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Where is the best sushi for first-timers to Tokyo?

Two Americans who love Japanese food but speak little Japanese are finally going to Tokyo for a week. What are the recommended must-gos for sushi?

4 Answers

answered by
Sasaki from Tokyo

Konnichiwa :-)

My recommendation is Umegaoka Sushi no MIDORI-SOHONTEN and Gonpachi.

I went to Umegaoka sushi last week.

The shop of the master is very kind to foreigners.

Best regards.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Umegaoka Sushi no MIDORI-SOHONTEN (restaurant)
  2. Gonpachi (restaurant)
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answered by
Carolann from Around The World

Well, we LOVE Japanese food ourselves and honestly, we've yet to find sushi that wasn't good here (even at the convenience stores!).

If you are looking for more upscale restaurants with absolutely incredible sushi, then the ones mentioned in the previous response are definitely where to go BUT you can have some amazing sushi at any other restaurant, including chain restaurants.

Conveyor-belt sushi restaurants (or kaiten sushi restaurants) are super popular and can be found as both chains and as independent restaurants. While you may be able to find independent kaiten restaurants with english menus, your best bet will be at a chain restaurant (Sushiro, Kurazushi, Hamazushi, Kappa Sushi) and they have screens that can be changed to English where you can order. It's usually really good (although some remote areas we found less than great) and you'll pay only 100yen per dish of 2 pieces.

The independent chains will usually have varied prices depending on the colour of the plate and the best part is that you can just look for the dish you want and take it off. Although, knowing the names of the fish you like is easiest and enables you to order it to be made in front of you. 

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answered first by
Roni from Tokyo

Big names such as Sushi Saito, Sawada, Sukiyabashi Jiro will of course be fantastic but as it is very difficult to get seats for these, I would recommend Sushi Shimon. Sleek restaurant, great quality for its price, and conveniently located in Ginza. Sushi Kimura (known for aged fish, the makajiki is mind blowing!) is also a very interesting experience if you can get a booking. 

You might also want to try a few places in/around the Tsukiji Fish Market :)

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Sushi Saito (restaurant)
  2. Sawada (restaurant)
  3. Sukiyabashi Jiro (restaurant)
  4. Sushi Shimon (restaurant)
  5. Sushi Kimura (restaurant)
  6. Tsukiji Fish Market (neighborhood)
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answered by
Tony from Connecticut

Find a Sushizanmai. They are consistently good for the money.

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