If you love eating fish then you will be in heaven visiting Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. It’s a fish eaters paradise.
In fact if you come to Tokyo and like fish and don’t visit this market then you’re seriously missing out.
The best sushi I’ve ever had was at Tsukiji Fish Market.
It’s a very popular place for visitors and locals alike and can be very busy to put it mildly.
You often have to wait for 10-15 minutes to sit at one of the sushi stalls/restaurants. In the meantime you can just wander around and try many different free fish samples on display from the different merchants
The fish is bought in in the early hours at the famous tuna auction where they allow up to 120 visitors a day to see the auction, where local fish restaurant chefs come to bargain for the best quality tuna.
It’s so popular it’s on a first come, first serve basis, and people start lining up at 3 in the morning for it to register at 5 a.m. You will probably want a coffee!
You go in 2 groups to the tuna auction with the first being at 5.50 a.m. and the second 15 minutes later.
You won’t be able to get on the auction floor itself but you can watch it from the sidelines.
Otherwise show up from 9 a.m. onwards and take in the chaotic atmosphere and eat yourself silly on some of the freshest fish you will ever have.
Tsukiji Fish Market In Tokyo
Try some samples for free.
The people working for the fish restaurants can help you choose what to get if you’re not sure.
It’s so crowded – just go with the flow.
So many different fishes you can find there.
You can find many good fish markets all over Japan. Some of my other favourite sushi areas are on Hokkaido, particularly Rishiri Island.
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