[Latest Edition] 5 Popular Sushi Trains in Japan to Get Your Fill of Sushi
Conveyor belt sushi restaurants, or sushi trains, are a popular type of Japanese restaurant that offers both entertainment value and the chance to enjoy sushi at affordable prices. In this article, we'll cover five of the best conveyor belt sushi chains in Japan.
Sushiro is a major conveyor belt sushi chain with more than 500 locations around Japan. This chain is dedicated to the freshness of its ingredients, so you can enjoy sushi made from seafood procured by experienced and knowledgeable sushi chefs. The secret to its popularity is the price! Popular items such plates of two tuna, salmon, and shrimp nigiri (hand-formed sushi) start at 100 JPY (excl. tax), or 120 JPY (excl. tax) for restaurants in larger cities. Luxury items such as snow crab and sea bream sushi also start at the reasonable price of 150 JPY (excl. tax). There are also unusual sushi such as shrimp and cheese, and wasabi eggplant, that are fun to try here.
2. Kura Sushi
Kura Sushi is a popular conveyor belt sushi chain with more than 400 restaurants in every prefecture in Japan except Hokkaido and Fukushima. Kura Sushi is committed to achieving the best prices, flavors, and food safety standards. All of their ingredients, including the sushi toppings, soy sauce, vinegar, and wasabi are free from chemical seasonings, artificial sweeteners, artificial coloring, and artificial preservatives. The prices are also great, with their standard sushi costing only 100 JPY (excl. tax) a plate. The Thickly-Sliced Cured Tuna (200 JPY) is highly recommended. Kura Sushi uses the latest equipment to make sure the ingredients stay fresh so customers can enjoy their sushi with peace of mind.
3. Kaisen Misakiko
Kaiten Misakiko is a sushi chain that operates primarily in the Tokyo, Saitama, and Kanagawa prefectures of the Kanto Region. The restaurants are designed to be airy, bright spaces so that customers can enjoy sushi in a comfortable environment. The sushi range from 110 JPY (excl. tax) to 590 JPY (excl. tax) a plate. The Popular Battleship Trio (590 JPY (excl. tax)) that comes with fresh sea urchin, salmon roe, and negitoro (tuna minced with Welsh onion leaves) battleship rolls is also popular. The menu also includes a wide selection of side dishes including miso soup with clam, miso soup with sea lettuce, and seaweed salad.
4. Sushi Choushimaru
Sushi Choushimaru is a chain with restaurants in four prefectures in the Kanto Region, including Tokyo and Chiba. This is place to enjoy sushi made with fresh fish sourced from a range of fishing ports, including the Choshi Port this restaurant takes its name from. Our recommended dish is the 3-Piece Set (300-580 JPY (excl. tax)) that comes with three pieces of sushi including red sea bream, fatty tuna with salmon and scallop, horse mackerel, vinegared mackerel, or sardines. The Pacific bluefin tuna, including the Premium Akami (300 JPY (excl. tax)), and the soy-sauce pickled Premium Akamizuke (300 JPY (excl. tax)) are also not to be missed. The chain is also particular about its condiments, including its sushi vinegar flavored with red vinegar, rich soy sauce, and aromatic bonito flakes.
Uobei is a next-generation conveyor belt sushi train serving more than 80 different types of sushi for 100 JPY (excl. tax) a plate. It is known for developing the industry's first triple-lane conveyor belts that comprise of a standard lane and two high-speed lanes. Items ordered through a touch panel screen are delivered on the high speed lanes, adding an element of entertainment to the experience. The restaurant is designed in white tones to create a sense of cleanliness, and has a futuristic vibe that feels a bit like entering a theme park. You'll find Uobei restaurants all across the country, from Hokkaido in the north to Fukuoka in the south.
Sushi is often considered to be a fancy meal in Japan, but conveyor belt sushi restaurants are casual, family friendly spots. Try visiting one for yourself when in Japan for a uniquely Japanese dining experience!
*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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