Shinjuku is an overwhelming place. There are so many things to eat, see, and do, and crowds just pour in at any time of the day. It is always best to come prepared when attempting to navigate this gigantic labyrinth because otherwise, you’ll waste a lot if time being lost. There are tons of tips out there from shopping to dining; but when it comes to the best sushi in the area, we strongly recommend that you keep these restaurants in mind:

Sushi Rosan (鮨 魯山 新宿店)

You can’t go wrong with Sushi Rosan. It boasts of high-quality sushi, reasonable prices, and the most convenient and easy to find location inside Isetan Department Store just beside Shinjuku Station. It doesn’t have a star master sushi chef serving you, but some of Tokyo’s up and coming chefs started out here like for instance, Yasuhiko Mitsuya of Sushi Mitani. The atmosphere is definitely less intimidating than its more premium counterparts, and while reservations are preferred, it is possible for walk-in customers to still get a seat.

Address: 7F Isetan Shinjuku 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 10,000 ~ ¥ 14,999

Website: http://www.tsukijisushisay.co.jp/store/r_sinjuku.html (Japanese only)

Miyako (みやこ)

Miyako Sushi at Shinjuku’s Hyatt Regency Hotel offers a more intimate space to enjoy your Omakase. The restaurant has 14 counter seats from which you can get a close view of the sushi chefs preparing your meal one piece at a time.

Address: 3F Hyatt Regency Hotel 2-7-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 15,000 ~ ¥ 19,999

Website: https://tokyo.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/Miyako.html

Kyubey (久兵衛)

When it comes to Tokyo sushi, Kyubey is an institution. It is popular among locals and tourists alike and since opening its first shop in Ginza in 1936, it has expanded the business to 5 other branches in Tokyo, and one in Osaka. Despite scaling up, it has maintained the quality of a tightly-run sushi bar that combines stellar sushi meals and intimate service. If you feel like splurging, your money will definitely be well-spent here.

Address: 7F Keio Plaza Hotel 2-2-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 20,000 ~ ¥ 29,999

Website: http://www.kyubey.jp/en

Sushi Iwase (すし岩瀬)

Sushi Iwase serves up Edo-style sushi with the selection changing by the day depending on the available ingredients. What you can expect as unchanging, on the other hand, are their highly coveted Chirashi Sushi lunch sets. Only 20 bowls are prepared every day at a very affordable price of ¥ 1,700. Consider yourself very lucky if you happen to score one on your visit.

Address: 6F Shinjuku Youth Building “PAX” 4-1-9 Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 15,000 ~ ¥ 19,999

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13146391/ (Japanese only)

Otaru Masa Sushi (おたる政寿司 新宿店)

Another mall-based sushi restaurant that won’t disappoint is Otaru Masa Sushi. Otaru is a fish port city in Hokkaido where approximately 70% of this restaurant’s seafood are sourced and delivered via air every day. To complement the food, the beverage selection is likewise a taste of Otaru. The in-house label Honjozo is particularly recommended to bring out the flavors of its sushi and sashimi courses.

Address: 14F Shinjuku Takashiyama 5-24-2 Sendagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 8,000 ~ ¥ 8,999

Website: http://www.masazushi-shinjuku.com (Japanese only)

Itamae Sushi (板前寿司)

Itamae Sushi has 10 restaurants in Tokyo where diners can score premium sushi platters at really affordable prices. Signature pieces here are maguro cuts or blue fin tuna served Edo-style, and if the sushi craving hits you late at night, this shop is your savior. This particular branch is open until 5 AM.

Address: 1F Nishi Koshu Building 1-19-11 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 3,000 ~ ¥ 3,999

Website: http://itamae.co.jp (Japanese only)

Yarou Sushi Honten (野郎寿司 本店)

If you’re planning a night out in Kabukicho, you might want to mark this restaurant as well. Yarou Sushi Honten is the area’s representative sushi joint having been in the business for more than 25 years, consistently serving amazingly fresh sushi seven days a week, and open almost 24 hours a day. Equally amazing is its price point. Grab a bite before or after a night of drinking with friends!

Address: 1F Tokyo Rio Building 2-10-4 Kabukicho, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 3,000 ~ ¥ 3,999

Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1304/A130401/13010938/ (Japanese only)

Numazukou (沼津港 新宿本店)

Conveyor belt sushi is all over Shinjuku and if they are to be ranked, Numazukou would likely come out on top. It is not the cheapest of the bunch but the obvious upgrade in quality more than compensates for the additional yen to be spent. Plates range from ¥90 – ¥550 (excluding tax) while a la carte dishes are also available for order.

Address: 3 Chome-34-16 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 2,000 ~ ¥ 2,999

Website: http://www.numazuko.com (Japanese only)

Uogashi Nihon Ichi (魚がし日本一)

People in Shinjuku are always on the go and nothing encapsulates this character more than standing restaurants. When it comes to sushi, Uogashi Nihon Ichi is the city’s best with 20 branches in the greater Tokyo area. Each outlet does lack chairs and tables, but customers are never shortchanged when it comes to the pieces they get. English menus are available. Just tell the chef behind the counter what you want and soon enough your order will be placed on a lotus leaf in front of you.

Address: 1-12 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥ 1,999

Website: http://www.uogashi-nihonichi.com/english/index.html

Oedo (大江戸)

Oedo is a conveyor sushi restaurant near Shinjuku Tonan Exit. What you want to try here is “Okonomi-don”. Choose five favorite sushi and the chef puts all the sashimi on rice bowl. The dish is provided with Miso soup and cots only ¥500.

Address: 3 Chome-35-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Price: ¥ 1,000 ~ ¥ 1,999

Website: http://www.ooedo.co.jp/ (Japanese only)

Price information in this article is as of October 2016.

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