When you experience sushi and sashimi in Tokyo, you’ll discover the absolute freshest fish, perfectly prepared rice, and all the subtle hints of soy, citron and ginger. This is sushi flavour as it was always intended.
Culinary experts from Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi have put together a list of their favourite Tokyo sushi restaurants in every price range – whether you’re in the mood for squid (sumi-ika) that parade by on a conveyer belt (kaitenzushi) or dancing shrimp (odori-ebi), so named because they’re eaten while alive and jiggling.
Talk to the Four Seasons concierge team for personalised recommendations, and for assistance in making reservations and arranging transportation.
1. MIZUTANI. Recognised as one of the world’s best, this Michelin three-star restaurant attracts international chefs who come to learn from the master, Mizutani. He is known for his great emphasis on top-quality vinegared rice (shari). With only ten counter seats, reservations are highly recommended.
2. SUKIYABASHI JIRO. Awarded three Michelin stars, this is a favourite restaurant of celebrity chef Joël Robuchon. The owner, Jiro Ono, is 87 years old, but still works at the counter. Very tiny, this restaurant is located in the basement of a Ginza office building.
3. KYUBE. Established in 1936 and featuring traditional Japanese tatami mats for seating, this Michelin one-star has played a major role in spreading sushi’s popularity. A great place for lunch! Try the chef’s choice lunch, which can include 15 different kinds of sushi.
4. UMI. With one Michelin star, this calm, friendly restaurant is remarkably affordable. The owners go to the market themselves every day to ensure the freshest ingredients. Be sure to try the squid (sumi-ika)!
5. MIYAKO. The sushi is authentic and delicious, but what makes this intimate restaurant stand out is the menu of nearly 30 kinds of sake. Servers can suggest sushi to suit the sake you’re drinking, or recommend sake to enhance what you’re eating.
6. SEAMON. Glamorous and elegant, yet still reasonably priced, this restaurant in Ginza features a long red sushi bar, where three master chefs work quickly to ensure the ultimate freshness and flavour.
7. SUSHI ZANMAI. Open 24 hours and featuring a revolving sushi counter, this lively restaurant is especially popular with business people who want a quick, reasonably priced meal. Great quality when you’re on the run.
8. KYOTATSU. A traditional, old-style sushi shop, offering authentic sushi in a comfortable atmosphere. Relaxed and child-friendly. Located conveniently close to Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi and also at Narita International Airport, Terminal One.
9. MAGUROBITO. A very popular chain of kaitenzushi shops, combining good value and a selection of seasonal fresh fish. Tuna is the specialty. Quick and casual, there are many easy-to-find locations.
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