Just when you think the Japanese cannot outdo themselves, they prove you wrong. They have always been known for their creativity in innovations, and our recent visit to Kura Sushi in Ikebukuro proved that a sushi restaurant need not be just a sushi restaurant.
Kura Sushi might not seem like much to the unsuspecting passerby. But look out for it, and you will be rewarded with pocket-friendly ¥100 sushi. Yes, you read that right—¥100. That is less than S$1.50!
But eating has never been more rewarding. You also get to experience the gachapon machines within the restaurant! Here is why you should visit Kura Sushi And Go Crazy With ¥100 Sushi.
If you did not do your research before visiting Ikebukuro, you might just walk past Kura Sushi. After all, it is located in the basement of a boring office building, and it is far from the big shops and restaurants in the shopping district.
But if you take a closer look, you will realise just how crowded Kura Sushi is—and the crowd is mostly locals! Expect a waiting time of about 45 minutes to an hour.
Kura Sushi is not your ordinary kaiten sushi chain. Besides offering sushi at ridiculously cheap prices of ¥100 per plate, you also get to play with the gachapon machines stationed at every table. While on the conveyer belt, the plates of sushi make their rounds in little domes to retain the freshness.
After you finish devouring four plates of sushi, drop the plates into a little slot in the table and you will automatically have a go at the gachapon machine. Chances of winning this electronic gachapon are at random, so try your luck!
The standard of taste and quality at Kura Sushi, however, is not stellar. It is definitely not the best in Tokyo, but we believe that for ¥100 per plate, and for the added fun of playing with gachapon machines, it is worth that trip to Ikebukuro.
Toshima-ku, Tokyo Minamiikebukuro
1-19-5 G Building Minamiikebukuro 01 B1F
Tel: +81 03-5960-1810
Mon to Fri: 11am – 11pm
Sat and Sun: 10.20am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro
Read: Guide to Tokyo’s Best Affordable Sushi Restaurants.
The gachapon requires 5 plates!