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In Japan's North, 'Cheap and Delicious' is Their Motto! 3 Popular Conveyor Belt Sushi Spots

In Japan's North, 'Cheap and Delicious' is Their Motto! 3 Popular Conveyor Belt Sushi Spots

Date published: 11 March 2020
Last updated: 12 January 2021

Conveyor belt sushi, or “kaitenzushi” is an easy and affordable way to enjoy dining out, and doing so in the seafood capital of Hokkaido is a must-try experience. You can enjoy fresh, high-quality sushi that might have you wondering “Is this really conveyor belt sushi!?”

Given the popularity with overseas tourists, the number of shops that can offer assistance in foreign languages is ever on the increase. So we found three shops in Sapporo that are particularly popular.

1. Fresh from Nemuro! “Kaitenzushi Nemuro Hanamaru”

1. Fresh from Nemuro! “Kaitenzushi Nemuro Hanamaru”

First up is Kaitenzushi Nemuro Hanamaru located in the restaurant area of Sapporo Stellar Place, a large shopping mall directly connected to Sapporo Station on the JR and Subway Namboku Lines.

As the name implies, this restaurant began in Nemuro and is a popular place to enjoy sushi prepared by craftsmen, using fresh ingredients from Nemuro and throughout Hokkaido.

Customers bring in photos of the fabled “Red Salmon Ikura Pickled in Soy Sauce”!

Customers bring in photos of the fabled “Red Salmon Ikura Pickled in Soy Sauce”!

Since the time of its founding, one of Hanamaru’s most popular menu items has been “Red Salmon Ikura Pickled in Soy Sauce” (352 yen, tax included). The plentiful serving of salmon caviar is salty and delicious. Many tourists often show photos of the dish and say, “I want to eat this.” Luckily for them, they can eat it year round at Hanamaru, regardless of the season!

Winter limited “Toro-nishin” - Deliciously fatty

Winter limited “Toro-nishin” - Deliciously fatty

Winter-only “Toro-Nishin” (297 yen, tax included) is made using herring from Abashiri carefully selected for their fat content. It’s a taste unique to Hokkaido with many repeat orders and customers declaring that “I’ve only had it once, but the taste is unforgettable.”

Nemuro's specialty, Hanasaki crab “Teppo Jiru”

Nemuro's specialty, Hanasaki crab “Teppo Jiru”

Be sure to try some of the non-sushi dishes too. Many customers order soup and the Nemuro specialty “Teppo Jiru” is a dish unique to Hanamaru (352 yen, tax included). The crab legs, covered with strong barbs, turns bright red when boiled and are full of umami Hanasaki crab meat.

There’s often a line, so aim for 3 p.m.!

There’s often a line, so aim for 3 p.m.!

There’s always a line of customers waiting for a seat at Hanamaru. You can take a numbered ticket and leave for a stress-free wait, but getting your ticket as early as possible is advisable. The restaurant is particularly crowded from 11:00 when it opens until around lunch at 13:00, but you can enter with relatively little waiting between 15:00 and 16:00.

Most people eat about seven dishes, with an average bill around 2,000 yen. Nemuro Hanamaru has five locations in Sapporo, including the Stellar Place shop.

  • Kaitenzushi Nemuro Hanamaru JR Tower Stellar Place
    回転寿司 根室花まる JRタワーステラプレイス店
    • Address Sapporo Stellar Place 6F, 2 Kita 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0005
    • Phone Number 011-209-5330
    • Hours: 11:00 - 23:00, closed January 1st

2. Fresh and Lively! Kushiro’s “Sushi Dokoro Nagoyakatei”

2. Fresh and Lively! Kushiro’s “Sushi Dokoro Nagoyakatei”

Sushi Dokoro Nagoyakatei,” originating in Kushiro and boasting sashimi and sushi directly from there, is popular with a wide range of patrons, from local families to tourists. The Fukuzumi store is located right next to the Sapporo Dome, and is a 10-minute walk from Fukuzumi Station on the Toho Subway Line. It’s also convenient if you’re driving.

'Wasshoi!' A thrilling performance!

'Wasshoi!' A thrilling performance!

