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5 Sushi Restaurants With Multilingual Support In Tsukiji

5 Sushi Restaurants With Multilingual Support In Tsukiji

Translated by Jasmine Nishino

Written by Ai Yoneda

Tokyo 2017.04.09 Bookmark

Save yourself the hassle in Tsukiji and know what you're ordering at restaurants with foreign language support. There's no need to worry about not knowing Japanese and you can taste delicious sushi and seafood bowls with ease!

Tsukiji Market, located in the Chuo ward of Tokyo, is known to be the largest fish market in the world. The freshest seafood is brought in and here, you are able to savor delicious sushi/en/2952 and kaisendon, or seafood rice bowls, on site.

However, there are many sushi shops and seafood bowl restaurants standing side by side on the streets and can get confusing which one to go to.

This time we would like to introduce you to shops that carry menus in foreign languages and even a shop with a manager who speaks nine languages.

The terms ”jonai” and ”jogai” written next to the name of the shop states roughly where the shop is located. The difference between jonai and jogai can be found in this MATCHA article.

Read more: What'sThe Difference Between Tsukiji Jogai And Jonai?

1. Kaisendon Oedo (Jonai)

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First, we would like to introduce you to Kaisendon Oedo in the jonai area. The great part about this shop is their menu has over 150 items and you can eat seafood according to your preferences here. From tuna, salmon, scallops, crab, sea urchin, and shrimp, there are rice bowls with a variety of seafood mixed and matched.

For instance, the highly recommended Hakodate-don (*1) contains salmon from Hakodate, sea urchin, salmon roe, and tuna on rice. On the Otaru-don (*2), it has specialties from Otaru such as salmon roe, large shrimp, crab claw, squid, and scallop. As you can see, you will be able to find a rice bowl with toppings of your preference.

There are staff members that can speak English, so those that cannot speak Japanese can ask about the types of fish and how they taste in English. At Kaisendon-Oedo, you will also be able to taste the fresh and delicious tuna they auctioned at the tuna auction first thing in the morning.

*1 Hakodate: A city in Hokkaido.
*2 Otaru: A city in Hokkaido.

Read also: How to See the Tuna Auctions at Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market

2. Umai Sushikan (Jonai)

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Next, we would like to introduce you to a sushi shop called Umai Sushikan.

Many sushi and seafood bowl shops in the jonai area tend to be small shops with approximately 10 seats, but this is a larger shop with 42 seats. This is recommended for groups, families and those who do not want to wait in a line to eat. At Umai Sushikan they have seasonal sushi set additions such as the Pacific Saury sushi in autumn so you can come back to try something new many times.

3. Tsukiji Itadori South Branch (Jogai)

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Here we have a shop where you can eat seafood in a unique way. At Tsukiji Itadori, you will be able to eat a seafood hitsumabushi.

Hitsumabushi is a specialty dish from Aichi prefecture where flavored eel is grilled and laid over rice. At Tsukiji Itadori, they have an original dish called seafood hitsumabushi where twelve types of seafood are placed on a bed of rice instead of eel.

The great part of a hitsumabushi is how you can enjoy the dish in three variations. This seafood hitsumabushi can be enjoyed as a seafood bowl, sea urchin with rice, and ochazuke (tea over rice). For more details, please read this MATCHA article.

The staff here can also speak English, so if you are unsure of how to eat it, you may simply ask for instructions.

Read also: Tsukiji Itadori's Seafood Hitsumabushi: Eat 12 Types of Seafood at Once (Japanese)

4. Kaisendon Marukita 1go-ten (Jogai)

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Kaisendon Marukita is a wonderful seafood bowl shop with helpful multilingual assistance.

There are some sushi and seafood bowl shops that have English menus or staff that speak English, but at Kaisendon Marukita, they are able to cater not only in English but also in Chinese (simplified and traditional) and Korean as well.

There are menus and staff members that are also able to speak these languages, so those from Asia and people who understand any of those languages can casually stop by.

