Is The Tsukiji Fish Market Worth Waking Up Early For?!?

The world famous Tsukiji Fish Market is the grand master of all food markets.  It’s one of Tokyo’s must visited landmarks. 

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The Tsukiji Fish Market’s origins dates back to the 16th century.  Japan’s fish markets started in Osaka during the Edo period then it was centralized into three fish markets in the early 1900s — Kanda, Kyoto, and Tsukiji.  It’s not bad thing cause I would’ve hated to travel to 300 different markets for my Instagram pictures.  That would have been a major pain in the ass.

Tsukiji Fish Market offers tours at certain times.  In addition, the day starts at 3 AM.  The perfect time to go would be straight from the bars and clubs.  It’s the only way to kill two birds with one stone.  In addition, the late night drunk munchies will be satisfied with the freshest sushi.  It’s a win-win situation.

Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji is no different than any other food market in the world.  However, it’s a lot cooler and there are more shops.  San Francisco’s Fisherman Wharf is the only comparable market in the world.  Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market might be 3rd if we’re considering total vendors.  Tsukiji’s fish market area is lined with food vendors and souvenirs shops.  The area is extremely packed even though I arrived around 10 AM.  FYI, there is no fucking way I’m waking up at 3 AM on my vacation.  Fuck that.

Anyway, Tsukiji Fish Market is truly unlike anything else I’ve seen in the world.  The hustle and bustle is something to marvel.  In addition, the pedestrian traffic flowing through it is absolutely amazing.  The best way to reach it would be by subway.  The nearest stop would be the Tsukijishijo Station.


For more information, check out the Fish Market’s website here.

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