[2019 Edition] 15 Sushi Restaurants You Should Definitely Try in Tokyo
Tokyo has such a profusion of restaurants that you might get confused about where to go first. Every area of the city is filled with famous restaurants selling the classic Japanese dish, sushi. To help you decide your destination, this article will present 15 of the most recommended sushi restaurants in Tokyo!
- 1. Ogi (Hatchobori)
- 2. Kanda Edogin Main Branch (Kudanshita)
- 3. Tenzushi Shimbashi Branch (Shimbashi)
- 4. Ichibachi (Ginza)
- 5. Sushi Aoi (Nishi-Azabu)
- 6. Edogin (Tsukiji)
- 7. IBUKI Tokyo Station Tekko Avenue Branch (Tokyo Station)
- 8. Banya Ginza Main Branch (Ginza)
- 9. Janoichi Main Branch (Nihombashi)
- 10. Tatsumi (Roppongi)
- 11. Tsukiji Nihonkai Toyosu Ciel Tower Branch (Toyosu)
- 12. Tama Sushi Harumi-dori Branch (Tsukiji)
- 13. Syunkasyuutou (Shibuya)
- 14. UOGASHI NIHON-ICHI Okachimachi Branch (Okachimachi)
- 15. HINA SUSHI Shinjuku Sancho-me Branch (Shinjuku)
1. Ogi (Hatchobori)
Ogi offers quality sushi at reasonable prices. The owner himself goes to the market every morning to closely inspect and procure the best ingredients. In the menu, you’ll find sushi as cheap as 50 JPY (for 1 piece) and snacks and side dishes starting from 200 JPY, which makes this restaurant quite wallet-friendly. There are also a variety of set meals, such as the Edo, an assortment of 8 pieces of sushi that goes for 1,000 JPY (excl. tax). The lunch here is also highly praised, and one of the most popular dishes is the very generous Kaisen-don (sashimi rice bowl) for 850 JPY (incl. tax).
2. Kanda Edogin Main Branch (Kudanshita)
Kanda Edogin is a well-established restaurant with almost 60 years of history. The restaurant prepares and serves fresh fish the same day they are caught. The vinegared rice for the sushi is prepared with rice grown in Niigata Prefecture, a blend of vinegar made from sake lees and rice vinegar, and, to enhance the flavor, kombu (seaweed) stock and sugar. This flavor is an intrinsic part of Kanda Edogin and hasn’t changed since the restaurant was established. The classic nigiri (hand-shaped sushi) menu has a lot of variety, from the Ume Nigiri Set (8 pieces of nigiri and 1 roll for 1,000 JPY (excl. tax)) to the Shun no Osusume Nigiri Toku Set (Recommended Seasonal Nigiri Special Set) (12 pieces of nigiri for 2,800 JPY (excl. tax)). English menu available.
3. Tenzushi Shimbashi Branch (Shimbashi)
At Tenzushi, you’ll savor sushi prepared by a chef who has been perfecting his craft for more than 20 years. The owner himself goes to the market to inspect and choose only the finest ingredients. For example, he exclusively uses non-frozen tuna caught in waters adjacent to Japan, some of them from Hokkaido and Aomori Prefecture, depending on the time of the year. The deliciously sharp and aromatic wasabi is from Shizuoka Prefecture; the vinegared rice uses a premium brand of rice from Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture; and the seaweed, with its wonderful scent, is from the Ariake Sea. The restaurant also has a great selection of sake from different localities, in addition to wine and champagne.
Sample menu: Omakase Nigiri Course (9,800 JPY (excl. tax) per person)
4. Ichibachi (Ginza)
Ichibachi offers high-quality ingredients directly shipped from their original sources all around Japan. The restaurant is strict about only handling wild-caught seafood and has a great variety of fresh fish and shellfish: from regional fishes and crabs to Bluefin tuna and much more. One of Ichibachi’s distinctive aspects is that you can try their sushi with salt carefully chosen from the many varieties that Japan has. In addition, the restaurant also has a great selection of sake that pairs perfectly with sushi. Besides the sushi, you can find other sorts of dishes here too, such as A5 Wagyu beef and vegetables seared over binchotan, a special kind of charcoal. The restaurant has menus in English, as well as English and Chinese speaking staff.
