It has become our tradition that on the first morning after our arrival in Tokyo we head to Tsukiji Fish Market for mandatory sushi, sashimi AND ramen breakfast. I believe there is no better way to start a trip to Japan than with a satisfying amount of fatty tuna for breakfast before wandering around to watch everyday business happening around Tsukiji’s outer market. Despite our many visits, we love spending a morning or two there.
There is no need for us to get up again before 3am in order to see the Tuna Auction . We saw it two years ago and can now just snack and walk around Outer Market. The action at the market starts at 3am, so during our breakfast at 7-8am, things are already slowing down. Outer market is busy with local people shopping and tourists walking around. Chaos, noise and crazy traffic with motorised cars – all that belongs to the Seafood Wholesale Market (Inner Market).
There are many small and very famous restaurants around the market. People start queueing at 5am in order to get a seat for breakfast. We usually choose one of the smaller places filled with Japanese people. I doubt you can find bad sushi/sashimi anywhere there. There are no wrong choices. Sushi is always prepared in front of you just after you order and is so fresh that this time we saw one still-moving shrimp on a plate a few seats down the bar from us. Still moving!
After sushi, after walking around and a little time for taking photos, the next stop is Choku Soba Ramen, a streetside shop with three big tables right on the pavement. There are bigger crowds of people surrounding it and for good reason, they serve amazing shoyu ramen: a thin broth with yellow curly ramen noodles, thin slices of pork, bamboo shoots and sliced green onion on top. Beautiful taste.
Shops, restaurants and stall stay open until lunch time or early afternoon.
If you are planning a trip to Tsukiji Market or Tuna auction, keep in mind that the actual Tsukiji fish market will be relocating to it’s new location at Toyosu in 2016.
Tsukiji Fish Market ()
5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line; Tsukiji station (H10)
Ramen: Chuka Soba Inoue
4-9-16 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
Opening hours: 5 am 1:30 pm