Numerous sushi restaurants dominate the crowded streets of Shibuya. As Shibuya is a district where young people gather, there are many sushi restaurants that are enjoyable from low budgets. However, Shibuya also offers luxury sushi as well. From Center Gai to quiet area, whatever your budget is, there is good sushi to be had in Shibuya. To get your fill of mouthwatering sushi, we recommend that you try any one of these 10 best sushi restaurants in the area:
Luxury sushi in Shibuya
Though rare, Shibuya does have places where a lone sushi chef personally serves you his masterpiece. They aren’t as popular as their Ginza counterparts, but they sure do have their own local following.
If you want to eat here, prepare to be willingly bossed around by Yajima-san – in a good way. He does come off as rather authoritarian, which may bother some, but then again, it is his turf and only he knows how his pieces are best eaten. Feel free though to ask him about the why’s behind his rules. Outside his sushi commandments, he is actually very hospitable to the point that he and his wife really studied English to communicate with foreign customers better. As with any other luxury sushi restaurants, only diners with prior reservations will be entertained.
Address: B1F Oshima Building 1 Chome-26-31 Higashi Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: ¥10,000 ~ ¥14,999
Website: https://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1303/A130301/13014691/ (Japanese only)
Opened in 2015, Kurosaki isn’t discovered yet by international guests, but among locals, it is rapidly gaining recognition. This caliber of sushi is quite uncommon in Shibuya, and if you’re curious enough to check it out, now is the best time to do so when it’s not yet that expensive and not too hard to get a reservation.
Address: 1-5-9 Shibuya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: ¥15,000 ~ ¥19,999
Website: http://tabelog.com/en/tokyo/A1303/A130301/13178821/ (Japanese only)
Casual Dining Sushi Bar in Shibuya
They vary in ambiance and pricing, but generally, these restaurants are a step up from conveyor belt sushi and standing sushi bars because the atmosphere allows guests to enjoy their meals at a more leisurely pace. It is the go-to sushi place for people dining as a group.
Umegaoka Sushi No Midori Shibuya (梅丘寿司の美登利総本店 渋谷店)
Umegaoka Sushi No Midori serves various assortments of sushi platters at the most reasonable prices. You also better bring your big appetite because the pieces they serve are rather generous in size. If a sushi feast is what you have in mind, this place won’t disappoint.
Address: 4F Shibuya Mark City East 1-12-3 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: ¥2,000 ~ ¥2,999
Shunkashuto’s 15-piece sushi lunch set with miso soup is mind-blowingly cheap at ¥800. A tuna wholesaler runs this restaurant, which explains the significant discount on the prices. At night, this shop might as well be considered as an Izakaya too. It offers an all-you-can-drink option for a nice sushi dinner and night out.
Address: 2-6-15 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999
Website: http://r.gnavi.co.jp/g778000/ (Japanese only)
Sushi Zanmai Shibuya (すしざんまい)
You can never go wrong with Sushi Zanmai. It is one of the most well-known restaurant chains whose first store was established in Tsukiji Market, and has since then ventured into other areas – now with more than 60 branches in Japan. While the quality is, of course, consistent across all of their shops, Shibuya is extra special because it is open 24-hours, all days of the year. Whatever time of day your craving hits you, it is comforting to know that there’s always a good sushi meal that awaits you here.
Address: 2-22-11 Shibuya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: ¥4,000 ~ ¥4,999
Website: http://www.kiyomura.co.jp (Japanese only)
Sushi Gonpachi (権八 SUSHI)
Gonpachi actually has three sections: a sushi bar, the main dining hall with a Kushiyaki (skewered meat and vegetables) grill centerpiece, and an allocated space for private dining. If you have company and you’re aiming for a somewhat fancy but not too expensive night out in Shibuya, this is a great choice. Besides the ambiance and a nice view, the availability of non-sushi items on the menu is a plus for these types of social activities.
Address: 3-6 Maruyamacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: ¥5,000 ~ ¥5,999
Website: http://www.gonpachi.jp (Japanese only)
Standing Sushi Bar in Shibuya
A standing sushi bar is another unique dining experience to try in Japan. Basically, you eat your sushi while standing. There are no seats inside these establishments because the point is to have a quick bite and go. A typical meal lasts about 20 minutes. Now that’s Japanese-style fast food for you.
Uogashi Nihon Ichi Shibuya (魚がし日本一)
Casual atmosphere, High-end taste – This is the brand promise of Uogashi Nihon Ichi. It is a popular chain of standing sushi bars with multiple branches all over Tokyo conveniently located nearby major railway stations. Here, diners occupy a place in the counter where a simple lotus leaf is laid out to serve as the plate for the sushi. On the other hand, working behind the counter are the chefs who will take your orders and have your sushi ready in a jiffy. It definitely is a no-frills establishment, but the quality of its servings is amazingly good for cheap sushi. The price tag of its most affordable pieces is ¥75, while premium cuts are also available.
Address: 25-6 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999
Kaitenzushi / Conveyor Belt Sushi in Shibuya
When sushi merges with the fast food concept, what you have is Kaitenzushi, also known as conveyor belt sushi.
Kaiten restaurants are the cheapest places to enjoy sushi, and because of the customer demographic of Shibuya, it isn’t a surprise to find many of these establishments here. The best ones in the area are the following:
Megumi Shibuya Hikarie Shop (恵み 渋谷ヒカリエ店)
Megumi can be considered expensive for a Kaitenzushi restaurant, but if you consider the quality of its dishes plus its somewhat posh ambiance, the extra splurge is well justified. In addition, the shop is owned by a tuna wholesaler so expect a great selection of tuna cuts.
Address: 6F Shibuya Hikarie, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya, Tokyo
Price: ¥3,000 ~ ¥3,999
Website: http://www.neo-emotion.jp/post_kaitensushi/hikarie/ (Japanese only)
Tenkasushi Shibuya (天下寿司 渋谷東口店)
Tenka sushi is the great place to catch cheap bites of sushi. All the plates are priced ¥125, but at lunch time until 1:30 PM, all the prices is discounted to ¥108! There are only counter seats and number of seating is limited but if you want a quick meal, head to Tenkasushi!
Address: 3 Chome-17-4 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999
Website: http://www.tenkazushi.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Genkizushi Shibuya (元気寿司 渋谷店)
Genkizushi is a group of conveyor belt sushi restaurants including Uobei. This casual sushi restaurant has touch panel menu on each table which is easy to order without speaking any Japanese. This conveyor belt sushi restaurant offers lots of creative sushi; crab cream croquette sushi, fried shrimp maki or grilled shrimp flavored like pizza. Of course, their raw fish sushi dishes are great.
Address: 24-8 Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Price: ¥1,000 ~ ¥1,999
Website: http://www.genkisushi.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Price information in this article is as of September 2016.
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