Ichiriki Sushi is a popular sushi restaurant that the people of Itoshima have patronized since it opened nearly 50 years ago. Although the chef is known for his unique performances, like the bear costume, the restaurant has long been a favorite of the locals for its excellent sushi.
“Isn’t sushi what bears are made of after all,” quips Yoshifumi Nishihara, or Yoshi, the second generation owner. Having trained not only at sushi restaurants but also at fresh fish shops when he was younger, Yoshi is an excellent connoisseur of fish and serves each type of fish in the most delicious way.
For example, the wild sea bream, of which Itoshima boasts the largest catch in Japan, is kept in the refrigerator for several days to bring out the umami. Once you pop it in your mouth, you can taste its sweetness as the aroma of the charred skin fills your nose. It’s so good you just can’t help but crack a smile.
And don’t forget the Omoideya, a one-of-a-kind surprise service that you can request along with Yoshi’s sushi. If you order a course and ask for the service, he will provide it at no extra charge.
Click here to read an interview with Yoshi about his Omoideya service.
Courses with Omoideya service
・Kaiseki course (for four or more persons; prices vary depending on the type of sushi served): Regular: ¥4,000, deluxe: ¥4,500, super deluxe: ¥5,500
・Party course (includes all-you-can-drink; for 10 or more adults on weekdays, 15 or more adults on weekends and holidays): ¥5,000~
Families and groups often request the Omoideya service for special occasions such as children’s birthdays, longevity celebrations and company welcome and send-off parties. The exact details of the service are a secret because the element of surprise is the main attraction, but the video presentations, which typically feature guest’s memorable photos or photos from that day’s party, have moved many people to tears.
* The restaurant will be closed temporarily for remodeling in late summer 2022.
• 5-20-8 Takada, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
• 092-323-2015 (reservations required)
• Closed: Irregular
• Business hours inside the restaurant: 12:00~21:00 (some days, Itoshima sea bream ramen is served from 12:00 to 14:00. Announcement on Instagram)
• Catering: 11:00~21:00