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5 Best Sushi in Osaka

Looking for the best sushi in Osaka? On this list, we recommend only Michelin-rated sushi restaurants.

At first glance, sushi looks like a simple, bland dish — vinegared rice, a piece of raw seafood meat, and a touch of vegetable clumped together. Well, that’s all there is to it. But sushi has always been an interesting dish for its varied style and presentation.

Different parts of Japan prepare sushi differently. In Osaka, you experience the unique oshizushi, which means sushi pressed in a mold. Fresh sushi toppings are also not hard to come by as most of the seafood is harvested at the Seto Inland Sea, known for its fast tides.

Without further ado, here are the best sushi restaurants in Osaka:

1. Sushi Ohata

The biggest draw of this restaurant is the owner-chef’s unique mixture of rice and meat. Masamichi Ohata uses premium vinegared rice paired with cured fish with red vinegar and white-flesh fish with rice vinegar. Toppings have a perfect balance of Setouchi and Toyosu. Sushi traditions from western and eastern Japan heavily influence this technique. Using kagugodai with fish floss originates from Tokyo while nigiri of raw shrimp hails from Kansai.

Price: From 15,000 yen

Location: 2F, Hiro Bldg, 1-4-8 Dojima, Kita-ku, Osaka

Open: Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Closed: Sunday

Phone: +81 70-3842-4261

2. Sushidokoro Amano

Sushidokoro Amano is known for its masterful menu. Owner-chef Yoshihiro Amano selects the freshest catch from across Japan and turns them into the best-tasting sushi. Toppings are carefully prepared. Shuko such as stewed octopus, steamed awabi, and sweet shrimp with sea urchin encapsulates the owner-chef’s kappo background. Prawns are soaked in dashi to enrich the flavor. The squid is cut to bring out the sweetness. Red vinegar gives an accent to the nigiri of toppings and rice.

Price: From 14,500 yen

Location: 1 Chome-6-4 Fukushima, Fukushima Ward, Osaka

Open: 6:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Closed: Tuesday

Phone: +81 6-6454-7008

3. Sushi Murakami Jiro

At Sushi Murakami Jiro, a couple’s affair transforms it into a “Murakami theater.” The dining experience meshes well with comedy acting as the lovers entertain their guests while preparing the dishes, definitely one of the best sushi restaurants in Osaka. Guests await well-crafted snacks. Chef Jiro Murakami got his skills from a master of Edomae sushi. Tuna is the star of their dishes, wrapped in dipping sauce before being pressed. Gizzard shad too is used here and there. The vinegar rice is filtered to retain the best rice grains only.

Price: From 25,000 yen

Location: 1F, Mori Bldg, 1-5-7 Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka

Open: 6:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Closed: Sunday

Phone: +81 6-6341-3988

4. Sushiyoshi

Sushiyoshi is a product of Hiroki Nakanoue’s determination to produce the best sushi in Osaka. He had no mentor, so he had figured it all by himself until he found the right culinary path. Nigiri is heavily inspired by Edomae sushi. The toppings are coated in sweet vinegar and soy sauce, striking a balance between salty, sweet, and tangy. Having crossed borders and making a name in territories like Taiwan and Hong Kong, Sushiyoshi is genuinely one of the best sushi in Osaka that you should try no matter what.

Price: From 30,000 yen

Location: 2-3-23 Minamimorimachi, Kita-ku, Osaka

Open: Lunch 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Dinner 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Closed: Sunday

Phone: +81 6-6361-0062

5. Sushidokoro Kaihara

Owner-chef Yoshimichi Kaihara learned the art of sushi-making all by himself. But the chef does not want to deter his guests from his work, which for him is what truly matters. At Sushidokoro Kaihara, you will get sushi made with fatty tuna covered in soy sauce and sea urchin with nori soy sauce. As a result, guests experience a different kind of sushi. Be sure to try out the eight-piece omakase.

Price: From 5,000 yen

Location: 5-4 Ikedacho, Kita-ku, Osaka

Open: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Closed: Wednesday

Phone: +81 6-6351-7080

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