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Fukuoka Prefecture is blessed with plentiful fishing areas, including Genkai Sea, Suou-nada, and Ariake Sea, where the best seafood in Kyushu, like grouper and yobiko squid, is found.
Sushi that highlighted the freshness of the ingredients was once the preferred type, but recent years Edo-mae sushi restaurants in Tokyo have been booming.
This special feature article will introduce ten of our favorite sushi restaurants from Fukuoka Prefecture, which is known as Japan's #2 land of sushi just behind Tokyo!
To all you sushi fans across the world, be sure to visit Fukuoka to enjoy its own unique take on sushi that's a completely different beast than the sushi you'll find in Ginza!

#10 Morita

Morita is a long-standing sushi restaurant that is practically representative of Kyushu.
The owner is Chef Nobuo Morita, 83 years old, who previously trained at famous restaurant "Tenzushi."
Chef Morita is ranked as Japan's #3 veteran sushi chef, just behind Chef Jiro Ono of "Sukiyabashi Jiro" and Kazuo Morita of "Komatsu Yasuke."
He makes sushi in a unique style from Kita-Kyushu that he learned at "Tenzushi," called "Kyushu-mae," where salt, kabosu (a type of citrus), and shichimi pepper are used to draw out the seafood's umami flavors instead of soy sauce.
It can be great fun to watch as Chef Morita tries different things, like combining uni and caviar, perhaps grabbing a tomato, and sometimes making odd faces.
Chef Morita's passion for sushi is still alive and well even as his age surpasses 83.
Be sure to take a chance to bask in the aura of this chef who claims "sushi should be shaped at the hip," standing on tall wooden clogs behind the small counter space.

◆Morita
Address: 2F 2-5-17 Uomachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 093-531-1058
Hours:
[Lunch] 11:30-15:00
[Dinner] 16:30-21:00
Budget: 10,000-14,999 yen
Closed: Wednesdays

#9 Yoshitomizushi

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This long-standing sushi restaurant is highly respected by sushi chefs from across Japan.
In 1978, the owner-chef left the world of kaiseki cuisine and joined the world of sushi.
He worked hard to develop a style unique to Fukuoka, combining the dedication to fresh sushi of Fukuoka with tenants of Japanese cuisine and Edo-mae sushi.
This sushi became known as "Hakata-mae" sushi, rather than Edo-mae, and it is characterized by its use of several techniques used in Edo-mae sushi.
This results in a delightfully original style of sushi that you won't find in Tokyo, including pieces like blackthroat perch wrapped in kombu or Spanish mackerel paired with garlic-seasoned soy sauce.
The course marvelously alternates between sweet, salty, and spicy, creating a beautiful end composition.
Try out the omakase course at Yoshidomizushi, made by a talented veteran sushi chef, for the surprisingly low price of just 5,800 yen.

◆Yoshitomizushi
Address: 3-6-23 Maizuru, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-741-3490
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:00-14:00
[Dinner] 17:30-21:00
Budget: 8,000-9,999 yen (lunch) / 10,000-14,999 yen (dinner)
Closed: Wednesdays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

#8 Sushi Osamu

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This popular sushi restaurant is located in the suburbs of Fukuoka.
While it's located about 30 minutes away from downtown and Tenjin by taxi, many people from across Japan visit in search of delicious sushi at an amazing price.
The omakase course consists of 5-6 side dishes and 12 pieces of nigiri for 15,000 yen.
They also serve whale bacon, and the absolute lack of off-putting odor speaks volumes to the quality of the ingredients.
The elegant sushi here is shaped rather small, and it's characterized by rice that packs a punch thanks to some extra salt. They implement original takes on sushi as well, such as combining lean and medium-fatty tuna together.
The meal is wrapped up with their famous "wasabi inari," which contains sushi rice with a slight sesame aroma wrapped in fried tofu, an absolute delight, and many guests even bring it home as souvenir gifts.