The higawaridon (daily special bowl) is a dish that is a must-try at Kaisendon Marukita. There is a limited amount of them available per day, but it contains seasonal seafood, rare tuna parts such as the kamatoro (*1), noten (*2), and nakaochi (*3) used unlike the standard seafood bowls. If you happen to stop by for a meal at Kaisendon Marukita, check out the higawaridon of the day.

*1 kamatoro: The rare and fatty part of the tuna extending from the gill and chest. From one tuna, only two pieces can be found.
*2 noten: The fatty meat from the head. Like the kamatoro, from one tuna, only two pieces can be found.
*3 nakaochi: The red meat around the middle bone.

5. Yonehana (Jonai)

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Lastly, let us feature Yonehana. It is a shop that specializes in eel dishes and seafood bowl.

The manager, Mr. Jiro apparently can speak nine languages. Therefore, nearly 90% of customers from Yonehana are visitors from outside of Japan who heard about Mr. Jiro.

Menus written in various languages cover the walls of the shop and you can frequently spot Mr. Jiro chatting with non-Japanese tourists.

Yonehana only serves the freshest items, so when they run out of ingredients, there are times they close their doors early - sometimes as early as noon. For those who wish to visit Yonehana, it is a good idea to visit Tsukiji at an early hour.

In Conclusion

While there are many sushi and seafood bowl shops in Tsukiji market, it will be quite difficult to find shops for first-time visitors from abroad.

If you know which shops can assist you in your language in advance, it should make your meal hunting easier.

Information

Kaisendon Oedo
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Tsukiji 5-2-1
Hours: 04:30-14:30
Closed: Sundays, Holidays, Unspecified days, Every second Wednesday of the month.
WiFi: Available
Credit Cards: Not Available
Languages: English
Menu/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English
Nearest Station: Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Toei Oedo Line
Access: 3-minute walk from exit A1 of Tsukiji Shijo Station
Price: 2000 yen
Phone: +81-03-3547-6721
Website: Kaisendon Oedo

Umai Sushikan
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Tsukiji 5-2-1 Tsukiji Wholesale Market Hall 4
Hours: 05:30-15:00
Closed: Sundays
WiFi: Not Available
Credit Cards: VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners, Union Pay, MUFG
Languages: English
Menu/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English
Nearest Station: Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Toei Oedo Line
Access: 3-minute walk from exit A1 of Tsukiji Shijo Station
Phone: +81-050-5890-1465

Tsukiji Itadori South Branch
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Tsukiji 6-26-9
Hours: 07:00-15:00
Closed: None
WiFi: Not Available
Accepted Credit Cards: Cash only
Languages: English
Menu/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English
Nearest station: Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Toei Oedo Line
Access: 5-minute walk from Tsukiji Shijo Station
Price: 1000-2000 yen
Phone: +81-03-5565-5769
Website: Tsukiji Itadori South Branch

Kaisendon Marukita 1go-ten
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Tsukiji 4-9-5
Hours: Weekdays: 5:00-15:00
Weekends and Holidays: 05:00-16:00
Closed: None
WiFi: Available
Credit Cards: VISA、MASTER、UC、Diners、MUFG, Nicos, SAISON, Union Pay
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified, Traditional), Korean
Menu/Pamphlets in Other Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified, Traditional), Korean
Nearest station: Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
Access: 5-minute walk from Exit 1 of Tsukiji Station
Price: 2000 yen
Phone: +81-050-5589-0284
Website: Kaisendon Marukita 1go-ten

Yonehana
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Tsukiji 5-2-1
Hours: 5:00-13:00
Closed: Sundays, holidays, and unspeicified days.
Credit Cards: Not Available
Nearest station: Tsukiji Shijo Station on the Toei Oedo Line
Access: 2-minute walk from Exit A1 of Tsukiji Shijo Station
Price: 3000 yen
Phone: +81-03-3541-5670

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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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