Now sushi can be found all over the world, but you should try the real delicious sushi if you come to Japan. Great sushi won’t come cheap and trying to get a reservation can be difficult, but it’s a unique dining experience that is worth the splurge and all the hassle. A trip to Tokyo wouldn’t be complete without your fill of Japan’s most iconic dish, with the capital being home to a good number of master sushi chefs running their own Michelin-starred restaurants. If you’re looking for the best of the best, below is a list of the city’s highest-rated Sushi Restaurants. Do take note that none of these restaurants accept walk-in customers, and thus, you will need to book a reservation with the help of your hotel’s concierge or better yet, a local friend, if you have one. Some places may be really hard to get a table!

1. Sushi Saito (鮨 さいとう)

Sushi Saito, owned by chef Takashi Saito, has industry bigwigs really impressed. Among them is Joël Robuchon, the chef who holds the most number of Michelin stars and the one who proclaimed this sushi restaurant as the best one in the world. Since 2009, Sushi Saito has maintained its 3 Michelin Star rating, but even more impressive is that it is also currently Tabelog’s (Japan’s largest restaurant review website) highest rated sushi restaurant in Tokyo. This just basically means that the rave reviews are across the board unanimous.

Chef Saito’s craftsmanship is said to be at the level where even the taste of a common fish like sardines becomes exquisite. His style is hinged on the precise temperature of the ingredients and “aging” certain kinds of fish to bring out its best flavors.

Being this popular and critically acclaimed, it goes without saying that booking a reservation in this 7-seater sushi joint is extremely competitive. You have to call months in advance to make the list.

Address: 1F Ark Hills South Tower, 1-4-5 Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

2. Sugita (すぎた)

In the case of Sugita, Michelin Stars are irrelevant. This restaurant doesn’t have a star and yet those who have eaten here claim it to have a 3 Michelin Star quality sushi. More popularly known as Miyako Sushi, the store changed its name to Sugita when it moved to its new address. The restaurant has a down-to-earth vibe that serves bigger portions of sushi. And although it doesn’t have the Michelin stamp of approval, it is ultra-popular among Tokyoites, which makes the booking hurdle quite comparable to Sushi Saito.

Address: B1F 1 Chome-33-6 Nihonbashikakigaracho Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

3. Hatsune Sushi (初音鮨)


Maki of 5 kinds of tuna: Maguro, Maguro-zuke (marinated tuna), Chutoro, Otoro,  and grilled Otoro.
初音鮨 ★★

Receive your sushi from the chef by hand at Hatsune Sushi.

Hatsune may be 30 minutes by train from downtown Tokyo, but it definitely is worth the side trip. Its owner Chef Katsu Nakaji is the third generation to operate this family-run restaurant, and he has a few interesting practices when it comes to serving his sushi.

First would be warming up his Neta or sushi toppings (i.e. tuna, salmon, etc.), which is quite the opposite for most restaurants where these are served fresh and cold. The other unusual method would be serving the sushi directly to the hand of his diners making the experience a more intimate encounter.

While the sushi here is top notch with a 2 Michelin Stars rating, the best part of the meal is Nakaji-san’s commentary about the food he’s preparing. He is as good at storytelling as he is with his sushi-making, and learning about how different ingredients made its way to your mouth adds more depth to the dining experience. The ambiance at Hatsune is more interactive than in any other sushi restaurant, and for foreigners, it is a huge incentive that Chef Nakaji speaks English quite well.

Address: 5-20-2 Nishikamata Ota Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

4. Mitani (三谷)

More than just a sushi bar, Mitani is a place for a culinary journey. On top of the delectable sushi courses, a series of sensational appetizers made from choice seasonal ingredients elevates further this restaurant’s Omakase repertoire. The wine and sake selection is also commendable, with a sommelier to recommend the best kind of wine to go with each dish. This place is extra exclusive though as you need an introduction from a local to book a reservation.

Address: 1-22-1 Yotsuya Shinjuku Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

5. Sushi Sho (すし匠)

Rumor has it that Sushi Sho’s Chef Keiji Nakazawa once kicked out Michelin researchers for being rude and for not knowing anything about sushi. Because of this, this Sushi Sho was never featured in any Michelin guides.

No stars? No problem! Who needs the star ratings when you’re already revered by locals?

Chef Nakazawa is a renowned Iron Chef and is one of the first purveyors of reviving the Edo-style sushi. Contrary to the mainstream notion of sushi preparation where fresh is always better, Chef Nakazawa ages all his fish for a number of days. To him, fresh fish doesn’t have taste, and to bring out the depth of its flavor, one must be able to master the appropriate time and process of aging different types of fish. He serves around 40 different kinds of fish in his restaurant, and suffice to say, he had meticulously studied and mastered the aging techniques for each to create one of the best tasting sushi in the city.

