There are many types of sushi restaurants in Japan, each with their own style. They also vary a lot in price, from the very exorbitant (where mostly no prices are posted, so beware!), to the affordable, often at a keiten-zushi shop, where the food comes to you on a conveyor belt.
The sushi (or zushi) chefs stand in the center and prepare the fish morsels right there. Some counter seats are available at one end of the counter and booths around the sides. Sushi passes by on the conveyor belt on small plates of different colors—each color has a price, and each plate has 2 pieces on it. Japanese-style omelette, soba noodles, and some desserts also pass by. Take which ones you want, and at the end of the meal, the waitress stacks your plates, then runs a special gadget over the stack: it adds up what you had according to the colors and how many plates. Quite ingenious!
This is a fun and easy way to try sushi, as you can see what is on the plate before you take it. We also find it interesting to watch the chefs at work. Green tea is freely available and you can also order beer or sodas.
Satoshi took us to a Keiten-Zushi restaurant in Otaru, a port town north of Sapporo, and it was a wonderful feast!