(Ikebukuro - Sushi). 6914-1185
Run by the well-known (and always crowded) Midori-sushi chain, this conveyor-belt sushi shop is perhaps even more popular than the parent chain, with very long lines at mealtimes, especially on weekends. The selection is budget-priced and includes a number of interesting vegetable sushi options.
Toshima-ku, Minami-Ikebukuro 1-28-1, Seibu Ikebukuro 8F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
(Okubo - Sushi). 5155-6655
This 24-hour branch of the popular Tsukiji-based budget sushi chain offers good value for money.
(Shinjuku - Sushi). 5367-3705
The Hina chain is known for their good-quality, all-you-can-eat sushi meals, starting at around Y4200 per person.
Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-1-26, Shinjuku Marui Annex 8F. Open 11am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
(Nishi-Shinjuku - Sushi). 5323-2380
The reliable Hina chain has claimed for themselves the niche of decent-quality all-you-can-eat sushi. Priced from Y3980 at dinnertime.
Shinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 6-5-1, Shinjuku Island Tower B1F. Open 11am-10pm. Closed Sundays.
(Nishi-Shinjuku - Sushi). 3344-0315
A branch of the long-established, highly regarded sushi shop in Ginza that invented gunkan-maki (sushi wrapped in nori strips, "battleship" style). Set menus for sushi from Y4200 at lunch and Y6300 at dinner. Sushi kaiseki service is priced at Y12,600-28,350. They also do take-out.
Shinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 2-2-1, Keioh Plaza Hotel Main Bldg 7F. Open 11:30am-2:30, 5:30-9:30pm daily.
A large conveyor-belt sushi restaurant on Omotesando; very popular with tourists.
Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 5-8-5. Open 11am-9pm daily.
Reasonably priced, reliable sushi in a convenient department-store location.
Shibuya-ku, Shibuya 2-24-1, Tokyu Toyoko-ten, 9F. Open 10am-8pm. Closed Thursdays.
(Shibuya - Sushi). 3462-0241
"Conveyor-belt sushi without the conveyor belt" is how Uobei describe themselves. Make your selections on the multilingual touchscreen order pad, and a minute or two later your sushi will be whisked directly to your seat via a high-speed, dish-sized maglev track. (Note: actual maglev technology is probably not involved.) "Conveyor-belt sushi without the conveyor belt" is how Uobei describe themselves. Make your selections on the multilingual touchscreen order pad, and a minute or two later your sushi will be whisked directly to your seat via a high-speed, dish-sized maglev track. (Note: actual maglev technology is probably not involved.)
The quality of the fish is around the same as at conveyor-belt shops, although there tend to be more exotic variations such as spicy seafood salad. The menu also includes desserts and side dishes like French fries. Nearly everything is priced at Y105. [Show more] [Show less]
Shibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 2-29-11, Dai-roku Central Bldg 1F. Open 11am-midnight daily.
A branch of the famous sushi shop in Umegaoka, popular for their high-quality fish and reasonable prices (Y3000-5000 with a few drinks). There can be long lines at peak hours. Take-out is also available.
Shibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-12-3, Mark City East 4F. Open 11am-10pm daily.
Reliable, affordable sushi with a skyscraper view. Set menus start at around Y2700, and a deluxe nigiri selection for two with side dishes and a glass of wine is Y9450.
Shibuya-ku, Ebisu 4-20-3, Yebisu Garden Place 38F. Open 11:30am-3, 4:30-10pm (LO) daily.
Refined sushi in a comfortable, relaxed setting. At lunchtime, nigiri-zushi set menus start at Y2650. The chirashi-don, generously laden with a variety of fish - baby octopus, shad, fatty tuna, turgid pearls of salmon roe - is a terrific value at just under Y1500. Prices shoot up at dinnertime, so expect to pay around Y15,000 per person in the evening. No lunch on Sundays.
Shibuya-ku, Ebisu-Minami 1-2-4. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-10:30pm daily.
(Nishi-Azabu - Sushi). 5774-4372
It's unusual to find high-quality sushi like this outside Ginza, but here it's presented in a modern dining room with late-night hours. They also serve French wines as an alternative to sake; wines from Y1000/ glass or Y10,000-Y150,000/ bottle. Budget around Y18,000 for dinner.
