Sometimes you get a huge craving for sushi, and a regular size plate of sushi isn’t enough. What you need is tabehodai (Lit. “all you can eat“) sushi. For a fixed price and a fixed time, you can eat as much sushi as humanly possible.
Now, like other types of all you can eat buffet restaurants, some sushi-ya are better than others. Today, we focus on tabehodai with the order system, meaning that you tell your chef what you want, and then they will make them one by one for you, by hands. No dried looking sushi. Everything you get there is super fresh.
Without farther adue, here is our list of 5 Best Sushi All You Can Eat Restaurants in Japan (Tokyo).
No. 1 Umegaoka Zushi Midori Sohonten 梅丘寿司 美登利総本店
Lively chefs, freshest sushi and great green tea – Umegaoka Zushi Midori Souhonten is simply one of the most delightful sushi restaurants you’ll ever find in Tokyo. They do tabehodai for 3,888 yen for men and 3,240 yen for women all day on every Monday. Make sure you are hungry enough to survive the 90 minutes of sushi paradise.
Here is the catch, though. You might have to wait for a long, long time before you get seated. Like a few hours at times. Even if you are not there for tabehodai, you are in the same queue with tabehodai hunters. Lunch and dinner times in particular are crazy. Our advice: go there earlier than you plan to have lunch or dinner, pick a ticket and go explore the vicinity. Or go there between lunch time and dinner time, like 2 or 3pm will do for lunch, or have early dinner like 5pm. You’ll wait less. Waiting is all worth it.
Make sure you try Anago Ippon Nigiri, their signature sushi.
Address: Tokyo, Setagaya-ku, Umegaoka 1-20-7
Access: Take Odakyu Line from Shinjuku and get off at Umegaoka Station (approx. 12 minutes). Simply ask “Umegaoka Zushi dokodesuka?” at the police station and only a minute or two to the restaurant on foot.
Business hours: 11:00 – 21:00
Rules: Fine for leftover sushi applies; three ootoro pieces per person.
No. 2 Hinazushi 雛鮨
What you get at Hinazushi is top quality sushi. They offer 60 kinds of sushi for tabehodai including expensive seafood such as ikura, uni and toro. The charge is 4,309 yen for men and 3,661 yen for women for 120 minutes.
You can also get nomihodai (all you can drink deal) for an extra fee together with tabehodai sushi. Ask at the table.
Address: Shinjuku-ku, Shinjuku 3-1-26 Shinjuku Marui Anex 8th Floor
Business hours: 11:00 – 23:00
Rules: No particular rules
No. 3 Kagurazaka Sushi Academy 神楽坂すしアカデミー
Yes, it’s an academy where you learn to be a sushi chef. But don’t worry – you’ll be served by fully certified sushi chefs at Kagurazaka Sushi Academy. They offer over 50 kinds of sushi for tabehodai for 3,218 yen for 90 minutes. They also have a monthly menu, which you should definitely try, too. If you are interested in all you can drink deal, just ask the wait person for the price.
They are located in Kagurazaka, one of the trendiest parts of Tokyo. Make sure you have a plenty of time to explore the famous main street there before or after your visit to Kagurazaka Sushi Academy. Get Kagurazaka savvy by reading our quick reports on the area:
(1) Kagurazaka Vol.1 – Lunch in Small Kyoto in Tokyo
(2) Kagurazaka Vol. 2 – Landmark temple and shrine
(3) Kagurazaka Vol.3 – Okoshi the signature snack
Address: Shinjuku-ku, Kagurazaka, 3-6-3 Hill Top Building 1st Basement Floor
Business hours: 11:30 – 15:30 | 17:00 – 22:30
Rules: Fine may apply if there are a lot of leftover sushi.
No. 4 Ginza Maguroya 銀座まぐろや
Located in the heart of the world’s biggest fish market Tsukiji, Ginza Maguroya serves nothing but freshest sushi. Ginza Maguroya is frequently featured on TV and their customers are particularly after maguro. For 3,500, you get to have all you want sushi there for 90 minutes.
The only catch is that they do tabehodai only on Saturdays and public holidays. They start at 11:00 and finish once all sushi fish is gone. So go there early.
Address: Chuo-ku, Tsukiji, 6-8-10, Koshiba Building 1st Floor
Business hours: For tabehodai, 11:00 – 18:00 on Sat and public holidays
Rules: Find might apply to excessive leftover
No. 5 Sakenokura Daruma 酒の蔵
Brace yourself for the best deal of the year – All you can eat sushi and all you can drink for 120 minutes only for 3,500 yen per person! The drink list includes sake, beer, cocktails, shochu and more. Sakenokura Daruma won’t let you go home without a full stomach and enough alcohol.
Too good to be true? Well, there is a catch and you need to do two things. First, you need to book the day before your visit. Second, you have to be a party of 4 people. If you are staying at a backpacker by yourself, it might be an idea to ask if anyone wants to come along.
Address: Shinjuku-ku, Takadanobaba, 1-26-7 Meiten Building 3rd Floor
Business hours: 16:30 – 23:30
Rules: Book the day before. The booking starts from 4 people in a party.
Is Sakenokura Daruma still in business? I can’t find it on the map anywhere…