Address: 1F Yorindo Building, 1-11 Yotsuya Shinjuku Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

6. Sushi Sho Masa (すし匠 まさ)

Chef Masakatsu Oka is Tokyo sushi dining scene’s rising star. He is the protégé of Sushi Sho’s Chef Nakazawa. Hence, the Sushi Sho homage in his own sushi restaurant. But unlike his master who goes all the way with Edo-style preparation, Chef Masa bends a little bit to accommodate more styles in order to serve a wider range of sushi options to his customers. He won’t stop serving you sushi until you’re tired of eating and in this basement sushi bar, expect to be given rare fish in season and seafood done in so many different ways. If you’re curious about the food you’re eating, the chef will pull out his seafood bible to show you what it is. While the meal doesn’t come cheap, it sure is value for money given that you get to spend 2-3 hours dining premium sushi until you give up.

Address: B1F Seven Nishiazabu, 4-1-15 Nishiazabu Minato Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

7. Hashiguchi (はしぐち)


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Home to the famous “Dancing Sushi”, Hashiguchi.

Chef Hashiguchi makes one of the most incredible sushi in Tokyo but prefers to be low-key about it. Tucked in a suburban neighborhood, his establishment is a simple yet elegant space and despite the stellar ratings in Tabelog, it remains an enigma to foreign crowds partly because of the owner’s refusal of Michelin Stars and the banning of photography within its premises. The sushi master would rather have you focus on your own dining experience, which includes one of the most diverse selection of seafood you can have in any sushi bar in Tokyo and watching Chef Hashiguchi make your sushi “dance”.

Yes, “dancing sushi” is something to witness here. There’s something about the way the chef skillfully applies pressure to his sushi that for a split second, it looks like that the Neta is dancing. It’s something you have to witness for yourself!

Address: 1-5-20 Motoakasaka, Minato, Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

8. Sukibayashi Jiro (すきやばし 次郎)

Among all the master chefs in this list, Jiro-san is one that doesn’t need any introduction. The documentary film has catapulted him to worldwide fame that perhaps every sushi fan from all corners of the globe is curious to experience for themselves what the fuss is about. Along with Sushi Saito, Sukibayashi Jiro is one of the only two sushi restaurants in Tokyo with a 3 Michelin Stars rating.

Sukibayashi Jiro has two branches, one in Roppongi and the main one is Ginza. If you want to see the living legend in action, it is the Ginza branch you should book. However, it is quite difficult to get a reservation here if you are not accompanied by a local or at least a Japanese speaker.

The Roppongi branch, on the other hand, is run by Jiro’s son Takashi.

Address: Tsukamoto Sogyo Building B1, 4 Chome-2-15 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥30,000


9. Sushi Mizutani (鮨 水谷)

Mizutani-san has been making sushi for over 50 years, 20 of which were spent as an apprentice to world-famous sushi icon Jiro. Same as his mentor, the focus is on the rice, but his version is one with less vinegar seasoning. As a craftsman, he is very diligent and precise in his work, but as a host, he comes off rather reserved. It would help to bring along a Japanese speaking friend to help break the ice.

Address: 9F Juno Ginza Seiwa Building, 8-7-7 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

10. Masuda (ます田)

Chef Masuda is Jiro’s younger disciple who has recently set off on his own in 2014. He is starting to make a name for himself that his place is already awarded 1 Michelin Star after only 12 months in operation. What separates the student from his mentor is the addition of Tsumami or appetizers in his repertoire and a more relaxed pace of eating. In this restaurant, you can enjoy a 2-hour dinner course as opposed to Jiro’s 20-minute sushi dining experience. When it comes to vinegared rice though, it is the master’s influence through and through.

Address: B1F BC Minamiaoyama Property, 5-8-11 Minamiaoyama Minato Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

11. Takumi Shingo (匠 進吾)


Clam soup, Aburi toro handroll, Anago & Negi toro Maki, Hotate, 2 kinds of tamago to end this sushi meal

Sushi, maki, and tamago with clam soup at Takumi Shingo.

Takumi Shingo is a sushi place owned by another Sushi Sho graduate. In this sushi bar, the only option you have is to go Omakase where you leave everything to the capable hands of Chef Shingo. He is very attentive to his diners’ needs and expressions so that he can customize everyone’s meal as best as he could. If you’re a drinker, he will even pull out sake that goes best with each dish. For him, the overall experience is as important as delivering great sushi. Given this, expect to be well taken cared of in his restaurant.

Address: 1F Win Aoyama, 2-2-15 Minamiaoyama Minato Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

12. Kimura (喜邑)

If you’re a lover of tuna, then Kimura might disappoint. The chef thinks it’s overrated, but if you keep an open mind, he will serve you instead other types of mind-blowing sushi. Though not affiliated with Sushi Sho, Kimura-san is likewise an Edo-style advocate, and depending on the type of fish, his aging period can range from 2 days to 2 months. The result of subjecting fish to such process is flavor profiles that are quite unique compared to other places.

Kimura is located in a quiet residential area in Setagaya. It’s far from the sushi hotspot Ginza, but definitely within the company of the best sushi places in Tokyo.

