Eating is serious business in Tokyo. Some of the best sushi restaurants in the world can be found in Japan’s largest metropolis. Here is a short list of our favorites, all personally tasted and enjoyed!
Sushi from Tsukiji Fish Market
The sushi restaurants listed here are all excellent and, more importantly, approachable for non-Japanese patrons. Yes, you might find better sushi at many other institutions in Tokyo, but they are often extremely difficult to reserve without a concierge, a Japanese friend, or indeed even a regular customer willing to go out on a limb for you. Plus, many don’t have English-speaking staff or English-language menus. In contrast, the places listed here are all places you can actually visit and enjoy.
- Sukiyabashi Jiro Roppongi (Roppongi; expensive)
If you’re set on eating at Sukiyabashi Jiro but can’t snag seats there, try your luck with Jiro's son's restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro Roppongi instead.
- Umegaoka Sushi-no-Midori (Akasaka; mid-range)
Umegaoka Sushi-no-Midori is a mid-range sushi chain that’s a favorite with travelers for their reasonable prices. If you’re in Akasaka and need an affordable place for sushi, this is a good place to have on your list.
- Yoshinozushi Honten (Nihonbashi; mid-range)
If you’re pressed for time but still want decent sushi, skip the conveyor belt chain restaurants and come over to Yoshinozushi Honten in Nihonbashi. Their reasonably-priced lunch nigiri sets put the fast in fast food.
- Hinatomaru (Asakusa; budget)
Whether it’s lunch, tea, or supper, you can’t beat a good sushi meal. Hinatomaru, a stand-and-eat sushi bar in Asakusa, serves up fresh, well-made sushi that’s great value for money.
- Uoriki (Shibuya; mid-range)
If you’re in Shibuya and craving fresh, tasty sushi that won’t break the bank, look no further than Uoriki.
- Manten Sushi (Marunouchi; mid-range)
There’s no shortage of high end sushi restaurants in Tokyo, but very few can match Manten Sushi Marunouchi’s cost performance in this category. This is one of the true must-visits for affordable sushi dining.
- Namazu Uogashi (Marunouchi; mid-range)
Though Numazu Uogashizushi doesn’t look like much, this nondescript-looking restaurant in Tokyo Station’s Kitchen Street offers sushi sets that are great value for money.
- Ginza Aoki (Ginza; expensive)
Ginza has no shortage of amazing sushi restaurants. Sushi Aoki, a 1-star Michelin restaurant is a tiny restaurant down a quiet lane in Ginza that’s a great place to begin your sushi journey.
- Ginza Sushiko Honten (Ginza; expensive)
Ginza Sushiko Honten has 1 Michelin star and the honor of being one of the oldest sushi places in Tokyo. Naturally, it has the sushi chops to match these accolades.
- Ginza Kyubey (Ginza; expensive)
Sushi empire Kyubey is one of Tokyo’s most famous high-end sushi restaurants. At the Ginza branch, you’ll get quality sushi without the rigid atmosphere of tiny counter seaters.
- Tsukiji Sushi Iwa (Tsukiji; mid-range)
Looking for decent sushi around Tsukiji without the mile-long queues? Check out Tsukiji Sushi Iwa, a casual, mid-range restaurant a short walk away from the market. We suggest paying just a little more at lunch to get the most bang for your buck.
- Sushi Sei Honten (Tsukiji; mid-range)
For quality sushi at reasonable prices in Tsukiji, you can’t go wrong with Sushi Sei Honten. As a bonus, this two-storey restaurant doesn’t see the mind-boggling queues of rival shops!
- Tsukiji Edogin (Tsukiji; mid-range)
For good, mid-range sushi without the crowds, venture a little farther from the Outer Market to Tsukiji Edogin. Thick slabs of fresh fish on vinegared rice – what more can you ask for?
- Janoshin (Imperial Palace District; mid-range)
Looking for a no-fuss neighborhood sushi joint that’s also good value for money? The quiet and unassuming Janoshin in Kojimachi might be right up your alley.
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