The city of Shibuya is famous as the birthplace of many a Japanese trend. While the renovation of the station and surrounding area continues, the city remains an exciting hub for catching new information each time you visit. For those interested in fashion, it is surely a place you will want to explore when coming to Japan.
Among the standout fast food and sweets restaurant chains, Shibuya is full of unique sushi restaurants including places offering high-quality sushi at low prices and famous restaurants changing the very perception of sushi with creative and original menus.
Here we will introduce three such popular restaurants, all within 10 minutes of Shibuya Station and very welcoming to foreign tourists. When you grow tired of shopping, take a breather and a bite of Shibuya sushi.
1. Umegaoka Sushi no Midori Shibuya Branch
A well-known Setagaya Ward restaurant in the popular Shibuya Station building
Within 1 minute direct access by foot from the Shibuya Station exits of JR, Tokyu Toyoko Line, Tokyu Den-en-toshi Line, Keio Inokashira Line and Tokyo Metro, this is the Setagaya Ward-based chain's Shibuya branch.
Boasting freshness, sizable portions and reassuringly reasonable prices, this place is always teeming with sushi aficionados. Open the menu to find akami (tuna sashimi) at 150 yen a piece, salmon for 150 yen, tamago nigiri (rice topped with egg) at 50 yen, or you can order your choice of sushi as well. You can also find ume-nigiri (plum tier)* courses at 800 yen, jou-nigiri (higher tier) at 1,300 yen, and other set menus at prices sure to make your wallet happy. Customer satisfaction is their aim, so of course an English menu is also available. With fresh fish arriving from Tsukiji Fish Market every morning, when placed on top of carefully selected rice and seaweed these refined flavors are sure to put a smile on your face.
* ume-nigiri (plum tier): one of the names used when goods are classified according to a three tier system. The first tier is matsu (pine), next is take (bamboo), and the third is ume (plum). So here, ume-nigiri refers to the third plum tier of sushi.
■Address:Tokyo, Shibuya-ku Dogenzaka 1-12-3 Mark City East 4F
■Business hours: Monday through Friday, Saturday, Holidays 11:00 through 22:00 (Last order 21:45),
Sunday 11:00 through 22:00 (Last order 21:30) *When Monday is a national holiday, the previous Sunday hours are 11:00 through 22:00 (Last order 21:45)
■Closed: January 1
2. Sushi ○×
In Shibuya's Maruyama-cho, enjoy the sushi of a chef experienced in foreign flavors
A 10 minute walk from Shibuya Station's Hachiko exit, this Shibuya sushi restaurant boasts an elegant modern Japanese ambiance with a beautifully grained counter and semi-private booths. The head chef, who perfected his skill as a sushi chef in London for seven years, prides himself on selecting the finest and freshest ingredients from Tsukiji Fish Market to create his masterpieces. You can get the “Taisho Omakase (chef's special) Full Course" at around 8,000 yen, other special courses depending on the season and what is available at the market, or arrange your own course for approximately 3,300 yen with flexibility to meet your budget.
Listen to the instruction of the English-speaking head chef while getting your favorite sushi hand-crafted for you and you will feel like a sushi connoisseur in no time! From 12:00-14:00 only you can also treat yourself to a course of 7 pieces of sushi, 3 sushi roll pieces, steamed egg custard pudding and miso soup all for 1,300 yen! If you're in the mood for Shibuya sushi, definitely give this place a try.
■Address:Tokyo, Shibuya-ku Maruyama-cho 1-18 Mine Building 1F
■Business hours: Wednesday through Sunday, lunch 12:00 through 14:00
Tuesday through Sunday, dinner 18:30 through 24:00 (Last order 22:00)
3.Genki Sushi Shibuya
Genki Sushi has expanded overseas but can also be found in Shibuya!
With branches in America and Hong Kong and now opening across the globe, Genki Sushi Shibuya is a lively Shibuya kaiten zushi restaurant that is crowded with young sushi-lovers.
Choose popular toppings at reasonable prices from over 80 varieties, each with their own delicious flavor. Make your selection from a touch screen panel that is also available in English! Just press the button and watch your sushi arrive on the kaiten conveyor belt. And since all prices are clearly marked, there will be no unwelcome surprises for your wallet later. At just 4 minutes walking distance from the station, it's in a perfect spot to visit between sightseeing and shopping.
Drop in for a taste of classic sushi culture with decidedly modern delivery.
■Address:Tokyo, Shibuya-ku Udagawa-cho 24-8 Leisure Plaza Building 1F
■Business hours: 11:00 through 24:00 (Last order 23:30)
3.Genki Sushi Shibuya
In the constantly evolving city of Shibuya, we are lucky to have many well-known stores pursuing culinary perfection and daring to take new challenges.
If you're in the area, why not stop by one of these conveniently situated and foreigner-friendly restaurants?
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.