Haneda Ichiba Ginza Seven (羽田市場 GINZA SEVEN) [¥¥]
Ginza abounds in sushi restaurants, but this one stands out for its super fresh "neta" (toppings of the sushi) and comparatively reasonable price. While other restaurants (including very pricey ones) get their ingredients through slower distribution systems that go through Tsukiji or Toyosu markets and other intermediaries, Haneda Ichiba Ginza Seven flies in the fish from all parts of Japan. This means you can literally have on your plate some sashimi that was caught on the very same day!
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Their ¥10,000 course that includes free-flowing good quality sake is a really great deal. You can make an easy reservation from the restaurant's Facebook page.
Kyubey (久兵衛) [¥¥¥]
Kyubey is said one of the most famous sushi restaurants, not just in Japan, but around the world!. If you want to try real, top-quality sushi while you're in Japan, you have to try Kyubey!
Kyubey's main restaurant is in Ginza, but it has an annex in Ginza as well, and some branches at different hotels around the city.
For lunch, there are different price options, starting at 6,000 yen for chirashi dishes and nigiri dishes. The "Omakase" (letting the chef decide) set is nice, as it allows you to sample different dishes that are suggested by the chef (this is 11,000 yen).
For a more impressive lunch, the kaiseki (a type of Japanese course meal) is great, it is between 15,000-25,000 yen.
For dinner, the "omakase" starts at 10,000, and the "kaiseki" is between 15,000-30,000. It comes with an appetizer, sashimi, grilled fish, a sushi assortment and soup.
Umegaoka Sushi no Midori (梅丘寿司の美登里) [¥]
Midori has a well-earned reputation as one of the best sushi chains in Japan because its chefs are true sushi experts! You can see them at work while you enjoy your meal. This place definitely has a great bang for your buck. Lunch courses start at just 1,600 JPY, meaning you can get full on delicious sushi for less than you'd pay at pretty much any sushi restaurant outside of Japan!
'Umegaoka Sushi no Midori' is located near Ginza Station. The restaurant is spacious, with plenty of seating, so it's a good choice even if you have a large party. However, it can be quite popular, so be prepared for a wait if you attempt to visit during peak times.
Itamae Sushi 板前寿司 [¥]
Itamae Sushi can be found just a short walk away from Ginza Station. It is a tuna-specialized restaurant, so this is a great option for anyone who loves eating fresh Japanese tuna!
At Itamae, seasonal fresh fish arrives daily from Toyosu fish market. The bluefin tuna sushi here is fantastic and very reasonably priced for the quality of the fish. A recommended item is the 'Best Sushi Combo' for just ¥2480. Check this place out if you're trying to save a little money but still want awesome tuna sushi!
Sushi Kanesaka (鮨 かねさか) [¥¥¥]
Tucked away in a cozy basement in the fashionable Ginza district, Sushi Kanezaka should be on every sushi lover's hit list. This Michelin starred restaurant serves sushi that is delicious and delicately balanced. Watching the chefs at Kanesaka form the sushi in front of you is an amazingly important part of the experience. They move with fluidity and grace, efficiently and masterfully forming each nigiri before placing it in front of you. The taste is, of course, fantastic, and it is only enhanced by being able to see the process of creation.
The sushi at Kanesaka is served in Tokyo's traditional "Edomae" style. Instead of fresh, caught-the-same-day fish that you might imagine when you think of sushi, Edomae sushi traditionally uses fish that has been marinated for several days. This tradition goes back to a time before refrigeration when the fish had to be preserved so it wouldn't spoil. The fish is then sliced and made into a single "nigiri" piece of sushi that is placed right in front of the customer and eaten on the spot (if you've seen the movie 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi,' then you already know what Edomae sushi looks like).
Tomoki (木挽町 とも樹) [¥¥¥]
Ginza is the district in Japan with the highest concentration of high-end sushi restaurants, and among the many great addresses you can go to, Tomoki, boasting 2 Michelin stars, is surely one of the best. The sushi prepared here is of the Edomae tradition, meaning the 'neta' (toppings) used are mostly the ones that were available in Tokyo Bay many centuries ago and that red rice vinegar is used for the 'shari' (sushi rice).
As should be expected for any Michelin-starred restaurant, dining there is not cheap, but for a special occasion, Tomoki is bound to give you one of the most memorable sushi experiences you will have. Expect to pay at least ¥30,000 per person for the omakase course.
To have the chance to eat at the prestigious establishment, making a reservation beforehand is a must.
