When you think of Nagoya specialties, you think of misokatsu, tebasaki chicken wings, and misonikomi udon. Sushi is not the most representative Nagoya cuisine, but that doesn’t stop locals from enjoying their raw seafood over rice. Because of this, the city also takes pride in their sushi bars and restaurants, of which there are plenty to choose from. Today, we are going to look at six Nagoya sushi bars and restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Let’s get into them!
1. Kappa Sushi
If you’re an unpretentious sushi lover who would prefer to dine on a budget, Kappa Sushi is the place for you. Kappa Sushi is one of the many kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) chains in Japan, and you can find their stores in many Japanese cities, including Nagoya. They serve a couple of classic nigiri varieties, including raw fish (various cuts of tuna, salmon, shrimp, horse mackerel, etc), seared or cooked fish, and tempura, as well as maki and gunkan rolls. Soups, desserts, and steamed dishes are also available at Kappa Sushi.
Name: Kappa Sushi
Address: 2-16-13, Chikusa, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-0858, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Business hour: Every Day, 11am-11pm
Phone number:+81 52-930-6801
Official website: https://www.kappasushi.jp
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2. Nigiri no Tokube
Nigiri no Tokubei is another conveyor belt restaurant you should check out when in Nagoya. It is a bit more expensive than your average kaitenzushi place, and it is considered a high-end choice among conveyor belt sushi bars, if you want to put it that way. The selection of items varies slightly from one location to another, but the classic choices are always there, including tuna, salmon, shrimp, eel, egg, and more. They also have a variety of cooked fish sushi available, as well as tempura, udon bowls, and even karaage.
Name: Nigiri no Tokube
Address: 1-11-1, Higashi-sakura, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture 461-0005, Japan
Business hour: Every Day, 11am-10pm
Phone number:+81 52-963-6656
Official website: http://www.nigirinotokubei.com/
3. Tsukiji Aozora Sandaime
A favorite with the locals, Tsukiji Aozora Sandaime is a chain sushi restaurant with only six locations in all of Japan. Three of them are located in Tokyo, two in Okinawa, and one in Nagoya. Much like the name suggests, the restaurant buys all of its fish from the Tsukiji fish market – the biggest and most famous fish market in Japan. That’s why the selection differs from one day to the other, and the best way to order is to request the chef’s selection. Despite the fancy produce and atmosphere, Tsukiji Aozora Sandaime is really affordable. You can grab lunch for only ¥2500, and a sushi omakase dinner for ¥6500.
Name: Tsukiji Aozora Sandaime
Address:Dainagoya Bldg.B1, 3-28-12, Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya-shi 450-6490, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Business hour:Every Day, 11am-11pm
Phone number:+81 52-414-4448
Official website: http://aozora3.jp
4. Sushi Kenzan
Located inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Sushi Kenzan is an amazing sushi bar you should experience at least once in your lifetime. A dinner course here will set you back between ¥8000 and ¥18,000, but the best part is that you can opt for more than just sushi. Each course has a regular and a nigiri-only version, and you can opt for the regular if you prefer to spice things up with salad, a main course, soup, a simmered dish, and a traditional Japanese dessert. Or you could go for the nigiri-only version if you’re really craving sushi tonight!
Name: Sushi Kenzan
Address: Crowne Plaza ANA Hotel 29F, 1 -1-1, Kanayamacho, Nagoya-shi, Naka-ku, Aichi 460-0023, Japan
Business hour: Lunch 11:30a.m.-2:30p.m.(Last order 2:00p.m.), Dinner 5:00p.m.-9:30p.m.
Phone number:+81 52 682 8891
Official website: http://www.anacrowneplaza-nagoya.jp/restaurants/kenzan.php#res_top
5. Sushi Ishiguro
Sushi Ishiguro offers all the perks of a high-end sushi bar, but without the elitist aura of connoisseur places. The chef is young, cheery, and always looking forward to meeting new patrons. You will definitely feel at ease in this place – especially since you won’t be dropping more than $100 on a meal. Sushi Ishiguro only serves omakase courses, and has both counter seats, and tatami rooms. The price for a dinner sushi course is ¥7,500 or ¥10,000, depending on the number of nigiri.
Name: Sushi Ishiguro
Address:2-40-11 Meieki, Nakamura-Ku, Nagoya-shi 450-0002, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Business hour:Lunch 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.(Last order 1:00p.m.), Dinner 6:00p.m.-10:30p.m.
Phone number:+81 52-562-5500
Official website: http://sushiguro.jp/menu.html
6. Sushi no Yoshino
We’ve saved the best for last. Enter Sushi no Yoshino, the highest rated sushi bar in Nagoya as of this year. If you’re looking for a high-end sushi bar place, in the spirit of Sukiyabashi Jiro or Saito in Tokyo, this is the place for you. An omakase dinner course here will cost you ¥20,000. They also allow you to bring your own wine in – but you will be charged ¥2500 for each bottle. Needless to say, you have to make a reservation if you want to eat at Sushi no Yoshino – the sooner, the better. Recently they started adopting the ‘introduction system’ for reservations, meaning you would have to be introduced by a regular first, due to many customers canceling last-minute. However, they can be flexible about it if you make a reservation using your credit card.
Name: Sushi no Yoshino
Address: 3-10-29 Marunouchi, Naka Ward, Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture 460-0002, Japan
Business hour:Mon-Sat, 5:30pm-11pm, Sundays closed
Phone number:+81 52-951-1155
Official website: https://www.sushinoyoshino.jp/
As you can see, Nagoya’s food scene is not all miso and chicken wings. There is still a lot of great sushi places to choose from, starting from cheap conveyor belt places to high-end bars you can only enter if you’re introduced by a regular. Whichever of these places you end up going to, we hope you enjoy sushi in Nagoya!
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