The experience was awesome and this was indeed the highlight of our trip to Japan.
We caught the first train (Toei Oedo Line) to Tsukiji at about 5am. The station is a 5 minute walk from our hotel Keio Plaza and the journey is approximately 15 to 20 minutes. We alighted at Tsukiji-shijo station and the market is located just beside the station.
We managed to locate the venue of the auction and were fortunate to catch action, although the official website stated that no visitors are allowed. The vibrancy of the auction was awesome.
Each company will be conducting an auction for the HUGE tuna, which are placed on the floor. The sellers then went to choose the tuna which they wanted to buy. When the tuna auction commences, each seller would indicate their interest to purchase the the fish.
Once they have purchased the fish, the seller will then move them to their respective stalls. We managed to view the cutting up process.
After which, we ended the day by having a sushi brekfast at Sushi Dai, one of the famous sushi joints at Tsukiji. Queued approximately 30 minutes for our turn.
Note however that this place isnt suitable for families and elderly as their transportation vehicle were breezing around the market.
Interesting experience as you get to enjoy:
1. Being the first commuter of the day
2. Experience the morning crowd
3. Experience the fish auction, which is a must see
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