Sushi is one of Japan’s most popular dishes around the world, and not to be missed while living here. Lucky for those of us at Yokota Air Base, there are hundreds of options for eating sushi of all kinds nearby!! […]
Sushi is one of Japan’s most popular dishes around the world, and not to be missed while living here. Lucky for those of us at Yokota Air Base, there are hundreds of options for eating sushi of all kinds nearby!! Whether you’re completely new to sushi, or looking for a one of a kind authentic Japanese experience, you can find fresh and often very affordable options. Here are 10 favorite spots among locals, all within 25 minutes, to get you started! Itadakimasu!! Let’s eat!
Conveyor Belt Sushi: great for when you want variety, a quick and easy experience, and a shockingly low bill! These spots are all kid friendly, usually have English menus, and provide options that are cooked and/or not seafood as well as standard sushi fare. These chains are all around Japan, and you’ll find everyone at Yokota has a favorite that they’re ready to debate as best. What’s your favorite?
- Sushiro (Fussa) – a classic choice! Grab whatever you see going by your table on the conveyor belt with color coded plates for the cost of each, or special order off the touch screen.
- Toyota Michi aka “Screaming Sushi” (Fussa) – the nickname comes from the excited greetings you get when walking in the door! Enjoy watching chefs work while you eat, and order directly or try new dishes as they put them out on the belt.
- Uobei Genki Sushi (Musashimurayama) – kids will love the bullet trains (shinkansen) and race cars that deliver all dishes to your table after you order on a touch screen tablet. Fair warning: the theme song playing as you dine will get definitely stuck in your head by the end of your meal.
- Kurasushi (Akishima) – when you finish plates of sushi at this restaurant, you get to gamble! Put plates in a slot and play a game to win a toy!
- Hamazushi (Akishima) – what list of Japanese restaurants would be complete without one with a robot host to greet you at the door??
- Kappa Sushi (Hamura) – this chain has recently started an all you can eat option (available if you get the deal online) so find a friend fluent in Japanese and report back if you give it a try!!
Sit Down Sushi: for a different type of experience, visit smaller local sushi spots! Here are some nearby options for a date night or group outing, to try new things by putting yourself in the hands of the chef, or just to change it up with the family.
- Hitosara (Fussa) – use the picture menu at this small sushi bar to tell the staff your order, or enjoy a set meal with the fish of the day. Splurge a little on a high quality, quiet meal right next to Seiyu, across the street from Fussa Station.
- Hamazen “Torches” (Fussa) – for the freshest sushi experience possible, catch your own fish! Delicious, affordable and kid friendly.
- Sushi-Chu (Hachioji) – this family run restaurant is a relaxing spot for a special occasion. There are private rooms with tatami mats for groups, and children are welcome.
- Atemaki Kijuro (Tachikawa) – enjoy paired sake and sushi items at this perfect date night spot near the station! The menu changes seasonally and the chef speaks English to help guide the experience.
Bonus Picks!! American Sushi – Even in the world capital of sushi, sometimes you want a taste of home. For those longing for California rolls, or tempura and cream cheese filling in their sushi, Izakaya I Gonokami in Hamura may be the spot for you! If you want a little more, you can also drive about an hour to Route 51 American Sushi Bar near Camp Zama. Though the easiest option for fresh yet Americanized rolls is really nearby at the Base Commissary.
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