Updated： April 17, 2018
5 Best Sushi Restaurants In Fukuoka For All Budgets
This is a list of 5 of the very best sushi restaurants in the port city of Fukuoka. The city has many renowned establishments. We've included restaurants in all price ranges, from very cheap kaiten sushi restos to 3 Michelin starred restos.
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Hyotan is a restaurant of long standing, loved by the locals. It has two locations near the Tenjin Station. One is a kaiten (sushi train or conveyor belt sushi) and the other one is not. They are both excellent places to go to for the price! Expect to pay around ¥3,000 or less for a quality meal. For lunch, you can get a sushi assortment that comes with a Japanese soup for less than ¥1,000. For ¥2,750, you can have the day's special selection of seasonal catches. This set is really worth it if you are willing to pay more and have worked up an appetite.
Chikae is possibly the best choice in the mid-price range category. The interior is simply stunningly beautiful and comfortable with its warm lighting, wooden traditional design, and literally a pond with fish jumping at the very center of the room of the first floor. You won't want to leave once you get there. It's the ideal place to have a Japanese feast and have a few drinks of sake in good company. For the food, you should try a seasonal course of kaiseki ryori. This is a traditional meal which is served in a many small portions. You do not get only sushi and sashimi but also all kinds of delicate appetizers. Also, the seasonal courses include the "ikizukuri" type of presentation, which means that the fish is presented in its original form such as the one shown in the picture above. Seasonal courses start at ¥5,000. For lunch, there are some reasonably-priced options that will cost you around ¥2,000. You can make a reservation through the official website.
Tatsumi Sushi is one of the best mid-range priced sushi restaurant in Fukuoka. At this place, you do not dip your sushi in a soy sauce because each piece already has the perfect amount of seasoning. Everything is prepared with great care using seasonal ingredients. For lunch, you can order beautiful set meals that come with a salad, a chawanmushi (savory egg custard), a Japanese soup, a dessert and an assortment of sushi. For dinner, gorgeous sets are available that cost around ¥8,000. Note that Tatsumi also specializes in fugu (blowfish) dishes so if you are curious to try that Japanese delicacy, this is a good place to do it.
For a high-end sushi experience, Chikamatsu should be on the top of your list. This restaurant is not only recognized as one of the best in Fukuoka but also nation-wide. Every piece is a beautiful work of art. The rice has a perfect balance of acidity and sweetness and the fish the toppings are simply the best you can find in-season. You absolutely must make a reservation to go there, and it is a rather exclusive place, so having someone that introduces it to you is the best way to get the chance to dine there. Expect to pay around ¥15,000.
Sushi Gyoten has the distinction of having been awarded 3 Michelin stars, which means you're in for something close to the pinnacle in terms of sushi experiences, that is, if you do manage to make a reservation at the prestigious establishment. Make sure to plan in advance if you want to go there. You'll be struck not only by the sushi served, which are true works of art, but also by the beautiful traditional atmosphere. The restaurant has a dim lighting and a big wooden counter from which you see the young sushi master at work. Have an omakase course (chef's selection) and you will be treated with some delicate tsumami (appetizers) before being served the sushi. This restaurant uses red vinegar (akazu), a type of sharper-tasting vinegar often used at high-end sushi restaurants. The chef is known to have mastered the science and art of aging the pieces of sashimi perfectly before using them as toppings. Every fish and seafood has a peak taste that can be achieved by making it age just a little after it is cut.
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