Sendai is the largest city in the Tohoku region. It is also home to some of Japan’s most scenic views. Another interesting event in Sendai is the “Sendai Tanabata Festival” and is considered as the country’s largest Tanabata Festival. However, some people visit Sendai just to taste their mouth-watering sushi.
Yes, Sendai has many sushi restaurants that excel in the creation of sushi. Although there are countless sushi restaurants all over Japan, having one in each city brings out their own unique taste. Sendai is not an exception so feel free to explore this beautiful city and taste their one of a kind sushi!
Here are some of the best sushi restaurants in Sendai.
1. Shiogama Sushi Tetsu (塩竈 すし哲)
When you visit Shiogama, you definitely have to visit Sushi Tetsu, but did you know that you can also taste Sushi Tetsu at the branch near Sendai Station? It is a very popular sushi restaurant and those who were lucky enough to have a taste had attested, that it was one of the best sushi (if not the best) that they had eaten in Japan. Since it’s a highly recommended place among the locals, try to go there as early as you can in order to find a seat in the bar.
Address: 1-1-1 Chuo Aoba-ku Sendai Miyagi
Website: http://www.shiogama-sushitetsu.com/s-pal_sendai/index.html (Japanese Only)
2. Hokushinzushi (北辰鮨 仙台駅店)
If you happen to have the urge to eat sushi upon arriving at the Sendai station, Hokushinzushi that is located in the train station is right up your alley. Delicious sushi at reasonable prices awaits those who are willing to go that extra mile to fall in line and continue to stand while dining in this sushi restaurant. Their “uni” is highly recommended, and it will give you a lasting impression.
Address: 1-1-1 Chuo Aoba-ku Sendai Miyagi
3. Koban Sushi (小判寿司)
It wouldn’t take long before you find Koban Sushi to your liking. The store is very cozy and makes you feel very comfortable. The sushi they prepare is a feast for the eyes. It makes you want just to pick it up and enjoy its delicious taste without worrying about anything else.
Address: 2-3-41 Ichibancho Aoba-ku Sendai Miyagi
Website: http://www.koban-sen.jp (Japanese Only)
4. Sushi Senichi (鮨 仙一)
Just a 5-minute walk from Sendai Station is the very popular restaurant Sushi Senichi. The restaurant is quite clean, and it helps put your mind at ease while waiting for your sushi to be served. They only prepare the freshest ingredients, that’s why the locals almost always recommend this shop to those who are looking for good sushi restaurants in Sendai.
Address: 3-9-12 Chuo Aoba-ku Sendai Miyagi
Website: http://www.sushi-senichi.com (Japanese Only)
5. Kouya (こうや)
A few minutes walk from the Shinkansen ticket gate is the restaurant Kouya. The shop name is quite unique, and most people (especially foreign tourists) would just pass it by, not knowing that it was a sushi restaurant. However, those who can enter its doors will leave with a smile on their face and a very satisfied tummy. Take note that their sashimi platter and grilled fish are among their most recommended dish.
Address: 1 Chome-1-1 Chuo Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi
Website: http://www.sushikouya.com (Japanese Only)
6. Shiogama Shirahata (塩竈 しらはた)
Shiogama Shirahata is one of the few sushi restaurants that will give you a memorable dining experience. It is a branch of one of the famous sushi shop in the Shiogama area. It is also conveniently located inside Sendai Station. It’s a standing bar style restaurant, so you get the chance to enjoy sushi even if you’re in a hurry.
Their maguro tuna nigiri is one of their most recommended dishes, and you will not regret ordering it. Truly one of the best tasting sushi restaurants that you’ll ever find in the city.
Address: Chuo Aoba-ku Sendai Miyagi
7. Umai Sushikan (うまい鮨勘)
Did you know that “umai” in Japanese means delicious? Yes, Umai Sushikan holds true to their name, and you will definitely love the sushi that they will serve you. The price of their sushi reflects its quality, and you will approve because you will get “value for what it’s worth”.
Address: 1-7-7 Chuo Aoba-ku Sendai Miyagi
Website: http://www.sushikan.co.jp (Japanese Only)
8. Tachibana Sushi (橘寿司支店)
Even though Tachibana Sushi restaurant is not that big, it is always very busy. After you’re done with your shopping, visit this restaurant and enjoy local seafood specialties at reasonable prices. Their lunch menu is very reasonable from ¥750 yen, so you might want to check that out as well.
Address: 2-8-32 Honcho Aoba-ku Sendai Miyagi
9. Sushi Hanzawa (すし半澤)
Sushi Hanzawa is a 10-seater sushi restaurant with a very friendly and skilled sushi chef. Although it is not as expensive like the popular sushi restaurants in the area, it will still satisfy both your tummy and your wallet. A must visit place for those who are looking for sushi at reasonable prices.
Address: 4-1-22 Ichibancho Aoba-ku Sendai Miyagi
10. Datenari “Wagyu Sushi” (黒毛和牛一頭切り 伊達哉)
Who would have thought that “wagyu” (cow/beef) meat would find its way into the kingdom of sushi? It was a daring move by the restaurant Datenari, and they were rewarded for their boldness. Datenari is a Yakiniku restaurant, but they offer wagyu sushi as side dishes. Their specialty among their sushi is sea urchin wagyu gunkan. They grill it slightly before serving it to their customers. Their wagyu sushi became very popular and people who had eaten sushi for years are also saying that it was a delicious combination.
Address: Tsutsujigaoka Miyagino-ku Sendai-shi Miyagi-ken
Website: http://www.datenari.jp (Japanese Only)
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All information in this article is as of July 2017