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How to Order Sushi in a Traditional Sushi Restaurant

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Updated: 11 May 2017
Tokyo 101 takes us deeper into Japanese culture, giving us the essential guide to life in Tokyo. In our latest instalment, we take a look at one of the many traditional and much-loved sushi restaurants dotted across the city.

As you’d imagine, there’s more than one way to enjoy sushi in Japan. From the popular ‘conveyor belt sushi‘ chains to the more traditional spots, Tokyo has it all.

Real sushi restaurants are famed for their chefs – itamaes (which literally translates to ‘in front of the board’). It takes around 10 years to become an itamae and it can take an apprentice chef up to five years of training just to learn how to make rice!