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2551 Perryville Rd.

Rockford, IL 61107


Enjoy our amazing Japanese restaurant

Experience an amazing dining atmosphere with beautiful Japanese outdoor rock gardens, koi ponds, and unique architecture. Once you enter JMK, you will love the relaxed and serene atmosphere. Bring your family and friends for a great experience. Our friendly staff will even provide you with complimentary food to feed the fish.

Meet Chef Masuo, our owner

Chef Masuo was born on December 1, 1945 in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan and is the youngest of five children. He always had a passion for owning his own restaurant and being able to bring his love of Japanese food to people abroad.


In 1969, he was given the opportunity to work in the U.S. as part of the Benihana chain of restaurants. From 1969 to 1984, Chef Masuo worked in various Benihana locations, including Portland, Boston, and New York City. He worked for several years as the Benihana Executive Chef in Lincolnshire, IL.


He always dreamt of opening his own restaurant. In May of 1984, he opened JMK Nippon in the town of Rockford, Illinois. He was pleased to see the people of Rockford embrace Japanese cuisine and culture. In 1990, Masa Café opened and introduced guests to sushi and other traditional Japanese cuisine. In September of 2000, he expanded the landscaping to create a beautiful dining atmosphere that guests love visiting.

Try our delicious Japanese cuisine

We have an amazing selection of great food. If you have questions about a dish, our attentive staff will be happy to answer them and help you make a selection. Try something great from our various menu items and see for yourself why we are known for having the best Japanese food in the Midwest.

JMK Nippon is proud to offer a wide range of services and abundant menu items to choose from. Guests love our Japanese food from sushi to teppan meals. Visit the largest Japanese restaurant in the Midwest for the best Japanese food.

About JMK Nippon



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Stop in to try our amazing sushi and other great Japanese entrees. For reservations, call:

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