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Teruzushi: A Fukuoka Sushi Sensation

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

Kyushu Tourism 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 a history stretching back across three generations to 1964.


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


Success has taken the popular Watanabe—kind of like the Salt Bae of the sushi world—all over the world to promote 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 Goto 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

From Tokyo Station, take the Shinkansen bullet train to Kokura Station (about 4 hours 30 minutes), change to a local train to Kyushukodaimae Station (5 minutes), then take a taxi to Teruzushi (5 minutes).


3-1-7 Sugawara, Tobata-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka-ken


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