Ginza's close proximity to Tokyo station makes it a neighborhood that is easy for tourists to access.
The area is famous for the department stores and luxury boutique shops that line its shopping street, but in recent years numerous fast fashion stores have moved in and Ginza is becoming a bustling town that attracts people of all ages. Chuo-dori is normally full of cars but on Sunday this main thoroughfare is closed to traffic, allowing pedestrians to stroll into the street as they enjoy shopping.
Since Ginza is also close to Tsukiji Market – the world's largest wholesale market – one can try sushi that is particularly fresh. Ginza's popularity with both domestic and foreign tourists has led many stores to offer English menus or have staff on hand that can speak foreign languages.
Here we will introduce a few carefully selected Ginza sushi restaurants that are easily accessible to first-timers.
1.Sushi＆Vege Japanese Cuisine Aoki
Sushi & Vege Japanese Cuisine Aoki in Ginza allows patrons to casually enjoy high-grade sushi in a western-style setting.
Counter seats give you the impression of witnessing a live performance as the sushi chef demonstrates his skill before your eyes. Table seats are also a popular choice, while parties of 3-12 members can be accommodated in the restaurant's individual rooms. The chefs at Sushi & Vege Japanese Cuisine Aoki thoroughly understand all aspects of maguro (tuna) – “The Maguro" is the first item listed on the menu – and are skilled at preparing any type of nigiri sushi from maguro including akami (lean tuna), chu-toro (medium fatty tuna), and o-toro (belly meat of fatty tuna). Guests can also enjoy the shop's creative takes on sushi such as aburi (lightly-seared fish) and California rolls, while full course meals offer standard Japanese menu items such as tempura and sashimi. Despite the Ginza location, this sushi restaurant offers good value for the money with a donburi lunch special that starts at around 1,000 yen, a dinner course from 5,000 yen, and a special set limited to Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. For each course a 1,500 yen all-you-can-drink option can be added for even more value.
In addition to English menus, Chinese-speaking staff are present as well.
■Address:Tokyo,Chuo-ku Ginza 3-4-16 Ginza Sunny Building East Side 1F
■Business hours: Monday-Friday Lunch 11:30-15:00 Dinner 17:00-23:00, Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 11:30-23:00
Ginza Okabe is a place to try new varieties of local sake and normally stocks more than 20-30 types. All of the ingredients used have been carefully selected from across Japan, and once you taste their Japanese cuisine that varies with each of Japan's four seasons and delicious sushi, you will become a connoisseur of Japan.
The restaurant is only open at night and courses start from 8,640 yen; being able to enjoy your meal on tatami in a relaxed private room is especially appealing. An English menu is available, so why not drop by when you finish your sightseeing in Ginza and taste the essence of sushi and sake?
■Address:Tokyo, Chuo-ku Ginza 8-7-10 Daiichi Tokiwa Building 3F
■Business hours: Dinner 18:00-25：00 *Friday only 18：00-27：00
■Closed: Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays *Open on Saturday only during 3-day consecutive holidays
3.Hina Sushi Nishi Ginza
This sushi restaurant offers all-you-can-eat sushi that has been carefully prepared by the chef.
We recommend that you choose whatever items you like from the approximately 60 specially selected varieties available. Normally one might hesitate to order high-end sushi such as toro (fatty tuna), uni (sea urchin), and ikura (salmon roe), but both you and your wallet can relax at Hina Sushi Nishi Ginza. Ordering Ginza sushi might have you anxious about the bill, but a two hour all-you-can-eat plan here is a remarkably affordable 4,309 yen. Opting for the all-you-can-drink “banquet menu" brings you to 5,200 yen. Those who want to enjoy meat as well can add on all-you-can-eat shabu shabu for 7,800 yen – you'll be surprised to receive change when you pay with 10,000 yen!
For those want to eat a variety of different sushi until they are full, Hina Sushi Nishi Ginza is definitely the place to go.
Not only are English menus available, there are also Chinese-speaking staff on hand, so the fact that you don't have to worry when stepping in is a big point! How about including this restaurant in a Ginza sightseeing course?
■Address:Tokyo, Chuo-ku Ginza 4-1 Ban Saki Nishi Ginza Department 2F
■Business hours: Monday-Friday 11:30-23:00 (Last order 22:30),
Saturday 11:30-22:30 (Last order 22:00), Sunday, Holidays 11:30-22:00 (Last order 21:30)
3.Hina Sushi Nishi Ginza
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