◆Sushi Osamu
Address: 5-16-10 Nagazumi, Minami-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-511-2288
Hours: First group 18:00 onward, second group 20:30 onward
Budget: 6,000-7,999 yen (lunch) / 15,000-19,999 yen (dinner)
Closed: Wednesdays

#7 Sushi Yasukichi

Sushi Yasukichi is an influential Michelin two-star restaurant that is said to have been called the "favorite sushi restaurant in the world" of Chef Nakazawa, head of the "Sushi Sho" group.
The stoic chef of Sushi Yasukichi has been called a "young genius," and customers are drawn in by the delicate, near-perfect sushi that he crafts.
The nigiri served in the omakase course include familiar staples that show up in courses in Tokyo, like whitefish wrapped in kombu, gizzard shad, tiger prawn, and clam, but the way that they are prepared is absolutely unique.
Isaki (threeline grunt) is a fish that is in season during the summer, and at Sushi Yasukichi it is prepared by parboiling the skin, lightly salting, seasoned with a dash of vinegar, and paired with sushi rice.
The omakase course here is said to be of amazing value, including over 10 side dishes along with nigiri that'd rival the sushi at any Ginza restaurant for just 16,000 yen.
If you want to enjoy the top-class of Fukuoka sushi without breaking the bank, this restaurant is for you.

◆Sushi Yasukichi
Address: 4-3-11 Hakata Ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-437-8111
Hours: 18:00-22:00
Budget: 10,000-14,999 yen
Closed: Sundays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

#6 Kikuzushi

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This up-and-coming sushi restaurant is slowly but surely building up its presence in Fukuoka.
The owner spent 10 years working at famous Hakata restaurant "Kougyoku" before being hired as the head sushi chef of a Michelin 5-star restaurant in Monaco and trained there.
During that time he gained rare and precious experience, including preparing and serving sushi to guests, including world-renowned chefs, at the wedding of Monaco's prime minister.
"The most important thing in cooking is a balance of the moisture. For example, tempura draws out the umami in its ingredients by removing moisture. With sushi, imagine how the flavors would change if you removed that moisture," he has said.
Take, for example, Fukuoka's famous longtooth grouper. By wrapping the fish in a special type of paper and aging it for a week or longer, it develops both a unique texture and draws out a powerful umami.
The sushi rice used is so carefully chosen that it even has the wholesalers take into account the moisture content of the rice. It is then cooked to the perfect doneness to balance out the sushi toppings. It is then either seasoned with a blend of two types of red vinegar or with two types of white vinegar.
The sushi here, which can easily compete with the quality of sushi you'd find in Ginza, is sure to gain even more traction and popularity as time goes on.
We highly recommend visiting Kikuzushi soon, while reservations are still easily made!

◆ Kikuzushi
Address: 3-51-5 Kasugakoen, Kasuga-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-575-0718
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:00~
[Dinner] First group 18:00 onward, second group 20:30 onward
Budget: 10,000-14,999 yen
Closed: Mondays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

#5 Teruzushi

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After receiving an big break on Instagram, Teruzushi has become Japan's hottest sushi restaurant.
Travelers from across the world are flocking to a remote town in Fukuoka Prefecture just to get to Teruzushi.
Teruzushi's chef suddenly rose to fame thanks to a photo of him holding out a piece of sushi to the camera, but, in contrast to that flashy sort of image, he's a sushi maniac who puts a lot of hard work into it.
When he finds an ingredient that catches his interest, he directly contacts fishermen and makes sure to visit their sites frequently to develop a good relationship. Because of this, he's been able to easily obtain rare ingredients like "Yamaguchi Prefecture Shimonoseki aka-uni" and "Buzen aka-uni."
The sushi rice at Teruzushi is seasoned with strong red vinegar that is reminiscent of Shaoxing wine. Much like how Cantonese cuisine pairs crab with Shaoxing wine sauce or French cuisine pairs seafood with vin jaune sauce, here nigiri is served less like a single piece to be eaten alone, but more as part of a complete dish.
Don't fall for thinking that the comical owner is simply an Instagrammer; if you want a taste of the hottest sushi in Japan, be sure to visit Teruzushi!

