Food and Dining in Tokyo

Kikkou Sushi 吉光

Kikkou Sushi is with out a doubt the highest recommendation I can give for the best sushi experience I have ever had in my life. My wallet agrees with me too! Kikkou Sushi is a hidden gem that you should definitely not miss when you're in Japan. It's about 40-50 minutes from Otsuka, so its a bit far, but if you're crazy about sushi, then it just might be worth it!

It doesn't appear so special on the outside:

 

 

 

Kikkou Sushi
Kikkou Sushi

The picture above is 2 orders of Tokujo Sushi 1.5 特上寿司 1.5. It means "Supreme Sushi" The "1.5" means that there is 1.5 servings of sushi. There is more pieces of sushi than the usual Tokujo Sushi. It has one dish that has a few kinds of Maguro (Tuna) and the other dish contains crab, sea urchin, abalone, salmon roe, sweet shrimp etc.

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Sushi train!
Sushi train!

This is a serving for 2 people. It cost us only 3000 yen! It is a combination of Tokujo Sushi 1.5 and Omakase Sushi.

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Kikkou Sushi Menu
Kikkou Sushi Menu

The menu only has 3 different sets to order. The top one: 上寿司 (Jyou-Sushi) is only 800 yen and offers higher quality sushi The 1.5 version of it offers more pieces of higher quality sushi Middle one: 特上寿司 (Toku-Jyou-Sushi) is only 1000 yen and offers a selection of best quality sushi. The bottom one is: お任せ寿司 (O-ma-ka-se sushi) It offers a different variety of highest quality sushi selected by the chef that day.

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Kikkou Sushi
Kikkou Sushi

The picture above is 2 orders of Tokujo Sushi 1.5 特上寿司 1.5. It means "Supreme Sushi" The "1.5" means that there is 1.5 servings of sushi. There is more pieces of sushi than the usual Tokujo Sushi. It has one dish that has a few kinds of Maguro (Tuna) and the other dish contains crab, sea urchin, abalone, salmon roe, sweet shrimp etc.

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And on the inside it doesn't seem so special either. It is a standing sushi bar which fits roughly 6-7 people at one counter. The store seems to mainly make take-out sushi for catering and parties. But the sushi is AWESOME!
Oh, by the way, chop sticks are NOT provided. You either bring your own chopsticks or eat sushi the traditional way: with your hands!

Kikkou Sushi   (Google Map Link: http://goo.gl/maps/wntay )
Funabashi Station (JR Sobu Line) 
Nothern gate branch (吉光 船橋北口店)

6-3 Honcho, Funabashi-shi, Chiba

Open – from 11:00 to 22:00

No holidays

 

 

 

Yanaka Ginza Street Food (Menchi katsu, ebi-fry, Korokke, and beer!)

(Budget 200yen - 1000yen per person)

(5 minutes walk from Yamanote Line Nippori Station - NORTH WEST EXIT)

 

This is not the Ginza that you've heard about. It a totally different location.

Yanaka Ginza is a glimpse of Japan from the 1970's. The shops are reminiscent of post-war Japan with local shops operated by families for decades. Cats casually hang out on the street to greet visitors.

Buy some menchi-katsu (deep fried minced beef) or korokke (deep fried croquette) and enjoy it with a tall glass of beer while sitting on empty beer crates on the side of the shopping street. While usually costing about 100 or 200 yen per piece of deep fried meat, you can enjoy the Japanese taste of decades... maybe centuries old recipes made by old men and women who have dedicated their lives to bringing a smile to your hungry mouth. 

This is one of the places in Tokyo that comes close to time travel. While you're there, you can also enjoy some of the well hidden temples nearby.

 

 

 

 

Yanaka Ginza Cat
Yanaka Ginza Cat

There are a few cats the lounge around the market area on sunny days.

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Menchi katsu
Menchi katsu

This is menchi katsu. It's deep fried grounded beef. It's super juicy and soft... and if I remember correctly it was only 150 yen or less!

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Yanaka Ginza Beer
Yanaka Ginza Beer

You can buy a cup of beer to drink with your street food and sit on beer crates on a nice day. Watch local people walk by. It is said to really resemble Japan in the 1970's!

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Yanaka Ginza Cat
Yanaka Ginza Cat

There are a few cats the lounge around the market area on sunny days.

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Ryu-Zushi 龍寿司

(Budget 2100 - 3150yen+ per person)

Inside the Tsukiji Fish Market (Open from 6:30AM - 2:00PM)

 

Usually, the travel books recommend 'Dai Sushi'; the tourist's Tsukiji restaurant where you'll probably wait at least an hour just to get a seat. I'd like to recommend Ryu-Zushi because it has served over 50 years of high quality fish, carefully selected each morning at the market. Most often you will not have to wait because this treasure is not heavily marketed by the tourism media. The restaurant is small and modest, but the taste you will remember for your entire life. Is it worth it to visit here? YES!

 

See the link below for more yummy pictures!

 

http://www.tenkai-japan.com/2012/12/08/tsukiji-market-uogashi-yokocho-vol-11-ryu-zushi/