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4 Perfect Places To Enjoy Luxurious Sushi In Ginza

4 Perfect Places To Enjoy Luxurious Sushi In Ginza

Tokyo 2017.04.04 Bookmark

You might want to try some luxury sushi while visiting Japan, but the more luxurious the restaurant, the higher the price gets. Here, we show you how to enjoy high-end sushi at restaurants in Ginza.

Translated by Hilary Keyes

Written by yohei matsui

Sushi is well-known all around the world for being one of Japan's signature cuisines. As a result, there are many foodies and gourmet diners that come to Japan hoping to try this stunning representative food.

The vast majority of Tokyo's famous sushi bars are located in the Ginza area. One downside of the fame of these shops is that they all tend to be quite high-end and high priced as a result. In fact, it's not at all uncommon for meals at these restaurants to run in the tens of thousands of yen per person.

Even if you find yourself standing right in front of one of these restaurants, you may find yourself hesitant to enter because of the price, or the restrictions on your travel budget that this meal might cause. But don't worry, we will show you in this article how you can have your sushi and eat it too. Please note, all prices quoted here are averages per person, so plan your sushi adventure accordingly.

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The way to do this is to check out first-class stores offering relatively cheap lunch menus. By doing this, you will be able to enjoy the authentic Edo-mae sushi (*1) prepared at restaurants in Ginza.

*1 Edo-mae sushi: sushi prepared in Edo (old Tokyo) using ingredients available in Tokyo Bay; it was nvented roughly 200 years ago. At the time, it was hard to provide perfectly fresh seafood, so chefs devised different strategies to prepare the dishes, like adding vinegar to cover up the smell of bluefish, or adding soy sauce to preserve the tuna. These techniques evolved into what is now standard sushi cuisine.

1. Ginza Rin

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Ginza Rin is located a three-minute walk from the A13 exit of the Tokyo Metro Ginza Station. Here you can savor delicious sushi and other dishes while surrounded by an airy, Japanese style atmosphere. The average price for a sushi dinner in this restaurant is about 6000 yen, but lunches are available from about 2600 yen. They come in sets with eight pieces of sushi, makimono (rolled sushi), and even chawanmushi, which is quite a deal.

Chawanmushi is a savory steamed egg and dashi stock custard with different ingredients including ginkgo nuts and mushrooms in it. It has a rich, elegant taste to it, and many find themselves praising this dish after the first bite.

2. Sushi Aoki

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For visitors to Japan, octopus may be one of the hardest, or chewiest, to eat topping for sushi. However, at Sushi Aoki, they are famous for their surprisingly soft and tender octopus, which is slowly boiled to the perfect consistency. And thanks to their secret recipe, the toro (*2) available here is wonderfully flavored, and the umami of the tuna really spreads across your palate well.

At Sushi Aoki, you can expect to pay over 15,000 yen for dinner, but lunches can be had here from about 3000 yen.

*2 Toro: a cut of tuna with a higher fat content than the standard red meat, in descending order, o-toro is the fattiest cut, then chu-toro, then the akami (red meat).

3. Ginza Seamon

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A famous yet hidden shop located on the sixth floor of its building without even a sign hanging outside, Ginza Seamon has dinners that cost from 10,000 yen, but a lunch menu for about 3500 yen.

There are also lunch courses featuring three appetizers, sashimi, makimono, and dessert for about 5000 yen. This set menu course comes with a special season-limited appetizer and typically is matched with the appropriate sake as well. One of the reasons that their sushi so famous is due to preparing the neta (sushi rice topping) through a process called 'konbu jime'.

Konbu jime refers to their technique of first wrapping the fish in konbu and allowing its flavors to infuse into the seafood, before removing the konbu and preparing the sushi as usual. In this way, the umami of the konbu is transferred to the fish and condensed throughout it, enriching the overall flavor of the topping before it is expertly placed on the rice. You can taste the craftsmanship in this restaurant, and it is a spot you should at least try once while visiting Japan.

4. Ginza Kanesaka Main Shop

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Kanesaka is a Michelin star ranked restaurant. Sushi dinners here will set you back about 21,000 yen, but lunches can be had for about 5000 yen.

This restaurant does have an English menu, which makes it quite popular as well with visitors to Japan. The harmonious blend of the shari (rice) and neta (topping) comes from the delicate temperature adjustments that are made to the rice in order to match with the topping. The lightly boiled Japanese tiger prawns served here have a faint sweetness to them, with a gentle aroma and soft texture, making this type of sushi one of their most famous and sought after.

Please consider giving this Michelin recognized restaurant a try while sightseeing in Ginza.

Information

Ginza Rin
Address: Tokyu, Chuo, Ginza 1-6-6
Hours: Weekdays 11:30-14:30, 17:30-23:00; Saturdays 11:30-14:30, 16:30-22:00
Closed: Sundays (unless the Monday is a national holiday, then open)
Credit Cards: Yes
Nearest Station: Ginza Itchome Station, Tokyo Metro Yurakucho line
Access: 1 minute walk from Exit 6 of Ginza Itchome Station, 3 minute walk from Exit A13 of Ginza Station
Estimated Price: Lunch - 2000-8000 yen; Dinner - 10,000-20,000 yen
Phone Number: 03-3538-7775
Official Site: Ginza Rin (Japanese)

Sushi Aoki
Address: Tokyu, Chuo, Ginza 6-7-4 Ginza Takahashi Building 2F
Hours: Lunch - 12:00-14:00; Dinner - 17:00-22:00
Closed: New Year's holidays
Credit Cards: Yes
Menus in Other Languages: English
Nearest Station: Ginza Station, Tokyo Metro lines
Access: 3-minute walk from Exit B3 of Ginza Station
Estimated Price: Lunch - 3000-8000 yen
Phone Number: 03-3289-1044
Official Site: Sushi Aoki

Ginza Seamon
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 5-5-13 Sakaguchi Building 6F
Hours: Weekdays 11:30-15:00, 17:00-23:00; Saturdays 11:30-15:30, 17:00-23:00; Sundays and holidays 11:30-15:30, 17:00-22:00
Closed: Open all year
Credit Cards: Yes
Menus in Other Languages: English
Nearest Station: Ginza Station, Tokyo Metro lines
Access: 2 minute walk from Exit B3 of Ginza Station
Estimated Price: Lunch - 3000-8000 yen; Dinner - 10,000-15,000yen
Phone Number: 050-5868-0377
Official Site: Ginza Seamon

Ginza Kanesaka Main Shop
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 8-10-3 Misuzu Building B1F
Hours: 11:30-13:00, 17:00-22:00
Closed: New Year's holidays
Credit Cards: Yes
Other Languages: English
Menus in Other Languages: Yes
Nearest Station: Ginza Station, Tokyo Metro lines
Access: 5-minute walk from Exit A4 of Ginza Station
Estimated Price: Lunch - from 5000 yen; Dinner - from 20,000 yen
Phone Number: 03-5568-4411
Official Site: Ginza Kanesaka Main Shop

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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