July 7, 2016

Fish Fantasies: Tokyo's Top 10 Affordable Sushi Restaurants

Fish Fantasies: Tokyo’s Top 10 Affordable Sushi Restaurants

Fish Fantasies: Tokyo's Top 10 Affordable Sushi Restaurants

When talking about Japan, most people immediately think of sushi. To experience the authentic and delicious seafood specialty, one does not have to pay a fortune to get a full stomach. We’ve answered the plea of sushi fans all around Tokyo and found the very best affordable sushi restaurants in town, from well-established shops to brand-new restaurants! Whether you’re looking for an all-you-can-eat service, dishes on a conveyor belt called kaiten sushi, or just want to lean back and enjoy the chef’s recommendation, you’re sure to find what you want within our restaurant compilation. Without further ado, let’s take a look at Tokyo’s top sushi restaurants which are always a great choice to visit, whether you’re looking for the best spot for lunch, dinner, or even for a date.

1.As Authentic as It Can Get: All You Can Eat Edo Style Sushi

The first restaurant we visit is located in Shinagawa and is famous for its excellent cuisine and reasonably priced all-you-can-eat service. Bring your friends to Senyu because six people or more can eat as much skillfully made Edo-style sushi as they like! This all-you-can-eat course for six people and more, which includes unlimited drinks, is available for just 3,500 yen per person.

The ingredients for the dishes are as fresh as they can be, directly delivered from Tsukiji Fish Market. Besides the many sushi specialties, Senyu also has a lot of items on the menu that go well with different kinds of sake, such as various hors d’oeuvres, sashimi, salad, or nigiri. Try your way through Senyu’s huge sushi buffet as well as their a la carte specialties!


1-22-15 Kita-Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo-to 140-0001

2.On The Way to Great Fame: Sushi Takase in Yoyogi

Sushi Takase is a sushi restaurant that opened just a while ago but has already earned a lot of recognition for the very high quality of its sushi but also for the consistently cheap price of 100 yen per nigiri! This more than reasonable price keeps on surprising many a first-time guest.

Next to the excellent sushi selection, Takase will also tickle your tongue with a variety of delicious sides and snacks. Among them is our special recommendation: deep-fried fugu, or blowfish. Takase is also a great spot for a date when sitting at the restaurant’s beautiful, 6.5 meter long counter, while the available private rooms are the best choice for larger groups.

Sushi Takase

4-26-11 Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 151-0053

3.Sit Down at the Counter, Relax, and Just Leave it to the Chef!

“Omakase de!” is the one phrase to signal a sushi chef that you want to rely entirely on their recommendations. Manten Sushi, a luxurious restaurant with beautiful wood interior located in Marunouchi, will give you the very best omakase experience. The luxurious Omakase Course, available for 6,000 yen per person, features the chef’s very best selection and is highly recommended.

Since it’s a course, you don’t have to worry about the price of individual plates, so just say “Omakase!”, lean back, and enjoy the many delicacies that the chef serves to you. If you sit at the counter, you can watch the sushi being prepared right in front of you, with only the freshest of ingredients.

Manten Sushi

Murnouchi Brick Square B1, 2-6-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo-to 100-6990

4.Impress Your Date with Sushi Lunch in Ginza!

Sushi-ya, which simply means “sushi shop”, is an outstandingly delicious and atmospheric restaurant in a beautiful back alley of the famous Ginza neighborhood. The skilled chef of this restaurant has learned the art of sushi making at the famous Sushi Kanesaka, so you can expect outstanding creations.

Nestled in Ginza’s back alleys, this restaurant seems like a cozy, private hideaway for everyone who seeks to spend some time alone or together in a great atmosphere. Don’t hesitate to surprise your date with this hidden gem!


Yogen Bldg. 1F, 6-3-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo-to 104-0061

5.Enjoying Barachirashi at a 138 Year Old Restaurant

Barachirashi is a dish of various raw fish on rice and a favorite among sushi fans – the best barachirashi can be enjoyed at Futaba Sushi, a long-established Ginza restaurant that first opened its doors in 1877. Futaba Sushi keeps protecting the way of traditional Edo-style sushi, serving their specialties like they did over 100 years ago which makes eating here a rather unique experience. As soon as you spot the beautiful outside of the restaurant, you’ll feel like you’ve fallen through a crack in time.

Futaba Sushi is definitely one of our highest recommendations when it comes to savoring sushi in Ginza – hardly anywhere else does the Edo-style sushi taste as authentic as it does here.

Futaba Sushi

4-10-13 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo-to 104-0061

6.For Formal or Casual Occasions: Authentic Sushi at Abe

Whether you’re all by yourself, on a date, or are enjoying a night out with a lot of friends, this restaurant is always a great choice. Its full name is “Iki na Sushidokoro Abe Hiro’o Bekkan” – but you can simply refer to it as Abe, the place that serves amazing and authentic sushi. The high-quality dishes come at very reasonable prices so even if you treat someone, there’s no need to worry about your wallet.

On weekdays and Saturdays, Abe is open until 5 a.m. in the morning, making it a favorite late-night sushi spot for all kinds of night crawlers.

Iki na Sushidokoro Abe Hiro’o Bekkan

4-2-38 Minamiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo-to 106-0047

7.The Largest Seafood Bowl in All of Tokyo

For all those seeking a satisfying seafood lunch, Mikorezushi, located right next to Shinjuku Station, is just the place to go. The specialty of this restaurant is, without a doubt, its seafood bowl, available for less than 1,000 yen. Starting with tuna and shellfish, this huge bowl incorporates all kinds of delicious seafood and you’ll get an idea just how much of an amazing deal this is simply by looking at the photo.

The rice is barely visible underneath all the delicious fish and you really have to eat your way through it first. Should you be in Shinjuku and crave sushi, this is definitely the recommended place!


Matsumoto Bldg. 2F, 2-14-1 Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo-to 151-0053

8.The Sushi Paradise: Tsukiji Fish Market

The famous Tsukiji Fish Market will move to Toyosu in November of 2016 – so before that happens, the market should be visited one last time by all means! We have two special sushi restaurant recommendations for you, both located in the Jugokan, or Building No. 10, of the market.

The first one is Isozushi and its amazing set that features three kinds of raw tuna, while the second recommendation is a restaurant called Sushimaru which focuses on anago, or conger eel. Both stores serve amazingly delicious dishes and are open even during holidays, so even if one is crowded why not check the other one for a free seat?


104-0045 , Chuo-ku, Tokyo Tsukiji 5-2-1


5-2-1, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 104-0045


9.Modern California Rolls at Ginza

For all those who want to dine in style but have to watch their wallet, we’ve just the right place for you. Located in a beautiful tree-lined road of Ginza lies Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar and its stylish, very affordable California roll lunch set! The small rolls are filled to the brim with fresh ingredients and the offered sets aren’t only extremely delicious but also very filling. It’s the perfect choice for fighting these sudden sushi cravings in the afternoon.

Shari The Tokyo Sushi Bar

Albore Ginza 8F, 2-4-18 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo-to 104-0061

10.A Hidden Gem: Horse Meat Sushi

There is one particular specialty store that absolutely should be visited at least once by every sushi fan: Sakestand Youma. This restaurant serves the very rare treat of horse meat sushi, beautifully marbled meat on top of rice to be savored in a nigari set. Living up to its title as a horse meat specialty store, this restaurant serves only the freshest horse meat creations to long-time fans and new customers alike. Anyone who wants to broaden their sushi horizon and taste something different than fish should definitely seize this unique opportunity!

Youma Nihonshu Stand (Sakestand Youma)

2-1-1 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo-to 155-0031

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