If you feel like eating quickly in between sightseeing trips, then conveyor belt sushi restaurants (“kaitenzushi”) are perfect for you. Here are five recommended kaitenzushi shops in Osaka that are known for their delicious sushi that can be easily eaten.
1. Genrokuzushi Main Branch
Taking a hint from conveyor belts found in factories, Genrokuzushi was the first restaurant to offer kaitenzushi in Japan. “Sushi,” a name that used to mean high-class food in Japan, has become readily available these days, and it has since spread all over the world. With counter seats at the center of its interior, this restaurant is constantly full of tourists. Its prices are reasonable, too. Now since you’re already in the city you may as well eat sushi at the birthplace of kaitenzushi, right? Genrokuzushi has nine branches in Osaka, including the ones in Sennichimae and Dotonburi.
2. Gourmet Kaitenzushi Kantaro Sushi Grand Front Osaka Shop
Kantaro Sushi is a kaitenzushi restaurant where you can enjoy the tastes of Hokkaido while in Osaka thanks to the squid and other seafood that are shipped to this restaurant from Hakodate by air. Maika (Japanese cuttlefish), a Hokkaido specialty, has a different kind of transparency and texture compared to other types of squid, so you have to try it! The fresh sushi toppings that were carefully selected from sources that are located around the country are offered on the daily specials menu. Here, the sushi has unbelievably great balance - large topping on a small amount of sushi rice. The shop's interior is filled with the smiling faces of the sushi chefs and a dynamic atmosphere. You can also freely order sushi items that are not going around on the conveyor belt, so you just might find yourself eating too much!
3. Kaisen Kaitenzushi Ganko Eki Marche Shin-Osaka Shop
Kaisen Kaitenzushi Ganko is a sushi restaurant that boasts of its easy access as it is located inside JR Shin-Osaka Station. Ganko is a popular Japanese restaurant chain in Osaka that was made particularly famous by its sushi. Kaisen Kaitenzushi Ganko has been getting rave reviews for offering full-fledged Ganko sushi on conveyor belts. Out of all its sushi, the special maguro (tuna) is the item at the top of its menu. You have got to try it! They also offer take-out sushi, so you can just buy this and eat your sushi while you’re riding the bullet train. Now aside from the shop at Eki Marche, Kaisen Kaitenzushi Ganko also has branches at Kintetsu Abeno Harukas and Eki Marche Osaka.
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4. Edomae Kaitenzushi Yaichi Hankyu Umeda Shop
Edomae Kaitenzushi Yaichi is a famous kaitenzushi restaurant that originated in Wakayama, a prefecture near Osaka that is said to be a vast mine of food ingredients. Aside from having the freshest toppings, the sushi at this restaurant also uses Wakayama rice that was uniquely blended to extract the delicious taste of rice, additive-free red vinegar that maximizes the flavors of the toppings, and their original soy sauce. Even though this restaurant only serves sushi, its menu alone features more than 100 kinds of sushi, including a wide range of high-class toppings. Inside, you can choose between counter seats and tables, but if there are many people in your party or if you want to relax while eating, then it would be better to get a table. Further, they also have an English menu, so you can order sushi directly from the chefs. Enjoy!
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5. Isono Ryotaro Namba Shop
With a reputation for serving affordable and delicious sushi, Isono Ryotaro is the kaitenzushi restaurant with the lowest prices in all of Namba. Its interior is made lively and bright by the festival theme. One of the biggest draws of this restaurant is its multilingual (English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese and Korean) menu. They also have staff who can speak English, Chinese and Korean, so you will feel secure even in times of emergency. Even people who do not really like raw fish can enjoy dining here with you because this restaurant also serves sushi with roasted toppings (one way of eating sushi, wherein the toppings are roasted in order to bring out their fragrant smell and sweetness) instead of raw fish, as well as udon noodles and tempura, among other dishes. For tourist groups of 16 or more people, you can reserve set meals and seats here according to your budget. When making a reservation over the phone, tell them you’re making an “inbound yoyaku" (inbound reservation).
Kaitenzushi is a style of eating sushi wherein you can “eat only what you want to eat as much as you like.” It is convenient as it is readily available when you get hungry. And so with that, enjoy the above genuine Japanese kaitenzushi places any time!
*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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