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11 UNIQUE SUSHI YOU MUST SAMPLE IN KANAZAWA

 
Many people tend to think of sushi as just being nigiri (a small ball of rice topped with raw fish or other seafood). However, there are many other styles of sushi. You can find them at a sushi restaurantcan, or you will buy them as a takeout from the food section of a department store etc. Kanazawa faces the Sea of Japan, which contains great fishing grounds, and offers different types of unique sushi, compared to those found in Tokyo and Osaka. This special feature has gathered 11 different types of sushi that you can savor in Kanazawa to satisfy your appetite and intellectual curiosity. 

11 UNIQUE SUSHI  YOU MUST SAMPLE  IN KANAZAWA

 
Many people tend to think of sushi as just being nigiri (a small ball of rice topped with raw fish or other seafood). However, there are many other styles of sushi. You can find them at a sushi restaurantcan, or you will buy them as a takeout from the food section of a department store etc. Kanazawa faces the Sea of Japan, which contains great fishing grounds, and offers different types of unique sushi, compared to those found in Tokyo and Osaka. This special feature has gathered 11 different types of sushi that you can savor in Kanazawa to satisfy your appetite and intellectual curiosity. 

おまかせコース鮨 Omakase Sushi Course

At a sushi restaurant, the chef crafts sushi with your choice of ingredients, but if you are unsure of what to choose, then go for an omakase (chef’s choice) course. This enables you to indulge in seasonal fish or other seafood at fixed prices. Sushi Asanogawa presents their food in a beautiful way that varies according to the season.
 
> Sushi ASANOGAWA (2-13 Kazuemachi) / Phone: 076-222-1114


カリフォルニアロール 
California Roll

While California rolls are perhaps the most famous type of sushi around the world, you will hardly ever find them on the menus at sushi restaurants in Japan. If you want to eat “that sushi” you are familiar with, then visit Kanazawa Atsushi, where their chef, who trained abroad, uses his cooking talents. Their real California rolls are made using spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, and avocado.
 
Restaurant&Inn
KANAZAWA ATSUSHI
(5-29 Koshomachi)
Phone: 076-208-5003

笹寿し
Sasa-Zushi

While nigiri are usually eaten as soon as they are made, Sasa-zushi – a local specialty of Kanazawa is sushi bought as a takeout. Cooked rice and fish marinated in vinegar are wrapped in a bamboo leaf, put in a box, and then pressed. It’s convenient if you are eating outside; simply hold it in your hand and unwrap the bamboo leaf. Local sushi deli Shibazushi makes Sasa-zushi that is well known in Kanazawa.
 
SHIBAZUSHI, Korinbo
Daiwa Dept. Store Branch
(B1F, Kohrinbo Daiwa)
Phone: 076-220-1555

焼きいなり寿し
Grilled Inarizushi

Inarizushi is a type of sushi that is usually made at home. Vinegary rice is stuffed in an aburaage (deep-fried tofu pouch), then cooked in a sweet and hot broth. Kanazawa Kenrokuya, close to Kenrokuen Garden, serves grilled inarizushi with a taste twist. A thick aburaage is seasoned, grilled, and then stuffed with lightly vinegared rice to bring out the crispy texture and fragrance.
 
KANAZAWA KENROKUYA
(2-3 Kenroku-machi)
Phone: 076-254-0160

のどぐろ金箔寿し
Nodoguro Kinpaku Sushi

For a special experience at a conveyor belt sushi restaurant, order the Nodoguro Gold Leaf Sushi at Kirari, located close to Kanazawa Station. A popular and expensive fish, nodoguro (blackthroat seaperch) is seared, topped with a mixture of malted rice and salt, then covered in a sheet of gold leaf. This luxurious sushi is sure to please both the taste buds and the eye. 
 
> Kanazawa Kaitenzushi KIRARI
(1F, Mast Square Kanazawa)
Phone: 076-223-5551


 ちらし寿し 
Chirashi-Zushi

Chirashi-zushi (literally meaning “scattered sushi”) contains a variety of colorful ingredients, such as fish and seashells, vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, and egg, all scattered over vinegary rice. It is usually made at home but can also be bought from a shop as a takeout. Koichian, located inside Meitetsu M’za Department Store, sells Irodori (colorful) chirashi-zushi made without any raw fish, which means it is suitable for everyone. 
 
KOICHIAN, Meitetsu M'za Dept. Store Branch (B1F, Meitetsu M’za, 15-1 Musashi-machi) / Phone: 076-260-5990


細巻き寿し
Hosomaki-Zushi

While sushi is a must-have when you visit Kanazawa, hosomaki-zushi (thin sushi rolls) are recommended for vegetarians and anyone who is hesitant to eat raw fish. Ippei Sushi offers a variety of classic hosomaki-zushi, including kappa-maki (cucumber roll), oshinko-maki (pickled radish roll), kanpyo-maki (dried gourd roll), and umejiso-maki (Japanese plum and perilla leaf roll).
 
> IPPEI SUSHI
(1-5-26 Kata machi)
Phone: 076-261-8674

手押し棒鮨
Teoshi Bouzushi

Bouzushi (literally meaning “a bar of sushi”) is named after its long stick shape; it is made by placing fish or other ingredients on top of vinegared rice and then pressing them together. SHURAKU in Ohmicho Market is well known in Kanazawa for its bouzushi. It offers a variety of bouzushi bursting with delicious fish flavor, made using nodoguro (blackthroat seaperch), salmon, conger eel, etc., in addition to a classic one made using vinegared mackerel.
 
SHURAKU,
Ohmicho Main Store
(24-1 Kami-ohmicho)
Phone : 076-232-8411

手巻き寿し
Temaki-Zushi

The temaki-zushi eaten at home is a smorgasbord-style, hand-rolled sushi that you make with a sheet of nori seaweed folded around vinegary rice and fillings. However, if you order one of these at a sushi restaurant, the chef will prepare it for you. The type of temaki-zushi you eat with your hands is bigger in volume than a nigiri. You must try the hand-rolled sushi with nodoguro – a specialty in Kanazawa, offered at Kanazawa Maimon Sushi. 
 
> KANAZAWA MAIMONSUSHI
(1F, Kanazawa Hyakubangai Anto)
Phone: 076-225-8988

鰤太巻き寿し
Buri Futomaki

Futomaki is a relatively thick sushi roll. Vinegary rice is spread over a sheet of nori seaweed, topped with fillings, rolled up, and cut evenly into bite-sized pieces for serving. If you are visiting Kanazawa, try a futomaki with yellowtail, caught in the Sea of Japan. The yellowtail futomaki served at Kawabata Sengyoten are made using a generous amount of fish.
 
KAWABATA SENGYOTEN, Honten
(1F Nishino Bldg., 2-4 Kiguramachi)
Phone: 076-223-0128


細巻き寿しづくり体験
Hosomaki Making Experience

For the opportunity to make and eat hosomaki-zushi, visit Coil. A member of staff places a sheet of nori seaweed and vinegary rice on a bamboo sushi roll mat called a makisu and brings it to your table. You then choose your fillings, place them on top of the rice, lift the edge of the mat closest to you, roll it to the other edge, and tighten it.
 
Coil
(2F, Kanazawa Hakomachi, 1-1 Fukuromachi)
Phone: 076-256-5076