Updated: January 22, 2020
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Tokyo's Top 15 High-End Sushi Restaurants

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While in Japan, you probably want to try the best that Japan has to offer terms of sushi. Here are the best 15 high-end sushi restaurants you need to splurge on at least once in your life to have a memorable and delectable sushi experience!

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Haneda Ichiba Ginza Seven (羽田市場GINZA SEVEN) [Ginza]

Ginza abounds in sushi restaurants, but this one stands out for its super fresh "neta" (toppings of the sushi) and comparatively reasonable price. While other restaurants (including very pricey ones) get their ingredients through slower distribution systems that go through Tsukiji or Toyosu markets and other intermediaries, Haneda Ichiba Ginza Seven flies in the fish from all parts of Japan. This means you can literally have on your plate some sashimi that was caught on the very same day!

You can have a sushi assortment such as the one pictured above with free-flowing good quality sake here for ¥10,000. You can make a reservation for this course through the restaurant's Facebook page linked below.
See the link below for more information about this restaurant.
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Sushi Fukuju(鮨ふくじゅ)[Ginza]

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Sushi Fukuju is one of Ginza's many high-end sushi restaurants, but with a few twists that set it apart from the rest. In addition to outstanding sushi and tsumami (Japanese-style side-dishes) made with the best ingredients available at Toyosu Market, the restaurant has an incredible location near the most iconic area of Ginza and even features a window seat with a beautiful view of the city's scenery. For those seeking an unforgettable sushi meal in Ginza, Sushi Fukuju is an excellent choice.
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The omakase course at Sushi Fukuju is ¥15,000 and features 7 or more tsumami (small dishes), at least 12 nigiri sushi pieces, a rice dish, a roll sushi, chawanmushi(savory egg custard), and a light dessert. The decadent meal lasts about 2 and a half hours and is wonderfully satisfying. Make sure to reserve ahead of time.

Kyubey (久兵衛) [Ginza]

Kyubey is one of the best and most famous sushi restaurants in Japan. You can enjoy the Japanese "omakase", which is a type of meal that consists of dishes selected by the chef. It is great because that way you don't have to worry about what order, but best of all, it means you get to enjoy all of the chef's recommended dishes which are the freshest in-season ingredients.
Kyubey has a beautiful and refined interior and is the perfect setting to try traditional Japanese sushi.
The courses are priced above ¥10,000 even during lunchtime, but after having one piece, you will understand. They serve the freshest fish of the day, which has been carefully prepared so that each customer can enjoy the fish' optimal and best taste.

Click on the link below to find more delicious sushi restaurants in Ginza.

Sushi Matsumoto (鮨まつもと) [Akasaka]

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Chef Matsumoto is a top-notch chef with a resume that includes years working at high-caliber restaurants including Kyubey and Sushi Kanesaka, some of the most highly-regarded sushi restaurants in Tokyo. His restaurant, Sushi Matsumoto, was awarded a Michelin star.

Everything at Matsumoto is outstanding, and the high number of nigiri served throughout the course means that guests will be treated to a huge variety of flavors and combinations. A couple of the items that stand out as particularly unique are the 'nebuto' (small fish fried whole without batter), and uni (sea urchin) wrapped in a thin slice of squid sashimi. The flavor combinations are exceptional and are guaranteed to please.
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Harutaka (青空) [Ginza]

Harutaka has two Michelin stars to prove that it's a very big deal when it comes to high-end sushi in Tokyo.

The prestigious Ginza restaurant is located a 5-minute walk from Shimbashi station.

As is the case with most sushi restaurants of this calibre, making a reservation beforehand is a must. You can do so through the reservation link below provided by JPNEAZY. The service starts at 5 PM and there are three time slots for you to place a reservation. Thanks to a strict schedule Harutaka has a comparatively higher turnover rate for its patronage in one evening compared to other high-end sushi restaurants. For that reason, your chances of getting a reservation are actually pretty good.

Kobikicho Tomoki (木挽町 とも樹) [Ginza]

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The clean-lined interior is really soothing because of the warm lighting coupled with a beautiful wooden counter, lampshades, and furniture.

There's even a private tatami room with an 'origotatsu' (Japanese traditional low table). This room is ideal for people seeking intimacy whereas the counter seats are the best if you'd like to see the chef masterfully prepare each piece of sushi.

The chef goes himself to the fish market to select what he deems to be the very best ingredients. Thanks to a direct delivery system, incredible freshness is guaranteed.
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Sushi Fukumoto (鮨 福元) [Shimokitazawa]

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Sushi Fukumoto has held its Michelin star for 11 consecutive years, no small feat for a sushi restaurant in Tokyo.

Located near Shimokitazawa Station in south Tokyo, the small restaurant contains an 8-seat counter and one private room. The chef buys fresh fish from Toyosu market every morning, but won't serve anything inferior to his customers. There's even a statement on the website saying that they will contact customers with a reservation in case there isn't enough quality fish on that day and service needs to be cancelled, although this rarely happens.

