Tokyo. Tokyo. Tokyo.... this city is everything you want it to be and so much more. It is the largest city in the world and yet it is also the most clean and efficient place on the planet. Everything in this city just simply makes sense in ways you didn't know were possible. Yes, the city is beautiful and the people are utterly kind, but where Tokyo really shines is in its gastronomic offerings.
Tokyo is a city filled with an endless string of top culinary restaurants. It is actually more difficult to have a "bad" food experience rather than a "mind-blowing" one. While Japanese culture offers all sorts of unbelievable food, nothing is more popular or more sought after than an "explosion in your mouth" sushi experience.
Here is a list of our top places to get sushi in Tokyo:
1. Sukiyabashi Jiro (すきやばし次郎)
If you keep up with food around the world, then you must have heard of the sushi Chef Jiro Ono. He was featured in a wildly popular documentary called "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" which chronicles his life as one the top sushi chefs in the world. Reservations here are hard to come by unless you speak Japanese and call the restaurant months and months in advance! If you do happen to land yourself a spot, Ono's sushi is among the best of the best so sit back, enjoy, and be prepared to be disappointed by every other meal you will have afterward.
2. Sushi Saito (鮨 さいとう)
One of the most well known sushi restaurants after perhaps Jiro's is Sushi Saito. Needless to say, reservations are booked months in advance, but very few sushi masters are held in higher regards than Takashi Saito. He is at the top of his game. His restaurant holds a triple Michelin star status, and his nigiri sushi is touted as the best in the world. What also makes his nine-seater counter unique is the comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. It is a great place to truly relax from the bustling city and enjoy a life-changing meal.
3. Sushi Sugita (日本橋 蛎殻町 すぎた)
Another sushi restaurant that is impossibly hard to book is Sushi Sugita. Renowned Chef Takaai Sugita has long been touted by locals as the top sushi chef in Tokyo. This chef is well known by those frequenting the sushi circuit, and his sparkling new restaurant has started to garner him the mainstream attention he so deserves. Again, we recommend having your concierge working on this reservation well ahead of time.
4. Manten Sushi Marunouchi (まんてん鮨)
While landing a reservation at a top sushi restaurant in Tokyo is an amazing feat, there are also great middle-range priced sushi in Tokyo that will blow your mind. Manten Sushi Marunouchi makes frequent appearances on Japanese TV shows and in restaurant write-ups so as this one. It is one of the top mid-range sushi joints in town. It serves only one dinner option which includes 9 small plates and roughly 2 dozen nigiri. The fish selection and the chef's skills here rival many of the top sushi restaurants in Tokyo; and, no one can seem to understand why this place charges so little, but hey, we aren't complaining.
5. Umegaoka Sushinomidori Sōhonten Shibuya (梅丘寿司の美登利総本店)
Last, but certainly not least, is Sushinomidori in Shibuya, Tokyo. This small restaurant in the metro station is not something to missed. Although, passing by, you might do just that among the hustle and bustle of the station. Once inside, and after a typically very long wait, the city quiets down as you settle in on a delicious meal. If you are looking for a more accessible and somewhat affordable sushi option but don't want to wait in line at 4 am at Tsukiji Fish Market’s iconic Sushi Daiwa (another great sushi option in the city), then one of the Sushinomidori locations is sure to not disappoint! Enjoy!