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Tsukiji Fish Market

April 19, 2009

This is a really touristy thing to do but I’ve been here twice now and find it amazing.  We woke up at 4:30 AM to go to the Tsukiji Fish Market.

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The auction goes from 5 to 6:15 AM and it’s definitely a sight to see and hear!  The auctioneer was going crazy, yelling things and pointing at all the blue fin tuna on the ground.

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Some can go for as much as a million yen!  After we watched the auction and walked through the market, we decided to eat a sushi breakfast… at 6:30 AM. : )

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There were already a ton of people lined up at the various restauarnts.  Some had over an hour wait but we chose a random one with a shorter line and ended up waiting about 30 – 40 minutes.

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All of the restaurants were teeny and only sat about ten people at the most.

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I went with the chirashi.  It was absolutely amazing and had a great mix of hamachi, ebi, salmon, kani, maguro, ikura, etc.  The fish was so fresh, it melted in my mouth.

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Boyfriend went with the Fuji 7 piece set and got a bonus nigiri  I’m so proud that he ate everything… even the ikura!  The prices at the market restaurants were pretty expensive.  It’s not surprising considering it’s a huge tourist attraction so they can jack up the prices.  The fish was incredible and I’m glad we went!

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Waking up at 4:30 AM to go to Tsukiji made for a really long day but it was so worth it!!  As we were walking around the aisles and rows of 500 different kinds of seafood, I could hear the workers muttering, “Get out of the way! Stupid toursits.”  I felt bad for interrupting their regular work day because it must’ve been frustrating having tourists stopping in the middle of a walkway and sticking their camera lenses into everything.  It was a sight to see, a must if you’re in Tokyo and awake at 5 AM!! ; )


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