Kura sushi is famous for its conveyor belt sushi style shop and for its cheap price! Sushi-s are served through a conveyor belt which run along the side of the shop’s tables. Each sushi plate is put inside a plastic like container called “Sendo-kun” or “Mr. Fresh” in English. The purpose of these container is to protect the sushi from being contaminated and maintain its fresh state before the customer picks one. Customers can easily reach as many plates of sushi as they can eat!
There are two levels of conveyor belt on which the sushi plates are place over, (a) lower level of the conveyor belt is for the normal sushi or the sushi priced for 100 yen while the (b) upper level is for the orders requested from the menu.
Below is the Conveyor Belt Sushi – Kurasushi menu, items that are not labeled with a certain price are only 100 yen sushi! Kurasushi also have another menu customized for the health conscious eaters and is called “Superfood”. The Superfood menu consists of salad meals and drinks infused with chia seed.
Conveyor Belt Sushi – Kurasushi 100 yen Menu
Conveyor Belt Sushi – Kurasushi Superfood Menu
You can easily request an order on the touch screen device attached on the side of the conveyor belt close to the side of your table. Items on the menu that isn’t labeled with a price is considered a 100-yen item order. When your order arrives, it will be served on the upper level of the conveyor belt.
Expect your order to be served in under 5 minutes! Ever wonder how can they serve such many sushi plates every minute? Kura sushi uses a “Sushi Robot” to shape the first the sushi rice, it has a production capacity of 3,600 pieces per hour! No human touches the sushi rice until they put the toppings on top of the rice. Now that’s a point for cleanliness and food safety!
Image credited to Kurasushi
Conveyor Belt Sushi Taste Test!
Conveyor Belt Sushi – Kurasushi’s menu has a wide variety of sushi and the best budget sushi that I’ve tried so far! Unlike other traditional sushi shop, a wasabi is already pasted onto the sushi rice. For Kurasushi’s case they don’t put the wasabi instantly onto the sushi rice, your can order the wasabi paste for free on the menu screen. For tourists that are not so into eating wasabi, this is a good introductory sushi meal for first timers.
Below are a few sushi that we picked from the conveyor belt.
Conveyor Belt Sushi – Kurasushi also serves free green tea! You can get your tea cup just above the conveyor belt, add a few teaspoons of Japanese green tea and hot water. The faucet like thing on the side of the table is for the hot water of your tea.
Japanese are also a fan of this conveyor belt sushi shop especially the younger ones because they play while they eat! After you finish eating a plate of sushi the practice is to stack your plates as you eat. At Kura sushi / conveyor belt sushi there is a small slot on each side of the table, the purpose is for you to dispose 5 plates and you get to play a game!
After you disposed 5 plates a game will automatically play on the menu screen, if you win you get a mini prize! Luckily, I got a sushi key chain!
Kurasushi game prize! Kurasushi keychain!
On the conveyor belt you can also find some desserts! I remember there were 3 types of cheesecake, I tried the plain cheesecake and it was delicious! Just the right amount of sweetness to wear off the fishy taste of the sushi.
Conveyor Belt Sushi – Kurasushi Stores
We listed below a few stores of Kurasushi in Tokyo (Kanto Area), for other store information outside Tokyo kindly click on the link below for more information.
1. Ikebukuro East Exit
G building Minami-ikebukuro 01 B1F, 1-19-5 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Weekdays: 11:00 – 23:00
Weekends: 10:20 – 23:00
2. Ikebukuro Sunshine 60 Street Store
1-29-1, Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Saint-Tropez Ikebukuro building 6F
Weekdays: 11:00 – 24:00
Weekends: 10:20 – 24:00
3. Minami-Senju Store
LaLa terrace Minamisenju, 4-7-2 Minamisenju, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
Weekdays: 11:00 – 23:00
Weekends: 10:20 – 23:00
How to make a Reservation
It was my first time to try and eat at Kurasushi, the excited me did not make any research ahead like how to make a reservation in advance. So I ended up getting a queue number and waited for 70 minutes.. more than 1 hour! You can get your queue number on the shop entrance, there is a ticket number kiosk by the waiting area. The kiosk is in Japanese display language, it is better to ask assistance from the store staff to help you.
Kurasushi App – EPARK Reservation
Little that I know you can make a reservation online using “Kurasushi” app and through EPARK website. There is just one problem with the reservation system, it only display Japanese language and not English. We tried to make a step by step guide in English on how make a reservation, hope this is a big help!
Reservation Using EPARK
*TIP: Access the EPARK website in Google Chrome browser and click the option to translate the page in English.
1.First you have to register an account on EPARK website, click on this link on how to register an account on EPARK!
URL: EPARK Japan Online Reservation English
2.After registration you can now search for your desired restaurant and make a reservation!
Here is a link on to make a reservation using EPARK JAPAN, http://yourjapanjourney.com/how-to-use-epark-japan-english/
Conveyor Belt Sushi – Kurasushi Review
For budget sushi Kurasushi serves delicious sushi at a cheap price! Also the fun experience while eating and playing the gachapon game is a must try. We highly recommend that you visit a Kurasushi Store once you visit Japan!
Make sure you go to the store at least 1 hour before your desire eating time because you need to get your table number and wait on the long line. Although the line queue is fast moving we still suggest that your come and reserve ahead of time.
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