Address: 3-21-8 Tamagawa Setagaya Tokyo

Price: ¥15,000 ~ ¥19,999

Website: (Japanese only)

13. Ichiyanagi (すし家一柳)

Formerly known as Sushi Mao located at Hotel Seiyo, Ichiyanagi is a consistent favorite among Tokyo’s sushi dining crowd. They serve various exotic fish but at the same time, they are always reliable when it comes tuna. Whether it’s Toro (regular fatty belly), Chutoro (medium fatty belly), or Otoro (supreme fatty belly), if tuna is what you really want, this restaurant will truly satisfy your craving.

Address: 1F Ginza Kosumion Building, 1-5-14 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

14. Daisan Harumi Sushi (第三春美鮨)

With over 50 years of experience, Daisan Harumi Sushi’s Chef Kazuo Nagayama is a well-known authority in sushi in Japan. Aside from serving them at his family-run establishment, he has also authored a popular guide book on sushi. Despite the credentials and high regard for it by local patrons, it is surprising that this restaurant is among those overlooked by Michelin guides. To a certain extent though, it is a blessing because minus the hype, you have better chances of being served by a sushi legend without going through the stress of a highly competitive reservation process.

Address: 1 Chome-17-7 Shinbashi Minato Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

15. Sushiya (すし家)

At age 28, Sushi-ya’s lone chef Takao Ishiyama is one of Tokyo’s up and coming sushi masters. He previously apprenticed at different renowned sushi restaurants before deciding to carve out a name for himself in the industry. Opened in 2012, his 8-seater cozy restaurant serves an impressive array of sushi courses as well as interesting appetizers. Since the place is relatively new, the price of a meal here is cheaper compared to others. However, the restaurant has been gaining rave reviews so we suggest that you beat the others to it and book a seat while the hype is still manageable.

Address: 6-3-17 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

16. Sushi Ichikawa (鮨 いちかわ)



Sushi Ichikawa in Setagaya.

You can say that tuna is the main act here. Even the rice is flavored to suit it. Aside from this, his sushi experience is described to be the combination of Tokyo-style sushi and Kyoto’s Kaiseki tradition. Chef Ichikawa’s knife skills is an amazing performance to watch and his dishes are stunningly delicate. They are smaller in size compared to how others would serve them, but nonetheless elegant bite-sized pieces of sushi heaven.

Address: 1F Kaminoge Little Town, 4-27-1 Nakamachi Setagaya Tokyo

Price: ¥15,000 ~ ¥19,999

Website: (Japanese only)

17. Sushi Kanesaka (鮨かねさか 銀座本店)

Sushi Kanesaka has now several branches both in Tokyo and abroad, but the one in Ginza is where it first started. While it is unlikely nowadays that you will be served by the popular Chef Kanesaka himself, his long-time assistant Sanpei-san is more than capable of providing the dining experience that catapulted this sushi joint into the institution that it is now. Due to the staff’s high level of spoken English, this restaurant is highly recommended for foreigners who are new to sushi or those who are trying high-end sushi for the first time.

Address: 8-10-3 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

18. Sawada (さわ田)

In his intimate 6-seater restaurant, Sawada-san assisted by his wife crafts some of the finest sushi, considered to be among the elite class where the likes of Jiro and Mizutani belong. His approach is leaning towards the traditional that you won’t find modern appliances used in his restaurant. And while the highlight of his Omakase is the succession of tuna cuts, the standard of excellence is marked by having no filler item in his course. Expect that the cost of a meal here is on the higher end of the spectrum. But for 90 minutes of sushi bliss and personable hospitality from the sushi master in spite of the language barrier, consider the splurge a worthy investment. You will go home happy knowing that what you had is the stuff of legends.

Address: 3F MC Building, 5-9-19 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Price: ~ ¥30,000

Website: (Japanese only)

19. Ginza Iwa (銀座いわ)

Compared to its other high-end neighbors in Ginza, Sushi Iwa offers premium stuff at more affordable prices. Head there for lunch and you can get a simple lunch sushi for ¥4,500. The quality may not be on par yet with the legends, but Chef Iwa is already impressing critics and patrons with his knife work and the quality of his creations. Trained at Kanesaka and only in his late 30’s, give him a few more years and he will make a serious dent in the industry.

Address: 8 Chome-4-4 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

20. Sushi Tokami (鮨とかみ)

Sushi Tokami is the new kid on the block to gain a Michelin Star rating. Its maestro Hiroyuki Sato is a young chef in his thirties who is well-traveled, speaks good English, and interacts candidly with his customers. His shop keeps an edge because one of his investors is a tuna wholesaler in Tsukiji. Thus, expect to have standout tuna pieces here whether served as sushi or as an appetizer. Another trademark of this sushi joint is the use of red vinegar in its sushi rice. It certainly packs a punch – strongly flavored but works especially well with tuna. Same as Ginza Iwa, if you go here for lunch, you can score a delicious lunch sushi for just ¥5,000!

Address: B1F Ginza Seiwa Silver Building, 8-2-10 Ginza Chuo Tokyo

Price: ¥20,000 ~ ¥29,999

Website: (Japanese only)

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Information in this article is as of August 2016. Refer to the official websites for the latest information.

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