Many people may have "authentic sushi" as a goal for their trip to Japan. Osaka is one of the most famous gourmet towns in Japan, where people say, "I spend a lot of money on food.” Osaka has a large selection of excellent sushi restaurants. We have carefully selected five of them. Here we introduce you to 5 restaurants where you can fully enjoy the charm of sushi, from the ingredients to the technique and atmosphere.
1. Sushi Hasegawa Shinsaibashi Honten
At "Sushi Hasegawa Shinsaibashi Honten" in Shinsaibashi, you can enjoy sushi made with the finest ingredients, such as rice grown in the restaurant's own rice fields and seasonal wild fish purchased from all over Japan, as well as Kaiseki cuisine prepared with traditional Japanese techniques. The seasonal Kaiseki course "Genji" is a popular menu that offers a total of 10 colorful Japanese dishes, including 5 pieces of sushi.
In an elegant Kyoto-style space, the restaurant offers a variety of seating options, including spacious and open counter seats, a kotatsu-style tatami room partitioned off by traditional Kyoto-style Japanese paper “kyo-karakami," and private rooms with table seating in a Japanese-style space. Another attraction of the restaurant is the wonderful collaboration between the dishes and the original tableware by ceramic artist Koichi Uchida.
Sushi Hasegawa Shinsaibashi Honten
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (last order 10:00 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY
Access: 5 minutes walk from Shinsaibashi Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line
Address: 4F Ability Building, 1-16-20 Higashi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore DetailsReservation
2. Sushi Nagayoshi
The wonder of Edomae-style sushi that makes the most of the flavors of carefully selected ingredients. The relaxed atmosphere is also a selling point.
Fukushima area still retains a downtown atmosphere in places. “Sushi Nagayoshi", tucked away in a quiet alleyway, is a restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Edomae-style sushi using fresh seafood purchased at the wholesale market every morning. The restaurant boasts innovative dishes such as "Kuroge Wagyu Beef Aburi with sea urchin" which combines Japanese black beef from Miyazaki Prefecture and fresh sea urchin from Hokkaido. You can enjoy the skilful techniques of chefs.
The restaurant's interior is a harmony of a Japanese atmosphere and a modern setup and is mainly a counter where you can enjoy the live performance of the craftsmen's hands. If you want to experience the real pleasure of sushi, the counter is the best place to go. We also have private rooms where you can dine in comfort without worrying about your surroundings. The room can accommodate up to 6 people.
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 6:00 pm- (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 10,000 JPYAccess
: 3 minutes walk from Shin-Fukushima Station on the JR Tozai Line Address
: 2-3-23, Fukushima, Fukushima-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Map
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3. Sushidokoro Kurosugi
A meeting of Edomae-style and Kansai food culture. Taste the unique nigiri of Kitashinchi.
“Sushidokoro Kurosugi" is located in Kitashinchi, where many famous long-established restaurants stand side by side. There is no menu, only an omakase course that captures the best of the season. You can fully enjoy fresh ingredients directly shipped from Tsukiji and other production centers. The rice is made with low-acid, rounded red vinegar, a taste that is in tune with Kansai food culture. The casual lunch menu is very popular.
The simple, cool white wooden counter is a comfortable space facing the Kitashinchi cityscape, and there is also a private room that can be reserved for 4 to 6 people, which is also designed as a counter. Reservations are required one month in advance, but it is a great opportunity to try.
: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:00 pm) / Dinner 6:00 pm - *From 6:00 pm until sushi toppings sold out.Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 16,000 JPY / [Lunch] 5,400 JPYAccess
: 3 minutes' walk from Oebashi Station on the Keihan Nakanoshima Line.Address
: 2F Shindai Building, 1-2-1 Dojimahama, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka MapMore Details
4. Sushi Hoshiyama
Enjoy the taste of Edomae-style Sushi, where each and every piece of sushi is skillfully made.
"Sushi Hoshiyama" is located in Kitashinchi, Osaka's most prestigious restaurant district. "Sushi Hoshiyama" is a restaurant where you can fully enjoy the royal Edo-mae style, using ingredients that have been carefully prepared to bring out the best flavor, such as by passing them through hot water or by kobujime (kelp-cured fish). The balance between the ingredients and the sushi rice is also exquisite. The restaurant offers an omakase course with no menu, so even sushi beginners can feel at ease.
Inside the restaurant, only counter seats are available, with the one-piece wooden counter standing out. From the moment you enter the restaurant, you can feel your expectations for the food rise. The beautiful presentation of the dishes using antique glasses and “Koimari" plates is also a delight. You can spend the best time with a glass of champagne or sake that goes well with sushi.
: [Monday, Wednesday, Holidays, Day Before Holidays] 17:30 - 22:30 (last order 22:00)Closed
: TuesdayAverage price
: [Dinner] 15,000 JPYAccess
: Five-minute walk heading east from JR Kitashinchi Station.Address
: 3F Taniyasu Rowa Building, 1-9-9 Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Map
5. Sushi Keyaki
Experienced sushi chef's skill to be enjoyed with the best ingredients of the day
Sushi Keyaki is located in a hidden alley near Shinsaibashi Station. Experienced sushi chefs, many of whom have worked at high-brand hotels, use the freshest seafood from the market every morning. Each piece of sushi is served with a twist, whether it is topped with ponzu (citrus seasoned soy sauce) or salt and lemon. The main course consists of eight bite-sized pieces of nigiri, each with its own unique twist.
The restaurant is a quiet space with a white wooden counter and only nine seats. In a relaxed atmosphere overflowing with the warmth of wood, you can enjoy a peaceful meal. Of course, you can also take in the expert techniques of our chefs right in front of you. You can trully appreciate a course that includes traditional Japanese dishes such as chawanmushi (steamed egg custard) and seasonal grilled fish.
: [Sunday,Tuesday - Saturday] Dinner 17:30 - 23:00[Sunday,Wednesday - Saturday] Lunch 11:30 - 14:30Closed
: *Tuesday is closed at lunchtime.Average price
: [Dinner] 10,000 JPY / [Lunch] 4,000 JPYAccess
: 3 minutes walk from Shinsaibashi Staton on the Osaka Metro Midosuji LineAddress
: 2F Bamboo Alley Building, 1-9-20 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka MapMore Details
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