◆Teruzushi
Address: 3-1-7 Sugawara, Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 090-9567-2202
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:00-14:00
[Dinner] 17:30-22:30
Budget: 30,000~ yen
Closed: Irregular holidays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

#4 Sushi Gyoten

Sushi Gyoten is Fukuoka's one and only Michelin three-star sushi restaurant.
The chef here has experience working at famous Tokyo restaurant "Araki," and he makes sushi using a classic gripping technique called "hontegaeshi." He makes the most of his skills and experience to draw out the best in all ingredients used.
His original ideas, like covering kinmedai in aka-uni, or using in-season octopus and wakame in shabu-shabu, always defy customers' expectations in a positive way.
Sushi Gyoten's chef is strong-willed and very confident, so opinions on his reception for guests are split, but the omakase course at Gyoten uses rare ingredients that you'd almost certainly never find in Tokyo, and are rare even in Fukuoka.
If you have the chance to visit Fukuoka, you absolutely should visit Sushi Gyoten and experience its unique take on sushi.

◆Sushi Gyoten
Address: 1-2-12 Hirao, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-521-2200
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:00-13:30
[Dinner] 18:00-21:00
Budget: 30,000~ yen
Closed: Irregular holidays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, MASTER)

#3 Chikamatsu

This super talented sushi restaurant is heavily supported by passionate sushi fans from across Japan.
While there's a high barrier for entry thanks to its introduction-based system, Chikamatsu is still so overwhelmingly popular that by the beginning of a given year's autumn, its reservations are already booked solid through the same time the following year.
The sushi crafted by the chef at Chikamatsu has its roots in famous Kyushu restaurant "Kawashou" as well as Edo-mae sushi, but its most memorable point is the amazing sushi rice.
The sushi rice is seasoned using rice vinegar. It's a perfect doneness, not too firm and not too soft, and the flavor is flawless as well, not too sweet and not too sour.
The first paired with that exquisite sushi rice are chosen and purchased every morning by the owner at the local Yanagibashi Rengo Market.
The squid that he takes so much pride in is cut incredibly thinly over and over, producing an incredibly soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture, a true showcasing of his "god-like techniques."
The omakase course features 5 side dishes and 10-12 pieces of nigiri for 10,200 yen.
If you're able to find someone who can get you an invitation, this is the #1 sushi restaurant to aim to visit for sushi fans.

◆Chikamatsu
Address: 2-6-19 Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-716-5855
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:00-14:00
[Dinner] 18:00-21:30
Budget: 15,000-19,999 yen
Closed: Mondays
Credit cards accepted (VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners)

#2 Sushi Sakai

This popular sushi restaurant has been an unwavering staple of Fukuoka, an area where sushi's popularity has been booming in recent years.
After working at famous Tokyo restaurant "Umi" for 7 years, Sushi Sakai's owner returned to his hometown of Fukuoka to open up his own restaurant in 2013. Just one year after opening, Sushi Sakai was awarded its first Michelin star.
Sushi Sakai sources its fish from Fukuoka's Central Wholesale Market and Yanagibashi Rengo Market, as well as Tsukiji in Tokyo.
While the traditional Edo-mae style he learned at "Umi" is the base for the sushi Sakai's chef creates, he also takes the opportunity to take creative freedoms.
For example, the squid is sliced incredibly finely over and over, which brings out a unique sweetness from the flesh.
The fish is also perfectly matched with the sushi rice, which is seasoned with red vinegar and is slightly on the salty side.
The near-perfect nigiri here is widely known as some of the best in all of Japan.
If you ever get the chance to visit Fukuoka, Sushi Sakai is an absolute must-visit.

◆ Sushi Sakai
Address: 3-20 Nishinakasu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 092-726-6289
Hours:
[Monday-Friday] First group 18:00 onward, second group 20:30 onward
[Saturday] First group 17:00 onward, second group 19:30 onward
Budget: 20,000-29,999 yen
Closed: Sundays, holidays
Credit cards accepted

And Our #1 Choice Is....

