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1. Sukibayashi Jiro ☆☆☆
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This is a sushi restaurant that connoisseurs not just in Japan, but around the whole world, frequent. The small restaurant only has counter seats so you can devote yourself to the sushi. The menu offers an omakase course (the chef chooses what to serve) including 20 pieces for around 30,000 yen. You’ll finish eating in about 30 minutes, but the sushi is perfectly made with the ingredients used to their best ability and matched to the firmly packed rice.
HP: www.sushi-jiro.jp (Japanese Only)
Address: Tsukamoto Sogyou Building B1F, 4-2-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
2. Kuwano ☆
This sushi made with the most delicious ingredients of the season made with attention to detail will make anyone emotional. The owner is well-versed not just in sushi but about Japanese food in general, so the main dishes are also exquisite. They have an extensive alcohol list including sake, wine, and whiskey. They offer glasses of liquor that they carefully chose, so it’s a restaurant that’s top-notch service wise.
HP: r.gnavi.co.jp/fd3d8jm90000 (Japanese Only)
Address: Heitsuka Building 3F, 8-7-6 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
3. Yoshitake ☆☆☆City Foodsters/Flickr
This restaurant offers traditional Edomae sushi made by a owner that studied overseas and is filled with his ideas and designs. It’s not just the ingredients that are carefully chosen, but also the water used for the rice as well as the tools used, so you can enjoy perfectly created sushi. They also offer a liquor menu that includes sake and shochu.
HP: sushi-yoshitake.com (Japanese Only)
Address: Suzuryu Building 4F, 8-7-19 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
4. Mizutani ☆☆
The owner, who studied at Sukibayashi Jiro, has been praised by fellow sushi chefs thanks to his sense in choosing ingredients. At the simple counter, the sushi is served freshly-made at a good pace. The menu only has an omakase course on it, but they are open for lunch, so it’s great for when you’re in Japan on a tight schedule.
HP: r.gnavi.co.jp/gczk900/ (Japanese Only)
Address: JUNO Ginza Seiwa Building 9F, 8-7-7 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
5. Kanesaka ☆
This sushi restaurant has branches overseas. The ingredients are fresh and prepared using techniques to bring out the flavor, like maturing them. When the ingredients are matched with the rice the temperature changes and you’ll be surprised by how unified it becomes. The young chef is working hard to hone his craft, so this is a restaurant that will continue to be noticed in the future.
Address: Ginza Misuzu Building, 8-10-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
6. Sawada ☆☆
This tiny restaurant only has 6 counter seats, and both day and night it’s always filled with customers with prior reservations. The preparation of the ingredients is, of course, fantastic. This restaurant cooks rice to match with reservations, so you can enjoy sushi made with rice at its peak. Small surprises like that continue to your meal, so regulars say that watching the chef is like watching a play.
HP: tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130101/13001043/ (Japanese Only)
Address: MC Building 3F, 5-9-19 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)
7. Tokami ☆City Foodsters/Flickr
This restaurant is known for its tuna, even though it offers a wide variety of ingredients. The rice is prepared with vinegar so that it goes perfectly with tuna, and it’s known for its change in color. You can enjoy not just nigirizushi but also temaki and soup. During lunch, the courses are reasonably priced starting at 5,000 yen.
HP: www.tokami.com.hk (中文)
Address: Ginza Seiwa Silver Building B1F, 8-2-10 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)