Warning: Conveyor Belt Sushi is Addictive
This is the process we use at the conveyor belt sushi place we have been going to in Kyoto. We have to admit, we have been back to this place quite a few times. Nice people, tasty sushi, and affordable prices – how can you go wrong!
The set-up may be slightly different at other conveyor belt sushi restaurants, but this should give you an idea of what to expect!
Go in to the restaurant. You will be handed a number with a table number on it. Head to the table.
On the way to the table, grab cups. You can fill these up with regular water at the dispenser, or mix up some hot matcha (green tea) at the table itself.
At each table is a computer screen. Look closely, because there should be other language options on the home screen. This computer will show you pictures of the sushi, sashimi, soups, drinks, and other dishes available.
The bottom conveyor belt will have a constant train of options for you to choose from. You will notice that some of the plate holders have labels on the top, which is the name of the dish. Those plates after that labeled holder are all the same, until you get to the next labeled plate. The labels were all in Japanese, so we used the pictures on the computer screen to help us determine the dish.
If you see something you like on the conveyor belt, lift the plate up and out to release it from the cover dome. Don’t be like me and break the dome off the first time I tried doing this. We think they remembered, because the second time we went in to the restaurant they demonstrated how to do it!
Once you eat the sushi, slide the plate into the plate collector slot. This tallies your total number of plates on the screen. All of the conveyor belt dishes at our place were 100 yen each (around .88 cents USD). The restaurant had a game where you have a chance to win a prize every time you insert 5 plates. We won a little keychain in the shape of sushi!
What if you want something different? Perhaps you want a drink, soup, a type of sushi not offered on the conveyor belt, or a sushi you have seen on the belt but hasn’t been around in a while?
You simply use the touch screen to order what you like. If there is no price listed, it is the standard 100 yen price. If it costs more, you will see the price listed. Hit the button and a few minutes later your order will zip to your table on the top conveyor belt. It’s a lot of fun!
Those dishes that are more expensive will come on larger plates or bowls that do not fit in the plate slot. Just keep them on your table.
Once you’re stuffed and ready to go, hit the check out button on the screen. Then wait for a staff member to come to the table. They will look at your screen and any plates on your table, add it up, and tell you (or show you on a calculator) your final cost. Bring your number up to the register and pay the amount that you were told at the table.
Go home, take a nap, and dream of more conveyor belt sushi!
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