Tsukiji market is about to close and move but there have been delays so while we’re waiting, here’s the lowdown on what goes on there.
The auction house is now closed off to tourists. This is what it looked like!
Whatever you’ve heard, there are many restaurants here, all with fresh ingredients. The most skilled chefs may be actually hiding within. Most importantly, their queues will be no problem. As for the more famous ones…. read on…
The 2nd most famous restaurant, probably because it sounds like the first. No doubt many gaijins got confused and ended up here. When we went, they were slapping food onto the dishes, service was swift and there was a pressure to leave. The most famous restaurants have the buying power to win the auctions for the best looking fish at the market. Ingredients win.
This is the most famous sushi restaurant at Tsukiji, having been featured on national TV, and now known over the world by travellers. Unfortunately that also means the queue is hours long and you may need to arrive at 3am for the quickest and freshest experience. Generally you just need to wake up as early as possible (it closes at 2pm and will turn away people still in the queue); get there with some food or drink in your bag to survive the queue. Those who love their sushi will have to get the first train and arrive as early as possible, then head back to the hotel and crash. The combination of presentation, skill, top ingredients plus friendly and humourous service make it unbeatable.