The best sushi restaurants in Tokyo
January 30th, 2012
06:45 PM ET
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Ask five Tokyoites to name the best sushi restaurants in the city, and you’re likely to get five different answers - the old "how long is a piece of string?" quandary.

That's because the sushi experience is a very personal one that can include not only raw seafood, but also things like unmatched service, chefs whose skills were honed by years of apprenticeship, an atmosphere that screams “traditional Japan” and, in many cases, a whopping bill. Because of all this, any one traveler’s favorite sushi experience is going to largely depend on budget, interests and previous experience with the cuisine.

But the great thing about Tokyo is its sheer breadth and depth of choice when it comes to eating out. Sushi is no exception, and at least one of these five restaurants or chains is sure to please just about any hungry visitor; just don’t expect to be chowing down on California and spicy tuna rolls.

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  1. ibrad

    I live in Japan on a very small island. I can tell you this ,the best sushi is far from Tokyo. We all laugh what they pay for sushi when we eat fresh out of the water maybe 20-30 minutes later

    February 1, 2012 at 12:15 am |
  2. Samuel Bogale Kathy Stumm-Bogale

    Sushi is both an art form and one of our families favorites!

    January 31, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  3. Steve_P90X_Baby

    I had some pretty good sushi at Tokyo's Narita Airport and also at Kansai Airport in Osaka. Probably the best sushi you can get anywhere. P90X, baby!!!

    January 31, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  4. SherwoodOR

    Why are all of the pictures of the food in this story stock photos? This story is about five particular restaurants who are being singled out for their excellence. Why doesn't CNN show us pictures of the actual food from those restaurants? Sushi is very esthetic; good sushi chefs endeavour to delight not only the taste but also the eyes.

    January 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  5. SherwoodOR

    Mr. Pat correctly observes, "You obviously know nothing about Japan and the fishing industry."

    Let me also add that you know nothing about radioactivity either.

    January 31, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Ayymen

      It's the same as the ignorant drivel being spouted about vacationing on & eating out of the Gulf almost 2 years after the oil spill. The loudest & most passionate alarmists seem to have the most tentative grips on reality.

      January 31, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  6. yuusensei

    Tsukiji ,Tokyo is the most famous ;-) I'm a Japanese but I also love Califolnia roll!

    January 31, 2012 at 8:36 am |
  7. ilogos

    Well, this was not very revealing. But true however. :D
    mmm sushi

    January 31, 2012 at 8:17 am |
  8. Jensen7

    And this is all coming from Japan's radioactive waters. Who in their right mind will eat any Japanese agricultural in Japan? Let alone buying Japanese products in general... this is nuclear radiation and nuclear experts have shown the radiation levels are much higher than reported in Japan. Yet you still see Japanese fishermen fishing in the ocean near where the nuclear disaster happened. This is disgusting.

    January 31, 2012 at 3:02 am |
    • Pat

      You obviously know nothing about Japan and the fishing industry. I suggest you visit some major US ports/marinas as the boats are coming in and start counting the number of Japanese buyers of high grade tuna coming from US waters. Save your political rants for a more appropriate article.

      January 31, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • Blasius

      When I buy something including electronics, cars, or food, I prefer made in japan.
      Never buy made in China or South Korea.

      January 31, 2012 at 9:41 am |
      • ynotkorea

        why not south korea? you realize samsung is the world's #1 manufacturer of flat panel televisions.

        February 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • sane

      The sky is falling, the sky is falling. What a nutcase.

      January 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • ibrad

      You are a funny guy ! Yup, I bet the food you`re eating in the states is so much safer ! hahahaha

      February 1, 2012 at 12:13 am |
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