Japan, home of sushi and sashimi, is often wrongfully accused of being super expensive. Sure, you can find super expensive things here; like strawberries or melons that cost a small fortune or visit famously expensive sushi places, but you can also find super affordable things of high quality. Especially when it comes to food.
Sushi is oftentimes quite expensive, and rightfully so. Fresh fish of the highest quality is expensive! But what if you want to eat on a budget while traveling in Japan?
My tip is to eat more expensive food or at more expensive places during lunch time. Many restaurants and shops offer affordable lunch sets or menus and some sushi places do to. Instead of ordering your nigiri piece by piece or paying thousands of yen for a omakase (chefs choice) during dinner time, try visiting during lunch time and choose a lunch set if available.
At my local Sushi Zanmai in Utsunomiya (Tochigi prefecture) they offer quite a few lunch options from ¥900 (about $8) and up, including salad, miso soup and chawanmushi (steamed egg custard). And the quality of this kind of sushi is often so much better than at your average kaitenzushi (conveyor belt sushi) chain but at a quite similar price.
The quality is the same as at night (at least at the places I´ve tried) but it's often a lot cheaper. And lunch sets often include side dishes that you would have to pay extra for during dinner time.
So if you love sushi and want to try the higher quality kind while keeping your budget, try visiting any sushi place during lunch time and get a lunch set.
When do you usually eat sushi, for lunch or for dinner? And what's your favorite sushi place in Japan? Please let me know in the comments. -
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