The Best Sushi Restaurants in Shinjuku: A Fish-Lover's Guide
From traditional sushi restaurants to the more modern "conveyor belt" sushi places, here are our top picks for the best-tasting sushi in the Shinjuku area.
There are many excellent sushi options in Japan. Some may cost a small fortune and some are surprisingly affordable. This list features some of the best sushi restaurants around Shinjuku, at different price ranges, but the sushi they serve has one thing in common: it's fresh and yummy!
Have a leisurely meal at a table or private room, or sit at the counter and watch your meal get prepared right in front of you in one of these wonderful sushi restaurants. Freshness guaranteed!
1. Asahizushi Sushi Restaurant
Serving Edo-style sashimi dishes and traditional sushi at the top of the Sumitomo Building, your meal at Asahizushi is served with a slice of amazing city view. Try to snag a seat by the windows to have a meal with a gorgeous view, or you may opt to sit at the bar and watch the masters chopping and dicing while preparing your meal.
They offer a great selection of sake, beer and wine. Ask your server for recommendations to go with your meal.
Asahizushi Sushi Restaurant is located at Level 50 Sumitomo Building Nishi-Shinjuku Tokyo
2. Miyako Sushi Restaurant
Miyako Sushi Restaurant offers an intimate dining experience. This tiny restaurant has only 14 seats at the sushi bar, where you can watch their talented sushi chefs prepare works of art (aka your meal) with the freshest seafood in season. This is where you’ll experience true craftsmanship!
Miyako Sushi Restaurant is located on Level 3 of the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 2-7-2 Nishi-Shinjuku Tokyo
Visit their website: http://tokyo.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/Miyako.html
3. Kan-Roku Sushi Restaurant
With the large sushi bar where you can sit and feast your eyes on the food being prepared, it's best to sit back and enjoy the show of these talented sushi chefs transforming fresh seafood and other items into Edo-style sushi. Guests can opt to sit on the counter, or - and especially during colder months - in a Japanese-style room with a kotatsu (a low table with a heat source).
This sushi restaurant serves a wide range of special Japanese sake, distilled spirits and beers from different parts of Japan. Ask your server for pairing recommendation.
Kan-Roku Sushi Restaurant is located at Level 8 Odakyu Department Store 1-5-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Tokyo
11am-10pm, open daily
Price Range: Lunch／￥3,920; Dinner／￥9,290
Credit cards accepted: VISA, UC, DC, JCB, Diners, Amex, NICOS, SAION, JAL, CF, Orico, TOYOTA
4. Tsugu Sushimasa
Most people think that it’s the fish or seafood that determines how a certain sushi will taste—but the pros will tell you that it’s not the fish, but the rice known as “shari.”
Tsugu Sushimasa is owned and run by Chef Shogo Sugaya, the third generation in a long line of sushi chefs. Carrying on the proud tradition of sushi-making from way back in the Edo period, you can taste the difference here in the sushi made here at Tsugu Sushimasa. Instead of the regular shirozu (or rice vinegar), they use akazu—which is a red vinegar made from sake, and also the default vinegar used in the Edo period for making sushi. It certainly tastes stronger than regular shirozu.
Don’t feel like having raw fish for dinner? Tsugu Sushimasa also offers grilled fish and other small plates on their menu.
Tsugu Sushimasa is located at 8 Arakicho, Shinjuku Tokyo.
6pm-2am, Sundays to Fridays
Price Range: Going omakase? Prices begin at ¥10,000 plus tax.
Kyubey may be a bit of a splurge – just a bit – but as you are in the Land of Sushi, you should at least try the high-quality, traditional sushi experience at least once. As the saying goes, “When in Rome…”
Located inside the Keio Plaza Hotel, there are no tables in Kyubey. Featuring two large counters, you will be seated in one and will be served directly by the sushi chef manning that counter. Using a variety of seafood and vinegared rice, the chef will start making a meal for you one piece at a time. I highly recommend the aji (mackerel), the fatty tuna, and the thin ribbons of ika, or squid (which is unbelievably soft and fresh)
A basic imari set menu, which includes miso soup, some tsukemono (Japanese picked vegetables), a hand roll and about seven pieces of nigiri, will set you back around ¥5000 during lunch.
TIP: Go at lunch hours to get the best bang out of your buck. Dinner is a lot more expensive.
Kyubey is located at Keio Plaza Hotel, 7F Main Building, 2-2-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8330.
Lunch: 11:30am to 2:30pm
6. Yarou Sushi Honten
Yarou Sushi Honten has been open for more than 25 years, and is a cornerstone in Shinjuku for exceptionally fresh sushi at surprisingly reasonable prices. Night owls rejoice, for this shop is open almost 24 hours.
I highly recommend getting the 4,000 yen set course meal, which includes one drink along with a meal consisting of shrimp, squid, sea urchin, salmon, tuna, eel and other seasonal seafood. This is a perfect spot to go after you’ve been partying in Kabukicho.
Day or night, no matter what time you drop by, you will be served fresh and delicious sushi here at Yarou Sushi Honten.
