20 most common types of sushi in Japan

Ordering sushi is never a difficult task until you visit Japan. While most of the sushi bars do provide pictures in the menu, only few come with English translations. Most importantly, even with English translations you might still be confused on what kind of fish the sushi is made from and how the sushi is made - raw, broiled or barbecued. This is a quick introduction to the common types of sushi available in sushi bars.

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1. Maguro nigiri (A lean cut of tuna)

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2. Ika nigiri (Squid)

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3. Sake Nigiri (raw salmon)

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4. Kappa maki (cucumber sushi)

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5. Tamagoyaki (sweet egg omelette)

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6. Salmon roe (salmon eggs)

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7. Tekkamaki (tuna thin roll)

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8. Unagi (broiled freshwater eel with a sweet sauce)

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9. Saba (Mackerel)

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10. Inarizushi (rice wrapped in sweetened, fried tofu pocket)

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11. Toro (fatty bluefin tuna belly)

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12. Tobiko nigiri (flying fish roe)

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13. Uni (sea urchin gonads)

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14. Akami (top loin of Bluefin tuna)

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15. Iwashi (sardine)

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16. Amaebi (raw sweet shrimp)

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17. Ebi nigiri (broiled shrimp)

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18. Akagai (ark shell)

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19. Tako (octopus)

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20. Anago (saltwater eel)

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Hopefully this helps you if you ever have to order sushi in Japan! Which one is your favorite? Did you learn something new?

The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication.

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