Restaurants

Top Choice Sushi in Ginza & Tsukiji

Kyūbey

Since 1935, Kyūbey’s quality and presentation has won it a moneyed and celebrity clientele. Even so, this is a supremely open and relaxed restaurant. The friendly owner Imada-san speaks excellent English as do some …
Top Choice Sushi in Marunouchi & Nihombashi

Kizushi

While sushi has moved in the direction of faster and fresher, Kizushi, in business since 1923, is keeping it old-school. Third generation chef Yui Ryuichi uses traditional techniques, such as marinating the fish in …
Top Choice Sushi in Ginza & Tsukiji

Daiwa Sushi

Waits of over one hour are commonplace at Tsukiji Market's most famous sushi bar, after which you'll be expected to eat and run. But it’s all worth it once your first piece of delectable sushi hits the counter. Unle…
Sushi in Osaka

Yoshino Sushi

In business since 1841, Yoshino specialises in Osaka-style sushi, which is hako-sushi ('pressed sushi'). This older version of the dish (compared to the newer, hand-pressed Tokyo-style nigiri-sushi) is formed by a w…
Sushi in Kanazawa

Janome-sushi Honten

One of our Japanese friends says that when he eats at Janome-sushi Honten – regarded for sashimi and Kaga cuisine since 1931 – he knows he's really in Kanazawa. You can't go wrong with the saabisu ranchi (lunch spec…
Sushi in Sapporo

Sushi-no-uo-masa

This is something special: sushi for breakfast out at the fish market. It takes an effort to get here, but the sushi is excellent and you can wander around the market before and after eating. Sushi-no-uo-masa is sma…
Sushi in Downtown Kyoto

Den Shichi

This is one of the best reasonably priced sushi restaurants in Kyoto. It’s a classic: long counter, bellowing sushi chefs and great fresh fish. The lunch sets are unbelievable value and the glass sushi cases make or…
Sushi in Downtown Kyoto

Musashi Sushi

If you’ve never tried a kaiten-sushi (conveyor-belt sushi restaurant), don’t miss this place – most dishes are a mere ¥146. Not the best sushi in the world, but it’s cheap, reliable and fun. It’s also easy to eat he…
Sushi in Himeji

Rikimaru

This regional chain of conveyor-belt sushi restaurants is spotless, modern and fun and specialises in sushi from local waters. Choose plates off the conveyor belt in front of you (like the famous aurora salmon), or …
Sushi in Yoshino

Kakinohasushi Tatsumi

This tiny, family-run takeaway shop serves about the simplest menu in town: kakinoha-sushi, a local speciality of pressed sushi wrapped in persimmon leaves. Choose your fish – salmon (sake), mackerel (saba) or both …