Sunday, January 24, 2010

Tourists in Tokyo: Tsukiji Fish Market

The Tsukiji fish market is famous as the largest fish market in the world. They hold a tuna auction very early every morning. Many tourists attend and apparently disrupt the auction, so they're banned from time to time and generally discouraged. We saw signs stating that tourists were not allowed in. Since the auction starts at 5:00 a.m. and is over by 6:15 a.m. or so, we decided to skip it, since apparently they run the whole thing in Japanese without any sub-titles.

It's actually only a 15-20 minute walk from the Conrad.We did wander through the market one afternoon when everything had closed and then again at a reasonable hour the next morning when all of the little shops were open.

Even at our leisurely mid-morning hour we had to stay out of the way of the workers moving fish from one place to another. There are a number of rows like this one of full of food stalls, kitchen supplies, and souvenirs.

In the afternoon it's time to head to the Narita Hilton after our whirlwind stopover in Tokyo.

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