There are a lot of sushi restaurants in the Tsukiji Fish Market. Some restaurants are so popular that people queue up about 2 or 3 hours. Unfortunately, we have to say most of them aren't worth spending such long time outside.
Generally speaking, almost sushi restaurants in the market nowadays are touristy and manualized, don't offer the true value of the world biggest fish market at all.
Then, how can we enjoy and experience the true value of the world biggest fish market and the sushi?
The only one answer is to buy fresh ingredients in the market, and prepare it in the appropriate way.
Don't have such equipment or skill? Here's an option : TOKYO SUSHI CLUB
This is lead by the insiders of the market and sushi industry, the best possible choice as sushi meal in the market, and also as a morning activity in Tokyo.
There are a lot of sushi restaurants in the Tsukiji Fish Market. Some restaurants are so popular that people queue up about 2 or 3 hours. Generally speaking, however, almost all sushi restaurants in the market nowadays are touristy and manualized, don't offer the true value of the world biggest fish market at all. The best possible choice will be to buy fresh ingredients in the market, and prepare it in the appropriate way.
That being said, when you are looking for somewhere to get sushi in cost-effective way, there are few restaurants that the insiders sometimes visit to enjoy sushi. And most of cases when you sign up any tour in the market, you will be lead to one from the list below. Also, there are few sushi making classes in the market.
RESTAURANTS Iwasa Sushi (Less waiting time, cozy atmosphere, insiders visit) / Itadori (About 13 chain restaurants in the market) / Sushi Zanmai (Upper-middle sushi chain, about 10 restaurants in the market) / Sushi Dai (2 hours of waiting time) /
SUSHI MAKING CLASSES Tsukiji Cooking (By a translator dispatching company) / Tokyo Sushi Academy (By a sushi school & the apprentices) / Tokyo Foodrink Tour (By a tour company) / Tsukiji Outer Fish Market and Sushi Workshop (By a tour company)
Although there are many restaurants...?
The fishmongers in the Tsukiji Fish Market begins to work from about 2 am, since the seafood from all over Japan arrives at the market by then. They first of all prepare their shop, and confirm their orders and deals of the day. From about 4 to 5 am, actual deals and auctions between the fishmongers and the middlemen begins to take place. They ride small electrically‐powered track to move around the market of 23ha.
After the auctions, buyers and chefs from all over Greater Kanto region begin to arrive at the market, severely start to select fishes they cook and offer at their restaurants and shops. This B to C purchase time is about from 6 to 11 am. After that, the market finishes all the operation.
Currently, there is a regulation that prohibits any entrance of tourists to the inner market before 10 am, Thus the time allowed for tourists to be in is only about 1 hour on the very end of the business hours.
Want to enjoy the market at the most exiting and thrilling time? Here's the option: TSUKIJI INSIDERTOUR
This is the only one opportunity to get in the market at the most exiting and thrilling time as insider.
The best time to get in the market is early morning
The morning of Tsukiji Fish Market is early. The workers start working from around midnight, to support their customers -restaurants that satisfy the capital of the third world biggest economy. This is one of the few places in modern civilization that human being is not treated as first. Then what? -Fish. The daily deal of the market is about 2 Billion JPY, which is roughly about 17 Million USD.
There are lots of interesting event and tourism spots in the area, such as Tuna Auction and Sushi Restaurants However, since the market's site is 23ha, it is very difficult to experience the whole market especially when you don't have enough time to spend here.
There is a perfect solution for those who traveling Japan for business purpose, and in busy schedule. Our skillful insider guides bring you to the essences of the market just in 50 minutes. This tour takes place 3 times a day. So even if your schedule is tight, it is available.
Here's the detailed information of the tour: TSUKIJI INSIDERWALK
In the Tsukiji Fish Market, lots of auctions take place everyday. Tuna, Shrimp, Sea Urchin, Oyster and more. As tuna is the most important ingredient in sushi, there are 2 different types of tuna being dealt: Fresh tunas which are transported to the market by airplane, and Frozen tunas by big tuna boat.
Due to the regulation mainly from sanitary reasons, the fresh tuna auction is not opened to tourists. On the other hand, however, the frozen tuna auction is opened to public for maximum 120 people per day. Although the auction itself is from about 5:30 am, because hundreds of people gather to watch it, it is almost impossible to get the ticket (They use vest) after 3:30 am, in most cases. People have to come before the time.
What makes the matter worse is, the time it reaches to 120 people changes day by day, and season by season. For instance, in busy season or when a group of many people come, it becomes 2:30 or even 2:00 am. Also, the market doesn't give any explanation, simply just let people wait 2 ~ 3 hours, and lead them to the venue. Thus, information such as prices of tuna, what the buyers are doing and how the auction works will stay mystery.
Want to know more than that, and get guaranteed the participation? Here's an insider tour for the frozen tuna auction: TUNA AUCTION & TSUKIJI INSIDERTOUR
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No waiting time, Fresh tuna auction, get Uni & Oyster
In most cases you don't have enough time and enthusiastic to queue up for 2 ~ 3 hours just for tuna. This is the best choice to those who would like to skip the long waiting time, and get the priority pass.
Due to the regulation mainly from sanitary reasons, the fresh tuna auction is not opened to any visitor. However, there is a way to enable it: To become their stakeholder. The fresh tuna auction begins from 5:30 am, so people have to begin to prepare from a bit before it. The appropriate attire and application also should be completed in the proper way.
Want to participate the fresh auction? Here's the choice: VIP TSUKIJI INSIDERAUCTION
This enables you to participate the fresh tuna auction without waiting time, and offer the best sea urchin and the best oyster both our master will knock down at the each auction on the day.