Nemo, Jaws…some fish don’t need an introduction – and neither do some fish markets. Tsukiji (pronounced ‘skeejee’) is the big one. The one you’ve heard about; the one you need to go to at 5am if you want to see those ever-so-famous tuna being auctioned off to the highest bidder. And while you can do that, we think it’s better to get some shuteye on vacation and enjoy it at a slightly more civilised hour.
Instead we’ll set you up with an insider at 7am to experience Tokyo’s fish markets like a local. First. you’ll get the chance to make like a restaurateur and gain access to the newly relocated Toyosu wholesale market to shop for Michelin-grade seafood. You’ll actually get to meet and interact directly with the fishmongers that have worked in the city’s markets their entire lives, as well as the myriad local characters that make them tick. You’ll learn how the fish are killed, chat with tuna salesmen and sample the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat. Then it’s time to visit the atmospheric site of the original Tsukiji fish market’s outer area, where old-fashioned stalls still buzz with locals buying their favourite snacks.
Finally, you’ll head to a private kitchen where a Japanese master will teach you how to prepare and fillet fish, and show you the knife skills needed to create beautiful pieces of sushi. Oh, and then you get to eat it all, of course!