Fierce Competition for the Best Sushi! 14 Top Sushi Restaurants in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Publish-date: Jan 12 2018 Update-date: Dec 11 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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Fierce Competition for the Best Sushi! 14 Top Sushi Restaurants in Sapporo, Hokkaido

When you think of Hokkaido, you think of [Sushi]! Even within Hokkaido, competition is especially fierce in Sapporo. Here are 14 great sushi restaurants you can visit. There are even some restaurants on the list that you might think strange; you'll find that sushi restaurants can be quite different from one another! Try them all and find your personal favorite!

1. Sushi Dokoro Ueno

1. Sushi Dokoro Ueno

Sushi Dokoro Ueno is located just 2 minutes away from Hosui Susukino Station by foot. Walk through the curtains at the door and you'll find yourself in a homely and comfortable environment. The [Omakase Course] and [Nigiri Dake no Course] both feature items that change depending on the season. The nigiri (hand-formed) sushi is done Edomae-style, letting you fully taste each delicious ingredient. The calm atmosphere of this restaurant makes it a great place to bring your family, or for you to enjoy a quiet meal on your own.

Sushi Dokoro Ueno

Open: [Sunday, National Holidays] 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
[Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Wednesday
Average price: [Dinner] 15,000 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Hosui Susukino Station
Address: 1F, Joyful Sapporo Bldg., Minami 6-jo Nishi 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

2. Maru Zushi

2. Maru Zushi

Maru Zushi is a place where you can taste top quality Edomae-style nigiri sushi featuring seasonal fish. The restaurant is just a 5-minute walk from Exit 5 of Susukino Station. There are a total of 9 seats at the unvarnished wooden counter. The atmosphere is comfortable, so you'll feel right at home. The [Kohada] (medium-sized gizzard shad) is highly recommended. It’s a delicacy that’s been prepared by carefully soaking the fish in saltwater, a method known as "tate shio". This ensures that the fish skin won’t end up hard. The restaurant is even featured in a world-renowned gourmet guide, so you know it’s going to be good!

Maru Zushi

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 19,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Susukino Station and Higashi Honganji-mae Teiryujyo Station
Address: 1F, Light Bldg., Minami 6-jo Nishi 4-Chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map)

3. Sushi Matsumoto

3. Sushi Matsumoto

Walk just 3 minutes from Susukino Station and you’ll arrive at Sushi Matsumoto, a sushi restaurant that’s great even for the solo diner. The restaurant really makes you feel like you are at home, so it's perfect for dining alone or with family. The [Kegani Miso Ae] (Miso Hairy Crab) is a recommended item to try. In this dish, Hokkaido hairy crab is tossed with miso. The wonderful flavor of the crab spreads in your mouth when you take a bite. They also offer the [Yasai Sushi Set] (Vegetable Sushi Set), which you won’t find elsewhere! It’s a value-for-money set that gets you 5 pieces of vegetable sushi and 5 pieces of raw fish sushi, letting you enjoy tasty seasonal vegetables.

Sushi Matsumoto

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 6:00 pm - 1:00 am 
[Sunday, National Holidays] 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Wednesday 
*Open throughout the beginning and end of the year
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from Susukino Station
Address: B1F, N Grande Bldg., 3-8, Minami 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

4. Yutaka Zushi

4. Yutaka Zushi

Yutaka Zushi has been keeping the taste of traditional sushi alive since 1978. Located a 5-minute walk from Susukino Station, this well-established restaurant is renovated periodically to keep it looking fresh and new. You’ve got to try their [Ikura no Gunkan] (Salmon Roe Sushi) that makes use of salmon roe from Hiroo in Hokkaido. It is so famous that it gets sold and shipped all across Japan! You can taste the skills and sensibility of the sushi chef through the food.

