Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market is one of the most famous and popular tourist attractions in Tokyo, especially the early morning tuna auctions at 5:00 am. It supplies fresh tuna to many sushi restaurants in the Tokyo area and the rest of Japan.
Unfortunately, due to its popularity, tourists will be banned for a month beginning December 15, 2008 according to a recent article in Japan Today. I have been to Tsukiji for lunch and dinner, but have not witnessed the fish auctions – I love eating sushi, but fish is not that exciting for me to wake up before 5:00 am!
Here is a YouTube video from TokyoCooney with some “behind the scenes” footage that regular tourists will not normally see. Check it out.