(Roppongi Hills - Sushi). 5771-1133
A modern conveyor-belt sushi shop with a high-tech element - an electronic chip in each plate keeps track of freshness, and fish is taken out of rotation after thirty minutes.
Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-4-1, Metrohat B2F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
This is the English-friendly branch of the legendary Sukiyabashi Jiro in Ginza, run by the original owner's son, where you can enjoy absolutely top-grade sushi and actually talk to the chef, which is at least half the fun. Lunch menus from around Y17,000, dinner from Y24,000 (plus drinks).
Minato-ku, Roppongi 6-12-2, Keyakizaka-dori 3F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9pm. Closed Wednesdays.
(Ginza - Sushi). 6228-6436
Aoki is the sort of casual sushi shop where you can relax with a few drinks and some delectable small dishes before moving onto your sushi. The chefs behind the counter prepare both traditional nigiri and more experimental forms, which are fun to explore if you're in an adventurous mood. Aoki is the sort of casual sushi shop where you can relax with a few drinks and some delectable small dishes before moving onto your sushi. The chefs behind the counter prepare both traditional nigiri and more experimental forms, which are fun to explore if you're in an adventurous mood.
Seasonal vegetable dishes are a big part of Aoki's menu, and they even employ a vegetable sommelier. On a recent visit we enjoyed some stunningly fresh mountain-vegetable dishes, followed by a selection of vegetable nigiri-zushi, which featured heirloom vegetables from Kyoto. Other unexpected sushi variations include lightly charred fish topped with cheese, and a surprisingly tasty camembert-cheese sushi roll.
Another house specialty is foie gras - served broiled on skewers, as the main ingredient in chawanmushi (egg custard), and as quite delectable foie gras sushi. Of course being a sushi joint Aoki offers a nice sashimi selection - the daily moriawase is always a good bet, as is the assortment of three different cuts of tuna.
At lunchtime there's a luxurious 1.5-person platter (Y1890) which provides a big selection of nigiri along with soup, salad and chawan mushi. Budget around Y4000-8000 at dinnertime, Y1000-2000 for lunch. Open all afternoon on weekends. [Show more] [Show less]
Chuo-ku, Ginza 3-4-7, Ginza Sunny Bldg 1F. Open 11:30am-3, 5-11pm daily.
Deluxe sushi for an appreciative international audience at this century-old shop. Budget around Y12,000 at lunch, Y15,000-20,000 at dinnertime.
Chuo-ku, Ginza 6-3-8. Open 11:30am-9:45pm (LO) daily.
High-quality sushi at remarkably reasonable prices, especially for this neighborhood. There's often a bit of a wait to be seated, though.
Chuo-ku, Ginza 7-108, Ginza Korida-dori 1F. Open 11am-2, 5-9:30pm (LO) daily.
(Ginza - Sushi). 3571-6523
Yes you can pay a lot more for sushi at Michelin multi-starred counters if you want to, but Kyubei offers excellent quality fish at somewhat more affordable prices, especially at lunchtime, in a much more relaxed setting. (Some of the chefs even speak a bit of English.) Kyubei were the inventors of gunkan-maki (the wrap-around technique for fish roe and similar sushi). Lunches start at Y4000 for a nigiri set menu, or Y8000 for omakase. Dinners from Y10,000, with a Y30,000 kaiseki sushi course that's quite a spectacle.
Chuo-ku, Ginza 8-7-6. Open 11:30am-2, 5-10pm. Closed Sundays.
This legendary sushi counter has rather limited seating, so be sure to book your place well in advance (in Japanese, please). Lunchtime can be easier to book than dinnertime. Set menus start at Y20,000; cash only.
Chuo-ku, Ginza 8-7-7, Juno Bldg 9F. Open 11:30am-1:30, 5-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
(Tsukiji - Sushi). 3543-4401
Edogin is a huge, well-established sushi emporium offering good value for money.
Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 4-5-1. Open 11am-9:30pm. Closed Sundays.
Almost literally a hole in the wall, this tiny shop in Tsukiji Outer Market is located behind an old store selling dried fish. People come here for the various donburi/chirashi dishes (from Y2500), featuring first-rate uni, ikura, and assorted fish of the day over rice.
Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 4-10-14. Open 9am-10:30pm (LO) daily.
The second, larger conveyor-belt branch of the reliable Zanmai chain has very reasonable prices and easy ordering.
Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 4-10-15. Open 7am-9pm daily.
Good value and convenient hours at this outer-market Tsukiji sushi shop. It's fairly spacious so there aren't long waiting lines, and there's an English menu if you need one. Nigiri set menus start at Y3000, or you can order by the piece.
Fresh fish, cheap prices, and convenient hours at this well-known tuna specialist.
The small, main branch of a famous sushi-shop chain, actually located inside the market (in the outer section) and boasting the freshest fish selection. The very nice standard sushi assortment is around Y3500.
Chuo-ku, Tsukiji 4-13-9. Open 8am-1pm, 5-8pm. Closed Sundays, holidays.
One of the most popular shops in the Tsukiji inner market area, with long lines of tourists most of the time, Daiwa specializes in toro, particularly tuna from the Aomori region. Set menus start at around Y3000. Cash only.
Chuo-ku, Tsukiji-Shijo 5-2-1 #6. Open 5am-1pm. Closed Sun, some Wed.
This popular inner-market Tsukiji shop has great fish but long lines of tourists, as there are only thirteen seats. Budget around Y4500 for breakfast.
Chuo-ku, Tsukiji-Shijo 5-2-1 #6. Open 5am-2pm. Closed Sun, some Wed.
(Kioicho - Sushi). 3221-4144
A branch of the long-established, highly regarded sushi shop in Ginza that invented gunkan-maki (sushi wrapped in nori strips, "battleship" style). There are two branches in the New Otani, one in the main building and one in the tower, both on the lobby level. Lunch is priced Y3150-Y15,750; dinner is Y6300-24,150. They also do take-out.
Chiyoda-ku, Kioicho 4-1, Hotel New Otani 1F. Open 11:30am-2, 5-9:30pm daily.
(Ueno - Sushi). 5807-6543
This convenient 24-hour branch of the popular Tsukiji-based budget sushi chain offers good value for money.
(Asakusa - Sushi). 5826-1375
Good value for money and a wide selection of fish at this convenient 24-hour branch of the famous Tsukiji-based sushi shop.
(Oshiage - Sushi). 5637-7716
Fresh fish and good cost performance at this Hokkaido-based conveyor-belt sushi spot. The lines may be long but they move quickly.
Sumida-ku, Oshiage 1-1-2, Tokyo Solamachi 6F East Yard. Open 11am-11pm daily.
Reasonably priced, reliable sushi from this Tokyo-based chain; budget around Y3000 for food at dinnertime, Y1000 at lunch.
Chuo-ku, Harumi 1-8-16, Triton Square 3F. Open 11am-3, 5-10pm (LO) daily.
You'll find high-quality fish at affordable prices (Y3000-5000 with a few drinks) at this popular mid-priced chain, but you may have to wait on line during peak hours.
Musashino-shi, Kichijoji Minamicho 1-1-24, Atre Kichijoji B1F. Open 11am-10pm (LO) daily.
Reliable, affordable sushi with a skyscraper view. Nigiri-zushi selections are Y1890-4830, and sushi-centered prix-fixe menus are Y5250-8400.
Shinjuku-ku, Nishi-Shinjuku 3-20-2, Tokyo Opera City Tower, 53F. Open 11:30am-2, 5:30-10pm (LO) daily.
The original branch of this excellent, value-conscious sushi chain.
Setagaya-ku, Umegaoka 1-20-7. Open 11am-2, 4:30-10:30pm (LO) daily.
High-quality sushi at very fair prices.
Setagaya-ku, Tamagawa 3-17-1, Takashimaya Honkan 6F. Open 11am-9pm daily.
This beachfront kaiten-zushi shop serves tuna and other local seafood fresh from Misaki Market at the tip of Miura Peninsula. Shirasu (baby anchovies), a local Shonan specialty, are also featured, and prices are quite reasonable.
Fujisawa, Enoshima 2-1-5, Enoshima Island Spa Bekkan 2F. Open 11am-8:30pm (LO) daily.