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If you go

Tsukiji Fish Market

For visitors it’s first come, first served, daily, with lines forming for registration well before 4:30 a.m. See shijou.metro.tokyo.jp/english.


Institute for Japanese Culture Experience and Education offers guided tours of the Tsukiji fish- market auction in English, 21,000 yen (about $262) for one person, 9,000 yen ($112) per additional person. Includes sushi breakfast at on-site restaurant. ijcee.com (click on English)

One of my favorite experiences in Japan! Waking up early, catching the fish market auctions, and enjoying a fresh plate of sushi for breakfast with beer. If you can force yourself out of bed early, do it. We were there at 6:30am, at about 8-9am, the throngs of tourist buses arrived, turning a 20min wait for sushi into 2 hours.

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