The sushi served goes wonderfully with sake, and the chef encourages ordering some to drink while you enjoy the course.

Matsue (松栄) [Ebisu]

Matsue Ebisu is located 2 minutes away from Ebisu Station. You can either sit at the bar table or get individual tables for a group gathering.

Sitting at the bar allows you to see the chefs meticulously prepare each dish right before your eyes. If you're only two people, you should definitely sit at the bar for the best experience.
During lunch, they have lunch sushi courses ranged from ¥3,240 to ¥6,480, whereas during dinner time they only have the "omakase" which starts at ¥10,800. Although it is not on the cheap side, it is definitely worth every penny! What is more, Ebisu is very chic and beautiful neighbourhood and you'll definitely enjoy wandering the streets after this delicious meal.

Miyako (みやこ) [Shinjuku]

Miyako is a sushi restaurant located 9 minutes away from Shinjuku Station. It is on the 3rd floor of Hyatt Regency Hotel. As there are only 14 counter seats, the restaurant is very calm and has a cosy atmosphere. It is a great place to bring a date, you are sure to impress him/her!
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The chef will serve you the freshest and finest sushi dishes. It is recommended to get the omakase course, but unlike other traditional Japanese sushi restaurants, you also have an a-la-carte option.
If you don't know what to order, the omakase course is probably the simplest.

Sukiyabashi Jiro (すきやばし次郎) [Roppongi]

Sukiyabashi Jiro is a sushi restaurant located inside Roppongi Hills. It is a Michelin 2-starred sushi restaurant, proving its excellent and highly-recognized taste in the sushi that is served. One thing all customers going to this resto should remember is that customers are expected to focus on eating the sushi and to eat quickly. This is the tradition of Edo-style sushi.
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Also, they only have "omakase" unlike other restaurants introduced previously. This is because they want customers to eat the sushi at the best time of the season!

Koufukuzushi (後富久ずし) [Kanda]

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Koufukuzushi is located 5 minutes away from Kanda Station. There are small private rooms for group gatherings, or if you want to eat at the bar seat, you can enjoy watching the chef make your sushi! Again, this is by far the best place to sit for an impressive dining experience.
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The fish used to make the sushi is carefully selected by the chef from the Tsukiji fish market. You can enjoy, high quality sushi for a rather reasonable price compared to other high-end sushi restaurants.

Kurosaki (くろ﨑) [Shibuya]

If you want to try the best quality sushi in Shibuya and you are willing to splurge, here is a place for you. Kurosaki is located 7 minutes away from Shibuya Station, and it has a much calmer and classier atmosphere although it is in the centre of the crowded main streets of Shibuya.
They use the freshest and most delicious fish of the season to prepare the sushi, and the chef will make it in front of you!
They don't accept walk-ins, so be sure you make a reservation beforehand if you want to eat here!

Isshin (一新) [Asakusa]

After walking 10 minutes from Asakusa, one of the most populated areas of Tokyo among tourists, you will find this Michelin 1-star sushi restaurant. As Asakusa preserves the traditional Japanese atmosphere, this restaurant has a similar taste when it comes to its interior and vibe.
You can enjoy the seasonal tastes of sushi here, but the rice is very special. The chef has a unique way of cooking the rice, which makes the sushi particularly extraordinary!

Umi (海味) [Minami Aoyama]

Umi is located 5 minutes away from Gaienmae Station and is only open during dinner time. The workers will welcome you with their loud chants and you will have a unique and fun sushi experience here! It is much livelier than your typical high-end sushi restaurant.
Although the price is slightly high, the taste of the sushi is extraordinary. If you are in the Aoyama area and want the BEST sushi, Umi is the place to go!

Taku (拓) [Nishi-Azabu]

Taku is a sushi restaurant located 5 minutes away from Nogizaka Statio and is also 15 minutes away from Roppongi Station. It has a very classy atmosphere, and you can enjoy a quiet meal in private rooms or enjoy watching and talking to the chef at the counter seats.
Unlike other traditional restaurants, this restaurant has a sommelier serving wine and champagne and also sake and shochu. Also, it is unique for being open until 1:00 am, as most sushi restaurants close pretty early. Although preserving the conventional, high-quality taste of sushi, the atmosphere and the concept of the store is more modern.

Lastly...

This article reviewed the most high-end sushi restaurants in different areas of Tokyo. Although they are quite pricey, the taste of these sushi dishes is definitely worth the price. It is the perfect occasion to bring a date or to celebrate a special occasion as this will surely be, in more ways than one, an unforgettable dining experience and evening!
Be sure to visit at least one of these awesome restaurants on your trip to Japan. You might want to make a reservation in advance as these restaurants are a victim of their popularity.

Want to eat something other than just sushi? Check out our article on the best restaurants in Tokyo:

Tokyo Night Foodie Tour in Shinjuku

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We also recommend this great foodie tour of Shinjuku by night with a local guide. You get to eat a set of sushi and wagyu beef yakiniku (Japanese BBQ) on the same tour! The guides are super friendly and you'll learn a lot about the area from a local's perspective.

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