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Sapporo Foodie Guide: Nagoyakatei Shiroishi Hondōri Branch

Nagoyakatei is a Kaiten Sushi (sushi that comes on a conveyor belt) chain operated by Mitsuboshi Restaurant System company with its head office in Hokkaido’s Kushiro city. As of writing this entry, there are a total of 16 Nagoyakatei branches established throughout 3 major areas of Japan’s northernmost island with 9 of them located in Sapporo.

During my recent trip to Sapporo, I had the opportunity to visit one of Nagoyakatei restaurants, and in this post, I am going to break down why it’s worth a swing by.

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    Location and wait time

    The Nagoyakatei rotating belt sushi I visited is in Shiroishi neighborhood (なごやか亭 白石本通店) which is a short driving distance from the hotel we stayed in in Susukino (about 15 minutes). By means of a public transportation, you can take a local bus (1系統) and alight at Shiroishi Hondori 5 Chome bus stop. The eatery is right opposite to Anything Recycling Big Bang Sapporo Shiroishi Shop. 

    The wait was minimal since it was during a late lunch on a Monday. But I assumed the store regularly deals with lines of visitors because there was a spacious waiting area on the site. So, avoid weekends and peak dinner time, if you are not a fan of queuing.

    Management and Atmosphere

    As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a lively maître d’ who later asked about our preferred seat arrangement: at a counter or a single table. We were then brought to a corner of the waiting area. The restaurant is also filled with a very lively and warm atmosphere. There was a large conveyor belt bar in the middle of the room with two energetic chefs stationed inside it. It was after a less than 5 minute wait and we were placed at an empty space behind the counter whereupon one of the two chefs was assigned to prepare us the delicious fare.


    The branch seemed to be very well prepared in welcoming foreign customers. While you can always grab whatever passes you by on the conveyor belt, the staff are equipped with English menus and they had no trouble in letting you know how to order a freshly made dish. You can simply write down a number that was assigned to the dish, the amount of plates, and an inclusion of wasabi, then hand out the paper to your chef.

    Food and Prices

    Each plate circulated around on the belt had a clear plastic lid to keep the sushi fresh and prevent any contamination. The plates are color-coded and there is a price guide on the menus. The prices were generally very reasonable and affordable. The basic selection including standard nigiri and makisushi (rolled sushi) came on a light-green colored plate costing as cheap as ¥135, while the prices for pieces made with premium ingredients like uni (sea urchin) or toro (fatty tuna) were plausibly higher. But even for the most expensive ones, it still cost less than ¥600 per plate. 

    In addition to sushi, the restaurant also offered a variety of noodle bowls and side dishes such as fried chicken, french fries, imodango (sweet potato dumpling), Ankimo (sake rinsed monkfish liver) and Japanese steamed egg custard. Also, to my surprise, they had quite a range of tasty desserts to bring the meal to an absolute, including ice cream, fruity yogurt, Hokkaido pudding, mochi and coffee jelly, among others. 

    We enjoyed dining at Nagoyakatei Shiroishi Hondōri very much. The variety of dishes, lively atmosphere, and efficient service all contributed to making it a memorable meal. We ended up ordering almost 20 plates of sushi from our chef to share between two (some were prepared with high-end ingredients), still we paid less than ¥5,500. I would highly recommend Nagoyakatei to anyone planning a visit to Sapporo, especially if you are a sushi aficionado!

    Essential Info

    About Nagoyakatei Shiroishi Hondōri Branch

    Address: 6 Minami-3-11 Hondori, Shiroishi Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 003-0026, Japan
    Hours: 11AM–10 PM everyday
    Phone: +81118617575

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