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Teruzushi - A Fukuoka Sushi Sensation

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Teruzushi’s chef is as brilliant an entertainer as he is sushi master

Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization



Located in the small-town ward of Tobata in Kitakyushu, the island of Kyushu’s northernmost city, Teruzushi is a local sushi restaurant with 50 years of history across three generations.

Teruzushi was a humble local restaurant until its current chef, Watanabe Takayoshi, took over the business in 2013. In Watanabe's exuberant hands, the restaurant and its theatrical sushi experience have found global fame.

Success has taken popular Watanabe – a kind of Salt Bae of the sushi world – all over the world promoting his distinct style of sushi, while gourmands and foodies from Japan and beyond make the trip to the quiet town of Tobata to sample one of Japan's most significant sushi sensations.

Watanabe’s outstanding and original culinary creations include his signature ‘butterfly’ sushi and an eel ‘burger’. High-end ingredients are sourced locally, including sea urchin from Shimonoseki, black abalone from Buzen and long-tooth grouper from the Gotō Islands off Nagasaki.

From its ingredients to its preparation and presentation, the sushi on offer at Teruzushi is like nothing else. Don’t miss chef Watanabe in action!


How to get there


10 minutes by taxi from JR Tobata Station.


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