So you’ve followed the advice of literally EVERY SINGLE guidebook about Tokyo and went to Tsukiji Fish market. It was fun… for about an hour. Now what?
Well, first of all, if you’re going to Tsukiji, just remember, the Tsukiji Fish Market is only about this size.
Also, no flip-flops, open-toed shoes, luggage, baby strollers, large backpacks, or pets. People are trying to run a business at Tsukiji Fish Market, and they will kick you out. However, let’s say you DO get to explore the Tsukiji Fish Market for a good half an hour. Now what?
Thankfully there is still a lot to do (aside from just strolling through Tsukiji Fish Market).
Things to do in Tsukiji (aside from the Fish-Market).
1. Eat some fresh sushi. To the right of the Tsukiji Fish Market, there are five streets that run perpendicular, and each street is filled with delicious sushi restaurants (ranging from cheap to costing a small fortune).
2. Have you ever watched your fish being slaughtered in front of you, cut up, put on a tiny scoop of rice, and placed in front of you? Talk about fresh. Welcome to the Tsukiji Fish Market.
I expected this to ruin my appetite. They had a tank of pretty fish swimming in front of me, and every one and a while, someone would grab one of the fish with a black mesh net and butcher it.
Once again, talk about fresh.
3. Go to Namiyoke Inari Shrine, a shrine built in the Meji era. I wrote an entire post about it earlier, it’s a gorgeous, tiny shrine less than a three minute walk to the right of Tsukiji Fish Market.
4. Watch a street demonstration of someone preparing fish (if you didn’t get enough of that at lunch). Not all restaurants near the Tsukiji Fish Market will prepare the fish for you, only the expensive ones will. So this is a good chance to watch how a fish is supposed to be cut up.
5. Take funny pictures with the cut-outs. I caught a fish.
No one else would take a picture with me. I was sad.
6. Eat the famous sweet-egg omelet. I don’t know what it’s called, but every time I’ve been to Tsukiji Fish Market, the store that sells this has a line of at least twenty people.
You can also order it in a sushi restaurant (which is what I chose to do). This is, hands-down, my favorite thing at Tsukiji Fish Market. It is delicious.
7. Stock up on some souvenirs. The word “Maguro” (Japanese for Tuna Fish) has a double meaning; my fiancé really wanted to get this shirt for one of his friends.
8. Meet up with friends. Or go on a date. The area surrounding the Tsukiji Fish Market is great because it is classy, safe, and foreigner-friendly. They really capitalize on the fact that Tsukiji Fish Market is listed in literally every single guidebook about Tokyo.
I’ve met up with friends In Tsukiji Fish Market around five or six times in the eight months I’ve been living in Tokyo.
I’ve been using this site, Meetrip, to meet up with native Japanese locals who have been showing me around Tokyo. It’s fun, I’ve learned a lot about the city I wouldn’t have known without them.
Even though I’ve been to Tsukiji quite a few times, it never gets old because every time I go, there’s something different. Sometimes it’s like a mini-festival, other times it’s just a giant fish head… just sitting there.
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