Feast on Fresh Sushi, Seafood Bowls, and Grilled Dishes at Tsukiji Sushikuro Ginza Inns in Tokyo


Oishī itadakimashita!

At sushi restaurant “Tsukiji Sushikuro Ginza Inns” (hereunder referred to as “Tsukiji Sushikuro”), chefs enthusiastically exclaim this phrase, literally meaning “we’ve received a ‘delicious,'” every time a diner praises the food. This lively interaction is a staple of the culinary experience here. Following the success of its Yokohama Joinus branch, the restaurant opened for business at this location in the popular Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo on January 13, 2024.

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“七福にぎり(お椀付),” Shichifuku Nigiri Sushi (with soup) 3,190 JPY (tax included)

Each morning, the chefs at Tsukiji Sushikuro begin their day at the market, selecting only the freshest fish for their Edomae sushi. Bensky from the Umami bites editorial team paid a visit, eager to dive into the array of flavors they have to offer.

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A recommended sampling of fresh sushi flavors: “Shichifuku Nigiri Sushi”

Bensky’s choice, the “Shichifuku Nigiri Sushi,” is perfect for those looking to indulge in a variety of flavors. This platter boasts a combination of Ōtoro (fatty tuna), Chūtoro (medium fatty tuna), alongside Maguro (tuna), Squid with Sea Urchin topping, Scallop, Whole Conger Eel Nigiri, a seasonal white fish, Ikura (salmon roe), and Minced Fatty Tuna with Quail Egg, presenting a total of 11 pieces designed to satisfy the palate of any sushi enthusiast.

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(top row, left to right) “いくら” Salmon Roe, “とろうずら” Minced Fatty Tuna with Quail Egg; (upper middle row, left to right) “大とろ” Ōtoro, “しまあじ” White Trevally, “中とろ” Chūtoro, “あじ” Horse Mackerel; (lower middle row, left to right) “海老” Shrimp, “いかうにのせ” Squid with Sea Urchin Topping, “まぐろ” Maguro, “ほたて” Scallop; (bottom) “穴子一本にぎり” Whole Conger Eel Nigiri

The Whole Conger Eel Nigiri is a showstopper, featuring an entire eel, approximately 20 cm (8 in) in length, that has been delicately simmered and then glazed with a special sweet sauce. This meticulous preparation process results in a dish that is recommended to be enjoyed while still warm, offering a soft and fluffy texture that melts in your mouth.

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Upon tasting the Whole Conger Eel Nigiri, Bensky shared his astonishment:


I was amazed to eat such a large piece of conger eel sushi for the first time! The sheer size is astounding. It was almost like having a whole meal in a single bite.

The soft, tender eel paired with the sweet sauce is simply divine!

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The Squid with Sea Urchin topping also captivated Bensky, marking a first-time experience for him with this unique combination. A strategically-placed ribbon of nori seaweed prevents the sea urchin from slipping off the squid.


The combination of squid and my favorite sea urchin was a first for me!

The chewy texture of the squid, coupled with the luxurious taste of the sea urchin, enhanced by a hint of soy sauce, was outstanding!

“Bara Chirashi Sushi”: A feast for both eyes and palate

Not limited to sushi, Tsukiji Sushikuro also prides itself on its bowls and grilled dishes, with the “Bara Chirashi Sushi” standing out for its lavish use of fresh toppings. The Umami bites editorial team highly recommends it.

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“ばらちらし(お椀付)” Bara Chirashi Sushi (with soup) 1,738 JPY (tax included)

On the day of our visit, our rice bowl featured a mix of seven toppings: conger eel, salmon, tuna, flying fish roe, salmon roe, shrimp, and scallop. A version without scallop is also available during lunchtime for 1,408 JPY (tax included). The dish is further adorned with egg, cucumber, and seaweed, making it not only delicious but also a feast for the eyes!