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Our #1 choice for the best sushi restaurants in Fukuoka is a well-known restaurant among foodies that absolutely represents Fukuoka, "Tenzushi Kyomachi Store."
Medium-fatty tuna that glistens on the surface like a mirror....
Squid, scored finely on the surface and topped with colorful sesame and beautiful tobiko....
Shrimp, cooked to a beautiful rare with hardly any time spent over the heat....
Tekkamaki served with plenty of sea grapes....
Fans of sushi from all over the world flock to Tenzushi to experience artistic sushi that is at the same time a clearly different beast than Edo-mae sushi.
Tenzushi also has a unique no-alcohol policy, stemming from the owner's desire for the customers to "enjoy the luxurious flavors of the sushi with only salt and citrus using all five of their senses."
Spending time enjoying the pure flavors of sushi while conversing with the owner, who travels across Japan visiting all sorts of sushi restaurants "to study" is an absolute pleasure.

◆Tenzushi Kyomachi Store
Address: 3-11-9 Kyomachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka
Phone: 093-521-5540
Hours:
[Lunch] 12:30-15:30
[Dinner] 17:00-21:00
Budget: 20,000-29,999 yen
Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays
Credit cards not accepted

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Hello Saito-san, do you think it is worth visiting Nikaku (江戸前鮨 二鶴)?

Also FYI to other people looking to visit Fukuoka: apparently Morita is fully booked for dinner for the entire 2023, which I really didn't expect. They still have lunch bookings though. And Kotan, which Saito-san mentioned below, accepts reservations 1 month before the visit date, but I hear it's getting harder to book.

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I've heard pretty good things about Nikaku, so I'd like to try it someday.

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Leo Saito

chief editor, TokyoTableTrip

In Fukuoka, Kotan, which became independent from Sushi Hashimoto last year, and Sushi Karashima are also excellent restaurants.
This ranking is a bit old, so if we were to revamp it now, both of these restaurants would certainly rank high.

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2 months ago 1664265523
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Have you been to Gahoujin? It is opened by Sushi Sakai. The reviews look great.

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Leo Saito

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Naturally, the quality is inferior to that of "Sakai", but the reputation of those who have visited the restaurant does not seem to be bad.

2 months ago 1664783896

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Just some info for anyone interested in visiting Tenzushi. I managed to get reservations from Tableall for next year, but: 1) the price has gone up AGAIN; from around 28-35k two years ago it is now reaching astronomical levels and 2) they told me that the cancellation policy has become stricter - if you cancel within 30 days of the visit date, absolutely nothing is refunded and you will be charged the entire course price.

Unfortunately, I believe that Tenzushi is not taking reservations from concierges "until close to the visit date, as the master chef’s health condition is not really good in recent years" (?????) by which time, the seats are probably already gone. It is a pity that there is no practical way to visit besides going through Tableall..

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Did you try booking by phone? I visited earlier in the year and booked by phone. Had to phone a few times to get timing right but it was easy in the end. If you're not resident in Japan they might do the booking by the Omakase "invitation" system where you give them your phone number, you get an email through Omakase and have to confirm within 3 days. It's 100% prepaid on Omakase as well so no expectation of refunds there either though :(

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@TheTokyoGourmet Did you reserve by calling in Japanese? I admit I've never tried calling them in English - I just assumed it wouldn't be possible, lol. Also curious as to whether you enjoyed it, and the price you paid. Thank you!

PS. Your website is great!

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Booking was in Japanese. None of the staff speak English. 38.5k inclusive with no extras. I'm glad I went but once was enough, and as you allude to, I wish I'd gone a couple of years ago. Thanks for the comment!

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I have tried calling before in English afew years back and they told me to get my hotel concierge to call them. And I would like to say the staff spoke perfect English.

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@Justin
Very informative for the visitors of this site.
Thank you!

2 months ago 1664116812
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End up tableall would still be the best way for these elusive restaurants compared to the crappy omakase.

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tableall business model where they can build relationship with the restaurants may be culturally more associable in that sense

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Not sure about Table all personally. Seems they ask 6000 JPY for a reservation + the menu through their site is much more (>50%?) expensive than the official prix fixes. On top of that their website claims a bunch of restaurants are "sold out" while they are fairly easily available through other websites like tabelog or pocketconcierge (and with the right price). Curious what people think about it, maybe I get it wrong.