Yutaka Zushi

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 00:00 am
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 12,500 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Susukino Station
Address: 4, Minami 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

5. Sushiya no Saito

5. Sushiya no Saito

Sushiya no Saito is located between Susukino Station and Nakajima Koen Station. The restaurant offers counter seats that are great for single diners or couples, as well as private rooms that can seat up to 6 people. It’s a friendly restaurant that is happy to take requests for seasonal items or customize your orders. You’ll be able to sample fresh fish and shellfish, as well as [Hon Wasabi] shipped directly from Utougi in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Sushiya no Saito

Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 00:00 am
[Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 12,960 JPY / [Lunch] 3,240 JPY
Access: 4-minute walk from Susukino Station
Address: 1F, Plaza 6.4 Bldg., 4, Minami 6-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map
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6. Sushi Kyu

6. Sushi Kyu

Sushi Kyu is just a 3-minute walk from Exit 3 of Susukino Station. Here, they pay close attention to the ingredients, from the seafood to the water and rice. Their wide variety of dishes include [Nigiri Sushi], [Sushi Cake] that’s great for special events, and [Jikasei Karasumi] (Homemade Salted and Dried Mullet Roe), which is known as one of the three peculiar delicacies of Japan. The [Sushi Cake] is made with 8 - 9 types of fresh seasonal fish, such as white fish, fatty tuna, tuna, salmon, mackerel, and scallop. It’s a really creative dish! You can make reservations on the same day, so it’s a great way to surprise your family for a birthday celebration.

Sushi Kyu

Open: [Tuesday - Saturday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 6:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am) 
[Sunday] 5:30 pm - 00:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 8,000 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Hosui Susukino Station
Address: 1F, Tm-26 Bldg., 2, Minami 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map
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7. Sushiya no Yamada

7. Sushiya no Yamada

Sushiya no Yamada is a restaurant located just 3 minutes from Susukino Station by foot. There’s a wide variety of seating options for any group size, ranging from counter seats to semi-private horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu tables) that seat between 2 - 16 people. Seat yourself at the counter and enjoy a friendly chat with the owner! The restaurant is particular about ensuring they use fresh fish, which are sourced from throughout Hokkaido and even all the way from Kyushu. They use Hokkaido rice for their nigiri sushi, as it lends itself especially well to the dish. The [Yumepirika] rice is especially plump and firm. You’ll love the texture!

Sushiya no Yamada

Open: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY
Access: 3-minute walk from Susukino Station
Address: 1F, No. 20 Keiwa Bldg., Shinjuku-dori, 4-2, Minami 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map
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8. Sushi Saiko

8. Sushi Saiko

Sushi Saiko is located in the basement level of a building that’s just 3 minutes on foot from Susukino Station. Besides the usual [Prawn], [Crab], and [Uni] (sea urchin), it’s likely that you’ll be able to sample premium local ingredients like [Kinki] (shortspine thornyhead) and [Masunosuke] (chinook salmon). Starting off with their [Osusume no Course], they also have [Omakase Nigiri], sashimi, simmered dishes, grilled dishes, soups, and more. This makes it perfect for business dinners and other special occasions. The sushi made by the owner is served directly to the customers seated at the counter, so the sushi can be made to match the speed of their consumption. It’s a service that leaves customers delighted.

Sushi Saiko

Open: [Weekdays, Saturdays, Days before holidays] Hours 18:00-00:00, however, may close if ingredients run out
Closed: None
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY
Access: Depart Susukino Station on the Sapporo City Subway Line, head along Gojodori street, located in the basement of the #4 Green Building.
Address: No.4 Green Bldg. B1F, 3chome Minami Gojo , Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Map)
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9. Sushi Sakai

9. Sushi Sakai

A 2-minute walk from Odori Station, in a building opposite of Shower Street (Shower-dori), you’ll find Sushi Sakai. Here, they don’t use farmed fish, so you’ll be able to sample wild fish at this restaurant. The sushi is prepared in Edomae-style, using the [Shimeru] and [Tsukeru] techniques. In addition, the owner uses the [Shimeru] and [Musu] techniques to prepare the fish, selecting the one that suits the ingredient best. Sample their gizzard shad, conger eel, and other sushi!