Yarou Sushi Honten is located Tokyo Rio Building 1F, 2-10-4, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku
11am-7am the next day, Mondays to Saturdays
Price Range: Lunch￥1,000-￥2,999; Dinner￥4,000-￥5,999
Credit card accepted: VISA, Mastercard, JCB, Amex
7. Otaru Masazushi
Japanese locals often rate Sushi restaurants on the balance of the price against the quality and freshness of the sushi. Otaru Masazushi is one of those restaurants which ranks high when it comes to value.
Serving great sushi at reasonable prices, Otaru Masazushi serves sushi courses aside from an a la carte menu. The Omakase Course features a full set of quality sushi, and will cost you only ￥5,000. The Otaru Course will set you back ￥3,500, and the Lady’s Course (provided you have a small appetite) is only ￥2,500.
Otaru Masazushi is located at Shinjuku Takashimaya 14F, 5-24-2, Sendagaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
11am-11pm, last order at 10pm
Price Range: Lunch, ￥4,000-￥5,999; Dinner ￥8,000-￥9,999
Credit cards accepted: VISA, Mastercard, Diners, Amex, JCB
8. Itamaesushi Hanare
Itamaesushi Hanare in Nishi Shinjuku is a sushi restaurant with what Japanese locals call “an outstanding cost performance,” which basically means a great value for the meal. The fresh sushi in this restaurant will definitely outweigh your bill.
Go for the Shun no Omakase Nigiri set course, a steal at ￥3,500. It includes an appetizer of your choice, a bowl of delicious seafood soup, and nine pieces of exquisite sushi as the main dish. I highly recommend the tuna, the uni (or sea urchin), and the yellowtail.
Itamaesushi Hanare is located at 1-19-11, Nishishinjuku Koshu Building 4F,
Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
11:30am-3pm, 5:30pm-11:30pm, Mondays to Saturdays
Closed on Sundays and holidays
Price Range: Lunch,￥1,000-￥1,999; Dinner,￥8,000-￥9,999
Credit cards accepted: VISA, Mastercard, JCB, Amex, Diners
Conveyor Belt Sushi
Shinjuku features a lot of Kaitenzushi or conveyor belt sushi restaurants, which is the equivalent of fast food in the sushi world. It is a modern concept of the traditional sushi restaurants, the answer for a fast-moving world: fresh sushi minus the waiting time.
Here are some of our favorite picks for conveyor belt sushi, based on price and freshness, also known as “the turnover speed” - as soon as the sushi is consumed, it’s immediately replaced with a freshly-made plate.
When it comes to price, taste and freshness, then Numakazou is the number one Kaitenzushi in Shinjuku. It’s a huge place with many seats, but it's almost always filled to capacity due to the taste of their fantastic sushi. The enthusiastic, energetic staff and friendly service will make your dining experience a pleasant one.
If you want sushi fast, then Kaitenzushi is, without a doubt, our top recommendation!
Numazukou is located at Ikeda Plaza Bld 1F, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Price Range: ￥2,000- ￥2,999
Credit cards accepted: VISA, Master, JCB, Amex, Diners
10. Himawari Sushi
Himawari Sushi is another exceptional conveyor belt sushi place near the Shinjuku station. Priced at ￥150 to ￥200 for a plate, the choices here will surely make your tummy (and wallet) happy. Highly recommended plates are the sea urchin, the salmon, the fatty tuna and the young yellow tail.
Impressive quality, friendly prices.
Tip: If there aren’t a lot of other people dining here, I suggest you order from the menu instead of choosing from the conveyor belt in order to ensure the sushi is fresh.
Himawari Sushi is located at 1-15-3, Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
11am-10pm, open daily
11. Kizunasushi Shinjuku Kabukichoten
Kizunasushi goes with the slogan, “high quality sushi for less.” One of the more famous conveyor belt sushi restaurants in Shinjuku, Kizunasushi has been featured in several TV shows for its great tasting sushi. You can opt to order from the menu as well, just like in a traditional restaurant—except the prices will remain reasonable.
Kizunasushi offers an all-you-can-eat sushi option, just in case you are really hungry or just have a big appetite (like yours truly). Prices are as follows: ¥3900 for men, ¥3150 for women, and ¥2100 for kids under sixth grade. Kids under 4 eat for free!
Kizunasushi Shinjuku Kabukichoten is located at First Mon Ami Building B1, 1F, 1-18-8, Kabukicho, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 160-0021
Open 24 hours daily
Credit cards: accepted: VISA, Mastercard, UC, DC, UFJ, Diners, Amex, JCB, Saison, MUFG
12. Uogashi Nihon Ichi Standing Sushi Bar
While not a Kaitenzushi, we’ve added this entry to our list for its fast sushi concept. Uogashi Nihon is a standing sushi bar. This tiny restaurant has no tables—just a bar where you can have some of the best sushi in Shinjuku with a steaming cup of tea.
Uogashi Nihon Ichi Standing Sushi Bar is located at 1-12 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
11am-11pm, Mondays to Fridays
11am-10pm, Saturdays and Sundays
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