Kaitenzushi (Conveyor belt sushi) is reasonably priced and an easy way to enjoy sushi whether you're alone or with your family. There are plenty of kaitenzushi places in Tokyo, but here are 5 recommended ones to consider.
Uobei, a famous restaurant in Dogenzaka, has many customers from overseas. Their prices are rather low, with one plate generally costing around 108 JPY (incl. tax). The ordering system, consisting of ordering on a touch panel and receiving your food on a high-speed lane, surprises first-time customers. That amusement and speed became a hot topic.
Other than sushi, their fried dishes and noodle dishes are popular. The restaurants were designed with the concept of using a lot of white to make a clean, stylish interior, so all branches are nice. It's very easy to drop by, so please check it out. There are 7 branches in Tokyo, in Koto-ku, Ota-ku, Shibuya-ku, Itabashi-ku, Hino, Higashi-Yamato, and Higashi-Kurume.
2. Mawashizushi Katsu
Mawashizushi Katsu is a kaitenzushi restaurant produced by the main branch of Umegaoka Sushi no Midori. This restaurant is so famous there's often a line. They offer a menu of around 200 items, all of which are fresh and high-quality, and include vegetable sushi as well as original sushi made with rare ingredients. The tuna cutting show that takes place right before your eyes is also popular. After it's cut, it's used fresh to make sushi. There are tables for families, so it's fine to go even in a large group. Take-out is available. In Tokyo, there are five branches in Meguro, Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Shakujii Park, and Kamata. Price: Starts at 108 JPY (incl. tax) a plate.
3. Mawaru Sushizanmai Tsukiji Branch
This is a popular restaurant that offers fresh sushi made from recently-caught fish for reasonable prices. The recommendation is, more than anything, the tuna. You can be completely satisfied with just the tuna that was carefully selected from specimens from around the world, something that you can only get at Tsukiji, an area that offers the freshest ingredients. They have a daily recommendation that you can see on the official website. In Tsukiji Outer Market, they also have a second branch of Mawaru Sushizanmai. Price: One plate starts at 105 JPY (incl. tax).
*Photo is of the highest-grade tuna and the first catch of the year that the owner won at auction in 2013. 1 of these tunas costs an astounding 150 million JPY!
4. Kaitenzushi Toriton
Hokkaido's major kaitenzushi chain is Kaitenzushi Toriton. Even in Japan, a country blessed with seafood, the seafood from the waters around Hokkaido, like the Okhotsk Sea, are especially delicious. The first branch of this restaurant to be placed out of Hokkaido is on the 6th floor of Solamachi, at the foot of Tokyo Skytree. Word-of-mouth reviews praise the salmon, squid, and shellfish. Please enjoy reasonably priced kaitenzushi as you gaze out over Tokyo. They also opened their 2nd branch in Ikebukuro Tobu department store.
Price: One plate starts at 141 JPY (incl. tax).
5. Nemuro Hanamaru
Just knowing that it carries the name of Nemuro, a representative port in Hokkaido, lets you know that the ingredients are incredibly fresh. This kaitenzushi is very popular, thanks to its carefully selected fresh seasonal ingredients, like an entire eel, broiled mackerel pike, and fatty winter amberjack. In Tokyo, there's the KITTE Marunouchi Branch in the KITTE department store connected to Tokyo Station and the Nemuro Hanamaru Ginza Branch in Ginza 5-Chome's Tokyu Plaza Ginza department store. Both of them are recommended because you can easily stroll around Ginza or shop in Akihabara before or after your meal.
Price: One plate starts at 140 JPY (incl. tax).
Even in the foodie city of Tokyo, kaitenzushi restaurants have made their mark on Japanese food culture. Have you found one you'd like to go to? Even if you take your whole family, they offer a wide selection of sushi at reasonable prices, so no matter your budget, so please check them out 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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