Sushi Sakai

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:30 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Odori Station
Address: 1F, Parade Bldg., Minami 2-jo Nishi 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

10. Sushi Isono

10. Sushi Isono

Located near Nishi hatchome Station, Sushi Isono is a stylish restaurant that’s perfect for ladies and couples. The 8 counter seats offer customers a chance to chat with the owner as they dine, so it’s perfect for solo diners too. The large Hokkaido conger eels are broiled thoroughly, then grilled on order for the [Ni Anago Yaki]. It’s a must-try! The tender eel is a delicacy that will melt in your mouth, and the wonderfully sweet flavor is irresistible! 

Sushi Isono

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday] Dinner 6:00 pm - 0:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm),  [Saturday, Sunday] Lunch: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm) Reservations are required in advance for the lunch service.
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from the exits No.1 and No.10 of Subway Odori Station
Address: 1F, Minami Nijo Bldg., 7-8-2 Minami Ni-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido (Map)
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11. Sushisai Wakichi

11. Sushisai Wakichi

5 minutes on foot from Maruyama Koen Station is where you’ll find this sushi restaurant, which is painted in distinctive colors. The plain wood counter gives the restaurant a classic Japanese atmosphere. Check out the [Omakase Course] that includes 5 appetizers and 12 pieces of nigiri sushi. You’ll find fresh seafood from Hokkaido served here, but also seasonal ingredients from other locations like Tsukiji. Do bring your loved ones here for a meal on special occasions!

Sushisai Wakichi

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] From 6:00 pm (6:00 pm / 8:00 pm time slots)
Closed: Monday 
1 Tuesday per month
Average price: [Dinner] 20,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Maruyama Koen Station
Address: 25-1-22, Minami 2-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map
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12. Sushi Zen Main Branch

12. Sushi Zen Main Branch

Head out of Exit 1 of Maruyama Koen Station, and you’ll find yourself at Sushi Zen Main Branch after a 3-minute walk. The restaurant has 3 counter seat locations (Yuki, Tsuki, and Hana), as well as table seats, raised tatami-floored seating areas, private rooms, and even seating options in a separate building! You’ll surely be able to find the right seating option for any occasion. What’s great is that you’ll be able to taste not only fresh local ingredients, but also the best ingredients from all over the country. They also offer specially ordered Japanese alcohol. The friendly staff will always answer your questions about the food and alcohol, so you can expect good service when you visit. It’s a restaurant that’s perfect for important business meals or events.

Sushi Zen Main Branch

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (lunch sets available), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm) *10% service charge for both lunch and dinner
Closed: Monday
Access: 3-minute walk from Exit 1 of Maruyama Koen Station
Address: Kita 1-jo Nishi 27-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map
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13. Sushi Kaiseki Seppo

13. Sushi Kaiseki Seppo

Sushi Kaiseki Seppo is just a 1 minute walk from Exit 1 of Kotoni Station. The staff pay close attention to the atmosphere within the restaurant, offering counter seat options that are perfect for individual diners and private rooms that are great for groups of up to 10 people. The course meals are highly recommended. The [Mini Kaiseki Course], available only during lunch, is a great way to sample dishes made with seasonal ingredients at reasonable prices.

Sushi Kaiseki Seppo

Open: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm) *Reservations required for lunch. Please contact the restaurant for details.
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 5,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,500 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Kotoni Station
Address: 1F, Saito Palace, 5-2-20, Kotoni 2-jo, Nishi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map
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14. Sushi Egusa

14. Sushi Egusa

If you’re at Kotoni Station, head to Sushi Egusa, which is located in a building along the street that's straight out from the subway station. The restaurant’s plain wood finishing gives it a modern feel, and the plain wood counter seats inside are beautiful. The fresh ingredients for the day are carefully arranged in the display case, luxuriously lined up side by side. It’s a sight that will whet your appetite. The nigiri sushi is made from the fresh ingredients of the day, and the taste of the food will leave you with a satisfied smile on your face!

Sushi Egusa

Open: [Tuesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
[Wednesday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm *Reservations required 2 days in advance
Closed: Monday
Average price: [Dinner] 13,000 JPY / [Lunch] 6,000 JPY 
*Reservations required 2 days in advance
Access: 3-minute walk from Kotoni Station
Address: 3F, Takeda Bldg., 4-4-21, Kotoni 1-jo, Nishi-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (Map
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Jan 12 2018 Update-date: Dec 11 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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