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Unagi nigiri sushi – Suzuran – flash | © Alpha/Flickr
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The 10 Best Sushi Restaurants In Osaka, Japan

Picture of Corlena Bailey
Updated: 9 February 2017
Sushi is the most popular Japanese cuisine specialty around the world – so much so that many visitors fly to the country each year just to compare authentic Japanese sushi to that found elsewhere. If you are a fan of the world-famous dish, or if you’d like to try it for the first time, head over to the city of Osaka. Here are the ten best restaurants in Osaka to eat sushi.

Yakko Sushi

Yakko Sushi restaurant is located on the famous Tenjinbashisuji shopping street, the longest shopping street in Japan, with the closest station only 10 minutes away. As you can imagine, there are many sushi restaurants competing in this area. However, Yakko Sushi stands out from the rest because not only is their sushi delicious and the staff friendly, but their prices are also affordable. For only a small amount, you can have your sushi of choice hand-rolled by a skilled sushi craftsman right in front of you.
Opening hours: Mon-Wed and Fri-Sun, 12pm-11pm
Address & telephone number: Yakko Sushi, 5-6-22, Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 6-6358-4427

Koyoshi Sushi

Koyoshi Sushi is a small family-run restaurant that serves outstanding sushi. A warning before you enter: they speak very little English so you might want to go with a Japanese friend. However, if you say ‘Omakase’, which in Japanese means ‘I’ll leave it to you’, they will serve you their choice of sushi made with the freshest fish. You could try Unagi (eel), or Anago (conger eel). They don’t take reservations and their counter only seats eight people so you might want to get there early. If you manage to get a seat you will not be disappointed.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 6pm-12am
Address & telephone number: Koyoshi Sushi, 1-3-12 Shibata, Osaka, Japan, +81 6-6372-5747

Hontozushi Kaiba

The fashionable district of Kitahorie is a fascinating area, and after visiting all the designer stores, galleries and piano bars that line the streets, stop by Hontozushi Kaiba for some delicious sushi. They are located in the basement of the Meiji Fukoku Life building, five minutes away from Yotsubashi station. The restaurant is small and casual, but the food is sumptuous and their prices are reasonable in comparison to other similar establishments. If you don’t speak Japanese, try ordering the ‘omakase course’ of either 10 or 16 pieces of sushi, chosen by the chef.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 4pm-11:30pm
Address & telephone number: Hontozushi Kaiba, 1-15-22, Kitahorie, Nishi-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 6 6532 2918

Shinakashisushi

Located five minutes away from Shinsaibashi station, Shinakashisushi is the best place to go if you are a big fan of tuna. The small restaurant with only 28 seats is a bit on the expensive side, but you will not be disappointed with the high quality service, the dedication to the preparation of meals, and the refreshing taste of some of the best sushi in the area. People who visit Shinakashisushi tend to order Toro, the Japanese word for Tuna.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 5pm-1am
Address & telephone number: Shinakashisushi, 2-4-11 Higashishinsaibashi Chuo-ku Osaka, Japan, +81 6-6213-0911

Endo Sushi

Endo Sushi has been in business for more than a century. With that much experience under their belt, they have truly mastered the art of sushi making, so the restaurant is a must-try if you want to savor truly authentic tastes. Their sushi is fresh and will melt in your mouth. You can stop by as early as 5am, when they open, and have sushi for breakfast. Their most popular order is ‘maze’, where customers get five different pieces of sushi items.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat, 5am-2pm
Address & telephone number: Endo Sushi, 1-1-86 Noda Fukushima-ku Osaka, Japan, +81 6-6469-7108

Harukoma

If you are looking to blend in with the locals while enjoying some delicious sushi at a reasonable price, then Harukoma is the place to go. Harukoma is located in the popular Tenroku, where you can sample a variety of sushi in the company of Osaka’s downtown inhabitants. The restaurant is very popular and people usually start a line before it opens for lunch, so be sure to get their early. Alternatively, you could try visiting outside of lunch and dinner hours.
Opening hours: Mon and Wed-Sun, 11am-10:30pm
Address & telephone number: Harukoma, 5-5-2 Tenshinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Japan, +81 6-6351-4319

Ginza Kyubey

On the grounds of the Imperial Hotel in Osaka you’ll find a fine dining establishment that serves exquisite sushi. You won’t get your everyday ‘run of the mill’ sushi at Ginza Kyubey – they add a special touch to every meal. Their fish is fresh and they use ingredients of outstanding quality. Watching the expert chefs at work is a great source of entertainment. The customer service is next to none and the atmosphere is classy yet unpretentious.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm
Address & telephone number: Ginza Kyubey, 1-8-50 Temmabashi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 6-6357-1388

Sushi Hayata

Another sushi restaurant that rivals many others in Osaka is Sushi Hayata. Owned and operated by the Hayata brothers, this restaurant has many loyal customers who are always satisfied with the quality service and the good sushi. Sushi Hayata is easy to find, being conveniently located next to the St. Regis hotel and Honmachi Station. It is therefore the perfect pit-stop if you are in the area and feeling hungry.
Address & telephone number: Sushi Hayata, 3-5-4 Minamihonmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 6-6245-2088

Hakodate Kantaro

If you happened to be at Grand Front Osaka, then you’ve got to try the sushi at Hakodate Kantaro. Grand Front Osaka is a fairly new shopping complex located at the largest terminal in West Japan, just in front of the Umeda Station. It houses 266 businesses, including many eateries. Hakodate Kantaro is a preferred choice for many hungry shoppers. Not only is their sushi tasty and of very high quality, but their prices are reasonable.
Address & telephone number: Hakodate Kantaro, Grand Front Osaka South Wing, F7, 4-20 Ofukacho Kita-Ku, Osaka, Japan, +81 6-6485-7168

Uoshin Honten

Uoshin Honten is a bit more unique than most other sushi restaurants you will find in Osaka. What’s so special about them is that they serve sushi with large slices of fish, yet the prices are still affordable and they don’t compromise on taste or quality. Because of the size of their sushi, the prices on the menu are for one piece and not one plate. One plate comes with two filling pieces of sushi that will simply melt in your mouth. Grab a seat at the counter and watch the chefs at work.
Opening hours: 11:30am-1am
Address & telephone number: Uoshin Honten, 5-4 Doyamacho, Kitaku, Osaka, Japan, + 81 6-6313-0135