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Best budget sushi in Tokyo

Forget the pricey omakase sushi – try these cheap and cheerful conveyor-belt and standing sushi restaurants instead

By Kaila Imada
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Tokyo is a foodie paradise, where you can enjoy a wide variety of mouth-watering Japanese food from tonkatsu and yakitori to soba and udon. And the great thing about eating sushi in the capital is that this world-famous delicacy can be found in a range of price points. From pricey Michelin-starred omakase sets to cheap standing eateries and everything in between, there are many ways to enjoy a quality sushi meal in the capital. You can even combine a visit to the Toyosu Market with a sushi meal after catching the tuna auction. 

Regardless of the sushi joint you pick, you can be rest assured that budget sushi doesn't always mean that the quality is compromised. Head to a kaitenzushi or conveyor-belt sushi joint, where a decent serving usually starts from as cheap as ¥80. Standing sushi bars are also a good option, where you can order fresh sushi directly from the chefs behind the counter for just a couple of hundred yen per plate. At prices this reasonable, best start loosening your belt for an unforgettable sushi feast in the city. 

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Cheap and cheerful sushi

Uogashi Nihon-ichi Shibuya Dogenzaka

Restaurants Sushi Shibuya

Visiting a standing sushi bar is a must while you’re in Tokyo and Uogashi Nihon-Ichi is one of the best around. You’ll find this chain eatery in a few areas around Tokyo, including its newly reopened outlet in Shibuya Dogenzaka. The best part about visiting this joint is watching the sushi chefs up close as they whip up your order at lightning speed. There’s an English menu – or you can just point to the seafood you recognise at the counter.

Kura Sushi

Restaurants Sushi Ikebukuro

Kids will love this fun and playful conveyor-belt sushi restaurant because for every five dishes you eat, you get to exchange the empty plates for the chance to win a capsule toy filled with either a keychain or figurine of the restaurant’s original characters. Better still, most items on the conveyor belt are priced at an easy ¥100. It’s also reassuring to see each plate of sushi covered with a clear plastic cloche for hygiene purposes.

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Numazuko Ginza

Restaurants Sushi Ginza

Ginza is known for its expensive sushi, but prices are kept low at this popular conveyor-belt restaurant, which offers all your usual sushi finds. If you’re feeling a little fancy, you can order from the premium selection. We recommend the nama uni, where the generous heap of fresh sea urchin is larger than the rice underneath, and the seared anago (conger eel) that is so huge it completely covers the rice.

Toriton

Restaurants Sushi Oshiage

With seafood delivered straight from the restaurant’s Hokkaido headquarters, it’s clear why people are willing to stand in long lines for a spot at this affordable kaitenzushi joint. Toriton is a seafood lover’s paradise, with menu items including buttery kanimiso (crab innards), gleaming ikura (squid) nigiri wrapped in salmon, and an icy fresh Hokkaido shrimp nigiri. Plates start at ¥130, and unlike many other sushi-go-round spots where it’s advisable to order directly from the chef, here you can happily pluck plates straight from the conveyor belt.

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Pintokona

Restaurants Sushi Roppongi

At this conveyor-belt sushi bar, you can either help yourself to whatever’s on the circuit or peruse the menu, shout out your order and wait for it to be prepared and delivered straight to you. The lunch sets are a good deal as you can get 8 pieces of sushi from as low as ¥1,380 – you could even opt for a donburi bowl of rice topped with assorted sashimi. The freshness and the quality here are definitely superior to other sushi restaurants of the same price point.

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Uobei

Restaurants Sushi Shibuya

One day, all kaiten-zushi restaurants might be like this high-tech Shibuya sushi shop. You won't even find any conveyor belts in Uobei: once you place your orders via amulti-language touch screen, the dishes are delivered by high-speed chute, with nary a hint of there being any humans involved in the process. The flavours aren't quite as dazzling as the futuristic presentation, but when you're paying a rock-bottom ¥100 for each item on the menu, it's hard to complain.

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Sushiro Ikebukuro

Restaurants Sushi Ikebukuro

Conveyor belt sushi is no doubt on everyone’s Japan bucket list, especially if the restaurant allows you to order using digital displays attached to your table. Sushiro in Ikebukuro is one such joint. It is a cheap, family-friendly restaurant with a varied menu focused on sushi, but with alternative options for smaller, more picky, eaters including salad ramen and fried chicken.

Sakura Sushi

Restaurants Sushi Ikebukuro

Craving some quick sushi in Ikebukuro? This small standing-only joint, located on the Tobu side of the station complex, should be your top choice. With nigiri starting from as low as ¥70 and with even the most expensive options barely cracking the ¥100 mark, Sakura is cheapo heaven. The quality and freshness levels are also far better than at your run-of-the-mill conveyor-belt eatery, so even gourmands won't be giving this place the thumbs down. 

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Magurobito Okachimachi

Restaurants Sushi Okachimachi

Located just a few steps from Okachimachi Station, this standing-only sushi shop carries over 50 varieties of fish, freshly delivered from all over Japan, with a special focus on tuna. Hand-moulded nigiri go for as low as ¥80, while the restaurant's signature otoro fatty tuna will only set you back ¥400. 

Heiroku Zushi

Restaurants Sushi Omotesando

You might have to elbow some tourists out of the way to get a seat at this popular conveyor belt sushi joint, on the main drag between Harajuku and Omotesando Station. Never mind that it's surrounded by deluxe fashion boutiques: the prices at Heiroku Zushi are cheap and the selection is far from orthodox. 'Avocado double shrimp', anyone? Purists may not like it, but if you're looking for a quick bite to eat, mid-shopping spree, it more than fits the bill.

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