I'm staying in Tokyo only for three days and unfortunately because I don't want loose so much time staying in the queue, I have to give up about the Sushi Dai and Daiwa. Also run away from these touristiques spots. I would love to go to a normal, good Japanese restaurants. It doesn't have to be the one star Michelin like Sushi Jiro, Yoshitake, Mizutani, (although of course I would love), but a good one where I can be happy with the quality of the fish and the rice:)
Thank you to give me all this nice addresses, I'm flying on the 12 June to Tokyo, I'm staying In Ginza near Shimbashi train station. Which restaurant should I take for reservation, the Kurami or Shintomi?
I am not so familiar to Tsukiji but here are what I know;
Located in Tsukiji, the sushi place famous for a cheap but good is "Sushi Dai".
However, this place is so popular that you better be prepared to line up few hours.
This restaurant opens from 5:00 in the morning to 2:00PM but I have heard that there are some people start waiting from 1 A.M.
Another popular place in Tsukiji is "Daiwa Sushi".
I think you will have to wait for a while but not as bad as "Sushi Dai".
Those places are famous so you might know already.My impression to Tsukiji is a touristic spot.
It may be better to move a little away from Tsukiji to find what you are looking for.
Ginza is just 15-minutes walk away from Tsukiji, so going to Ginza may be a good idea.
This is the famous sushi restaurant in Ginza. The place is a bit expensive.
You have to go to the opposite direction to Ginza but there is a place called "Kurami" in Kachidoki.
I am not sure if you are able to enter the restaurant without a reservation, but this place is popular to Japanese.
Although you'll need to walk about 15mins from Tsukiji, (or take Oedo Line subway for 1 station and walk), "Hashida" in Kachidoki is my strong recommendation.
This place preserves old, traditional atmosphere, with excellent quality of sushi like no other.
Dinner is expensive (from ¥30,000~), but lunch is very reasonable. The course with about 10 sushi is only ¥3,500.
You will taste the best sushi ever. Here is the picture I took when I had their lunch course.
Unfortunately, Hashida is temporally closed due to reconstruction, and re-opening date is unscheduled. I hope this place is available when you visit Japan.