The world's largest fish market is one of Tokyo's biggest attractions.
Tsukiji is set to move to a new location soon so we went for a visit this month.
★ Tuna Auction 04:00 to 05:00
★ Outer Market 06:00 to 09:00
☆ Tuna Shop 08:00
☆ Make Your Own Breakfast 08:30
★ Inner Market 09:00 to 10:00
(Note: Photography and Video is prohibited inside the inner market until 09:00 every day.)
Why is Tsukiji Tokyo's biggest attraction?
Maybe it's because it's not a tourist attraction at all. This is a real market where many of Japan's best sushi chefs get their ingredients.
It's raw and real.
Tsukiji is essentially a city within a city. It has its own way of doing things.
There are many rules to visiting Tsukiji.
You should wear long pants, boots (if you have them – the floor is wet and full of fish guts), and you should be considerate of people's privacy, especially the sushi chefs shopping. The security guards have no trouble tossing you out at the gate!
Photography is prohibited until 09:00 for privacy concerns. They are quite strict about this in the inner market.
Should you eat at Sushi Dai? If you like waiting in line to eat the same fish at restaurants all around the area, go for it! There is no quality difference between restaurants in the inner market and those on the outside – all the ingredients come from the same place.
We went into a stand in the outer market to see and yes, it was great!
No haggling / bargaining in Tsukiji. The price is the price.
Our guests for this episode are:
★ Greg Lane, founder and editor / writer for TokyoCheapo.com
★ Morita Hirobumi, head instructor for the Tsukiji Sushi Workshop
★ Dru Tang, HinoMaple founder and Tokyo guide
☆ Special thanks to Masanori Numata for helping with the camera and also to Tsubasa Kaieda of www.tsukiji-market.jp for assisting on location.
Maguro / Tuna shop in the outer market is here:
Kaisendon tent with "Makase-don bowl" is here:
Public eating area in the outer market (vending machines and tables) is here:
Uni and Hotate (scallops) were all purchased inside the inner market.
You can shop yourself in the inner market after 09:00 or go with a shop owner anytime. Because Morita-san guided us, we were allowed entry.
Please contact Tsukiji Sushi Workshop for ingredient tours of the inner market.
Places and shops change over time so please note these places in the video may not be there in the future.