When it comes to eating raw fish, you have plenty of options in Tokyo, all price ranges. There are so many less expensive places to get sushi, including places where plates roll on conveyor belts (or cute little bullet trains). Over the years, we’ve assembled a list of the most popular (read: cheapest) sushi eateries in Tokyo. please drum…
Less expensive sushi chain restaurants:
Probably the tastiest and cheapest Kaiten zushi (sushi line) chain is Ganso Zushi. These shops are understated, but they give you an authentic experience where you might see Japanese grumpy people showing up for quick sushi dinners every day. Plates start at 116 yen, including tax.
There are branches in Tokyo, including popular locations such as Shinjuku, Ebisu, and Asakusa. Learn to recognize the Japanese characters that makeup Goose Sushi: Yuanzu Sushi (for the curious, it means “original sushi”).
And be sure to ask for the English menu. Every store should have one, but we found they were a little shy about giving it away. In addition to choosing from the conveyor belt, you can also bark your order to the chef in the middle.
For a decent 110 yen plate of for sushi, Uobei is another amazing kaiten zushi option. its most famous branch in downtown Shibuya. Uobei (鱼べい) is operated by the exact company as Genki Sushi, another favored budget chain we also recommend, except that Genki no longer has a branch in Tokyo.
Uobei has a great atmosphere, good food, and friendly staff. Unlike other kaiten zushi eateries, you have to order all the sushi in person via a tablet with multiple language settings. You don’t have an ordinary treadmill. This technique preserves the store money and provides you with the freshest food.
Sushi-rō is one of Tokyo’s most popular cheap sushi restaurants, popular with students and families with young children. With branches all over Japan (even in Hokkaido), Sushi-rō has become an art of entering, feeding, setting, and taking out.
You can select your items on the treadmill or place an order on the screen in front of you (with English, Chinese, and Korean language settings). Two-piece nigiri dishes start at 110 yen. They have some pricier “specials”, as well as a variety of delicious desserts.
Basically, sushi-rō is a good “safe” option that is cheap and tasty. Similar to Yubei, there are branches in Shibuya, but there are also dozens of branches in Tokyo: look for Katakana スシロー.
This place bills itself as “Japan’s #1 conveyor belt sushi restaurant” and is definitely one of our top picks. There are often long queues in front of the restaurant, but the wait is worth it. You can also book by phone the day before.
In addition to the long lines, also look for Japanese characters live Midori. The locations are Ikebukuro and Shibuya.
Message: If you happen to be alone at odd hours between lunch and dinner, you usually don’t have to wait too long.
Most dishes are priced between 121 and 231 yen, and this includes not only your excellent standard sushi dishes, but also grilled chicken, tempura, soups, and more.
You order on your iPad (don’t worry, there’s an English menu) and it’s delivered within minutes.
For quality and convenience, Sushi Zanmai (すしざんまい) is your best choice. This sushi chain (sorry, no conveyor belts here!) serves up fresh, high-quality sushi sets at more than 40 locations in Tokyo, including two in Shinjuku alone. To keep things cheap, we recommend lunch, which ranges from 850 to 4,000 yen and includes unlimited soup, salad, and green tea. There is an English menu.
Uogashi Nihon-ichi is a good value sushi bar. While this chain is slightly more expensive than the conveyor belt sushi on this list (their lunch menu starts at 980 yen), it’s double the value because you don’t have to “pay” for a seat. Uogashi Nihon-ichi uses plenty of seasonal fish and vegetables, so you can test new flavors throughout the year.
They have a guide in English showing you how to order and pay for the perfect sushi bar experience. Find Uogashi Nihon-ichi (Japanese fish がし) near famous tourist goals like Akihabara, Shinjuku, and Shibuya.
Nemuro Hanamaru Ginza
For a more impressive conveyor belt sushi experience, visit Nemuro Hanamaru. As with its cheaper counterparts, you can order or pick what you want (from the conveyor belt) as soon as the product arrives. While the queues can be long on weekends and prices are a bit higher than typical kaiten zushi restaurants (the cheapest order is around ¥143), its quality keeps diners in line for up to an hour.
Remember that you cannot book in advance and you will have to queue once you get your number in the queue at the entrance.
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