Japan is home to the best sushi in the world, but not all sushi should hurt your budget just like the “conveyor belt sushi”. The most famous conveyor belt sushi in Tokyo is Kurasushi, believe or not the price for each sushi plate is only 100 yen ($1)!

Conveyor Belt Sushi - Kurasushi

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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.

Kurasushi 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

Conveyor Belt Sushi – Kurasushi Superfood Menu

Conveyor Belt Sushi - Kurasushi 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.

Conveyor Belt Sushi - Kurasushi
Conveyor Belt Sushi - Kurasushi

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.

Conveyor Belt Sushi - Kurasushi
Conveyor Belt Sushi - Kurasushi

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!

Conveyor Belt Sushi - Kurasushi
Conveyor Belt Sushi - Kurasushi

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

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.

URL: Kurasushi Store Locations.

1. Ikebukuro East Exit

G building Minami-ikebukuro 01 B1F, 1-19-5 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo


Store Hours:

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


Store Hours:

Weekdays: 11:00 – 24:00
Weekends: 10:20 – 24:00

3. Minami-Senju Store

LaLa terrace Minamisenju, 4-7-2 Minamisenju, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo


Store Hours:

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.

Food Taste  – ★★★★
Value For Money  – ★★★★★
Cleanliness  – ★★★★★
Service  – ★★★★
Waiting Time  – ★★★