Translated by Hilary Keyes
Tsukiji Tama Sushi - 91 Years Of Quality Sushi
Written by Miku Yasuda
A mere 1 minute walk from Ginza station is a well-established shop with high quality sushi that has an all-you-can-eat system. Today, let's take a closer look at Tsukiji Tama Sushi.
Probably the most well-known of Japanese foods, sushi is a dish that you just have to try when visiting Japan. While you can eat delicious sushi all across Japan, the Ginza area in Tokyo is well-known for its competitive, high-quality sushi shops, where the phrase "it's expensive but incredible" is often heard.
Today, we would like to introduce to you Tsukiji Tama Sushi, located a one minute walk from Ginza station. For a fixed amount you can enjoy the genuine taste of real sushi to your heart's content at this longstanding shop, making it a favorite of both locals and visitors to Japan.
A Shop with 91 Years of History
Tsukiji Tama Sushi was established in Tsukiji 91 years ago. The sushi ingredients used at Tsukiji Tama Sushi are delivered fresh from Tsukiji Fish Market every day; beyond this and the impressive skill of the artisans working here, the goal of Tsukiji Tama Sushi is to make sushi that will win over the hearts and minds of all that visit it.
And, even more than this, Tsukiji Tama Sushi is behind the spread of "suehiro temaki" (*1) across Japan.With its rich variety, many people fall in love with Tsukiji Tama Sushi just by trying suehiro temaki here at its origin.
*1 Suehiro temaki: Also known as temaki-zushi, suehiro temaki refers to nori seaweed with the ingredients placed inside and rolled up into a cone shape.
How Can You Have All-you-can-eat High Class Sushi?
In Japan, shops that offer all-you-can-eat dishes have a time limit attached to this service. But, at Tsukiji Tama Sushi's all-you-can-eat there isn't a time limit. The reason for this lack of a time limit is thus: as the sushi is made individually by the artisans, it would be a complete waste to just rush through eating it.
The prices are as follows:
Ladies' pair (two women) - 7000 yen
Man and woman pair - 8000 yen
Mens' pair (two men) - 9000 yen
If there are more than two customers, the cost per extra person is half the cost of the pair. So, if there is an odd-number of customers, for an extra man it costs 4500 yen, and for a woman, 3500 yen. In the case of children aged 3-12 years old, the cost is 2000 yen per child.
Most of the typical sushi types are available on this plan; toro (the fatty portion of tuna), uni (sea urchin), ikura (salted salmon roe), anago (conger eel) and other such expensive ingredients are also part of the all-you-can-eat menu. And, even beyond these dishes, Tsukiji Tama Sushi's original suehiro temaki, the familiar California roll and other sushi rolls can be ordered as part of this menu as well.
Please be aware though, the all-you-can-eat course at Tsukiji Tama Sushi is for pairs and over only. All-you-can-eat sushi is not available for lone customers.
Let's Try It
In order to try out this amazing, all-you-can-eat sushi, we went straight to Tsukiji Tama Sushi.。
A one minute walk from Ginza Station, Tsukiji Tama Sushi is located on B2F (second basement floor) of the commercial building "Ginza Core". Because its so conveniently located and easy to find, this is the perfect spot for travelers in Tokyo. The shop exterior has been tastefully designed to look like an old-fashioned Japanese store.
In the shop's display care are dozens of elaborately crafted samples of the various dishes available inside. Just trying to decide what to eat might feel a little overwhelming when you first see the variety available here.
If you take a seat at the counter, you can watch as the sushi artisans diligently craft each piece of sushi by hand. Other than the counter, there are also plenty of seats available in this wide space; it's quite a charming a place that you can relax and enjoy yourself in. And, thanks to the thoroughness of the staff, the interior of the restaurant is spotlessly clean, helping you to feel at ease when eating here.
The all-you-can-eat menu is written in English and has pictures of all the sushi types served, so even if you can't speak Japanese, you can dine here easily.
This time, we tried the popular six piece set of sushi. From the upper left is " chūtoro" (medium-fatty tuna), "abutta salmon" (grilled salmon) in the middle, and "ama-ebi" (sweet small shrimp) on the right. On the lower row from the left is "anago" (grilled conger eel), "ikura" (salted salmon roe), and on the right, "uni" (sea urchin). Each and every one of these sushi were made right before our eyes by the skilled staff.
The eternal favorite chūtoro leaves you with a satisfied smile on your face as the sweetness of the tuna fat slowly spreads through your mouth with each bite. The abutta salmon is paired with green onions in a special salt dressing, which complements the fish very well. The fluffy anago is paired with a sweet sauce that was invented by a Tsukiji Tama Sushi chef and really melts in your mouth.
How does a relaxing and satisfying visit to a beloved sushi shop in Ginza, "where the real Japanese style survives", sound to you?
Tsukiji Tama Sushi
Address: Tokyo, Chuo, Ginza 5-8-20 Ginza Core B2
Hours: 11:00-22:00 (Last order 21:30, all-you-can-eat 20:30)**On busy days the shop may close earlier as ingredients are used up.
Credit Cards: All major
Other Languages: English
Menu in Other Languages: English (dish names)
Nearest Station: Ginza station Tokyo Metro Ginza/Hibiya/Marunouchi Lines
Access: 161 meters from Ginza station
Price Range: 3000 yen - 5000 yen
Religious Considerations: -
Phone Number: 03-3573-0057
Home Page: Tsukiji Tama Sushi