Tsukiji Fish Markets
Visit this Fascinating Tokyo Market!
Tsukiji Fish Markets is high on the list of must see destinations in Tokyo.Having decided to venture north to Kamakura, it seemed logical to stop off and visit the famous market, as it was on the way.
Coming out of the train station, we only needed to follow our noses to know we had found the most famous Tokyo Fish market! The strong smell of.....well.... fish, was hard to miss!
Knife seller’s stalls lined the path, their lethal looking wares neatly arranged in order of size. A restaurant queue stretched down the road, around the corner, and as far as the eye could see.A Tsukiji Fish market tradition has it you have a meal of fresh fish, preferably sashimi, when you visit, our son, who lives in Tokyo, told us.
Walking through huge warehouses, we had to quickly scoot around the carts, and boxes that blocked the way. Ride on movers, boxes piled high on prongs at the front, bicycles, motorized carts, and long carts pushed by hand, all jostled for position, at a pace that made it difficult negotiate.
This was a market on the move! While we were welcome to visit, there was no time for the workers to give way to mere onlookers. One false move and I could see myself flattened.
Obviously looking rather lost, a kindly old Japanese man asked in English if we had a map. He shoved a simple map of Tsukiji Fish Market, with handwritten instructions into my hand, before we were cut off by a cart whizzing by.
Making it across the road, we carefully found our way into the Market's main building. The wholesale auctions were finished for the day. They start at 6.00am and are only for the retailers. It was now 7.30am.
The narrow walkways between the displays of fish, were busy with buyers and onlookers bustling up and down, while men were oozing into the pathways as they chopped up huge tuna, both fresh, or frozen solid. The tuna were laid out in rows, for buyers to make an easy selection.
Fish of every possible type on display!
Others manned stalls with piles of octopus, fish in all shapes, sizes and colours, crayfish in tanks of water, and an interesting array of shellfish. Large cockles, a shell fish similar to huge clams , sea eggs, and piles of prawns,- it was all here just waiting for a buyer.
Leaving by a side route we walked past restaurants filled with hungry early starters now wanting breakfast, and we were soon on our way to Kamakura, happy we had taken the time to make this fascinating side trip.
Tsukiji Fish market is an experience I would highly recommend.
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