When you're visiting Japan, you definitely want to try the famous sushi, right? But if you have a packed schedule, it might be hard to fit in a stop at a sushi restaurant. If that sounds like you, here are 5 popular 24 hour sushi restaurants that you can try!
1. Sushi Zanmai Main Branch
This restaurant in Tsukiji Outer Market is Japan's first 24 hour sushi restaurant. You can enjoy the lively atmosphere of the market while being satisfied by incredibly fresh sushi. You can leisurely enjoy a wide variety of authentic sushi piece by piece (starting at 98 JPY each (excl. tax)) at either the counter or table seats. This restaurant is especially choosy about their tuna, and tuna lovers should definitely consider either the Maguro Zanmai (3,240 JPY (incl. tax)), a tuna nigirizuhi set that includes otoro (fatty tuna belly), chuutoro (medium-fatty tuna), akami (lean tuna), and aburitoro (broiled tuna), or the Tokusei Honmaguro-don (3,024 JPY (incl. tax)), a rice bowl crammed with tuna. Why not stop by after shopping in Ginza or spending your morning sightseeing in Tsukiji?
*English and Chinese menus available.
2. Sushi Ichiban Tsukiji Outer Market Chuo Branch
This restaurant in Tsukiji Outer Market has a large menu with many options. They have sushi by the piece (each one starting at 98 JPY (excl. tax)), plenty of sushi sets, rice bowls like the luxurious Toro Tekkadon (2,380 JPY (excl. tax)) filled with lots of tuna sashimi, sashimi, main dishes, and brand-name liquors from all around the country. They also have more than 300 tuna cutting shows a year, so if the timing is right, you can watch the impressive sight.
*English menus available
3. TSUKIJI SUSHI SEN Akihabara Central Main Branch
If you want to enjoy sushi 24 hours a day in Akihabara, here's your place. They use fresh seafood shipped directly from Tsukiji. Each piece starts at 98 JPY (excl. tax), and if you visit with 3 or more people, the omakase sets in which the chef chooses what to serve (10 types, 18 pieces) for 2,800 JPY (excl. tax) is a bargain. They not only have carefully prepared sushi using ingredients like first-rate Pacific bluefin tuna, but they also have piping hot, freshly fried tempura and other main dishes, sashimi, and side dishes. After you finish shopping in Akihabara, why not have some drinks and sushi in a leisurely manner?
*English and Chinese (simplified) menus available.
4. Sushi Mamire Shinjuku Branch
This restaurant is in a great location near Shinjuku Station, and it's so easy to stop by that many foreign tourists visit. Their sushi is made with fresh seafood obtained at Tsukiji every morning, and you can order piece by piece (100 JPY). They also have a wide variety of regional sake. The most popular dish is the Maguro Mamire (1,240 JPY (excl. tax)), which is a set that includes tuna akami, chuutoro, otoro, broiled tuna, and negitoro gunkan (battleship sushi made with tuna and green onions). You can taste and compare different kinds of tuna sushi at the same time, and enjoy the different flavors and textures. Also, if you order from the lunch menu, you'll receive a great bargain: inarizushi (fried slices of tofu stewed in soy sauce and sugar stuffed with rice), miso soup, and coffee are automatically all-you-can-eat!
*English menu available *English and Chinese speaking staff available
5. Kizuna Sushi Kabukicho Branch
This popular all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant is in Kabukicho, an area of Shinjuku. The Kokyu Sushi Tabehodai all-you-can eat for 2 hours is available on weekdays from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm and weekdays and holidays from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm costs 3,980 JPY for men, 3,480 JPY for women, 2,000 JPY for children under 12, and free for children under 4 (all excl. tax). The all-you-can-eat offers more than 100 dishes including sushi like Pacific bluefin tuna chuutoro, sea urchin, and salmon roe, as well as main dishes. This restaurant is recommended for people who want to enjoy delicious sushi to the bottom of their hearts. The regular menu has sushi starting at 99 JPY (excl. tax) per piece. It's not quite 24 hours a day, at 11:00 am to 5:00 am, but you can eat real sushi in the middle of the night.
*English and Chinese (simplified) menus available
*Photo is from the Nishi-Shinjuku branch
If it's a 24 hour sushi restaurant, you can visit at any time of day. Please put together your itinerary well and enjoy delicious sushi!
*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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