Business Lesson 7 of 7: How to Get Started Today

This is the final lesson, part 7 of a 7 part series about how to start your own bar, restaurant, or nightclub business in Japan.

Lesson7 of 7: Bar, Restaurant, Nightclub – How to Get Started Today!

Opening a business in Japan can be hard work, but if you follow the laws of the land and do your homework, it can be a very rewarding and fruitful experience.

We’ve covered a lot in this course, and have introduced you to some specific steps you can take to get your restaurant up and running. In addition, we’ve given you links to resources to learn more about regulations and conditions in your target area.
Here is a review of the major topics we covered:

Conduct thorough market research on the area in which you wish to open your restaurant. Know your target market and your competition. Talk to other business owners in the area to get a feel for the business environment in general.

Since there are many different types of restaurants in Japan, decide which type is best for you to develop, considering your interests, competition, resources, and budget. Research and consider buying restaurant franchise.

Take the time and effort to construct a solid, well-researched business plan. Follow the outline provided in Lesson 3, and seek the help of financial experts to help you create your financial projections.

Complete the necessary paperwork covered in Lesson 2. Remember, most of these forms are written in Japanese, so find a translator to help you if necessary. Prepare carefully for the required inspections. Be proactive if learning exactly what the inspectors are looking for.

Hire management and sales people for your restaurant carefully, remembering that they are the face of your business. How they represent your store will be a very important aspect of its success. Write and distribute a press release announcing your Grand Opening.

Plan a “Friends and Family” event and conduct a “Soft Opening” to give your staff valuable practice. Constantly monitor your competition – before and after you open your store. Keep up with the latest trends in order to stay on top.

And one last, very important thing: never underestimate the value of winning local Japanese people as resources and supporters. They understand the climate and culture, and can be very valuable to you for advice and guidance. Listen carefully to what they have to say, and be open to adjusting your plans accordingly.

With the information, tips, and guidance covered in this course, you are now well-equipped to open a successful restaurant in Japan. We wish you much success in your new venture!

Here’s a quick look back on the 7 lesson business series so you can review what you may have missed.

Here are some books worth reading about opening a bar, restaurant, or nightclub.


This 7 part series business tutorial was submitted by Hab from the Osaka car exportation company Hab Japan Limited. You can also learn more about the company by visiting their facebook page here.

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