Have you ever had Japanese meals? Do you like sushi or tempura ? I like sushi, and so do my kids. No, I should say they have a special fondness for it ! Why? It’s because the Kaiten-sushi restaurant is a wonderful space for them. Kaiten is a Japanese word meaning “turn around” or “revolving”. So at the Kaiten-sushi restaurant , you can see sushi on dishes pass in front of you on a belt-conveyor.
Sushi wasn’t the kind of meal that we could eat frequently before the kaiten-sushi appeared about 30 years ago. For many Japanese of my generation, sushi was a special meal. During my childhood my family would have sushi only when guests came to my home or when we cerebrated someone’s birthday. But now, it is a kind of fast food for youth and kids. The kaiten-sushi industry has made great efforts to keep cost down with its automatic operation system and the advantage of scale by expanding its chain. Maybe the reasons for its success is very similar with that of hamburger chains. So, expect to spend about 4,000 to 5,000 yen for a family ( two adults and two kids). That’s approximately $40-50 US.
I’ll show you how fun it is !!
In front of you dishes pass by, and you can take them freely. Usually there are two pieces on one dish, and each dish costs 100yen. Sometimes you find the dish that carrying only one piece of sushi, because that neta/topping fish is expensive.
You can see the photos of variety of neta, so you don’t have to read Japanese. Also, you can order how many dishes you want, and with or without wasabi/spicy paste. The dishes you ordered will come to your table on the red bowl like this.
And the sensor will alert you with a buzzer sound when your dish is coming closer to you. So you never take dishes on the red bowl without the buzzer sound ! It is ordered by another person. Almost all Japanese kids can order by themselves; you can’t make a mistake!
She chose ice cream, yum!!
The plastic dishes are very colorful but I think a little bit childish…
You throw dishes into that hole, and after 5 dishes you can play the slot game!
If you win, you can get a small toy from the box above.
The kaiten-sushi is not a traditional sushi, but that’s just my opinion. Anyway, it is really fun for families, young couples, and of course it is very reasonable price for business people for their lunch. Please take a chance to visit there if you come to Japan!