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During my visit to Tokyo, the magazine’s content curator and I had the pleasure of dining at the Kaisen Misakiko, nestled in Katsushika City, a charming locale situated 25 km from the heart of Tokyo. This delightful eatery is conveniently located just a short stroll from the Shin-Kiowa train station and along the Lumiere Shopping Street, at 124-0024 Tokyo, Katsushika City, Shinkoiwa, 1 Chome−49−3.
Reaching Shin-Kiowa train station from downtown Tokyo is a journey of approximately one hour, which includes a leisurely 15-minute walk to Meidaimae train station. The trip is quite affordable, costing around 380 yen ($2.50). Alternatively, a taxi ride would set you back about 8000 yen ($50) and take roughly 45 minutes. The route involves taking the Keio line (Rapid Motoyawata) to Bakuroyokoyama train station, followed by a transfer to the Subo line to reach Shin-Kiowa train station.
The train system in and around Tokyo is not only cost-effective but also highly efficient, with trains typically arriving and departing at three-minute intervals.
The Lumiere Shopping Street, one of Tokyo’s over two thousand pedestrian-only shopping streets, or ‘shoutengai’, offers a unique shopping experience. Stretching over 420 meters, this covered shopping arcade houses approximately 140 diverse shops. From restaurants, cafes, and bars to drug stores, grocery stores, and boutiques, there’s something for everyone.
In Tokyo, public streets are designated as non-smoking areas. However, for those who smoke, the second floor of the Family Mart on Lumiere Shopping Street provides a public smoking room. While the shopping street itself does not have public restrooms, facilities are available in the restaurants and cafes. Alternatively, a public restroom can be found at the south exit of the Shin-Kiowa train station, just a minute’s walk away.
In the vicinity of Lumiere Shopping Street, you’ll find an abundance of quaint, intimate restaurants that offer an incredibly affordable dining experience. Notably, tipping is not customary in Japan, although a 10% tax is applied.
On a quiet Monday, we chose to indulge in a sushi feast at Kaisen Misakiko. This establishment is a quintessential sushi bar, complete with rotating conveyor belts. The lower belt serves as an advertising platform, showcasing the array of dishes available for order. The upper conveyor belt efficiently delivers your chosen dishes right to your seat. The seating arrangement is a unique stool style, positioned alongside the conveyor belt. Each seat is equipped with a digital screen, allowing for seamless ordering of your meal.
We each ordered a Daimyo bowl of clams, three piece salmon selection with lemon, and a three piece large salad Gunkanmaki roll in seaweed wrap selection, which came with a green tea. We also shared a delicious ice cream lemon dessert.
As our meal concluded, we neatly stacked our empty dishes and pressed the ‘pay’ button on the digital screen. The hostess, with a warm smile, expressed her gratitude for our visit. We then made our way to the checkout cashier, carrying with us the delightful memories of our dining experience.
The total price of our meal was 2400 yen, inclusive of tax, which at the current exchange rate would be $17 USD – an incredible bargain price to eat out for two at a Sushi restaurant.