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Enjoy Sushi with Help of Interpreter under “SushiUniversity” Service Launched for Foreign Tourists in Japan!

March 11, 2017 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

Tabimori, Inc. has launched “SushiUniversity” interpreting service to help foreign tourists in Japan who do not speak Japanese but wishes to enjoy traditional Edo-style sushi in the Tokyo area.

Launched on January 27, 2017, SushiUniversity allows foreign tourists in Japan to visit sushi restaurants with greater ease and familiarity, as though going to their favorite neighborhood restaurant. Not only does SushiUniversity showcase various restaurants, but its fee includes shuttle service to and from the hotel, as well as interpreting service inside restaurants, and “a lecture” on sushi ingredients and etiquette. Tourists can select from a range of plans depending on their budget.

The official site supports English, French, German and nine other languages. The service is designed to meet growing global demand for sushi. Going forward, additional languages such as Indonesian and Vietnamese are being planned for the service.


– Features of SushiUniversity
Special “omakase” (chef’s choice) menu sent in advance of visit in 12 languages:
In order to allow tourists to feel as if they are visiting a familiar neighborhood restaurant, the omakase menu in Japanese is translated in advance into 11 languages (English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, simplified/ traditional Chinese, Korean and Thai).

Understanding the various ingredients ahead of time and using interpretation allow diners to relax and enjoy the sushi before them in a natural and intuitive fashion, asking any questions they have as they arise. Even if tourists do not speak Japanese, interpretation allows them to get to know everything about sushi and enjoy it to the fullest.

– Interpretation and shuttle service combined as various courses to meet tourists’ budget
SushiUniversity offers three courses: Basic (10,000 JPY/person), Intermediate (20,000 JPY/person), and Senior (30,000 JPY/person). These prices include the meal and the interpreting service.

If diners notify SushiUniversity in advance of dietary allergies or foods they want off the menu, this can be accommodated. In addition, the team selects restaurants located within 30 minutes by car from guests’ hotel and within the Tokyo area that meet their parameters. On the day of the booking, a SushiUniversity interpreter meets guests at the lobby of their hotel. The group then travels together to the restaurant.

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