Isn’t it a good idea to eat sushi in between sightseeing trips in Kyoto? Here are five of the much-talked-about conveyor belt sushi restaurants (“kaitenzushi”) in the Kyoto area.
1. Kaitenzushi Kiraku Kyoto Rakusai Oe Branch
Kaitenzushi Kiraku Kyoto is a branch of Kaitenzushi Kiraku, which has four branches of conveyor belt sushi restaurants in Osaka and Kyoto. Here, you order items through a touch-panel display and the items you order are placed on a double lane and then sent to your seat quickly. Their main event is the tuna cutting show that is held once a month. The sight of a whole tuna being skillfully cut in front of the customers is spectacular. It probably need not be said that the fish they use has excellent freshness, too. Most of this restaurant’s sushi are reasonably priced at 110 JPY for a plate of two nigiri (sushi pieces). The yellowtail (110 JPY) and sea bream (230 JPY) that are freshly picked up from the fish tank are also recommended here. This is a restaurant that is perfect for people who want to eat fresh sushi at affordable prices.
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2. Sushi no Musashi Sanjo Main Branch
Sushi no Musashi, which runs three conveyor belt sushi places in Kyoto, opened in 1977. Aiming to become a simple restaurant that is particular with the use of fresh ingredients since it was opened, it offers authentic sushi flavors at reasonable prices. You can eat over 50 kinds of sushi, including the standard tuna and salmon sushi, for 146 JPY (excl. tax) or 346 JPY (excl. tax) per plate at this shop. The original crab salad gunkanmaki (sushi made by wrapping rice with dried seaweed and then placing the topping on top) is what's recommended here. The thick and fluffy tamago nigiri is a favorite even for people who do not like eggs that much.
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3. Nagare Zushi Sandaime Otowa Fushimi Branch
The special thing about this shop is that it does not use the common style of having the sushi revolving on top of the lane, but adopts an evolutionary method of sending only the sushi and food items that they ordered on the touch-panel screen to the customer's tables. The food is prepared or cooked after you order, so it is always served fresh. A big hit at this shop is the 3 types of bikkuri nigiri (890 JPY each (excl. tax)), a dish with three sushi, one topped with salmon roe, one with crab, and one with a whole boiled conger eel. All of the toppings are so piled so high they overflow. They also offer take-out, so if you feel like eating sushi at your hotel, why not check this place out?
4. Uogashi AEON Mall Kyoto Branch
Uogashi is located inside AEON Mall Kyoto, a complex facility that houses restaurants, shops for clothes and miscellaneous goods, bookstores and cinemas. Famous at this restaurant is the delicious yellowfin tuna (260 JPY (excl. tax)) and shime saba (260 JPY (excl. tax)) which soaks the mackerel in vinegar. They also serve some unusual items such as the shishamo-ten (160 JPY (excl. tax)) that has shishamo smelt with tempura roe. This is the perfect restaurant for those who want to eat sushi while shopping.
5. Kaitenzushi CHOJIRO Shijo Kiyamachi Branch
CHOJIRO is a restaurant that is famous even among foreign tourists thanks to its good location and delicious taste. There are also counter seats inside the clean shop, where you can enjoy affordable sushi in a full-fledged sushi shop atmosphere. There are English, Chinese, and Korean menus, and you can order in those languages with the iPad on your table. You can choose your favorite toppings from the extensive menu that includes crunchy squid tentacles (120 JPY (excl. tax)), fatty tuna underbelly (810 JPY (excl. tax)), and the wasabinuki special (550 JPY (excl. tax)) that is recommended to those who do not like wasabi.
There are many authentic conveyor belt sushi restaurants of late, so try them and you will surely find one you like!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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