I love seafood. If I could afford it I would probably cook it everyday. Tuna, scallops, shrimp, crabs, and more; it is all good. For a seafood lover like myself, I have found quite possibly the best seafood market on the planet and it is one worth all the hype that you hear: the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan.
The Largest Market I’ve Ever Seen
The Tsukiji Fish Market is famous for one of the largest tuna auctions on the planet. Almost every single day of the year in the early hours of the morning the world’s biggest tuna fish are auctioned off to sushi purveyors from around Japan, Asia, and more. A limited number of tickets are available to see the actual auction, and tourists are required to get there at 4:30 in the morning to score one of the limited spots for the day. Since most metro lines don’t run that early, I decided to go later in the day, right as the market was closing.
Finding the market was relatively simple, just follow the fish smell and other tourists heading into the large creepy looking warehouse past a row of small restaurants and shops. If there are tons of acetylene powered lift carts rolling around, you’re in the right place. Further back is the actual market, in which the amazing catches of the day are on display and are eventually near sold out by closing time at 10:30am.
So Many Tasty Items
Now, having said that I want one, the one thing I actually would like differently is the prices. Although I am not sure of the units they measure the cost in (per kilo, 100 grams, etc), the listed cost for any given item was significantly higher than anything I would like to purchase myself. With it being the freshest and best seafood in the world, however, I guess you can’t expect anything otherwise.
Of the random creatures that were found in the market, only a few could be distinguished as ones I actually recognized. Squid, eel, octopus (both living and dispatched), many kinds of tuna, jumbo tuna heads leftover from the days catch, geoduck, clams, mussels, shrimp, prawns, random fish, and more!
It is dizzying to try and count all the unique kinds of creatures that are available for purchase. So instead of buying some yourself, it is much easier to go to a nearby sushi restaurant and seek out some of the freshest food on your own in prices that are a bit more suitable for anyone’s budget. Those nearest to the market are the most expensive and have the longest wait, but a short walk away opens up spectacular deals. Thanks to a new friend I met at the market I ended up at Sushizanmai (a 3-story 24 hour establishment) thanks to a quick phone call to his dad and had this spectacular feast for under $30 US!