Sushi has slowly become one of my favorite foods over the years and it's one of the many reasons I wanted to go to Japan in the first place. There are so many different types of food we wanted to try, but sushi was essential to our honeymoon travels.
It wasn't a surprise that sushi was easy to find wherever we went. And the thing is - sushi is good there, no matter where you get it. Scratch that - food is good wherever you get it in Japan (even in 7-Eleven and I am dead serious). But I guess I wasn't worried about where to get sushi, but more about how to get sushi. There are different types of sushi delivery methods like to-go, conveyor belt, omakase, chirashi bowl, etc. so I was really interested in trying whatever was available whenever we wanted sushi. So basically, this is me talking about different types of sushi-delivery-methods and if we liked them or not. Keep reading to see what our favorite sushi places were!
Conveyor Belt Sushi
In the Dotunburi district in Osaka, there are many restaurants around, but we opted to double back for a conveyer belt sushi place that our tour guide pointed out to us while we walked around earlier that day. Since it was our first time getting sushi in Japan, I was super excited. We weren't even that hungry (Micah even wasn't planning on eating anything), we were just kind of looking for a light snack before we ended our night and headed back to the hotel. I'm a bad blogger and forgot the name of (all of) the sushi place(s) we ate at, but we entered the shop and were able to get a seat at the bar (with the conveyor belt). We poured ourself some tea and watched the different types of sushi go by in front of us. Some sushi plates had labels and price points, but the basic pricing was based on the color of the plate. I tried some fatty salmon and fatty tuna and both were freaking delicious. Micah even got some sushi and our plates piled up. Not too much, mind you. Anyways, it was a great first sushi meal. We were able to control our portions and try out some different stuff. 11/10 👍
While visiting Nishiki Market in Kyoto, we were able to sample a lot of different foods from tofu skin croquettes to black sesame soft serves. The market serves up lots of fresh produce and meats as well, including fresh fish, hence little sushi packs to go! On the day that we visited Nishiki Market, my feet were killing me (I blame the humidity for making my feet swell up and giving me blisters), so we had planned to cut our sightseeing short and go back to the hotel to rest. Micah suggested we get food to bring back to the hotel because we probably wouldn't go out again, so we found some rice and meat for him and salmon sushi for me! It wasn't too expensive either - it was around 6 pieces for 600 yen (approx. $5, which is a steal). And of course, the sushi was really good. I just wish I tried other kinds. 5/5 stars ⭐️
When we arrived in Tokyo, the first thing we did was get hungry >< Micah suggested we get some sushi since our trip had been lacking in sushi and I agreed. I had read that our hotel was located near the Ginza district, which supposedly had a lot of good sushi places. We ended up walking to one place that we read had a decently-priced lunch AYCE (it turned out that the price was the same for lunch and dinner). When we got there, it was pretty empty, but it looked good enough. The waiter gave us some tea and then gave us some AYCE menus in English so we could write our orders. One of the cool things about this place was that there were lots of different fish to choose from. Micah is more adventurous with his food, so he led the way and asked if I wanted to try different things. The sushi was good, but I remember Micah saying that it was comparable to one of the expensive sushi places we have in Santa Barbara. Still, I'd give it a 10/10 .
According to Wikipedia, the Japanese phrase "omakase" means "I leave it to you." Whether or not this is accurate, I was researching omakase sushi before we went on our trip to Japan because I was into the idea of a sushi chef's choice experience. Omakase sushi is usually pretty expensive and it kind of became overwhelming to find a good place since there is a lot of choose from, so on our last full day in Japan, we Yelped for a nearby sushi restaurant that had a good omakase menu. The place we found was in Shibuya station and it didn't seem like a super high-end sushi restaurant, but the staff was friendly, I was hungry, and we wanted sushi. So we sat down at the bar and asked for the chef's choice. It came with an assortment of different types of fish including a HUGE piece of unagi, things with tentacles, some fish egg things, and some salmon, tuna, yellowtail-looking sushi (i.e. more my speed). This definitely made me much more adventurous since I didn't have a choice but to eat everything. There were definitely some things that I did not enjoy, but I would give that unagi 7/5 stars and a smiley face 😀.
Moral of the story: I really like sushi.