be fooled by it being a chain; this does not mean its low quality, it just means that so many people want to eat it that they have locations everywhere.

Jojoen Recommendation Rating: 5

This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for


3 responses to “Best Restaurants to Eat at in Tokyo: Jojoen”

  1. […] Jojoen (High-end yakiniku, Price: $30-100) […]


  2. […] Manpuku is not quite as good as yakiniku restaurants in Japan such as Jojoen, it is still really good (especially for the US). Depending on how much and what types of meat you […]


  3. […] I would say that Han No Daidokoro is slightly worse than Jojoen; however, for Hawaii standards Han No Daidokoro is the best yakiniku place available. Jojoen is […]


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