Sushi Restaurants in Japan - How to Eat?

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Do you know what sushi restaurants in Japan are like? Do you know the correct way to eat sushi? Are you going to travel to Japan and don't want to be ashamed? In this article we are going to talk about sushi restaurants and the right way to eat at them.

Sushi specialty restaurants are called Sushi ya. In most of these restaurants, you sit behind a counter and watch the sushiman prepare your dish. There are many differences between restaurants in Japan and Brazil.

In Japan sushi is much cheaper, but it can also make a fortune. All of this will depend on the place, the fish and the sushiman. Generally TV reports generalize showing absurd prices for fine and expensive restaurants.

- Differences between sushi restaurants in Japan and Brazil 

We also recommend watching our short video on different types of sushi:

Differences between sushi restaurants in Japan and Brazil

Do you know the differences between Sushi restaurants in Japan with sushi restaurants in Brazil? Well, many differences will be mentioned in the other subtitles of the article, but we can say that there are many differences, starting with the flavor.

The grain quality of the sushi rice used in Japan is much higher compared to Brazil, which is usually made to fill the paunch and eat less. Japanese ingredients and types of fish enrich Japan's sushi menu much more.

Brazil also has its exclusive sushi. In Japan it is not common to play strawberry and passion fruit full of cream cheese in sushi. Not even Hot Rolls they are common in Japan, since in Brazil they are made discarded cuts of fish.

Still, there are thousands of different varieties of sushi in Japan that introduce you to a whole new world. Usually in a Japanese sushi restaurant, they also consume other dishes like a misoshiro.

Restaurantes de sushi no japão - como comer?

Kaiten-Zushi - Treadmill Restaurant

The most common and cheap sushi restaurants in Japan are called Kaiten-zushi [回転寿司], where you find a mat where the sushi dishes go, then you choose the one you prefer and take the dish to your table.

If you want to place an order, there will probably be a screen for you to choose your sushi. Kaiten-zushi is a cheap restaurant, the price usually varies between 100 to 300 yen a plate. The types and colors of dishes determine the price of sushi.

The video below our daily Japan channel shows a little of the Kaiten-Zushi restaurant.

How to eat sushi in Japan?

At the restaurant the waiter will bring you a hot towel called Oshibori. You should use it to clean your hands and face and then you can place it on the table without bending. The sushi is made to eat by hand and all in one bite.

It is very normal and even beautiful to use chopsticks to eat sushi, but generally the Nigirizushi and Temaki they are eaten by hand, to prevent them from being dismantled. If you are going to eat with chopsticks remember the chopstick etiquette.

Usually the restaurant will offer green tea, you can also order a drink. When putting Sushi in soy sauce, remember that the important thing is to wet the fish and not the rice, avoid putting too much soy sauce, otherwise it will look like sushi only tastes good with soy sauce.

Restaurantes de sushi no japão - como comer?

Japan's best sushi restaurants

There are thousands of sushi restaurants in Japan, if you want to see the best and most famous in Tokyo, we will leave a list listed below. Use your Google Maps to search, some may have restaurants in cities other than Tokyo.

  1. Sushiryori Inose
  2. Yoshitake Sushi
  3. Uobei Shibuya Dogenzaka
  4. Ginza Seamon
  5. Yasuda Sushi Bar
  6. Katsu Midori Seibu Shibuya
  7. Kyubey Ginza Honten
  8. Sushizanmai Honjin
  9. ITAMAE SUSHI
  10. Sushizanmai Tsukijiekimae-ten
  11. Umegaoka Sushi No Midori Sohonten Shibuya
  12. Atelier Morimoto XEX
  13. Umegaoka Sushino Midori Ginza
  14. Umegaoka Sushi at Midori Akasaka-branch
  15. Mawashizushi Katsu Midori, Meguro
  16. Nobu Tokyo
  17. Tachiguimidori, Echika Ikebukuro
  18. Tokyo Otsuka Norengai Uozushi
  19. Sushitomi
  20. Himawari Zushi Shintoshin
  21. Sushizanmai Honten
  22. Tachigui Sushi Uogashi Nihonichi Shibuya Center Gai
  23. Nemuiro Hanamaru, Kitte Marunouchi
  24. Sushizanmai Yurakucho
  25. Kura Sushi Shinagawa Ekimae
  26. Genki Sushi, Shibuya
  27. Toriton Tokyo Solamachi
  28. Tsukiji Kiyomura Sushi-Zanmai Higashi Shinjuku-ten
  29. Shinjuku Makoto
  30. Mawashizushi Katsu Midori Ikebukuro Seibu