Day 2 started around 3:00am because we were attempting to get to Tsukiji Fish Market and into the fish auction tour. Trains don’t run that early in the morning, so if you’re headed to Tsukiji in the early morning, you’ll have to catch a cab. Tourists who wish to see the auction have to apply at the O-Sakana Fukyu Center at the Kachidoki Gate, starting from 4:00am on a first-come, first-serve basis (and best be in line by 3:00am) for two groups of 60, starting around 5:25am and 5:50am. Just ask your cab driver to drop you off in the right spot.
As it turns out, we were not able to get there in time and a huge line had already formed. So, what to do at 4:30 in the morning? Find coffee. Which we did.
Right next door to the coffee place, a line started forming for ramen. This was Chuka Soba Inoue. The rule in Japan is, if you see a line forming for food, stand in it. You will rarely be disappointed.
To be honest, Ryan has had waaaaay better ramen in his day, but T liked it.
A bowl of ramen at 5 in the morning? Yes, please. Breakfast #1.
So, wandering around the outskirts of the market, we came across this. A polar bear, an eagle, a turtle, and a crocodile walk into a fish auction…
Hey, why the long face? The crocodile, eagle, turtle, and other assorted dead animals. At a fish market. In a stall where they’re selling stuff.
These dudes on drivable carts were everywhere in Tsukiji. And drive they did with little regard for your safety. Keep your head on a swivel.
Walking through Tsukiji to the inner market. This was the rare photo op when we weren’t in danger of almost being run over. If this particular scene looks familiar, Jiro’s son makes the same trip in the documentary, Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
We didn’t make the fish auction. Ah, good enough right here.
We did, however, find a hidden monument within a monument. This is the first Yoshinoya – serving beef bowl (gyudon) goodness – that ever was. It’s located at the Central Wholesale Market, Food C.
Said beef bowl of goodness. Breakfast #2.
Inside Yoshinoya No. 1, Tsukiji. No pictures, please.
And, now, a candy art interlude.
Couple picture by the candy art shop. At the fish market, naturally.
Obviously, you come to Tsukiji Fish Market, you eat seafood. But the crowds waiting at the more popular sushi places, like Sushi Dai, can be forever. Instead, we chose to duck into a random sushi place. This was Ben-Tomi Sushi.
The Itamae, or sushi chef, of Ben-Tomi Sushi.
Breakfast #3 at Ben-Tomi Sushi. This place was okay… but you can find way better in Japan. The fish was too cold and seemingly not fresh enough; the rice was good but not great. Still, Chutoro and Ootoro.
Ebi, Aji, Hamachi.
And after that, we waddled on off to Asakusa. It was not yet 7:30 in the morning. To be continued…
- Japan 2012 – Introduction, Day 1
- Japan 2012 – Day 2, Part 2 – Asakusa, Kappabashi
- Japan 2012 – Day 3, Tokyo Disney Sea and a Journey to Nostalgia
- Japan 2012 – Day 4 – Odaiba and Hometown Tonkatsu
- Japan 2012 – Day 5 – Ueno, Meiji Jingu, Yoyogi, Omotesando, Shibuya
- Japan 2012 – Day 6 – Travel Day by Shinkansen, Kyoto
- Japan 2012 – Day 7 – Kyoto and Nara Day Tour
- Japan 2012 – Day 8 – Bicycling through Kyoto, Turtle Dinner
- Japan 2012 – Day 9 – Kyoto Imperial Palace, Ginkakuji, Travel Day to Hakone
- Japan 2012 – Day 10 – Hakone Circuit and Onsen-ing
- Japan 2012 – Day 11 – Travel Day Return to Tokyo and Sushi at Kyubey
- Japan 2012 – Days 12-13 – Akihabara Craft Beer Festival and Our Goodbyes to Japan