Tsukiji Market, where people go for fish and seafood with outstanding freshness, is home to many sushi shops, both outside and inside the market. Here are five of the most recommended sushi restaurants in Tsukiji Market where you can eat delicious sushi that use the freshest ingredients that you can only find in Tsukiji.
1. Sushi Dai
Sushi Dai, which is located inside Tsukiji Market, is a famous sushi restaurant where lining up is inevitable given the many tourists and repeat customers that visit. This restaurant only uses carefully selected ingredients that are procured from the market that morning regardless of source and brand. They use boiled-down soy sauce to extract a different flavor from the fish than you would get with regular soy sauce. This sauce is milder than regular soy sauce and made with soy sauce, water, sake, mirin (sweet cooking sake), and soup stock boiled down until the alcohol content is reduced. Many of this shop’s customers order the specialty Omakase Set (4,000 JPY (incl. tax)), a set that comes with the 10 sushi with toppings in season chosen by the chef, including the staple otoro (fatty tuna) and kinmedai (splendid alfonsino), a sushi roll, and an omelet. As a bonus, you can choose any sushi you like to finish off your meal!
2. Daiwa Zushi
Daiwa Zushi, which is located inside Tsukiji Market, is known for its long line of customers. This restaurant is so crowded that you will see the queue from a distance, but since occupies a space so large it could fit two restaurants, the turnover of customers is fast and the waiting time is shorter than you’d expect. The majority of people who come to this restaurant order their famous set, the Omakase Nigiri (3,500 JPY (excl. tax)) that comes with seven hand-shaped sushi and one sushi roll. This set will give you a taste of delicious toppings that are available that season, starting with otoro and kuruma ebi (Japanese tiger prawn). If there is a topping you like, you can order it for an additional fee, but it's highly recommended to do so!
3. Tsukiji Aozora Sandaime Main Branch
Tsukiji Aozora Sandaime is said to be the place in Tsukiji where you can taste sumptuous sushi with the best toppings. It is a famous shop that is often featured in the media. This restaurant is open from early morning until late at night, so you can come anytime. Here, the Tokujo Kaisendon (2,500 JPY (excl. tax)) that comes with a lavish serving of the freshest seafood that is only served during lunch is quite popular, and the Tsukiji Saikyo no Aburidon (3,100 JPY (excl. tax)) that is loaded with broiled Pacific bluefin tuna otoro, splendid alfonsino, and whatever white-fleshed fish is in season. It is bustling with a lot of customers every day thanks to the satisfaction level that they get that far exceeds the price of the full lineup of dishes served here. If you have time, then it is best to come to this restaurant for lunch.
4. Sushi Zanmai Main Branch
Sushi Zanmai is a sushi shop that opened outside of Tsukiji Market in 2001 as the first sushi restaurant in Japan that is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It now has branches all over Japan, but the main branch is located in the busiest place outside the market, so its customers are able to enjoy delicious sushi while savoring the dynamic vibe of the market. Here, its specialty, sushi made with a thick slice of tuna, is reasonably priced. You can order any sushi you want (price starts at 105 JPY (incl. tax) each). This restaurant has three floors with counter seats and tables, so you won’t really need to line up just to get in. Sushi Zanmai is recommended to those who love authentic sushi and want to taste various kinds of sushi.
5. Ryu Sushi
Ryu Sushi is a well-established shop inside Tsukiji Market that opened in 1959. This restaurant preserves the Edomae-style sushi tradition, so they carefully choose the ingredients used for sushi and gently shape each sushi by hand. There is board in front of the shop that shows the day’s fish and its source, indicating its fussiness about its ingredients. Here, the specialty topping is the slowly stewed anago (conger eel) that is so soft that it almost melts in your mouth, and is topped with an exquisite sauce. You have to try it! If you want to enjoy sushi at affordable prices, then the Kiku (2,500 JPY) and Ran (3,500 JPY) sets that come with seven sushi pieces and a sushi roll are recommended.
Tsukiji is a place where you will find a wide array of sushi shops that offer sushi with delicious toppings. So, use this list as reference and try to check them all out!
*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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