Sushi is the one dish you have to try in Japan. You will soon find that even the cheapest sushi is of a better quality than most, of not all, of the sushi you can get back some. Recently some 100 yen chains (that’s about $1 dollars!) are popping up all over Japan, battling each other with crazy menus and super low prices. Here are the ones to look out for.
1) Hamazushi (はま寿司)
This chain is a real safe choice. The rice is good quality, and Hamazushi offers popular choices such as tuna and salmon, while also offering some strange options such as cheeseburger sushi and roast pork. Standard plates are 100 yen, but there are a few special plates if your want extra special quality.
2) Kappa Sushi (かっぱ寿司)
How could you not love a conveyer-belt sushi chain that delivers your sushi on a little Shinkansen train? This crazy touch goes along with a crazy menu, including things like burger sushi, kalbi pork sushi and more. International visitors will find the menu here more familiar, as Kappa Sushi has international favourites like Californian Roll. English menus also available.
3) Kura Sushi (くら寿司)
Another big chain, the craziest sushi here had to be the chicken nugget ‘sushi’! Kura Sushi does have a more normal selection as well, with dishes from 100 yen to 160 yen depending on fish type. The quality here can be a bit hit and miss, and the rice is not the best, but for these prices you can’t complain!
4) Sushiro (スシロー)
Sushiro seems to be the big hit among our Japanese friends. The menus are not quite as crazy as the others, and there is more of an emphasis on tradition. A great choice if you see it around.
5) Kaisen Misakiko ‘Super Sushi’ (海鮮三崎港)
My favourite Tokyo joint, Kaisen Misakiko has popular restaurants in Shinjuku (Shinjuku Eastside) and Tokyo Dome City. In my view, has the best quality of all these chains. Prices range from 110 yen to 160 yen, but discount days are sometimes on. Discount coupons are often given out for free sushi on your next visit.
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