top of page


Please note that the items listed below are some suggestions and not exhaustive list of Japan-related places in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, many of the centers or religious organizations include their own arts, crafts, and martial arts classes. Per month, there are different traveling exhibits and events related to Japan that happen as well. We encourage you to explore these recommended ideas and find more in your community! Let us know if you find anything that should be added to the list.

If you would like information on upcoming events in and around the city, please subscribe to our monthly newsletter and follow us on social media.

  • Arts and Crafts
    Chicago Area Origami Society Ikebana International – Chicago Chapter Midwest Bonsai Society
  • Attractions
    Anderson Japanese Gardens (Rockford) Bonsai Collection at Chicago Botanic Garden (Glencoe) Boone Collection at the Field Musuem Japanese Textiles at the Art Institute of Chicago King Spa and Sauna (Niles) Oda Japanese Calligraphy School (Arlington Heights) Osaka Garden
  • Culture
    Chicago Japanese American Historical Society Consulate-General of Japan – Japan Information Center Japanese American Citizens League Chicago Chapter Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago Japan America Society of Chicago Japanese Culture Center Chicago
  • Food and Fun
    Akai Hana (Wilmette) Arami Chicago Kalbi Golden Pacific Market The Green Teaist (Lake Forest) Gyu-Kaku Chicago Izakaya Mita Izakaya Sankyu (Mt. Prospect) House of Sushi and Noodles Hiromi Restaurant and Karaoke H-Mart Asian Grocery (Niles) Kai Zan Kamehachi Kampai Japanese Steak and Sushi (Mt. Prospect) Katsu Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya Kuni’s Japanese Restaurant (Evanston) Lincoln Karaoke Midori Mitsuwa Marketplace (Arlington Heights) Murasaki Lounge Ramen Misoya (Chicago & Mt. Prospect) Renga-tei (Lincolnwood) Sakura Karaoke Lounge Slurping Turtle Takashi Tensuke Market (Arlington Heights) Yusho Wasabi
  • Martial Arts
    Chicago Aikiai Chicago Kendo Dojo Japan Karate Assoc. Chicago – Sugiyama Dojo Midwest Aikido Center Midwest Token Kai Japanese Sword Show Shinjinkai Tenshin Shinjitsu Dojo of Chicago
  • Performing Arts
    Chicago Koto Group Ho Etsu Taiko Tsukasa Taiko
  • Religious Centers
    Buddhist Temple of Chicago Midwest Buddhist Temple Zen Buddhist Temple of Chicago


Japan Exchange & Teaching (JET) Alumni Association of Chicago
Connecting JET alumni in the Midwest - Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana
bottom of page