Tsukiji Market, Tokyo
In order to see the fish auction in action, our hostel staff told us that we had to reach the market before 6.30am. We reached the market at 11am instead so we just went there just for lunch. There are many sushi stalls here and I think the price is quite cheap and reasonable. My plate of fresh sushi only cost 890 yen which I think you will not be able to get in other parts of Tokyo. It was a great meal!
You need to get up really early to get there early becouse they are only open to the morning.( please check the website or call them to find out time.)
Get there like 5:30-6am and you can still watch guys are screaming loud and dealing fishes. ( you might need to make a reservation to watch Seri whichi is the loud fish dealing also check a calender on the website ) Later try hit a sushi bar, there are several of them I think they are not too diferent. It's really fresh and fishes melt in your mouth. First time my visit there I realized it's the real sushi, sushi I was eating before were quite sushi enough. It's just that good. It's worth seeing the market and must to taste sushi there. It would blow your mind. Sishi places are open to like 8:30am.
You can watch the fast-paced action in a huge warehouse-like market. There's a sign at the entrance that reminds you that people are actually working and you need to be careful of the cars, vans and wagons that wiz past you in every imaginable direction! It's cool to see what they do with all the tuna and other fish after they leave the ships.
It's best to get there around 3AM and then grab a bite to eat at one the many sushi joints located outside the gates. Don't worry cause there's lots to choose from!
If you can wake up in the early morning, visit there. The biggest seafood market in the world. A lot of sea animal before they were bought to restaurant. You can see the very big fish and the big sword to slice them. Many strange living things that you never see in your life. Go there before 9 am.
This is a place to be! I was quite familiar with this style of fish market, having similar market at home. However, it's a huge place that seems to becomes one of Tokyo attractions for tourists.
You have to be there quite early in the morning, around 4am, in order to see the auction.
Take care of the hundred bike-trolleys (3rd picture attached), they are everywhere and are quite dangerous for pedestrians.
You will feast your eyes at the Tsukiji Fish Market. Presentation to all of the senses is essential in Japan. The fish market is immaculate and there is no "fishy" odor. Get there before 5:30 AM to witness the fish auctions. They are free to the public but read the signs, that are in English. There are places the public is not welcomed. You can buy all sorts of souvenirs, such as: tea sets, chop sticks, sandals, "noren" (these are the short curtains that are placed at the entrances of homes and businesses) and tee-shirts. Be prepare to bargain!
If you can share a taxi with others, you can split the fare and tipping is not permissible! The Metro is very safe, the train routes are colored coded and the stops are in English. Venture and have fun!
Get ready for a seafood galore and to smell a little fishy :-)
At Tsukiji Market, you need to get there really early (like 6am!) and see all the different types of fish being brought in here from the deep blue sea. It's a beehive of activity in here and it's amazing to see what's being caught and what will become of it.
Watch the men zooming around in electric carts carrying crates of fish, they believe they are F1 drivers!
Get a map of the market from the station or the men working at the market to see all the different sections of the market (we were lucky to be given 1 without asking - we must have looked like typical tourists with our cameras).
We had the best sushi at unbelievable prices here. Please see restaurant tip and pictures in travelogue.
A visit to the fish market is a must for any visit to Tokyo. Every living thing in the ocean is in this market. You need to get there early 6am or earlier. Seeing the Tuna auction is amazing. And just seeing the size of the tuna and the even bigger prices! This is a one of a kind experience. I can't remember what part of town it's in, but if you're staying at any good hotel with it's own restaurants then it's likely that the resident sushi chef will know all about it !
You have to arrive around 5:00, maximum 5:30, if you are staying in Ginza you can easily walk to the market (just 15 min from Ginza Tobu, where I stayed). Once you get to the market, just cross the first rows of general sale, then the fish market itself and reach the auction halls. There you can enjoy both frozen and fresh tuna auction. Reach the bay shore and head back to the proper fish market, where you can walk and walk among the strangest fish you have ever seen.
If you dare, you can have a real Japanese breakfast in any of the various "bars" at the market.
Have fun and don't miss it if you are in Tokyo.
Be cautious when walking through the busy aisles of the fish market! Those fisherman are as aggressive in the fish market as the New York City cabbies!
Be especially cautious if you come across a wrecklessly happy Frenchman whizzing through the aisles on a mission for an early morning snack !!! ;-))
Every Tokyo local will tell you that the Tokyo Central Wholesale Market is NOT to be missed!
The Tsukiji Fish Market comes alive at 5:30am on Mondays through Saturdays. The Must See Activity is the big tuna auction that takes place in the inner market. HUGE....GIGANTIC fish carcasses are auctioned off by some of the most animated auctioneers on the planet!
Definitely a sight to see!
(NOTE: I must explain my attire in this pic. No, I do not normally wear platforms to the market! After all night Salsa-Dancing with the VT Tokyo crew, we found ourselves at the Fish Auction @ 5:30am!) Thank YOU ManuelEB and Co.!
It took all of my STRENGTH not to pass out on top of these tunas ........from sore feet and jetlag! ;-))
The Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo is huge - 11 times bigger than the NYC fish market, and crammed with some of the biggest fish you could ever imagine - row upon row of massive tunas, acres of octopus and squid and all sorts of weird and exotic things.
Apparently, every day they sell 2,500 tonnes of fish valued at $23M US!!!
The downside (apart from what is surely an unsustainable practice) is that you must get up very early to see it - things start around 4am and finish around 9am.
Watch out for all the guys on their little stand-up pallet trucks, whizzing about with trolleys of fish behind them.
If you can stomach it, you can have the freshest of sushi for breakfast at one of the numerous sushi bars that surround the area. I settled for the veggie option...
Tsukiji Market houses the largest seafood market in the world and is definitely one of the top attractions in Tokyo. The market handles over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. Inside the giant warehouse, you will find aisle after aisle of seafood vendors packed tightly together, leaving only narrow lanes for pedestrians and transport trolleys. Don't get to distracted staring at the seafood though, because the motorized trolleys may very well run you down!
If you're thinking of visiting Tsukiji Market, be prepared to wake early, because all the action takes place between 5 and 9 in the morning. After you leave the market, have a sushi breakfast one of the many sushi restaurants in the vicinity. Seafood doesn't get any fresher than this!
Tsukiji Fish Market is one of those things that a tourist MUST visit. It is well worth the early morning wake-up. It consists of the inner market & outer market. The inner market opens very early - i believe 2am to 3am.
However, the fun stuff starts shortly after 5am ---- the fish AUCTION. This is followed by fish cutting. You must follow one of the carts, after the auction has concluded, of HUGE tuna fishes, to the place where they cut up the fish. It takes 3 grown man to slice up a fish into 4 pieces.
Everything starts to wind down at 6am, and that is when you should wander out to the outer market place, and hop into one of the sushi bars for EXTRA FRESH sushi. So fresh, that it does not taste like fish at all!
After that, wonder around the outer market stalls, and buy anything and everything. We bought a set of green tea cups, a set of of sushi bottle & cups, as well as some bento boxes.
Getting up for the 5.30am auctions in the worlds largest fish market has to be one of the unique sites in Tokyo. This place is buzzing and although the auction rooms are for authorised personel only, foreigners are tolerated provided we stay out of harms way.
The auctions for different seafood are split into different rooms, but the giant tuna seem to get the most attention. These are either fresh or frozen and come from as far away as New Zealand and Tahiti. The biggest we saw was 238kgs !
Watching the pre auction inspections, the actual auctions and then grabbing an early morning sushi breakfast is one great way to start your day in Tokyo.