10 Best Sushi in Ginza: from Kyubey to Sukiyabashi Jiro

Renowned Sushi in Ginza including Michelin Starred Restaurants

Best Sushi in Ginza

Every traveler visiting Japan knows that Sushi is the most famous and popular Japanese dish, which has contributed to the popularity of Japanese food worldwide for a long time ago. Then, where should you eat the best sushi in Japan?

Ginza is one of the most popular Sushi spots in Tokyo attracting gourmands and VIPs including international celebrities, politicians and tourists. Ginza is home to several top-rated sushi restaurants including award-winners and Michein-star-holders, which usually serve an omakase course consisting chef’s picks of fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients. If you wish to have once-in-a-lifetime dining experience in Japan, eating sushi in Ginza could be an ideal option.

In this article, I’d like to introduce some of the best sushi in Ginza and how to make a reservation. The popular Sushi restaurants’ seats are occupied early such as Kyubey and Sukiyabashi Jiro, so it is highly recommended to book a seat in advance.

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1. Ginza Kyubey

Chef at Ginza Kyubey
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Ginza Kyubey (銀座 久兵衛), founded in 1935, is one of the most popular Sushi restaurants in Ginza and Japan. There are 7 branches of Kyubey in all in Japan, and the one in Ginza is the first store. Kyubey served each Sushi piece with the finest ingredient, and especially Anago (Sea eel) is known as its specialty. It is also famous that Kyubey is the first Sushi restaurant to serve Uni (Sea urchin) and Ikura (Salmon roe) wrapped in dried seaweed. You can enjoy its Sushi course at a more affordable rate for lunch.

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2. Sushi Ryusuke

Sushi Ryusuke (鮨 竜介) opened in 2015 by the owner chef Ryusuke Yamane, who honed his skill at the famous Ginza Kyubey over 8 years. In terms of review scores on Tabelog, the most influential restaurant review site in Japan, Sushi Ryusuke has a higher rating than Kyubey.

Based on the concept of “Fun Suhi”, the chef indulges his guests with a wide variety of sushi and appetizers made with rare and unique ingredients that you wouldn’t find at other traditional sushi restaurants. The ingredients are prepared and crafted delicately such as sushi rice made with either red or white vinegar, and fish cured in kelp, seared and aged. The restaurant has only seven seats at the counter with a cozy and relaxing atmosphere.

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3. Sukiyabashi Jiro

Jiro Ono and Yoshikazu Ono at Sukiyabashi Jiro

Sukiyabashi Jiro (すきやばし次郎) is one of the most praised Edo-style Sushi restaurants in Japan and all over the world, receiving 3 Michelin stars for over a decade. The legendary Sushi restaurant opened at the current place in Ginza in 1965 by Jiro Ono who still serves for his age over 90 with his elder son Yoshikazu Ono. Experience the best Sushi dishes with the omakase course at Sukiyabashi Jiro.

Sukiyabashi Jiro is possibly the most difficult sushi restaurant to make a reservation in Tokyo today. In 2020, the restaurant actually lost its Michelin stars since it’s no longer open to the public and only accepts reservations through some agencies or concierges.

Alternatively, there is another Sukiyabashi Jiro in Roppongi, Tokyo, which is run by Takashi Ono, the son of Jiro Ono. The 2-Michein-star restaurant offers an exceptional dining experience with the fine-quality sushi inherited from the sushi legend.

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4. Sushi Yoshitake

Owned and operated by Masahiro Yoshitake, Sushi Yoshitake (鮨よしたけ) is one of the few restaurants in the world that received three Michelin stars for over 10 years. The Edo-mae style sushi restaurant offers an exceptional sushi experience with a traditional sushi techniques and a sense of creativity by the sushi master who has 40 years of experience.

The sushi course consists of nigiri sushi and tsumami (appetizers), and every item is made with carefully selected seasonal ingredients, creating an exquisite balance of the flavour and texture as well as the beautiful appearance.

▶ Make a reservation at Michelin-starred Sushi Yoshitake

5. Sushi Murayama Kousetsubesho


Sushi Murayama Kousetsubesho (鮨むらやま 好雪別処) is a second store of the Michelin-starred Sushi Murayama, one of the most difficult restaurants to book in Tokyo. The main store is owned and run by Daisaku Murayama, who trained at Sushi Yoshitake and opened his own restaurant in 2019. Both restaurants are located inside the same building (main store on 7F and second store on 5F).

Sushi Murayama Kousetsubesho is run by On Shoki who is the first disciple of chef Murayama and continues the lineage of Sushi Yoshitake. The restaurant serves high-quality sushi and appetizers made with fresh, seasonal ingredients with an attentive service and relaxing atmosphere.

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GINZA BENI is an up-and-coming sushi restaurant opened in Ginza  in 2019, where you can have a quirky experience of sushi and art. The restaurant is owned by the chef Mizobe who has a unique background in apparel industry and as an artist before becoming a sushi chef. Therfore, the dining space is unique and chic, decorated with pop art and jazzy hiphop and chillout music playing, shattering the stereotypes of sushi restaurants.

In contrast to the dining space overflowing with a unique and fun atmosphere, the sushi served at the restaurant is classic. Ingredients are prepared to bring out their full flavour and texture, especially rice which is carefully cooked with a thick pot with the optinal amount of water and heat depending on the season.

▶ Make a reservation at GINZA BENI HERE

7. Sushi Kanesaka

Sushi Kanesaka (鮨 かねさか) is one of the three Sushi restaurants with 2 Michelin stars in Ginza. There are two Kanesaka branches in Tokyo: the main branch in Ginza (opened in 2000) and the other one in Marunouchi (opened in 2002). The head chef Mr. Kanesaka delicately cooks each piece of Sushi using the finest ingredients with his masterful skill at Sushi Kanesaka, and Kuruma-Ebi (Boiled prawn) is one of its specialties. Seeing the chef’s cooking in front of you at the counter also entertains you like a live performance show.

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8. Ginza Iwa

Located in the south of Ginza where lots of popular Sushi restaurants are lined up, the highest-quality of Sushi is served at Ginza Iwa (銀座いわ). Iwa, which started its business in 2012 with the master chef Mr. Iwa, varies the course menu everyday since the chef carefully selects the best ingredients on the day. There are about 10 kinds of Japanese Sake which go well with each Sushi piece. For experiencing its authentic Japanese Sushi more reasonably, the lunch course with 12 pieces is recommended.

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9. Sushiya

If you look for a hidden Sushi bar, Sushiya (すし家) is what you should visit in Ginza. Sushiya, a kind of the branch of the top-rated restaurant Kanesaka, was opened in 2012 by the chef who worked at Kanesaka. Its Sushi course consists of best seasonal seafoods in the season you visit. In addition to the authentic taste of the dish, you can also enjoy watching him cooking up close from the counter seats (only 8 seats in the restaurant). Have a wonderful Sushi experience in a relaxed atmosphere at Sushiya.

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10. Harutaka

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For a top-rated Sushi restaurant, Harutaka (青空) is also recommended to visit in Ginza. The luxury Sushi restaurant with 2 Michelin stars was opened in 2006 by the master chef Harutaka Takahashi, who had practiced at Sukiyabashi Jiro. There is the only menu Omakase Course including the lineup of best seasonal pieces which are cooked with the freshest ingredients he buys from Toyosu Market every morning.

▶︎Book your seats of Harutaka in this link!

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