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Sharing the Ins and Outs of the Japanese Conveyor Belt Sushi Shop (Sushiro)

We got hungry and went to Sushiro. Sushiro is something you’ve not likely heard of before because it’s still not made it overseas but it’s a super famous conveyor belt sushi place in Japan. It’s getting more common to find conveyor belt sushi places even overseas so I’m sure you’ve done it before. However, Sushiro is super cheap and good, uses the latest technology, and we think you could call it an experiential tourist spot. You ought to try this at least once when you visit Japan so we’re going to share the ins and outs, everything from entering the restaurant to paying your bill. Read this article and have no fears about conveyor belt sushi restaurants. 

 

1. From entering to preparing to eat

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We picked today because it would purposefully not be crowded. There’s lines going outside the shop for lunch and dinner… It’s proof of a hot spot. 

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There’s a menu and paper on the table.

Menu

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Most of the menu is generally 2 pieces/100 yen. This is really cheap when it comes to sushi! You won’t spend a lot even if you eat until you’re full so you can eat to your heart’s content.

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<Tip 1>
There’s also plenty of side menus. They’ve got things you’ll like from ramen and udon to karaage (fried chicken) and tempura…

Green tea

You also get the tea yourself. Think of it as a custom that you do before you eat sushi. Sushi goes great with tea.

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The teacups are placed at head height at your seat. First-timers surprisingly don’t notice these.

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Take a teacup and use the green tea powder at each table.

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<Tip 2>
One spoon per cup. This way you’ll make the best, strong-flavored green tea.

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Once the green tea powder is in your teacup, pour yourself hot water using the tap that’s there. The water will come out automatically when you push against the cup.

Wasabi

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<Tip 3>
All of the sushi at Sushiro are wasabi-free. If you want wasabi then take the wasabi as it comes down the lane.

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Get off the belt the 2 pieces of tuna for 100 yen! Yummy!

 

2. Ordering Other Items

You can take and eat the sushi that comes down the belt as you please. However, some of the sushi on the belt were ordered by other customers. You cannot eat these. In other words, you can order the sushi that you like. Next are easily misunderstood points about ordering.

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First, there’s a monitor at each table. You can change the language (English, Chinese, Korean) so you won’t have a problem using the self-ordering panel.

<Tip 4>
Look to the side of the monitor. Our table had “金色” (kin’iro – gold) written on it. This is the color of the tray they’ll use for your sushi. All other colored trays are ones ordered by other tables and off-limits!

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<Tip 5>
A few seconds before your order arrives, music will play from the monitor to alert you. It calculates the distance it takes to get from the kitchen to your table and the music playing is completely automated. It’s possible to use cutting-edge technology while offering cheap sushi. And this convenient system means no looking down the belt, wondering when your sushi will come.

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Look at the belt when you hear the music play. Here’s a tray with “金色” written on it. See how the sushi on the left isn’t on a tray? That one can be eaten by anyone.

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<Tip 6>
When you take the sushi you ordered, you only take the plate. Leave the tray on the belt.

 

3. Sushi Recommendations

Sushiro has about 80 kinds of sushi. It’d be boring to hear about the normal sushi toppings so we’re going to talk about the more unique offerings.

Grilled tuna gelatin ponzu sauce

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It was great, lightly sprinkled with ponzu!

Grilled salmon with basil and cheese

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Basil went well with sushi!

Salted chuck rib

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Tasted sushi and yakiniku at the same time!

Fried shrimp

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Had sushi and tempura at the same time! At 1 piece for 50 yen, it was unbelievably crisp!

Tuna salad

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White plates mean they’re for kids but there are many foreigners who like ones with Japanese tuna so eat these too. I also recommend the convenience store tuna mayo onigiri!

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Gochisosama deshita! (It was a feast!)

 

4. Paying

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When you’re finished eating, press the billing button on the upper right of the monitor. A waiter will come to your table and count your plates.

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Once your bill is totaled, you take the table number on your table to the exit. Pay the table totaled up earlier and thus concludes your conveyor belt sushi experience. 

 

Now you can go to your very first conveyor belt sushi place in Japan and not be worried! Stuff yourself with good sushi :)

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