Many sushi bars in Japan offer takeout, and there are also many takeout-only sushi shops. Takeout sushi is perfect for a bento lunch. Here are five recommended sushi shops that offer convenient and reasonably priced takeout services.
1. Umegaoka Sushi no Midori Sohonten (Tokyo)
This is a takeout only shop run by the famous Umegaoka Sushi no Midori Sohonten that is so busy there's always a line. There is a standing-room-only sushi bar, Tachigui Midori, next door, but takeout is recommended if you want to eat at leisure. The large portions of sushi made with fresh ingredients delivered directly from the Tsukiji Market start from the Ikebukuro Nigiri for a mere 500 JPY (excl. tax)! The Tokusen Nigiri (1,500 JPY, excl. tax), which includes Midorizushi's signature Ganso Anago Freshwater Eel Sushi (630 JPY, excl. tax) is a great deal as well. It is located in the Tokyo Metro station, so stop by if you are passing through Ikebukuro.
*The photograph is from the main restaurant in Umegaoka
2. Kyotaru (Tokyo)
This is a takeout-only sushi shop with approximately 50 outlets around Tokyo, primarily in station buildings and department stores. Kyotaru offers single-serving packages of oshizushi (pressed sushi), rolls, and chirashizushi (scattered sushi) so they are perfect for bento lunches! The sushi can also be purchased separately so you can choose a selection of your favorites. Kyotaru's recommended product is Two Chakin (400 JPY, excl. tax), which includes two chakinzushi wrapped in thin layers of egg. Chakinzushi look like cute little drawstring bags, and these chakinzushi have a lovely aroma of yuzu citrus. The Yuri set (650 JPY, excl. tax) in the photograph is a satisfying set that includes popular items such as the chakin. It is recommended for people who want to enjoy a little of everything.
3. Sushimaruchu (Aichi)
This is a takeout-only sushi shop with approximately 70 outlets, mostly in Nagoya. Their sushi is made from a special blend of various types of rice and a sweet vinegar mixture that is adjusted every year to enhance the rice's sweetness, body, and shine. In addition, they use fish brought in from the ocean the morning of the day they are served so the ingredients are as fresh as they can be. They offer a variety of sets including the Gensen Moriawase (630 JPY and up, excl. tax) for one person and the Tokusen Saramori Plate (4,000 JPY and up, excl. tax) for five people so it is possible to order for a large group without breaking the bank. How about a sushi party at your hotel with friends?
*The image is for illustrative purposes only.
4. Yoshinosushi (Osaka)
This is a restaurant that was established more than 170 years ago that offers hakozushi for takeout. "Hakozushi" is a sushi that is representative of the visually vibrant Osaka-style sushi (pressed sushi made with a wooden mold). Multi-colored ingredients that have been prepared over the course of a day are placed on top of sushi rice and organized into blocks using shiitake mushrooms and grilled nori seaweed. They keep well so are perfect for takeout. They start at Hako Nimai Orizume (serves 1.5 people, 3,456 JPY incl. tax) and are available in various locations including the Hanshin department store and Takashimaya Osaka.
*The image is for illustrative purposes only.
5. Izuju (Kyoto)
This is a famous Kyozushi (Kyoto-style sushi that keeps well, of which boxed and mackerel sushi sushi are famous) restaurant with a history of more than 100 years in Kyoto. it's specialty menu, the mackerel sushi(2,268 JPY) has a soft vinegar flavor that is not too strong and the mackerel is made particularly tasty with the kombu seaweed wrapped around it. You're supposed to take the kombu seaweed wrap off and eat it separately from the sushi. The small (half size, for one person) for takeout is cut into six pieces, but the large (full size, for two people), is not cut so that the cut parts don't harden. They keep for three days in the winter. The rice becomes hard in the refrigerator, so store in a cool place outside of the refrigerator.
Sushi takeout has always been popular in Japan, so much so that it was once common to see businessmen taking boxes of sushi home after a night out on the town. When you get sushi takeout, be sure to enjoy it before the expiration date.
*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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