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There’s no reason to fear getting cheap, vegan sushi in a fun atmosphere in Tokyo! There are two conveyor belt sushi restaurants that I’ve tried in Shibuya, Tokyo. Genki Sushi and their sister restaurant Uobei Sushi offer an affordable option while you’re in Tokyo. The sushi costs between 108¥ and 129¥ per roll. To make your experience more simple, I created a video that you can watch at the bottom of this post. Below are some tips for dining at one of these restaurants.
Getting Seated: As you enter the restaurant, the staff will give you a small clip board that has a number on it. Go to the seat labeled with that number.
Drinks: There are water stations nearby. Grab a cup and fill it with water. Once you get back to your seat, there will be some cups above you along with small dishes. The cups are for green tea and dishes for wasabi and soy sauce. You can also order a variety of soft drinks, beer, and mixed drinks using the touch screen. At your table you have access to all the green tea you can drink!
Using the Touch Screen: Change the touch screen language to English (or your preferred language). Look through the sushi rolls for your preferred rolls. My favorites are the inari, kanpyo, and natto. They also have french fries on the sides menu and cucumber rolls. Press order! You can order up to 3 items at once, since this is the maximum number of items the tray will fit. You can order more items immediately after submitting your order.
Receiving your Order: Once your order arrives, take your plates and press the lighted button to return the tray. Take a pair of chopsticks and grab as much wasabi and ginger as you’d like!
Paying: There are take-out boxes on the shelf above you, if you’re interested in ordering some cheap food to eat at the hotel! On the touch screen, click account to bring up your bill then click check out. Bring your clipboard to the counter to pay. Easy!
It’s important to note that you should be careful as soy sauce sometimes contains bonito flakes (tuna flakes). When is doubt, bring your own or enjoy without soy sauce!
As for the quality of the food, I think it’s as good as it gets for this price. You can find similar food at convenience stores, but the price will be higher. Pictured above is natto, a fermented soy bean. It’s popular in Japan, but many people dislike the smell and the stickiness of natto. I would only choose this if you’re adventurous. Other vegan options include: inari (sweet tofu skins stuffed with rice), kanpyo roll (sweet squash), cucumber roll, and french fries.
If you’re traveling in Japan, I would definitely check out Genki Sushi. They have locations all over Japan!
Link to restaurant website: http://www.genkisushi.co.jp
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