Want to get up close and personal with the worlds tastiest fish, see where it goes, how it’s prepared and even eat some of this super delicious fish that the Japanese like to call sashimi.
Well your going to have to get up super early to see most of the action, even then you may not be guaranteed to get in and see the auction that Tokyo is famous for. The Tsukiji Fish Market is known to be one of the world’s biggest fish markets, trading over 2,000 tons of seafood per day (most of it in the wee hours of the morning).
It opens its doors early each morning to a just a select few (120 people). Between 5.25 and 5.50am they allow 60 people in and between 5.50 and 6.15 another 60 people are admitted. If you can’t bring yourself to wake up and stand in line before 5am and even earlier on busy days than you can view the wholesale area anytime after 9am.
However they are quite strict about their trading platform and urge tourists not to bring too much luggage with them or even get in the way of moving traffic. You also must not smoke nor touch anything!
A lot of people say a visit to Tokyo is not complete without visiting the Tsukiji fish market; however I don’t believe that to be true. Although, whilst Tokyo does have a lot of cool, exciting, odd and random things to see a visit to the Tsukiji fish market really is worth it if you can do it, especially to see the size of some of the fish, other seafood and the way they prepare it so delicately.
If you are a foodie and most of all love seafood, well don’t even consider leaving the Tsukiji market without grabbing a sushi or sashimi breakfast. There are many shops and restaurants in the outer markets where you can grab a bite to eat; mind you it will cost you a lot. Between 2,000 (AUD$22) – 4,000 yen (AUD$44) would be a standard plate and obviously the price exceeds that for more upmarket meals.
To get a guide you can check out Tsukiji Tour or you could just save some coin and go solo like myself. The nearest station is Tsukiji where the market is just a short walk. If you decide to go early and see the auction you will need to order a taxi for the subway doesn’t start running until 5am. Admission to the market is also free.