People may have different expectations for sushi. Some may prefer sitting at a wooden counter, overlooking the disciplinarian sushi chef and appreciate the subtle flavour and its presentation at upmarket sushi restaurants. Others may just enjoy sushi as a type of fast-food in family-friendly sushi restaurants.
The latter is well known as 'kaiten zushi' (literally means 'rotating sushi', often translated as 'conveyor belt' sushi bar, but more familiar with the terms as 'sushi train' or 'sushi belt').
The 'kaiten zushi' restaurants in the suburbs often have a large space of car parking and there are more than 100 seats including tables and counters in the restaurant.
First, you make orders by touching iPad sized touch panel menu. Of course, you can just pick up the plates of choice rotating on the belt if you are starving.
Don't worry too much about the price. Almost all the sushi plates which come with two sushi pieces only cost 105 yen in this type of restaurants. It is really family-friendly, or perhaps parents-friendly dining out.
The electric orders are sent to the kitchen in the back room and here they come ... by a fast train!!!
There are three layers which carry sushi; the ordinary sushi conveyor belt at the bottom where you can pick up any plates as you wish, and the middle and the top layers are the rails for the fast trains which bring the orders at your table. Not only children but even grown-ups enjoy watching how they come.
The great part of '105 yen kaiten zushi' restaurants is not only they offer sushi but a various type of dishes like chicken fries, chips, noodles, sweets, ice creams and lots more.
The highlight of all for children is the slot game on the touch panel when people order some designated menu.