2 months ago 1664187007
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They increased their reservation fees recently again. Used to be 4000 to 5000, now 6000 JPY. Well because they operate based on reselling seats they purchased from the restaurants. Yes,they are a tad overpriced but they are an option for those who wants to try restaurants which are always filled by regulars. Although you should not go to tableall for all places, only the very very hard to reserve ones.

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Just a clarification on how Tableall charges their fees. It sometimes feels like they are overcharging, but after I questioned why they charged me significantly higher than what I expected, the maths sorta checks out

They take the total cost of the meal (service fee and tax, which is sometimes not quoted as part of the meal price which is why Tableall seems expensive). Then they add a 3. 6% card fee and round up every 500 yen.

Let's use Sushidokoro Mekumi as an example -

Omakase list their course as ¥63,525 for crab season

¥63525*1. 036 = ¥65,811

Round this up to nearest 500¥ which is ¥66,000

Add the Tableall fee of ¥6,000

Total - ¥72,000

Note, I didn't say I agree with the card fees and the rounding, but I don't think they are inflating the price of the meal to gouge customers, based on their explanation of the total charge

I applied the same maths to a few other places and found consistency in the way Tableall charge their fee

2 months ago 1664200242
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If Tableall says a restaurant is sold out, it simply means they don't have any seats to offer. (They purchase seats and resell them) So sure, it's possible that other reservation sites or the restaurant itself has open seats that Tableall doesn't have.

2 months ago 1664234205
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Eric, I don't think the formula works for tenzushi. Based on your formula, it should be 46000. Tableall price is 57500.

Similar for sugita and sugaya. Obviously there is still some form of price inflation going on.

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Eric Yu

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I can't speak for Sugita, but I can confirm that Tenzushi price is rising to 49,500 yen, which makes the current charge "accurate".

Also, in 2019 when I went to Sugaya I was charged appropriately, using the card fee and rounding they outlined to me

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For Sugita, I just went a couple month ago and it was 33,000 tax/service included. Tableall asks 49,500 which doesn't check with that math (that's 50% higher!)

Out of curiosity and to help bring some transparency, just checked the formula, assuming it is as they mentioned to Eric, ie. RSP+ X% + reservation fee.

Assuming the reservation fee is 8000 as mentioned on their site, then it seems to mean the % markup on top is more around 15%. Just tried with a mix of restaurants (sugita, denkushiflori, ryuzu and pellegrino). It differs a bit (eg Sugita they still charge a bit more than with that formula), but seems the ballpark is normal price (incl tax/service) +15% + 8000jpy.

This is only directional to get a rough sense. It seems the logic used isn't the same for each place. Likely they price them up case by case, so some may be different ofc.

Or more put simply, in some cases seems one should be ready to pay ~30-50% extra when using this service.

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Can't seem able to edit my post, but wanted to add that the fact their price is so perfectly 150% of Sugita's RSP makes me believe they just arbitrarily decided it would be worth +50% - but it could be a coincidence lol.

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Wow, they raised their fees again, from 4,000 to 6,000 recently to 8,000 (as of what, this week??) I've always found their service to be effective and responsive, but at this point, I would only use them for some restaurants for which it is virtually impossible for concierges to get seats. For example, I've seen that they were previously able to reserve Sugita for some people, although the chances are still extremely slim.

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Price update must have been around yesterday, I had one request 3 days ago at 6000 jpy, and I think I was still browsing 2 days ago.

While this is disappointing in some sense, it encourages me to work harder on finding newer establishments which are not on most people's radar yet. At the end of the day I find the most rewarding experiences are those when I put in significant effort to find something and make the reservation myself and end up enjoying it, instead of me being lazy and booking a wildly famous restaurant on Tableall.

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I agree that tableall have been somewhat effective and responsive in getting seats. However, it is probably now a low return of investment using tableall. Might be better to find other options which are less popular yet still tastes great.

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