With plenty of personality remaining in its streets and its popularity as a tourist destination, Tokyo's Kagurazaka neighborhood is also known for its high concentration of excellent restaurants. On the second floor of a building in a back alley of this area can be found "Sushiya Hajime".
Proprietor and seasoned sushi chef Masato Furuya served as sous-chef at "Nadaman Shinjuku" before working as head chef at the "Roku Roku" Edomae-style sushi restaurant at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo hotel for 10 years. With his excellent performance and top-class service abilities polished at the first-class hotel, he set out to open his own shop in 2018, providing top-quality sushi made from the finest ingredients.
Mr. Furuya pursues the best sushi with uncompromising zeal. With the philosophy that "sushi should be something people can casually enjoy," he strives to complement the carefully-designed interior atmosphere and top-class flavor of his wares by ensuring that his venue is accessible and pleasant to visit. In addition to seafood straight from the Toyosu(ex-Tsukiji) Fish Market, he only uses ingredients that he personally selects and approves, including seasonal items such as perch, crab, and abalone sent directly from Maizuru, Kyoto. Not limited to the rolled sushi, even the a la carte dishes, prepared to maximize the flavor of each component, feature seasonal themes. In addition, the vinegared sushi rice is made with a blend of 3 different kinds of vinegar, including rice vinegar and red vinegar, imparting a mild acidity that sets off the inherent flavors of the rice and is designed to complement the seafood perfectly. Drinks available for pairing include seven varieties of Japanese sake and a small number of champagnes and wines, carefully selected for their quality.
The interior of the restaurant, with its traditional Japanese cypress countertop, features a refreshing, Edo-period sushi shop atmosphere. Since the shop has only eight counter seats, Mr. Furuya is able to easily give full attention to all his guests, ensuring a relaxing and comfortable visit. In addition, the venue is available for reservation by prior arrangement, even on holidays. Guests can enjoy a refined sushi dining experience, whether for lunch with coworkers or sushi-loving friends or for entertaining guests, small groups or visitors from overseas.
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A 4-minute walk from Iidabashi Station, Exit Kagurazaka(Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)