If you love fish or want to get your hands on the freshest sushi of your life, you must go to Tsukiji Fish Market. It is Tokyo’s (perhaps Japan‘s) largest wholesale fish market but they also sell fruits and vegetables. In here you may see a live tuna auction, eat sushi for breakfast, or shop for trinkets.
If you want to see the famous tuna auction at Tsukiji Fish Market in person, you’ll have to wake up super early as you’ll have to fall in line to get in. They will only allow 120 people in for the tuna auction. It is a first-come, first-serve basis so some people try to be there at around 3 a.m. or earlier to have a higher chance of being let in. The good thing about this is that admission to the tuna auction is FREE!
For those of you who are not early risers like I am, you can go there as early as you can to eat sushi for breakfast. The first time I had sushi was in Canada and I did not like it at all and never bothered to try it again until I went to the Tsukiji Fish Market where I had the freshest, melts-in-your-mouth sushi. My ultimate favourite being the red tuna nigiri. Expect to pay at least ¥2,000 for a decent breakfast at Tsukiji Fish Market. There are also options for those vegans in Tokyo so don’t fret!
After having breakfast, take a walk and explore the wholesale market, which is open to the public after 10 a.m., and the outer market, which is typically open from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can buy sushi magnets, street food, kitchenwares, desserts, and all kinds of stuff.
Do take note that Tsukiji Fish Market is closed on Sundays, some Wednesdays, and on national holidays so plan accordingly.
How to get there: If you’re taking a train, you can get off at either Tsukiji station or Tsukiji Shijo station. Alternatively, a friend suggested that it might be a better idea to check in at a capsule hotel or accommodations close to Tsukiji to avoid waking up super early to go to the tuna auction and since trains won’t be running at the wee hours of the morning, you won’t need to take a cab (which is crazy expensive!).
Location: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan