Ginza Kyubei/Shinbashi “A world-class restaurant loved by celebrities from all walks of life

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Ginza Kyubei (Chuo-ku, Tokyo)

A famous restaurant loved by many celebrities. It is the first name that comes to mind when talking about sushi restaurants in Ginza.
Lunch: ¥8,000~¥9,999 Dinner: ¥20,000~¥29,999

Ginza Kyubei” is known as the original first-class sushi restaurant and is one of the most famous sushi restaurants in Japan.
This time, we will report on Ginza Kyubei, which continues to be loved by celebrities from all walks of life.
Please check the official website and the Google map at the bottom of this page for business hours, holidays, reviews, etc.

A world-class restaurant

Founded in 1935, Ginza Kyubei, along with Sukiyabashi Jiro, is known as one of the most exclusive sushi restaurants in Ginza.
In addition to being awarded a star in the Michelin Guide, it is also a truly world-class restaurant, ranked second in the world in La Liste 2018, in which French experts analyze data from the world’s culinary guides and evaluation articles to select the world’s 1000 most outstanding restaurants.

Ginza Kyubei,” a restaurant I’ve longed to visit.

When I graduated from college and started working, my starting salary was 158,000 yen.
Ginza Kyubei” is not a restaurant that a salaryman in his first year of employment can go to, but from that time on, I thought, “Someday I want to go to a high-class sushi restaurant like Kyubei! .
That wish came true 23 years later.
My classmates from college were getting together for the first time in a long time, and my friend from Kumamoto said, “I want to eat something that I can only eat in Tokyo,” so I made a reservation at Ginza Kyubei.
The food at Ginza Kyubei, which I had always longed to try, was indeed wonderful.

The food we ate at Kyubei, which I had longed to try, was very good.
The price was 88,000 yen for the four of us (in 2012), and the two of us, a lawyer and a judicial scrivener, paid for the two businessmen as well.

Ginza Kyubei is relatively inexpensive considering the prestige of the restaurant and its cuisine, but it was not a restaurant I could go to on my own at the time.
At that time, I thought to myself, “Next time I want to go to Kyubei with my own money,” but unfortunately, I have not been able to revisit the restaurant even now, more than 10 years later.💦

Kyubei continues to evolve while preserving tradition

Ginza Kyubei is a famous Edo-style sushi restaurant that has been used by domestic and foreign dignitaries to this day, including Kitaoji Rosanjin, Shiga Naoya, and Barack Obama.
It is also known for having invented the gunkanmaki, a sushi roll in which sea urchin and salmon roe, which were considered unsuitable for sushi, are served on top of rice wrapped in nori (seaweed).
Ginza Kyubei” is constantly evolving, keeping the traditions it has maintained since its establishment, while adding originality and ingenuity to keep up with the times.
Recently, the restaurant has been focusing on learning English to accommodate its many foreign customers, and such communication has been well-received, resulting in an ever-increasing number of foreign customers through word of mouth.
Ginza Kyubei” is a high-class restaurant, so at first glance it may seem intimidating, but in fact it is a restaurant that offers friendly and courteous service without being prestigious.
Ginza Kyubei is a representative of Japan, and I believe that sushi lovers should visit this restaurant at least once.

Access, Reviews

For access, hours, holidays, and reviews of Kyubei, see the Google map below.

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