Tsukiji Market, Tokyo
Amazing!!! I didn't believe going to visit a fish market would be exciting in the least, however I couldn't be more wrong...it is unmatched by any markets like in Seattle, Vancouver, Boston,etc. You are left completely stunned and wondering how on earth does the sea replenish itself daily once you see the sheer number and sizes of the catch!!!! Please dress warmly because even with the temperature being in the 70's (F) it could get quite chilly (because of the freezers)...
In order to experience the Tukiji Fish Market in Tokyo you'll need to get up very early since all of the action takes place from about 5a to 7a. My girlfriend and I got up at 4:30a the morning that we were going to leave Tokyo and headed out to experience the market and auctions. I made an audio recording of part of the experience which can be found here
Fish is the most important material in the Japanese cuisine. almost every Japanese will tell you that he can't live without fish
To see how true is this statement, go to visit the biggest fish market in Tokyo, Tsukiji Fish market.
Go in the early morning, walk carefully in the market, keep an eye of the small truck rushing around.
After you satisfy with seeing all sort of fishes, go to the canteen for fish market workers, you will get a real treat of the real local meal.
"Makuru Don" or Tuna Rice is my flavorite. It cost around 600 yen
If you are jetlagging or wake up at 4 in the morning with your eyes wide open, this is a place you should go. It is the biggest fish market in the world and it is quite entertaining to see the variety of seafoods on sales at the market. After your visit, don't forget to have breakfast at one of the numerous sushi restaurants nearby. The sushi in Tsukuji obviously is the freshest in Tokyo.
It's definately worthwhile to check out the fish market while you are in Tokyo. If it exists under the sea, you will probably find it here. The fish market is in a huge warehouse with motorized carts driving by, electric saws and lots of people. Therefore, is important to stay sharp to avoid any accidents. It's noisy and there are plenty of things to look at. Its a fascinating experience to see all of the activity and all of the undersea creatures for sale there.
the fish market is a great place to go. it's free to walk around and it's hustling and bustling and crazy and there's surprisingly few tourists there. easy to get lost and look at row after row of eel or fish guts or some other weird thing that comes from the sea. but it's closed on holidays and every other wednesday and you need to go before 8 in the morning because apparently after this there's not much going on there.
I know this sounds weird as a "must see" but it was so cool! The Tsukiji, where $23 million worth of fish is sold each day, is one of the world's largest fish markets. It was worth it to get up at 3:30 AM to get to the market for the bidding which started about 4:30 AM. Hey, you're in Japan and jet-lagged awake so go do something different!
Shinto tample just out side of entrence to the Fish Market.
Two men I met are workers of one of the large fresh fish exporter working on a daily basis at the fish market.
They were both firendly and spoke very good english, and gave me a good tip about where I should be eating me Shushi for breakfast.
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This is THE fish market: something like 90% of fish selling in Japan is done here. Although you have to get there quite early (about 7 am is ok for an overall sight, including part of the giant tuna auction), it's a lively experience. Wear fish-proof clothes, *and* shoes!!! Then you may have a fresh sushi breakfast for not too much :) Amazing how thousands of people moves frenetically up and down, walking, cycling or by that strange load vehicles...
Tsukiji is said to be the largest fish market in the world. Around 35,000 vehicles containing and roughly 2,700 tons of fish from around the world gather to Tsukiji Market daily. It is about 10-15 minutes walk from Ginza, and in the same road (Harumi-dori) as the main kabuki theatre. You need to get there early in the morning to see huge frozen fish carcasses being sold by lively auctioneers. The stalls within the market also sell every other kind of fresh or live seafood.
The fish market is an amazing hustle and bustle of activity. From frozen tuna carcasses to crates of live octopi, it's all there. Be sure to go into the wholesale area of the warehouse behind the docks -- it may look like visitors wouldn't be allowed but that's not the case. Try to get there as early as possible, no later than 8:00 and preferably closer to 6:30. Also, check on the schedule before you go (the tourist info line at JNTO should have this info). You don't want to get up that early and get there to find it closed!
By the way, if you are a sushi lover and are in the mood for it in the AM, you probably won't find better quality and value than that in the nearby shops. If not, you can also dine (eat, rather) for cheap at the various vendors catering to the workmen. Standard fare such as curry rice, soba/udon, ramen and gyuu-don can be found. The area includes many vendors. Most are fishy in nature (dried squid anyone?) but there are a few souvenir shops as well.
You GOTTA try sushi at Tsukiji. The fish is so fresh it does not taste like fish at all! It is wonderful!
The Fish Market in Tokyo is a must see you have to get up early to catch "LOL" the Tuna auction it is top Notch.
Besides enjoying shusi / ramen breakfast, tsukiji-market give us a good idea of how local life like in Japan.
HUGE frozen yellowfin tuna, palm-sized clams, crab claws the length of your arms, colourful octopus everywhere. i felt positively liliputian.
great slice of everyday life in Tokyo.