We loved Tsukiji Fish Market so much, we went there twice. The fish is so fresh, that the smell of fish is conspicuously missing from the market.
Now, I’m not a huge fan of raw fish, but I have to say that Tsukiji may have converted me. With super fresh fish, there’s no gross fishy taste - every bite of nigiri is smooth and clean. It’s incredible.
The first day of our trip, we ate at a restaurant in the outer market. Sushi for 2 only set us back $25 - probably the cheapest high-quality sushi I’ll ever have in my life. This is especially impressive since Tokyo prices are pretty comparable to NYC.
The second day, we ventured into the wholesale market and had a sushi breakfast within the inner market (a must for any Tokyo tourist). The wholesale market was unbelievable. We saw tuna that were nearly as tall as me and definitely heavier. When the market closes at 9am, all of the smaller fish are put on ice and the giant tuna are frozen with liquid nitrogen and sawed into smaller pieces to be shipped out and sold.
The sushi breakfast was hands down the best sushi I’ve ever had in my life. They didn’t speak English, so we were given a set menu, which set us back $50 each, but it was well worth it.
Tsukiji can get pretty crowded as it’s probably the #1 tourist site in Tokyo, but trust me, it’s for a reason.