The decision to move Tokyo’s iconic seafood wholesale market from Tsukiji to Toyosu in 2018 was a controversial one. While the Toyosu facility, with its temperature-controlled auction floors and visitor observation decks, is better equipped to handle the mass quantities of fresh fish that arrive every morning, there was a charm to Tsukiji Market’s roughness that made it feel authentic to Tokyo.
Thankfully, a good portion of Tsukiji Market survived the overhaul and still operates in the original location. Some of the shops sell supplies like professional kitchen knives and hinoki chopping boards, but the real highlights are the street food and fresh sushi offered at budget-friendly prices.
For a bright and early start, we recommend a hot egg sandwich from Shouro Honten – a famous tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) shop that’s been in business since 1924. If you’re still hungry at 8.30am, you can head to Tsukiji Komoro Sushi (pictured above) for a sushi platter or bowl of kaisendon (assorted sashimi over rice) ranging from ¥1,650 to ¥4,400.