You only have one tummy but sushi spots are aplenty. Which ones are worth your calories and pocket? Make sure you put these best sushi in Tokyo on your list.
Japan is synonymous with sushi, the delicacy that represents Japanese cuisine across the world. Tokyo is apparently the birthplace of sushi, and many sushi restaurants pride themselves on having the essence of the ‘Edo-mae’ style. Here’s our selection of the best in the city.
Fresh off the market | Tsukiji
You can’t get any fresher than being at the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, where restaurants get their sushi supply from. You can’t, of course, eat from the Market but there are two notable sushi restaurants at the Market. Sushi Dai is for the patient, early and not-too-hungry, because your wait could be 2-3 hours. Reservations are not accepted and people still queue for the kill. Why? Sushi here only retails for ¥3,000. If you can’t spare so much time waiting, turn-nao! Tunao is just around the corner! They specialize in tuna, and their nigiri platter is a sure-bet. Both are tourist-friendly joints so you can get away with pointing at pictures.
Sushi Dai (寿司大)
Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji Chuo-Ku, Tokyo, Tokyo Metro Tsukiji (5 min walk) or Toei Subway Tsukiji Shijyo (3 min walk)
Opening Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu to Sat, 5:00am to 2:00pm; Wed, 5:00am to 12:00pm; Closed on Sun
Tel: +81 3 3547 6797
Address: 4-14-17 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 6:30am to 3:00pm daily
Tel: +81 505 5892379
Not one star but two | Taku
Here’s one for those michelin-star fanatics. This reclusive 10-seater joint sits in a residential part of Nishi-azabu. The head chef Kenji Ishikawa performs his art if you sit around him at the main counter. His pairings are nothing less than perfect as he marries vinegar according to the intensity of the fish flavours. Taku is also known for its outstanding wine pairings and the sommelier will recommend a great selection.
Taku 西麻布 拓
Address: 2-11-5 Nishiazabu | Kapalua Nishi-Azabu 1F, Minato 106-0031, Tokyo Prefecture
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat, 6:00pm to 1:00am daily
Tel: +81 3 5774 4372
Unbeatable value | Mantenzushi Marunouchi
Quality sushi comes at a price, but at Mantenzushi, you can get 11 nigiri, 1 hand roll and 14 sashimi for ¥6,480. Compared to many sushi outlets, their price for hand-picked seafood is a steal. They rarely print a menu as they serve only the freshest of the lot from the Tsujiki market. Reservations are necessary, especially for the Marunouchi branch as it is so popular it is almost impossible to walk-in.
Address: 2 Chome-6-１ Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo 100-0005, Japan
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat, 11:00am to 2:00pm & 5:00pm to 9:30pm; Sun, 11:00am to 2:00pm & 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Tel: +81 3 6269 9100
The older the wiser | Ginza Sushiko
They have been around for about 80 years and with that amount of time to hone their craft, you can be sure they can whip up a satisfying platter of sushi for you. Here, they make sushi with traditional techniques that have been passed on for four generations. Nevertheless, they improvise new and original ingredients. A favourite is the charcoal-grilled dish called Tokeusei no Tamagoyaki. One bite and you will understand the importance of a flavour being steeped in history.
Ginza Sushko ぎんざ 寿し幸
Address: 7-7-14, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 5:30pm to 2:00am; Lunch, 12:00pm to 2:00pm; Dinner, 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Tel: +81 050 5870 5414
Website: Ginza Sushko
The prestigious experience | Sukiyabashi Jiro
If you know your sushi well, you would have heard of Jiro Ono, the renowed sushi master. The branch at Roppongi is operated by his son, Takashi, and has bagged two michelin stars, while the father’s one at Ginza has got three. They serve you your sushi piece by piece, which means it has to be eaten exactly the way they planned without needing to dip them into other condiments. Patrons are expected to eat seriously, with genuine focus and dedication. Expect to burn a hole of about ¥25,000-¥30,000 in your pocket, but if you can afford it, it’s an experience worth talking about.
Sukiyabashi Jiro (Roppongi) 鮨 すきやばし 次郎
Address: 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 2:00pm & 5:00pm to 9:00pm daily
Tel: +81 3 5413 6626
Sushi Sukiyabashi Jiro (Ginza) (鮨すきやばし次郎)
Address: 4-2-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 11:30am to 2:00pm & 5:00pm to 8:30pm; Sat, 11:30am to 2:00pm; Closed on Sun
Tel: +81 3 3535 3600
Conveying to your pocket | Nemuro Hanamaru
Sushi doesn’t discriminate. If you can’t pocket the michelin stars, you can do a kaiten, the conveyor belt style. Nemuro Hanamaru arguably serves the best quality kaiten sushi in Tokyo. The choices are plenty but the restaurant recommends its kuro shio buri (yellowtail sushi). Affordable and good sushi that is just around the corner (from Tokyo station). What’s there not to love?
Nemuro Hanamaru (回転寿司 根室花まる)
Address: 5F, KITTE building, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 11:00pm daily; Closes at 10:00pm on Sun
Tel: +81 3 6269 9026
Eat ‘n’ go | Uobei Shibuya
This popular sushi chain doesn’t cater to social gatherings as they only have counter seats that have individual touch panels for your orders. Your sushi comes in mini bullet trains and other vehicles on a conveyor belt and every plate is only ¥108! This is perfect for fulfilling a quick and cheap sushi craving.
Uobei Shibuya (Dogenzaka Location) (魚べい 渋谷道玄坂店)
Address: the 1st floor of Dai-roku Central Building, 2-29-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri, 10:30am to 12:00am; Sat & Sun, 11:00am to 12:00am
Tel: +81 3 3462 0241
A pit stop at Asakusa | Magurobito
Amongst the various food options at Asakusa, this is worth a stop on your walking tour. Magurobito is a small standing sushi bar where you can have fine sushi as your snack, perhaps with a beer. Shirako (soft roe) and fatty tuna is on the list and you won’t spend above ¥2,000.
Magurobito (まぐろ人 御徒町出張所)
Address: 2-18-12 Kaminarimon, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm daily; Closes at 9:00pm on Sun
Tel: +81 3 3831 3876
All you can eat | Midori Sohenten (Umegaoka)
Is your appetite for sushi insatiable? You don’t have to put a stop to it at Tachigui, especially when you have premium pieces such as uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe) as part of the deal. They can be found at a few locations but this is the main one. There is a time limit of 90 minutes for a flat out ¥3,888 and ¥3,240 for men and women respectively, but with options so good you will sure chomp them down fast.
Midori Sohonten Umegaoka Honkan (梅丘寿司の美登利総本店 梅丘本館)
Address: 1-20-7 Umegaoka, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: Mon, 11:00am to 9:00pm; Tue to Fri, 11:00am to 2:00pm & 4:30pm to 10:00pm; Sat, 11:00am to 10:00pm; Sun, 11:00am to 9:00pm
Tel: +81 3 3429 1166