The world famous tsukiji fish market that is well known for its world largest tuna auction market. Didn’t hesitate to put this on my list of must go places during my visit to Tokyo.
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The day before visiting the fish market we decided to spent a night at the ‘comic cafe’ or ‘mangakisa’ nearby Ginza where we can take some rest and wake up at 3.30am in the morning and walk to tsukiji fish market. The night at comic cafe will not get you a comfort bed but it’s cheap (you can book a decent hotel at Agoda, you’ll have a space of your own with a computer, there’s also free flow of drinks, a toilet and whole lot of comics on the shelf.
The one night in comic cafe was ok, get to sleep for a couple of hours, the only thing that I dislike is that smoking is allowed, while I was half awake, half dreaming the smell of smoke literally wakes me up.
woke up at 3.30am in the morning, get some wash up in the toilet , family mart is just below the comic cafe. Had a quick stomach fix with a bowl of instant ramen and there we go walking to tsujiki market.
It wasn’t far away from where I stay but we kind of got lost and unsure where to go once we are at the market. The market itself is easily identified. After some asking around for direction, we’re finally here and thought that we were late, fortunately there’s still alot of available slot. We were given a reflective safety jacket to be worn all time during the walk to the market. We wait in a waiting room full of visitors from all over the world.
Waited about 1.5hours and finally we’re allowed to go in. The busy market is full with these high mobility vehicle carrying crates of fishes transporting one place to another. It was so happening in a 5am morning!
To be honest if I have never watch the video on youtube the other night while in the comic cafe explained about what is going on in the fish market, I have no clue what they are doing (my travel mate did not watch the video and totally have no clue what they are doing). You’ll see alot of tuna lying down on the floor, numbered and ready to be auction. These tuna auction sold in the speed of lightning, they place bid by only moving their finger, it happen so fast and that is why if you do not know about the auction it is best to watch a short introductory video through youtube to understand a little bit better.
The visit was worth sleeping less than 2hours and waking up in 3.30am in the morning. It was one of a kind experience visiting the tsukiji fish market tuna auction.
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