Sample menu: Yume (8 pieces of sushi for 3,500 JPY (excl. tax))
5. Sushi Aoi (Nishi-Azabu)
Though located in the busy downtown area of Nishi-Azabu, this famous restaurant lies in a tranquil location away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The head chef displaying masterful skills behind the counter has refined his technique at the well-established high-class sushi restaurant, Kyubey. Some of the restaurant’s signature toppings are the Bluefin tuna caught in waters close to Japan and the flavorful sea urchin from Hokkaido and Aomori Prefecture. In addition to regional sake and shochu (distilled spirits), the restaurant also offers other fine drinks that match perfectly with sushi, such as wine and champagne.
Sample menu: Omakase Nigiri Course (12,000 JPY (excl. tax) per person). The restaurant has English menus.
6. Edogin (Tsukiji)
Edogin is a well-established restaurant that opened in 1924. With ingredients purchased at the market every morning, the restaurant is particularly strict about not using farm-raised Bluefin tuna, so you’ll only find the wild-caught kind here. Having the perfect balance between the large toppings and the bite-size sushi rice is something that has been the pride of Edogin since its inception. Their sushi rice, by the way, is prepared using traditional aged red vinegar which lightly colors the rice and gives it a mellow and rich taste, accentuating the flavor of the excellent toppings. The restaurant has English menus.
Sample menu: Omakase with 12 Pieces of Nigiri and 1 Roll (4,550 JPY (incl. tax))
7. IBUKI Tokyo Station Tekko Avenue Branch (Tokyo Station)
Though close to the hectic Tokyo Station, Ibuki is a restaurant where you can relax thanks to its cozy atmosphere and warm woodwork. The restaurant sources fresh ingredients from all over Japan and serves them in a style that fuses traditional cookery with innovative ideas. Here, not only can you have your sushi with soy sauce, but also with rock salt and kabosu (a kind of citrus fruit) for a more refreshing experience. The restaurant has menus in English and simplified Chinese, as well as English speaking staff.
Sample menu: Omakase Nigiri Moriawase (7 pieces of nigiri for 2,480 JPY (excl. tax))
8. Banya Ginza Main Branch (Ginza)
Despite being located in the expensive Ginza area, where you can find a profusion of high-end brand shops, Banya is a very popular restaurant due to its reasonably priced, top-class menu. From traditional ingredients to more peculiar ones, this restaurant offers reasonable prices for seasonal seafood procured at the market. One of the most requested dishes is the Assortment of 5 Different Cuts of Bluefin Tuna Sashimi (2,980 JPY (incl. tax)). For a very special price, you can have different cuts of Bluefin tuna that, in other specialized restaurants, you wouldn’t get for less than 7,000 or 8,000 JPY. Moreover, Banya also has some sushi with limited availability, such as the highly recommended Noko Zeitaku Maki Uni x Toro x Caviar (Flavorful and Lavish Sushi Roll with Sea Urchin x Toro x Caviar) (1 piece for 980 JPY (excl. tax)). The restaurant has English menus.
9. Janoichi Main Branch (Nihombashi)
Some of Japan’s most famous writers have loved this restaurant that has been in business since 1889. Janoichi preserves the traditional “Tokyo-style sushi”, as seen in its famous conger eel dish which is simmered in the special house sauce, whose recipe has been passed down for generations. The restaurant always has over 30 kinds of Japanese sake – including some very hard-to-get regional ones - that can be paired with sushi to create an even more delicious experience.
