Tokyo Travel Guides / November 25, 2016
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Sashimi, in its very essence, seems like a simple dish to prepare. It is, after all, a mere slice of raw seafood or meat. However, there is much complexity involved in its preparation.

The perfect sashimi starts with the freshest ingredient and followed closely by the delicate manner it is sliced. Simple as it sounds, only the highly trained sashimi chefs – or itamae – can serve the most excellent sashimi.

A good piece of sashimi can be eaten on its own but you can choose to smear it with a bit of wasabi and dip it in soy sauce. To enjoy the freshness of your sashimi, inhale its aroma before you take it all in.

Here are the best places to have sashimi in Tokyo.

    For the perfect pairing of Japanese beer and sashimi
    What to order: Osashimi Teishoku, Maguro Don, Zeitaku Gozen
    Price range: 500 to 1,000 Yen ($4.57 to $9.14)
    When: 11:30 – 14:00, 17:00 – 0:00 Weekdays; 17:00 – 24:00 Weekends
    Where: 2F 2-6-12 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo
    For possibly the thickest slices of sashimi you’ll ever have
    What to order: Otoro, Uni, Salmon Roe
    Price range: 3,000 to 4,000 Yen ($27.43 to $36.57)
    When: 12:00 – 13:30; 16:00 – 23:30 Daily
    Where: 7-15-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
  • UOSHO GINPEI | Ginza
    For stunningly beautiful sashimi preparations
    What to order: Sea Bream Rice, Tempura, Salmon
    Price range: 10,000 to 14,000 Yen ($91.14 to $128)
    When: 11:30 – 14:00; 17:00 – 23:00 Daily except Sundays
    Where: 5F 7-6-10 Ginza Chuo, Tokyo
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