Before we give you our list of great sushi restaurants, here's a bit of bonus information about some great foodie tours in Sapporo. Magical Trip offers some really fun bar hopping tours with a local that will make you discover those hard-to-find quaint izakayas serving great foods and drinks that only a local can guide you to.
This chain also has branches in Tokyo, but you really need to try one of the local Sapporo branches. This conveyor belt sushi restaurant is affordable and has great food and service. You can ask the staff about the seasonal menu (written in Japanese). It's a good place to go by yourself for a quick bite, or as a family outing (and it won't break the bank).
There are 10 stores in Hokkaido and 3 in Tokyo: 9 branches are conveyor belt sushi restaurants, 3 are normal sushi bars, and 1 is a stand-up sushi bar.There are 3 Sapporo branches to choose from.
The fish is so incredibly fresh, yet reasonably priced. This restaurant is probably the best value for your money! You need to try the salmon, it melts in your mouth.
Toppi sushi is also a conveyor belt style sushi which offers fresh food at a reasonable price. You'll be glad to know there is an English menu, although the tablet from which you place your order is in Japanese, the staff is very helpful. Great sushi at a great price, awesome, right!
This restaurant is also a chain, with branches around Sapporo, but they tend to be far from the center. This conveyor belt sushi offers fresh sushi, and generous portions. It's a little pricier than the other "kaitenzushi" (conveyor belt sushi), but it's still affordable and is worth trying! You need to try the overflowing "ikura" (salmon roe)!
Sushi Dokoro Arima
Sushi Dokoro Arima is a small and cozy restaurant which serves delicious and fresh sushi. Although the menu is in Japanese, and the staff doesn't speak English, they are incredibly welcoming! The set course is about 13000 yen and is of high quality.
Big Catch of Sushi Wakakoma
You should definitely try the Kaizen Wakakoma don, a bowl of rice topped with many different types of incredibly fresh seafood. Although it's not cheap (3,780 yen) it's really worth it! You get crab, sea urchin, caviar, shrimp, salmon, etc. Pretty much a seafood lover's dream come true!
Wonderful sushi experience where the sushi chef carefully takes the time to explain what are the seasonal fish and how to prepare them. It's about 6,000 yen per person for a meal. It is well worth it given how fresh and delicious the sushi are!
Susukino Sushikin is only a minute walk from Susukino station.
The quality and presentation of this restaurant is excellent. You can only order the "omakase" course, and expect to pay around ¥15,000. Everything is so fresh and delicious, it is definitely a must on the list.
Also you might want to arrive a little early to avoid the queue.
Please note that children are not allowed, so it isn't a family-friendly restaurant.
A 3 minute walk from the Tozai subway line, Maruyamakoen Station. It surely will be an unforgettable experience. The presentation and taste were amazing, and the staff gave excellent service. Some even said it was the best sushi experience they've ever had.
The uni is to die for!
Please expect to pay about ¥16,200 yen/person.
Sushisai Wakichi is a little out of the way from Sapporo station. The restaurant serves only dinner and there are 2 sessions: 6pm or 8pm. The chef prepares everything on his own and doesn't speak any English, but you can go with the "omakase"- leaving it up to the chef. Expect to pay ￥20,000～￥29,999 for dinner, but it will certainly be an unforgettable Japanese experience. You need to try the "uni" (sea urchin), it is the freshest most delicious you will ever eat!
While you are in Sapporo, you should definitely visit these delicious sushi restaurants. No matter what you are looking for, whether it be a conveyor belt sushi family night out or a romantic date at a sushi counter, you will find the perfect sushi restaurant for you!