By Kenji Kitabayasho, who swapped the rice paddies of Akita for the bright lights of Tokyo for university, and is still here 20 years on.
Edited by Kathryn Foley
Sushi is probably the dish that is the most instantly recognisable as Japanese across world, so of course, the question of where to eat sushi in Tokyo is at the top of everyone’s list when they visit Japan. I would even say that eating sushi in its home country is reason enough to visit Tokyo! Shinjuku has always been an area with a very high traffic of people, and since so many people pass through all of the time, it’s always been open and inclusive to newcomers. This means there are also a lot of incredible Shinjuku sushi restaurants! To eat like a local in Shinjuku, you can’t go wrong with sushi. This is a great place to try Japan’s famous dish, since there are so many types of sushi restaurants, serving variations from all over Japan. From feasting on the best cheap sushi in Shinjuku to splashing out at high end venues, tranquil and traditional spots to crazy and fun restaurants, you’ll find it all here. So here are my recommendations for the best places to eat sushi in Shinjuku.