Tsukiji Fish Market – When should you really go?

Hi Everyone,

I am sure you all heard about the Tsukiji Market (築地市場, Tsukiji Shijō). This is a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. I must admit…. I didn’t make it to the fish market as I originally planned…I was WAYY too tired from my Hong Kong trip that I can’t even imagine myself getting up at 5am and hauling my ass to the market. So, that being said… I didn’t make it to the fish market until well… (this is embarrassing) 10:30am… 30 minutes before everything closes.

If you are interested in seeing the fish market at 5am in the morning. Tokyo Travel gives a pretty detail description: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3021.html

Unfortunately, this post won’t be about any of the interesting parts of the fish market…. but I still got the tail end of it, we didn’t make it to Sushi Dai as originally planned! I really want to eat there – but you literally have to line up early…. which I couldn’t do. It was pouring the day we went!

This is Sushi Dai – picture is from wherejessate.com

According to her blog post: Sushi Dai offers two set menus but we went with the more expensive option at 4,000yen (around $40CAD) for 10 pieces of nigiri (chef’s choice) + 1 of your choice + a roll + miso soup. After waiting four hours, there was no way we were going to skimp out! to read more about Sushi Dai – you can visit her blog post here.


I really enjoyed this short experience at the fish market. Word of advice: if you do plan to visit Tsukiji market – WAKE UP EARLY!!! Or go the first day when you arrive from wherever you came from. Take advantage of your jetlag!!!! I should had done that – but I came from Hong Kong so by the time I got to Japan, my body was used to the time zone already.


Thanks so much for reading!


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  1. 4.2.16

    This little pie with strawberry looks yummy!

    Happy Saturday! Love from Slovakia ♥

    • 4.3.16

      yes! it’s mochi! It’s super good! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. 4.3.16
    Jill said:

    What a cute market! Everything looks so yummy!

    Doused In Pink

    • 4.3.16

      Thanks for dropping by! Yessss it was so good

  3. 4.3.16
    Bárbara Marques said:

    Thank you for caring.

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    • 4.4.16

      Glad you enjoyed and thanks for dropping by!

  4. 4.4.16
    Jalisa said:

    OMG, everything looks amazing, girl! Don’t feel bad because I most likely wouldn’t have been able to get up that early, especially on a rainy day…I mean, who doesn’t love to sleep in on those days?! Haha! Thanks so much for sharing and have an amazing week ahead!



    • 4.4.16

      Awww thanks! Maybe next time if I ever visit Japan again – I will try to get up early for the fish market! Hope you will have an amazing week ahead too! Almost… Tuesday! lol!!!

  5. 4.5.16
    elizabeth said:

    I dream of visiting Japan one day… everything is so cute and the street food looks soooo good! I love your blog, it’s the sweetest! 😀 xx

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    • 4.8.16

      Oh you should! Everything is SOOOO SOOO SOOO good. I can’t even lie about that!! Thanks so much for visiting!!

    • 4.8.16

      Oh you should! Everything is SOOOO SOOO SOOO good. I can’t even lie about that!! Thanks so much for visiting!!

  6. 4.6.16
    Tina Phan said:

    I went at 5am and didn’t even get to see the fish auction! You have to get there around 4am to try to get a spot! Nonetheless, we still enjoyed eating sushi there. Sooo good!


    • 4.6.16

      Oh man! Yes one of my reader mentioned she actually stayed up all night to line up to see the fish auction. Yes I agree the sushi there is so fresh! Wish I can go back from often!
      Thanks so much for dropping by!

  7. 4.6.16

    Lovely post! Makes me want to to visit Japan! One day..:D Thanks for sharing!

    We Shop in Heels

    • 4.6.16

      Thanks so much for dropping by! You must – what a neat place to visit!

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