Cheap Sushi and Sashimi

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Raw fish is something that has to be tried when visiting Japan. Even if the idea sounds odd, everyone should try it at least once! There are all sorts, and the fish is super fresh even at budget restaurants. The most popular fishes are tuna and

Most menus have pictures of the sushi, but it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly what you are ordering. These days many restaurants, especially in big cities, will have English menus, but if not bring along a good translation app.

Price: From 100 yen per plate

Name in Japanese: osushi/お寿司, sashimi/刺身

Where can I get it?

The cheapest places to go are convener belt sushi restaurants, called kaiten-sushi (回転寿司). They are not as numerous as you may think, so ask someone for where ‘kaiten-sushi’ is if you can’t see one.

One well known cheap chain is Kappa Sushi (かっぱ寿司). They often have sushi plates for as cheap as 90 yen (with 2 pieces!) and have funny items such as hamburger sushi. Plus the sushu comes around on a little Shinkansen train! Here is what the restaurant looks like, so look out for that 100 yen (100円) sign, even if it’s another chain.

Kappa SushiAll towns and cities will have a cheap sushi place, so if you have trouble finding one, ask for your hotels recommendation. Supermarkets also sell reasonable sushi and sashimi.

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.