Sushi Zanmai Higashi Shinjuku: Late night sushi in Tokyo

The Kokoro-iki Sushi Set with Miso Soup, Sushi Zanmai Higashi Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Sushi Zanmai Higashi Shinjuku is part of a popular sushi chain found in Japan. It’s well known for its quality sushi at reasonable prices. After traveling for 12 hours from California to Tokyo, I was tired, jet lagged, and in the mood for sushi. Since it was midnight, my options were limited. Exhausted from traveling, I almost gave up and went to sleep. It was then that I remembered Sushi Zanmai. With certain locations open 24 hours a day or …

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Kura Sushi: Popular conveyor belt sushi chain in Osaka, Japan

Tuna and Green Onion, Kura Sushi, Osaka, Japan

Kura Sushi is a popular Japanese conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain known for its affordable sushi dishes. Founded in 1995, Kura Sushi today has over 450 locations in Japan along with 22 in Taiwan and 47 in the United States. On my recent visit to Osaka, I stopped by the Kura Sushi Shinsekai Tsutenkaku location in the popular Shinsekai district. As mentioned before, Kura Sushi is known for its affordable sushi. Everything from salmon to tuna to shrimp starts at …

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Numazuko Shinjuku Honten: Conveyor Belt Sushi in Tokyo, Japan

The beautiful Soy Marinated Tuna, Numazuko Shinjuku Honten, Tokyo, Japan

Numazuko Shinjuku Honten, located just outside the east exit of Tokyo’s JR Shinjuku Station, is a popular conveyor belt sushi restaurant (kaiten-zushi). While this restaurant might not be as cheap as nearby Genki Sushi or Uoebi sushi, at Numazuko Shinjuku Honten, the prices are justified by the quality of the seafood. The interior of Numazuko Shinjuku Honten was basic but bright. At the center of the restaurant, chefs dressed in white were preparing custom ordered plates of sushi. Wrapping around …

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Genki Sushi: Affordable Sushi Train in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

The famous sushi train, Genki Sushi, Tokyo, Japan

Genki Sushi, located near Shibuya Station in the heart of Center Gai, is one of my favorite affordable sushi trains in Tokyo. With multiple branches across Japan and a few international locations, Genki Sushi has become popular with both locals and visitors for its cheap sushi, numerous menu choices, and its unique and entertaining sushi train delivery system. Unfortunately, this Genki Sushi location has closed. Uobei Shibuya Dogenzaka, located down street, is the sister restaurant of Genki Sushi. Other than …

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Sushi no Musashi Hachijoguchi: Conveyor Belt Sushi at Kyoto Station

Salmon passing by on the conveyor belt

Year ago, when I first visited Kyoto, I visited Sushi no Musashi, considered by many to be the best conveyor belt sushi in Kyoto. At that time, I visited their location near Nishiki Market. Years later, I still remember that visit. The sushi was fresh, affordable, and I loved having the option of picking and choosing whatever sushi I wanted from the conveyor belt (kaiten sushi). Today, Sushi no Musashi, which was founded in 1977, operates three stores in Kyoto. …

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Mori Mori Sushi at Omicho Market in Kanazawa, Japan

Minced Fatty Tuna & Yolk with Scallion, Mori Mori Sushi, Omicho Market, Kanazawa, Japan

If you are looking for a conveyor belt (sushi kaizen) restaurant serving fresh yet affordable sushi in Kanazawa, then head on over to Mori Mori Sushi. This popular local chain has locations all around Kanazawa including the one I recently visited at Omicho Market. Mori Mori is one of the most popular sushi restaurants in Kanazawa. Not surprisingly, if you arrive for lunch, you will have to wait. On my visit, I arrived around 11:30 AM. There was already a …

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Uobei Shibuya Dogenzaka: Sushi Train Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan

Red Center of Bluefin Tuna, Uobei Shibuya Dogenzaka, Tokyo, Japan

Uobei Sushi, owned by Genki Sushi Co., Ltd, is chain of sushi restaurants found all over Japan specializing in affordable but high quality sushi. Their store in Shibuya, not far from the world famous Shibuya Crossing, is known as Uobei Shibuya Dogenzaka. Uobei isn’t your typical traditional Japanese sushi restaurant. Neither is it a conveyor belt or rotating sushi (kaiten-zushi) restaurant. At Uobei, they do things a little more high tech. You order from a tablet, with plates starting at …

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Sushi Kyotatsu inside Tokyo’s Narita International Airport

Nigiri Miyako

Sushi Kyotatsu is my go-to spot for sushi every time I find myself on a layover at Terminal 1 of Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Delicious and fresh sushi in the most unlikely of places: the airport. When I think of airport food, the last thing that comes to mind is sushi. But Sushi Kyotatsu is different. It’s good. I take that back, it’s great. It’s better than most of the sushi I have ever had. Though pricey (you’re in an …

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