• Taking a Trip to Hakone and Mt. Fuji

    When you begin planning your visit to Japan, you should be sure to arrange a trip to Hakone and Mt. Fuji during your travels. Hakone, Japan is famous for its beautiful hot springs, and it is part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

    Watch this video to learn about the attractions and sightseeing options in Hakone, Japan. Hakone has a gorgeous view of Mt. Fuji, which is open for climbing in July and August.

    If you’re interested in Japanese dining and culture, come see us at Genji Japanese Steakhouse and Cocktails. Our authentic Japanese restaurant in San Jose features delicious Japanese food and drinks prepared by experienced and skilled chefs. To schedule a reservation or learn more about our menu, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

  • How to Choose the Perfect Glass of Sake

    If you’re interested in Japanese food and cocktails, you probably love drinking sake. There is an art to choosing the right kind of sake to complement your Japanese dining experience. Here are some tips on how to choose the perfect type of sake to go with your Japanese food.

    Determine Which Style of Sake You Like Best

    Sake is available in two styles: junmai and fortified. Both contain alcohol and are brewed from rice. Junmai is the pure rice style of sake, and is crafted from rice, water, yeast, and koji. Fortified sake is most often found in Japanese restaurants, and is crafted from rice, water, yeast, koji, and fortified alcohol. Either is available in a daiginjo variety, which is soft, fruity, aromatic, and complex.

    Be Familiar with the Different Grades of Sake

    Each style of sake is available in different grades, which determine how polished the rice is, and how fragrant and refined the sake is. Junmai has an unspecified degree of rice polishing, while junmai ginjo contains medium polished rice. Junmai daiginjo is the most refined and contains highly polished rice. Futsu-shu is fortified sake that contains little or no polished rice. Honjozo contains slightly polished rice, and ginjo contains medium polished rice. Daiginjo contains highly polished rice.

    Know Which Japanese Foods Pair Best with Sake

    Middle-grade sake, such as junmai ginjo or ginjo, pairs best with all Japanese food. Higher grades of sake will detract from the taste of your food, as the sake is so flavorful and aromatic. The lower grades of sake are so delicate that you can’t fully experience their flavors if you drink them while eating Japanese food. In general, sake pairs best with fish, soba, udon, and salad.

    If you’re interested in visiting a Japanese cocktail lounge San Jose to try sake, come see us at Genjo Japanese Steakhouse and Cocktails. Our cocktail lounge serves several varieties of sake, and you can also enjoy it with our delicious Japanese food. To learn more about our menu or hours, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

  • Answering FAQs About Visiting Japan

    If you have an upcoming visit to Japan planned, you’ll have the opportunity to experience vibrant Japanese dining, culture, entertainment, and customs. Before you leave the United States, you must be sure that you are aware of everything you need to do in order to have a safe and successful vacation in Japan. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about visiting Japan.

    Is It Difficult to Get Around if You Don’t Speak Japanese?

    Most people in Japan speak English, and many Americans also live in the country. Whether you’re visiting a Japanese restaurant, museum, or store, people who speak both English and Japanese will offer you service. Most signs, public announcements, and menus are printed in both English and Japanese, as well.

    Is Japan Expensive?

    The largest cities in Japan are not any more expensive than other large cities. There are plenty of Japanese dining, entertainment, and hotel accommodations for those traveling on a budget. If you take care to plan well ahead of time, you shouldn’t encounter any problems sticking to a budget while traveling in Japan.

    Is Traveling Alone in Japan Safe?

    Japan has one of the lowest crime rates of anyplace in the world, so it shouldn’t be dangerous to travel alone. You should take normal precautions when traveling, however, as you would in any foreign country. Make sure that a friend or family member has a copy of your travel itinerary, and check in with the American Embassy when you arrive in Japan. Don’t accept rides or drinks from strangers, and don’t carry all of your cash with you when you’re out sightseeing. Don’t ever leave your bags unattended, and be aware of the closest emergency service available in each area you travel through.

    Before your visit to Japan, you should visit us at Genji Japanese Steakhouse and Cocktails for delicious Japanese food in San Jose. Our staff and chefs pride themselves on providing a welcoming and authentic Japanese dining experience. For more information about our Japanese food menu and cocktail lounge, call us today at (408) 453-8120.

  • Why House of Genji Is the Perfect Place for Your Holiday Gathering

    As the holidays approach, you may be looking for a fun, unique place to celebrate with friends and family. Our beautiful Japanese restaurant and cocktail lounge in San Jose at Genji Japanese Steakhouse and Cocktails is the perfect place for a holiday gathering. We serve a variety of flavorful, authentic Japanese food, including fresh sushi, traditional Japanese appetizers and entrees, and desserts.

    We provide a traditional Japanese dining experience for our guests. Your food will be prepared right in front of you on a teppanyaki grill by our experienced, talented chefs. Our stylish cocktail lounge serves an array of beer, wine, and creative cocktails. Our friendly, knowledgeable wait staff can handle large parties, and can accommodate any special dietary needs that you may have.

    If you’re interested in learning more about our Japanese restaurant, delicious Japanese food menu, or reserving our dining room or cocktail lounge for your holiday party, contact one of our staff today at (408) 453-8120. We would be honored to be the site for your holiday gathering, and will go out of our way to give you the best Japanese dining experience in San Jose.

  • Can’t Miss Attractions in Osaka

    When you visit Osaka, Japan, you’ll have the opportunity to experience authentic Japanese dining, culture, and entertainment. Osaka is the second largest metropolitan area in Japan, and it’s easy to find wide variety of ways to take part in the city’s unique customs and attractions.

    Watch this video to find out which Osaka attractions you shouldn’t miss during your visit. You’ll get great ideas for where to find the best Japanese food in the area, and which historic sites and landmarks you can visit on your vacation.

    Before you head to Osaka, you can get delicious Japanese food in San Jose at our authentic Japanese restaurant, Genji Japanese Steakhouse and Cocktails. We serve fresh sushi, teppanyaki-style Japanese food, and creative cocktails that will make your mouth water. To make a reservation, call us today at (408) 453-8120.