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Depending on the day’s supply and the situation in the kitchen, the Bara Chirashi Sushi may include white fish that wasn’t used in making nigiri sushi. Since it’s not usually in the dish, it’s a lucky find when it happens! With its rich assortment of ingredients, each bite offers a delightful exploration of diverse tastes and textures.

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According to the chef who prepared it for us, when plating, they make sure that a spoonful from any part of the bowl will contain a bit of all the ingredients and toppings. This approach ensures that not only is the dish visually appealing, but it also creates a rich, vivid dining experience.

“Grilled Tuna Cheek Meat”: A delectable dish using a prized cut of tuna

After the sushi and rice bowls, another standout recommendation is the “Grilled Tuna Cheek Meat.” This dish features cheek meat from the tuna, a prized cut due to its scarcity, grilled just right. In doing so, the cheek meat releases a savory aroma that’s sure to stimulate the appetite, making it a must-try for any diner.

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“鮪ほほ肉挟み巻き,” Grilled Tuna Cheek Meat 440 JPY (tax included)

After grilling, the cheek meat is brushed with soy sauce, then wrapped in nori seaweed with vinegared rice. The crispiness of nori and the juiciness of the cheek meat are a perfect match!

The ultimate accompaniment to drinks: “Egg Custard with Sea Urchin”

In addition to its sushi and grilled offerings, Tsukiji Sushikuro boasts a comprehensive à la carte menu of side dishes perfect for pairing with alcoholic drinks.

For example, the “Egg Custard with Sea Urchin” is a highly-recommended choice.

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“極上 うに茶碗蒸” Egg Custard with Sea Urchin 1,408 JPY (tax included)

On a luxurious base of fluffy, dashi-infused egg, sea urchin is lavishly topped, creating a menu item that epitomizes indulgence. The combination of the sea urchin’s umami and the egg’s sweetness culminates in a blissful dining moment. The restaurant’s dedication to fresh ingredients ensures the menu is perfectly suited for those who enjoy pairing their meals with alcohol.

Why not energize yourself in the lively atmosphere at Tsukiji Sushikuro and savor the diverse culinary delights on offer?

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Interior of Tsukiji Sushikuro Ginza Inns


Store name 築地すしくろ 銀座インズ店
Tsukiji Sushikuro Ginza Inns
Address Ginza Inns 1 B1F, 3-1 Ginza-Nishi, Chūō-ku, Tokyo
Access Ginza Station Short walk from Ginza Station Exit C9
  • Tokyo Metro Ginza Line (G09)
  • Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line (M16)
  • Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (H09)

Yūrakuchō Station 3-minute walk from Yūrakuchō Station Exit D3
  • JR Yamanote Line (JY30)
  • JR Keihin-Tōhoku Line(JK25)
  • Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line (Y18)
Phone number 03-5579-5057
Reservations Accepted
  • Cash
  • Credit cards(American Express・Diners・Discover・JCB・Master・UnionPay・VISA)
  • Transportation-related electronic money(Suica, etc.)
  • Electronic money not accepted
  • QR code payment not accepted
Hours Mon-Sun. 11:00-22:00(last order 21:30)
Mon-Fri. lunchtime 11:00-15:00(last order 14:30)
No lunch service on weekends and national holidays
Closed 1/1-1/2
as well as Ginza Inns 1 holidays
Seating 50 seats
20 counter seats, 30 table seats
Smoking All seats are non-smoking
Official website https://www.tamasushi.co.jp/shop/sushikuro_ginza-inz/
Other information
  • Menus are available with Japanese and English language only
  • Please ask staff about allergy-friendly menus; no vegetarian, vegan or halal menus
  • Wheelchair-accessible
  • Take-out and delivery services are not available
  • Luggage storage space is available
  • Wi-Fi is available
  • Posting of food photos and videos on customers’ personal SNS accounts is allowed
  • Separate billing is allowed

※Menu contents, prices, store information, etc. are current as of February 2024.