Sample menu: Counter Omakase Course “kaede” (5,000 JPY (excl. tax) per person)
10. Tatsumi (Roppongi)
Tatsumi is a popular restaurant with an excellent location that's a short walk away from Roppongi Station. Here, you can savor seasonal ingredients directly procured from the market every morning: from flavorsome lean tuna and extremely fatty tuna cuts, to sea urchin exclusively from Hokkaido. The vinegared rice is prepared with premium Koshihikari rice from Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture. The sushi artisans shape the rice by applying just the right amount of strength. This ensures that the finished sushi is not too soft or too hard, but rather plump, allowing you to savor the flavor in each of the grains. They only serve omakase courses (wherein the dishes are chosen by the chef), so you are guaranteed to enjoy the tastiest and most exquisite ingredients available that day. The restaurant has English speaking staff.
Sample menu: Premium Omakase Nigiri Course (16,000 JPY (excl. tax) per person)
11. Tsukiji Nihonkai Toyosu Ciel Tower Branch (Toyosu)
Tsukiji Nihonkai is a chain of sushi restaurants, with 19 stores spread around Japan. They offer a wide variety of fresh seafood, including tuna, their specialty. At this restaurant, you can have sushi prepared by highly skilled artisans at a reasonable price. Besides sushi, they also serve a la carte dishes, seafood and vegetable tempura, and much more.
Sample menu: Tempura Moriawase (980 JPY (excl. tax)) and Manpuku Mori (11 pieces of sushi for 2,180 JPY (excl. tax))
12. Tama Sushi Harumi-dori Branch (Tsukiji)
Tama Sushi is a restaurant that's very particular about the tuna they serve: abundant in fat and purchased from the market every morning. The restaurant has a great selection of Japanese sake that goes perfectly with sushi, so don’t miss the chance of enjoying great sushi with great sake! The restaurant has menus in English, as well as Chinese speaking staff.
Sample menu: Sushi Kaiseki (5,000 JPY (excl. tax)) and Hitsuden no Tare Tsuke-maguro (Tuna Pickled in Secret Sauce) (800 JPY (excl. tax))
13. Syunkasyuutou (Shibuya)
Syunkasyuutou is run by a tuna wholesaler from Tsukiji Market, so they are very proud of their tuna. This restaurant is very attractive because, being managed by a wholesaler, they are able to offer quality dishes at a reasonable price. If you love tuna, you’ll love this place! Get comfortable in one of the hori-gotatsu (low table with plenty of legroom under it), and enjoy eating some delicious sushi!
Sample menu: Premium Nigiri (1,080 JPY (incl. tax))
14. UOGASHI NIHON-ICHI Okachimachi Branch (Okachimachi)
At this restaurant, you can eat sushi made with fresh ingredients from Tsukiji Market for a reasonable price. The sushi chefs put a lot of effort into making sushi with seasonal fish, so the a la carte menu is highly recommended. They will also kindly explain the best way of eating each of the dishes you order. On top of sushi, they also have dishes made with fresh vegetables procured straight from markets. The restaurant has private booths, table seats, and counter seats, so you can visit them on any occasion.
Sample menu: Tsubaki (1,600 JPY (excl. tax))
15. HINA SUSHI Shinjuku Sancho-me Branch (Shinjuku)
Hina Sushi is a restaurant where you can have all-you-can-eat of high-class sushi. It works like this: you choose the sushi you want to eat from among around 60 different kinds, write them down in the order sheet, and the staff will bring them to your table. The restaurant also offers an all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink combined course, so you can try many different drinks with your sushi. The Shinjuku Sancho-me Branch is the only one with a special price for female customers.
Sample menu: All-You-Can-Eat Sushi + All-You-Can-Drink Course (120 minutes / last order after 90 minutes) (price with Gurunavi coupon: 5,300 JPY (incl. tax) for men, 5,000 JPY (incl. tax) for women)
All of these restaurants take particular care in the quality of their ingredients and their atmosphere. Use this article as a guide and visit them at least once!
*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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