One of the highlights of our Tokyo trip was our sushi breakfast at the Tsukiji Fish Market.
This is where our cabbie dropped us off. We walked around looking at various shops and fish vendors, but soon found out this wasn’t where the real action was.
There are a lot of vendors grilling seafood, and selling things like bento boxes, dried fish, and bonito flakes. Some people apparently never even get to the area where the sushi restaurants are.
But all you have to do is drop by the Information office and ask how to get to Sushi Dai and Daiwa (the two most popular sushi restaurants in Tsukiji Market).
The lines for these two restaurants are craaazy long with what looked to be over 2 hours waiting time.
John and I chose a restaurant with one of the shortest lines. We still had to wait almost an hour to be seated.
Most, if not all, of the restaurants are bar seating only, and we enjoyed watching the chefs slice, prep, and torch our sushi right in front of us.
We had tuna, medium fatty tuna, fatty tuna, salmon, squid, sweet shrimp, tamago, and unagi. Everything was so fresh and so good!
Aside from eating sushi, you can also go shopping for Japanese dinnerware. I really wanted to take some plates home with me, but we were going straight to Ginza after breakfast and we didn’t want to have to lug them around.
We also spotted this cozy looking coffee shop no bigger than a closet. We would have stopped for some coffee if we weren’t rushing to be on time for our lunch reservations!
The much talked-about tuna auction happens everyday at 5am, but John and I didn’t even consider waking up for it. I heard you have to be there by 4:30 am to register, and they only let 120 people in per day.
Tsukiji Fish Market is definitely worth going to, if you love sushi, but I’d recommend going at maybe 8 or 9 am and just picking a sushi restaurant at random. Just make sure it’s one of the restaurants near Sushi Dai and Daiwa.. They all get their sushi from the same market anyway!
More of my Tokyo travel posts here.