Nagoyakatei's specialty is “Kobore Ikura” (590 yen, excluding tax). It’s served with a shout of “Wasshoi!” accompanied by drums in a performance you’ll remember long after your trip – not to mention how delicious the food is.

A dish of popular Hokkaido shellfish, “Three Kinds of Shellfish”

A dish of popular Hokkaido shellfish, “Three Kinds of Shellfish”

One of the most distinctive features of Hokkaido seafood is its delicious shellfish. There are plenty of people who come to Hokkaido to search out good shellfish, and the “Three Kinds of Shellfish” (560 yen, excluding tax) fulfills that wish! With this serving, you’ll be able to compare the taste and texture of Hidaka’s whelks, surf clams from Tomakomai and Okhotsk scallops.

Hokkaido style with fragrant mountain wasabi, “Maika Yama Wasabi”

Hokkaido style with fragrant mountain wasabi, “Maika Yama Wasabi”

Dishes are reasonably priced and packed with the taste of Hokkaido's “Maika Yama Wasabi” (240 yen, excluding tax). It features Tokachi-grown mountain wasabi with its unique scent and flavor that enhances the sweet flavor of this squid sushi.

Locals love it!

Locals love it!

Because it’s in the suburbs, the Nagoyakatei Fukuzumi location is visited by many local families. It’s particularly busy at lunch from 12:00 to 13:30, and for dinner around 18:00 to 20:00. For about 6 or 7 dishes, the average cost is about 1,700 yen per person. Sapporo has nine Nagoyakatei stores, including the one in Fukuzumi.

  • Sushi Dokoro Nagoyakatei Fukuzumi Shop
    鮨処 なごやか亭 福住店
    • Address 4-1-45 Fukuzumi 3-jo, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido 062-0043
    • Phone Number 011-836-5550
    • Hours: 11:00 - 22:00, closed January 1st and 2nd

3. A rich menu with tons of fans! Kaitenzushi Toriton”

3. A rich menu with tons of fans! Kaitenzushi Toriton”

Kitami’s “Kaitenzushi Toriton” has also gained popularity on the Sapporo kaitenzushi world. With about 100 menu items, Toriton has a wide variety of fresh, delicious Hokkaido dishes prepared by skilled chefs. The Maruyama location is a 6-minute walk from Nishi-Nijuhatchome Station on the Tozai Subway Line, and is also easy to reach by car.

This is huge! “Dekkai Botan Ebi”

This is huge! “Dekkai Botan Ebi”

The “Dekkai Botan Ebi (Huge Botan Shrimp)” (530 yen, excluding tax) makes an impact with its overwhelming size and mouth-pleasing sweet taste. This is one dish you simply must eat if you visit Hokkaido.

“Ikura,” seasoned by committed craftsman

“Ikura,” seasoned by committed craftsman

You’ll also want to try Toriton’s specialty – “Ikura” (salmon roe) (330 yen, excluding tax). Prepared daily, a secret sauce gives it a rich taste and a unique texture with a “pop” like a bubble.

Highly popular “Raw Salmon”

Highly popular “Raw Salmon”

“Raw Salmon” (280 yen, excluding tax) is a standard sushi menu item. It’s simple, and yet often ordered because of its high quality and balance of meat and fat.

Toriton attracts a wide range of customers from casual locals diners to tourists seeking the tastes of Hokkaido. The restaurant is crowded around 11:30 to 14:00 for lunch and 17:00 to 20:30 for dinner, so it’s best to go after 14:00 or 20:30. A typical order is about 6 to 7 dishes for 1,700 yen per person. There are eight stores in Sapporo, including the Maruyama location.

  • Kaitenzushi Toriton (Maruyama)
    回転寿し トリトン 円山店
    • Address 23-2-17 Kita 4-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 064-0824
    • Phone Number 011-633-5500
    • Hours: 11:00 - 22:00 (last order, 21:30)

Hokkaido's conveyor belt sushi restaurants are characterized by the use of fresh local ingredients and reasonable prices, and you can enjoy a filling meal for around 2,000 yen. They are easily accessible and accommodating, even if it’s your first time. Reservations aren’t an option, so it’s a good idea to plan ahead and set aside plenty of time. If you come to Hokkaido, be sure to experience kaitenzushi at least once!

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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