Tsukiji Market (築地市場) : Early Birds’ must see in Tokyo

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Sashimi and Sushi are the most famous Japanese cuisines. To enjoy the freshest dishes, Tsukiji Market is definitely the right place to go. As the biggest fish wholesale place in Japan, Tsukiji market plays a very important role. From the early morning at 4 am, staffs have been busy working to deliver the finest fish haul to the buyers, even on freezing cold winter days.
tsukiji market night
Inside this market, it is very common to find long queues in front of some shops in the early morning. These food shops used to serve staff working in the market, thus they open in the early morning. Now visitors come to search for food of best quality and price. By ordering a set of Omakase (chef’s menu) at approximately 4000 yen, visitors are able to get the finest seasonal fish of that day.
restaurant area
sushi restaurant tsukiji
sushi in tsukiji

These food shops usually runs from 5 am to 1 pm; but the queue can be long even before the shop opens! Not a fish lover, don’t worry! Curry rice, fried food, Tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette), vegetables and fruits can easily be found here. This market has been expanded to the outside and a variety of food and culinary products are all in this place, therefore ”window shopping” is a nice morning exercise to experience the Japanese family daily lives here.
shopping area

Please also keep in mind to follow the guidance and instructions because the traffic in the market is very busy due to trucks and tractors carrying fish hauls. Also, make sure not to break into the staff-only areas. As the biggest fish wholesale market, temperature, sanitation, logistics managements are all essential. Cooperation from the visitors is of course of key importance to sustain this place. For those who are interested, a Tuna Auction is available at 5 am for registration. Those who are registered can take a glance at the competition among fish buyers!

tsukiji market in morning

Tsukiji market will move to Toyosu in 2016. But over-the-counter market will not move to other place. You can find over-the-counter market in Tsukiji.
It is quite near to Ginza(just in 1km) ,Tokyo and Nihombashi(just in 2km).There are a lot of good sushi restaurant.
You should go there and find Japanese food restaurant.

Travel information and tips
•Visitors can hop off at Tsukiji Station on Hibayaline or Tsukijishijo Station on Toei Oedo Line and walk to the market.
•The Tsukiji Market: http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/tukiji_e.htm
•The Tsukiji Outer Market : http://www.tsukiji.or.jp/english/index.html

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