Where to Find the Best Sushi in Tokyo

July 5, 2012 by

Local Recommendations, Things To Do, Top Attractions

Tokyo Sushi

Tokyo Sushi. Photo courtesy of Paul Miller via Flickr.

From the best value for money (without compromising on taste) to the most expensive and melt in your mouth sushi experiences, here is where to find the best sushi in Tokyo.

Best Value

It doesn’t get much fresher than the seafood from the sushi shops at Tsukiji Fish Market. Two popular standouts include:

  • Sushi Dai (Building no. 6 in the 3rd alley)
  • Uogashi Senryo (4-10-14, Tsukiji) – As well as sushi, Uogashi Senryo is famous for its ganso kaisen hitsumabushi (mixed seafood bowl), which includes maguro (tuna), ikura (salmon roe), uni (sea urchin) and three other types of fish depending on the best daily catch. Best ask the staff for tips on how to eat it!

Sushi Dai and Uogashi Senryo are often very busy and you may need to queue. For good value and quality sushi, we think it’s worth the wait.

Directions: Tsukiji Market is just above Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Oedo Subway Line; a five-minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line; or a 15-minute walk from JR Shimbashi.

Splurge

If you are after a top-end sushi experience then expect to pay top-end prices at these award-winning sushi restaurants:

  • Dai San Harumi, Shinbashi - Ask for omakase here and the chef will select the best sushi for you. Omakase means ‘it’s up to you.’
  • Kyubei, Ginza – It’s hard to find a negative review about this place. It’s been described by many as their ultimate sushi experience.
  • Sukiyabashi Jiro, Ginza – This 3-star Michelin-awarded restaurant has a slightly cheaper, two-star sister restaurant at Roppongi Hills.
  • Sushi Mizutani, Ginza – Sushi Mizutani is another top-end choice that always gets rave reviews.
  • Sushi Saito, Akasaka – Booking is essential if you want a spot in this seven-seater sushi bar. Don’t be fooled by its size  – it’s still a 3-star restaurant.

- Emma McMahon

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2 Responses to “Where to Find the Best Sushi in Tokyo”

  1. Earlene Kristin Says:

    Yet of course if you merely go from restaurant to restaurant, getting the latest amazing special offer, it breaks the system.

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  2. Ray Says:

    Dear Emma

    You may want to inform your readers of “Where to Find the Most Accessible Sushi in Tokyo” and for that category I would recommend TsukijiTama Sushi
    http://www.tamasushi.co.jp/english/index.html. With restaurants all over Tokyo and a unique all you can eat sushi for couples offer it provides a fun and tasty experience as well as providing good value for the casual traveler.

    Regards,
    Ray

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