Sushi En (縁) [¥¥]
Sushi En is just a short, three-minute walk from Ginza Station. The chef opened this sushi restaurant after many years of training at the famous sushi restaurant 'Kyubey' listed above. As such, the quality is nothing short of spectacular, and the sushi here is about as good as at Kyubey, despite being much easier to reserve at.
The sushi here is high-end, yet the prices are mid-range. The recommended omakase course is a reasonable ¥15,000 and is completely satisfying. This is definitely a solid option for anyone looking for great sushi in Ginza.
Sushi Iwa (鮨 いわ) [¥ ~ ¥¥¥]
Iwa is well-established sushi restaurant in the heart of Ginza. Although the chef is young, his many years of experience do not go unnoticed when he prepares the sushi with agile hands. However, is the sushi is still quite affordable for its quality, which is much appreciated!
Although the dinner courses at Iwa are more expensive, customers can get the specialty sushi lunch set for about ¥3,000- ¥3,500! There also are many lunch sets available for less than ¥3,000 which come with nigiri sushi, soup, side dishes, and dessert. The affordability is quite incredible for a Michelin restaurant.
Sushi Ya (すし家) [¥¥¥]
Sushi Ya is an exceptional sushi restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo. It is located about 4 minutes away from Ginza Station and is hidden away in a small alley. The restaurant only has eight seats, so as you might imagine, getting a reservation requires planning a few months in advance. It is open for lunch as well as for dinner.
When you see with how much dexterity Chef Ishiyama prepares each dish, you will understand why it takes so much time and effort to become a recognized sushi chef. Each dish is served carefully one by one with the most careful precision. Being an incredibly popular restaurant run by a renown chef, the price is what you should expect of such a high-end restaurant. That is to say that dinner is between ￥20,000 & ￥30,000, and lunch is between ￥10,000 & ￥15,000.
Sushi Arai (鮨あらい) [¥¥¥]
Relatively new to the Ginza sushi scene, Arai is an elite, Michelin-starred sushi restaurant offering some of the best tuna pieces around. On top of that, English speakers are able to talk directly to the chef at the second counter! Arai is well known for its exceptionally high-quality maguro (bluefin tuna). Maguro is many people's favorite sushi already, but chef Arai takes it to a new level. He varies the shari (sushi rice) recipe based on the flavor of that day's tuna, and is known for the specialty cuts of tuna that he serves
The price of a meal is about what you'd expect for a Michelin-starred sushi restaurant. Lunch starts at around ¥15,000, and dinner from ¥30,000.
Despite the relatively young age of the chefs at Arai, the sushi here is very traditional and completely delicious. The pieces are a bit larger than standard nigiris, and use the highest quality of fish that can be obtained. Diners here are guaranteed to go home feeling deeply satisfied with their experience.
Sushi Yoshitake (鮨よしたけ) [¥¥¥¥]
Sushi Yoshitake is simply an unforgettable dining experience! There are only two dining times: 18:00-20:00 or 20:30-22:30. You have two hours to savour this incredible sushi and you can only have the chef's "omakase" (the chef's course); it is ¥35,000 plus a 10% service fee. The dishes are served slowly one by one to give you the time to savour each piece of sushi. Another plus is that the chef and staff speak great English and are very welcoming.
As this is a 3 Michelin star high-end sushi restaurant, there is a dress code. T-shirts are not allowed, and men cannot wear shorts or sandals. Furthermore, children under the age of 13 are not allowed. That being said, children 13 and up who can eat the same menu as adults are welcome.
If you're a sushi-lover back home, you should try Sushi Yoshitake at least once in your lifetime. However, be warned, once you have sushi here, it will never taste as good anywhere else!
Sushi Ginza Onodera (鮨 銀座おのでら) [¥¥¥]
Delicious, high-end sushi that will fill your stomach. If that's what you're after, Sushi Ginza Onodera is a fantastic option. The restaurant specializes in high-end omakase sushi courses featuring the best seasonal fish available including fantastic tuna. The head chef used to work at a shop in Hokkaido, and he is quite particular with the fish that he purchases, buying both from Tokyo's Toyosu market, and having fish shipped in from Hokkaido! You'll definitely be impressed with the quality and detail that goes into each nigiri.
Sushi Onodera actually has a sister shop in Los Angeles, California that was awarded 2 Michelin Stars in 2019. The quality here is just as good (as you'd expect), but easier to get a reservation!