I went to the Tsukiji fish market tuna auction, and planned for sushi breakfast afterward. We got in line around 6:45am. I figured this place was one of the "famous" places at the market, and I had nowhere else to be, except sleeping or packing for my return flight later that day. By 9:30 I knew it would be at least another hour in line before we got in, so I was getting really concerned about missing my train to the airport. My friend asked nicely if anything could be done, and they packed us up the omikase menu in a box and we ate it on the street outside the restaurant. Not exactly the experience I was looking for, but the sushi was good, and fresh. If had *anything* else I wanted to be doing on my last day in Japan, I would not have waited in this line. No way. It would have probably been 4 hours of waiting in total. That's nuts. If I wasn't so damn tired from being up early, I should have calculated the approximate wait time based on the number of people in line and saw it was too long and gone somewhere else. But the fact that I had planned to spend my last day at the market until I left meant I didn't mind so much waiting in line. I just wish I could have gotten the full experience. Last time I went to the market (several years ago), I arrived around 9-9:30 and was in line at some random restaurant nearby around 10-10:30. There was a 30 minute wait. The options for fish were not as varied as Sushi Dai but the quality of the fish I did have was excellent. The value was good too. I didn't feel it was overpriced for what we got. So next time I'm in Japan, will I go back to Sushi Dai? Not for a wait of more than an hour, that's for sure. Should you go? Depends on how much you value your time and how important it is for you to be able to say you tried the famous place.
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