Yummy, yes? These pieces of premium quality tuna were for sale at the Tsukiji fish market. It is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world with about 900 wholesale dealers and about 60000 employees. It is also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind, handling about 700000 metric tons of fish and seafood every year.
The fish market is a huge tourist attraction but arrive there early; that’s when the action is! Best times to visit are between 5:00AM and 9:00AM. Most shops close at 11.00AM and the whole area is closed for cleaning at 1.00 PM.
If you ask me, this market is one of a few distinct must sees in Tokyo (don’t get me wrong – the biggest attraction in Tokyo is Tokyo itself). To find it is easy. All cabbies know where it is and if you take the metro, it’s located near the Tsukijishijō Station on the Toei Ōedo Line and the Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.
And don’t forget to have a very early lunch at one of the sushi joints nearby. If you don’t belong to a family of tuna fishingmen, you have probably never tasted a fresher sushi.
And if you want to stay somewhere nearby, the Conrad Tokyo is a pretty OK alternative.