Tachikawa is out in the western suburbs of Tokyo and probably isn’t on your bucket list of things to see/do when in Japan.
But the station is well connected, there are fantastic hotels, and some interesting things to see and do as well.
When you want some of the best sushi Tokyo has to offer, there are some fantastic opportunities right in Tachikawa.
1. Sushi Katsu
If you’re reading this, chances are by now you’ve had conveyor belt sushi in Japan. While that’s pretty awesome too, when you’re ready to move to the next level in sushi, this place has you covered.
Sushi Katsu is one of those rare finds. A 3rd generation family-run sushi shop that also offers to train would-be sushi chefs of the future. The place is old, but don’t let its appearance deter you.
Sushi Katsu is sushi at a level you won’t find in the typical conveyor belt places. It is a sit down in front of the chef sort of places — it’s not only incredible sushi but an interesting experience too.
Map pin to Sushi Katsu.
2. Nishiki Sushi
This is another one of those really sweet — sit in front of the chef and enjoy — type of places. You can see the fresh ingredients from the counter.
Watching a master sushi chef work is something to behold. A person who has been studying and improving their craft over time. That’s what you find here at Nishiki Sushi.
It’s a bit pricey, but when you’re ready to splurge a bit, this place is a great way to do it if you love excellent sushi.
Map pin to Nishiki Sushi.
3. Sushi Kitamura
When I say “hidden in Tachikawa” this is what I mean. About an 8 minute walk from the south exit of Tachikawa station, Sushi Kitamura is an up-scale sushi shop waiting to delight you.
Everything from the entrance, the decor, to the exquisite craftsmanship of the chef himself screams quality.
It’s a bit pricey, starting around ¥15,000 per person, but when Jiro’s in downtown Tokyo is impossible to get into, this shop won’t disappoint you.
Map pin to Sushi Kitamura.
4. Sushi Dokoro Miyazaki
Another excellent quality sushi shop with an extra interesting decor.
The contemporary brick facade outside should give clues as what to expect inside. The earthy feel starts outside and continues into the interior decor too.
Even the stone, earthenware plates look almost as if pulled from magma.
You’ll come for the quality sushi, you’ll enjoy it so much more with the cool atmosphere you’re surrounded with.
Map pin to Sushi Dokoro Miyazaki.
5. Sushi Miyashita
This little sushi bar is something special. You’ll find it crowded on a weekday evening after the salarymen get off work.
It’s like a gathering point where exhausted workers grab a quick drink to take the edge off while enjoying some of the best quality sushi around.
Map pin to Sushi Miyashita.
Irifunechaya is more than a sushi shop. It makes the list because it does serve some of the best sushi around.
However, it’s more of a traditional Japanese food restaurant.
You not only get to try incredible sushi but a plethora of other traditional Japanese foods.
This sort of shop is especially popular on certain holidays in Japan where these traditional foods are eaten for specific reasons. For instance, the Tai fish — eaten on a baby boy’s first birthday.
Map pin to Irifunechaya.
That wraps up this list of awesome sushi to be found in Tachikawa, Tokyo. While it may not be downtown, that doesn’t mean it can’t pack a punch.
Checkout Tachikawa during your stay in Tokyo. I think you’ll enjoy it.
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