A trip to Tokyo would not be complete without a wonder around the exciting fish markets, getting caught up in the hustle and bustle is half the fun as you roam the tight laneways dodging giant tuna and excited fishermen slicing up their hall for the day.
With 35 million people in Greater Tokyo, imagining almost twice the population of Australia in one city is almost impossible. On arrival, you almost feel you have had them all rush past you at once, although if you visit Shinjuku it is likely you will witness a couple of million of them throughout the day.
No trip to Tokyo would be complete without a trip to the fish market. The largest and most hectic fish market in the world, it is an essential visit throwing you right into the mix of Tokyo’s best sights and sounds.
It is worth trying to get into one of the live tuna auctions if you can. Public access is limited on certain days (the odd Wednesday and Sunday’s there is no public access) and when the public is permitted it is still limited to only 120 lucky people. Registration starts at 4.30am at the aptly named fish information center. The screech and the yelling of the auctioneer is enthralling, it is hard to keep up with who has the winning bid or what the price is even, but its well worth it for some cultural consummation.
Being one of the less fortunate to get into the elusive auctions is far from a disappointment, wondering the markets is still enjoyable; stack loads tuna the size of children/grown men being carved up, knife skills out of movies and the array more than 480 different kinds of seafood, ranging from fish, to shellfish and prawns makes for an overall experience. Truthfully, it’s the tuna nonetheless, the sheer size and magnificence is site to behold. Newfound respect for the meager tuna is a guarantee.
Once you have wondered (but mostly dodged the ongoing tuna traffic) the fish market its time for a traditional sushi breakfast. There are plentiful sushi counters to choose from but to find best ones you need to venture to the wholesale fruit and vegetable market where the restaurant section is location. Likely, it will be the freshest high quality sushi you are likely to ever try. If sushi isn’t to your liking before 10am, there is another major draw card of tempura. Tenfusa is the most famous tempura at the markets and known for the freshest, most crispy and least oily of the tempura offerings.
For dessert, wonder the outer markets, a series of narrow winding streets selling all kinds of things such as sticky rice cakes, kitchen utensils, wasabi, and unagi, a perfect way to finish an interesting and unusual morning.
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