If you're wondering what is famous about Japan, then the answer would have to be sushi! While they come in a variety of flavors and prices, the reasonably priced and delicious conveyor belt sushi ("kaitenzushi") has become popular in the country. Just seeing the sushi passing in front of your eyes via a conveyor belt is already quite exciting. In this installment, we will introduce five kaitenzeushi sushi restaurants in Shinjuku that are recommended for their price and taste.
Numazuko Shinjuku Main Branch, located at the East Exit of JR Shinjuku Station, is particularly well-known in Shinjuku. Its prices may be on the expensive side compared to the other kaitenzushi sushi restaurants in the area, but this restaurant would still come highly recommend because it's a place where you can eat high-quality sushi, just like the ones you have on a counter in fancy sushi restaurants, at reasonable prices. The restaurant's specialty dish is the Raw Sea Urchin - Mount Fuji Style that costs 1,000 JPY (excl. tax) and uses so much sea urchin it looks like it's going to collapse. You won't be able to resist the creamy texture and rich taste of their sea urchin! Numazuko also offers fatty salmon, shrimp, bluefin tuna's dark meat, and other standard items that are served fresh! Aside from sushi, its menu also features a wide array of ala carte seafood dishes. The price of each sushi plate ranges from 90 JPY to 550 JPY (excl. tax). Can't read Japanese? Don't worry, their menu has English titles and descriptions. So, if you feel like eating delicious sushi in Shinjuku, this is a restaurant you would want to check out.
1. Numazuko Shinjuku Main Branch
Next, we will introduce Sakurasushi, a sushi restaurant located at the South Exit of Seibu Shinjuku Station that is highly regarded for its value for your money. It boasts of serving sushi using fresh, thick toppings. With an extensive menu, you will be able to enjoy most of the sushi plates at prices ranging from 100 JPY to 300 JPY. It also offers a full menu of dishes at 200 JPY and below. Sakurasushi has a reputation of not disappointing customers with whatever they order, but its most popular dish is the 3-Piece Tuna Sampler (600 JPY) that will leave you satisfied with its sumptuous tuna offering. Other than that, the restaurant is also famous for its sushi that uses ingredients that are in season, and the Gunkanmaki (battleship roll sushi) that is made by rolling rice in nori seaweed topped with various ingredients. If you think the available sushi plates on the train are not enough, you can directly order what you want from the chef. The restaurant is open until morning, so it's so convenient if you suddenly feel hungry late at night!
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Ganso Zushi Shinjuku West Exit Branch, which can be found at the West Exit of Shinjuku Station, will definitely come up when talking about kaitenzushi in Shinjuku. Rife with a lively and dynamic ambiance, it is a restaurant that is famous for its sushi that uses fresh ingredients that come straight from Tsukiji Market every day, offering a menu with about 60 types of sushi that costs 125 JPY - 500 JPY (excl. tax) per plate. Apart from its standard menu, what customers are raving about is the Magurozukushi (600 JPY) set that combines the mostly fatty underbelly, medium-fatty and lean portions of tuna with egg. Don't forget to try their seasonal toppings, too! And if the sushi you want is not on the conveyor belt, you can order it. Visit this restaurant and savor fresh sushi to your heart's content!
3. Ganso Zushi Shinjuku West Exit Branch
Next, we will introduce Oedo Shinjuku West Exit Branch that is located near the Shinjuku-Nishiguchi Station of the Toei Subway Oedo Line. Here, you can eat sushi with fresh toppings delivered directly from Tsukiji Market for 140 JPY (incl. tax), 220 JPY (incl. tax), and 325 JPY (incl. tax) per plate. Most of its standard sushi plates are reasonably priced at 140 JPY (incl. tax). Thanks to its large-sized toppings, this restaurant has gained a reputation of serving thick and delicious toppings on its sushi. You can find kanpachi (great amberjack), tuna, sea urchin, shrimps and other sushi in its menu, as well as Gunkanmaki (battleship roll sushi) that is made from Okinawa's specialty, sea grapes. If you want to eat what they are recommending for the season, just look at their recommended menu that is displayed on the wall or ask the chef for his recommendations. Oedo also offers Japanese sake and hot sake, so how about drinking sake while eating sushi? Japanese sake brings out the beautiful flavors of sushi, you know!
4. Oedo Shinjuku West Exit Branch
Himawari Sushi, located at the South Exit of Shinjuku Station, is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant that is known for its extremely fresh sushi toppings. It even has an English menu. You would be happy to know that its sushi plates are reasonably priced at 150 JPY to 350 JPY (incl. tax) per plate. On top of the mostly fatty tuna, sea urchin, salted salmon roe and salmon sushi, its menu is also filled with popular dishes such California rolls that boast of consistently delicious taste. We also recommend eating sushi with "ara jiru (fish head soup)," a type of miso soup that contains the bony parts of a fish (after the flesh of the fish is removed, its bones and head are used to make the soup stock). It's definitely a tasty combination! Now if the sushi you want is not on the train, just order from the chef and he'll make it for you. Himawari Sushi is also famous for its weekday lunch menu, especially the "Kaisendon (seafood bowl)" (600 JPY (incl. tax)) of tuna and salmon that abundantly uses fresh ingredients. If you visit the restaurant during lunch, their Kaisendon is something you should definitely try.
5. Himawari Sushi Shintoshin Branch
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