When traveling to Japan, visitors tend to go for one of the most iconic food items in Japanese cuisine — sushi. Sushi can be found in places all over Japan; however, depending on the type of fish and the type of cut from the fish, the sushi can range from surprisingly cheap to gaspingly expensive. Of course, there are plenty of other foods people want to try in Japan, so many visitors tend to opt for the cheaper cuts of sushi. In order to check them out, one must first know where to find them. Here are nine restaurant chains with affordable sushi.
1. くら寿司 (Kurazushi)
In no particular order, the first cheap but delicious sushi chain restaurant is Kurazushi. Kurazushi is a conveyor belt style sushi restaurant where customers can sit at a table and pick plates of sushi to eat as the plats go around and if they do not see anything that they like, then they can special order a plate of sushi via the touch screen at their table. Special orders can include corn sushi, katsu curry, ramen and more. Put the finished plates into the slots and every 5 plates give customers a chance to win a prize. Each plate is a 100 yen and the lines can be long, so be prepared to wait.
Official website: http://www.kura-corpo.co.jp/en/
2. はま寿司 (Hamazushi)
Hamazushi has sushi at about 100 yen per plate. It’s another conveyor belt and a pay-by-the-plate kind of sushi restaurant. Like with Kurazushi, if you do not see something that you want to eat, you can try placing a special order via a touchscreen. Once your order is ready, the platform will light up and you can take your food from the platform. The quality of the sushi is okay for a quick craving; however, hardcore sushi lovers would say the quality is not that great. The cuts are small and lack visual aesthetics. The wait tends to be long especially after about 6 pm, so go early if you decide to try Hamazushi.
Official website: http://www.hamazushi.com/en/
3. 海鮮三崎港寿司 (Kaisen Misakiko Sushi)
Kaisen Misakiko Sushi restaurant chain is a fun conveyor belt sushi restaurant that many foreigners describe as a great experience thanks to the touch screen and conveyor belt technology as well as the low-prices, premium-tasting food. It’s easy to order at Kaisen and some people prefer it. The conveyor belt at Kaisen Misakiko Sushi only delivers the food directly to the customer once it has been ordered. This restaurant, however, mostly serves the traditional sushi options rather than the modern experiments that more daring people like to try.
Official website: https://www.kyotaru.co.jp/kaisen_misakiko/
4. 元気寿司 (Genki Sushi)
Also a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, Genki Sushi will usually leave you feeling genki, especially if you are a lover of sushi with careful pockets. Unlike some conveyor belt sushi restaurants, the chefs will only prepare what has been ordered; therefore, those who are concerned about the amount of time each plate of sushi spent outside of refrigeration can be assured their sushi will be freshly made. The ordering screens function in multiple languages, which makes ordering a bit easier. Sometimes there is a wait, but the turn-out is quick.
Official website: http://www.genkisushi.co.jp/
5. みどり寿司 (Midori Zushi)
Midori Zushi offers customers a pleasant experience with fresh servings of sushi via a monorail upon ordering. The sushi comes out fast and it also fills you up because the fish is cut thick. One set is about 2,000 yen for 8 nigiri and miso soup. Customers can order the chef’s special, which comes with the classics and the chef’s top picks. The nigiri may be bigger than you expect, so keep that in mind as, like most restaurants in Japan, there is no take out. These restaurants are popular so there may be a line. It’s best to make a reservation.
Official website: http://www.sushinomidori.co.jp/eng/
6. 元祖寿司 (Ganso Zushi)
The sushi in the Ganso Zushi restaurant chain is inexpensive and good, but for sushi connoisseurs, it isn’t the best compared to other places. It is another conveyor belt sushi kind of restaurant with plates that are up for grabs going around the belt. The chef makes the sushi right in front of customers, then the customers choose what they want to eat. The prices can vary depending on the grade of the fish. A Higher grade means a higher price. It’s a nice place to go for sushi and locals also enjoy stopping by for their sushi fix.
Official website: http://www.gansozushi.com.e.abq.hp.transer.com/
7. かっぱ寿司 (Kappa Sushi)
Kappa Sushi is a bit more on the traditional side of the sushi chains as there are more traditional types of sushi, yet the prices are still reasonable and the quality of the sushi is great. Customers can sit at the bar and order typical Japanese sushi (nigiri and sashimi) individually, which are made fresh. Customers can get fatty tuna, salmon, and others. Many people enjoy having sake with their sushi or sashimi. Kappa Sushi is usually where the locals take their foreign friends and it is a restaurant that is popular especially among many college and university students.
Official website: https://www.kappasushi.jp/
8. スシロー (Sushiro)
The Sushiro restaurants generally have great service with quick turn-outs of food. It is a family-friendly restaurant, so those who are traveling with family will enjoy it. The environment is comfortable and instead of having only nigiri, Sushiro has sushi rolls including crunchy rolls that usually go for about $6 US per roll. Sushiro also serves bento boxes that are great for on-the-go lunches and snacks. Sushiro is very popular among foreigners, especially with the roll style of sushi. It is not a conveyor belt sushi restaurant.
Official website: https://www.akindo-sushiro.co.jp/
9. 魚がし日本一 (Uogashi Nihon Ichi)
Uogashi Nihon Ichi’s staff offers English menus to foreign customers. The chef quickly prepares the sushi in front of customers. One person can buy 2000 yen worth of sushi and leave with a full stomach. Sushi plates range from 162 yen to 648 yen (for the higher quality cuts). This restaurant offers customers a unique experience with its standing sushi bar style. Customers order their sushi standing up, eat, then go. The space is quite small, but it is a great place to stop for a quick bite to eat. The plates come with two pieces each, so it’s easy to share orders if you want a taste of everything.
There are endless outlets to get your sushi fix in Japan and chain restaurants tend to be a great way to try out lots of sushi. The chain restaurants will likely have English menus or staff who can speak basic English. They have fun, modern, and otherwise unique types of sushi that you can try and there is something for someone in the group who doesn’t like fish. From traditional to modern, try to indulge in the world of sushi.
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