Tsukiji Market, Tokyo
unfortunately, the subway doesn't open until 5am and the bidding starts at 3am. Get a place in walking distance and find a english speaking japanese tour guide as the american ones over in japan are rude to you if you ask them a simple question unless you are paying for their tour whereas the native tour guides will assist you for a few minutes.......honor and politeness are stressed over there.
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 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!
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.
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...
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
Visit the Tsukiji market in the early morning (4 am) to witness the hussle and buzz which surrounds the auctioning of tuna. After that, stop at one of the many small restaurants located around the market to taste the freshest and fabulously delicious sushi and sashimi. It's a great way to start your day in Tokyo !
This market is reportedly very busy in the wee hours of early morning. We reached this place at about 9-10 am, so most of the activities (auction of freshly caught sea produce such as tuna, etc) have ceased. The alleys are narrow and filled with all kinds of shops selling food products. There are also many restaurants where you can have a great meal of fresh sashimi at reasonable prices. To see what we had for breakfast, see my 'Restaurants' tip.
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! ;-))
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!
If you want to see the Fish Auction you have to arrive at 5:00 AM .
This will mean waking up at 4:00 AM and taking a 30 minute taxi ride as subways are not open at this time .
If your hotel is on the west side of the city ( like Shinjuku) the\n you may have a 50 minute taxi ride.
We arrived at 5:20AM and there were only 15 more places available.
People that arrived at 5:40 AM were turned away.
So there they were at 5:40 AM in downtown Tokyo with nothing much to do.
They hand out jersey's . Blue and Green.
The green's go in first , after a bit of a wait.
After a longer wait the blue's go in.
In the auction room many auction's are going on simultaneously.
You really do not know what exactly is happening.
The Auction is a "must do" if you ever go to Tokyo.
All of Japan's fresh fish produce comes from the Tsukiji Markets (Fish Markets). We went to the markets early one cold morning at around 7am and walked around looking at the array of stalls. Every type of fish you could think of is at these markets.
You have to be very careful not to get in anyone's way, which was very difficult as everyone is moving madly around the place.
Afterwards we had a fresh sushi breakfast at a very tiny stall located just outside the market
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 !!! ;-))
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)...