EATING OUR WAY OUT OF TOWN
17.05.2016 - 28.05.2016 25 °C
Tsukiji Market (築地市場, Tsukiji Shijō) is a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. It is the most famous of over ten wholesale markets that handle the distribution of fish, meat, produce and flowers in Tokyo. Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world's largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. It is scheduled to move to a new site in Toyosu in November 2016 so we absolutely had to go.
The sight of the many kinds of fresh fish and other seafood and the busy atmosphere of scooters, trucks, sellers and buyers hurrying around, make Tsukiji Market a major tourist attractions. In fact, the numbers of tourists has increased so much over recent years, that they have become a problem. They absolutely let you know that you are in the way. No vehicle slows down for you, those doing business walk right into you and security constantly tells you to keep moving. Not as easy as I thought for snapping photos.
Surprisingly it doesn't stink. The fish is so fresh that it doesn't smell. Lights are low and ice is everywhere so I guess it stays fresh. It sure tastes fresh. Sushi and sashimi will never be the same.
The inner market is where most of the wholesale business and the famous tuna auctions take place. We visited this area but did not got to the tuna auction. You had to be in the line well before 5am and even then only 120 people get in. Wasn't worth the risk so we went at 8:30. It was still super cool and buzzing with activity. We were constantly in the way of people who obviously work very hard. Leaving there I decided I best rinse and bag my slimy sneakers and wear something else on the flight.
Despite all that, I figure this is the worst job in the place. Crammed into a little box taking money. I wouldn't get the job because I would not fit!
The outer market contains tons of processed fish, restaurants and lots of free samples. ALMOST like Costco.
It was awesome and the was food amazing. We tried everything from scallops to eel ending with a huge plate of tuna sashimi which we ate standing around the counter with tons of others doing the same. It honestly melts in your mouth and as Scott described it, is closer to ice cream than fish back home.
My scallops with sea urchin on top. OMG!
I have to mention the price of fruit. Strawberries, although picture perfect were between 90 cents - $1.30 each and two mangos went for $160.00 Yikes. No wonder you don't see much fruit.
Definitely the biggest and most impressive fish market I have ever seen. It was crazy busy with tons of people.
What a way to end our week. Now it is off to the airport for the long journey home.
Remember....don't text and drive!
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