How to Enjoy Kaiten-zushi or Conveyor Belt Sushi in Japan

It's not as intimidating as it looks.

One of the most interesting dining experiences you can have in Japan is the kaiten-zushi or revolving sushi. If you're not sure how it works, this guide we created with Kurasushi Ikebukuro Sunshine 60 Street Store will help.

Once you enter the store, you have to use the ticketing machine in front of you. In Japan, guests are allocated seats in order in this way.

In some restaurants, there may be an English manual under the ticketing machine. 

If you want a table seat, press the green button.

If you want to sit at the counter, press the blue button.

After that, you'll be given options as to the number of seats you want. 

Choose the number of people in your party.

And a confirmation screen will appear.

If the information on the screen is correct, tap the lower right hakkensuru button to be issued a ticket.

The ticket will come out of the dispenser at the bottom.

A number and the expected waiting time will show on the ticket.

When your turn comes, your number will be called.

Give the ticket to the restaurant staff.

An explanation of Kurasushi’s original system sendo-kun (translated as maintaining freshness) will begin. Sendo-kun is the capsule used to protect the sushi from viruses floating in the air. You'll be taught how to open and close this upon entering the store.

If you raise the plate, the sendo-kun cover will open.

You will be handed a table number tag and an oshibori. The oshibori is a wet cloth that is provided free of charge at restaurants in Japan. It is for you to wipe your hands clean before every meal. 

Once at your table, you'll find shouyu (soy sauce), yuzu-ponzu (citrus flavored soy sauce), and powdered green tea. You may also find Shichimi (a blend of spice and red pepper), wasabi (Japanese horseradish), salt (shio), gari (pickled ginger), chopsticks, spoons, and a bottle opener on the table. 

After getting settled, make a cup of tea. The teacups or yu-nomi are on the counter. 

There is powdered green tea in the tea container.

Place two spoons of tea powder into the teacup.

The hot water comes from here. 

The hot water comes out when you push this black part.

The tea will dissolve nicely if you stir it with a spoon.

Take the sushi you want from the belt.

It is also recommended that you order from the touch panel.


There is an option to change the language on the screen. 

If you do that, the language selection screen will appear, and you can tap to change languages.

When using the touch panel to order, tap on the item you want to order.

Choose how many of it you want to order.

Wait for a while and the dishes you order will be sent to you on the top conveyer belt.

It's perfectly acceptable to eat the sushi with chopsticks.

Or with your hand. 

You can also pour soy sauce on top of the sushi.

Or dip your sushi in the little dish with soy sauce in it.

The bill is paid after you have finished eating. In kaiten-zushi, the number of dishes you used is usually counted for payment purposes. 

Kurasushi’s table has a slot where you can deposit your used plates.

Put them in, and the system will automatically count them.

When you want the bill, press the kaikei button.

Wait a while and a staff member will come to work out the bill.

When that is finished, take the tag you were given when you entered the restaurant to the register.

Pay the amount that is shown on the cash register.

And that's it! Keep in mind, however, that systems may differ in different restaurants. Make sure you ask the staff if there is something you are not sure about.

Kurasushi Ikebukuro Sunshine 60 Street Store is located at 6F Saint-Tropez Ikebukuro Building, 1-29-1 Higashi Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo. They're open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 10:20 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends and public holidays. 

 Provided by Travel Photo GuideTM and Japan WalkerTM (12 February 2018)

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