Japan

Wandering around Tsukiji Market | Tokyo

Last time I went to Tsukiji market, I was on a rather tight schedule and didn’t get much time for wandering around the market.

This time however, we took a different train to Tsukiji and ended up entering from the other side of the market. Thus, we explored the entire market unwittingly and almost sneaked into an area where they didn’t want tourists hahaha

(we didn’t get in btw, just in case you were wondering)

The market area where we couldn't go inside to where all the stalls are :( it looked busy. People were working very seriously.
The market area where we couldn’t go inside to where all the stalls are 🙁 it looked busy. People were working very seriously.
Out in the tourist-open market area –

Humans everywhere!
Humans everywhere!

Yeah. It looks like a stuffed panda with authenticity certificate. I don't even know if it's legal....
Yeah. It looks like a stuffed panda with authenticity certificate. I don’t even know if it’s legal….

Dried fish just casually hanging barely off the side of the path
Dried fish just casually hanging barely off the side of the path

Very red pickled octopus tentacles o__o
Very red pickled octopus tentacles o__o

The bottom row and the top left are all wasabi - but what are the top middle and right?? I want to try them!!
The bottom row and the top left are all wasabi – but what are the top middle and right?? I want to try them!!
There were so many stalls selling all sorts of different things. The stores weren’t sorted by the kind of item they sell or anything, so a food store could totally be right next to a knife store or tea store or even the store with stuffed animals…. It was a hectic mess in there xD

Eventually we found the restaurant we wanted to eat at – Okame. Looking across, these were the lines in front of some of the REALLY popular restaurants…

Crazy lines.
A sea of hungry people hahaha
If you’re thinking of going to Tsukiji market, I suggest going early at 8am, and putting aside half a day for it. If you can fit in a breakfast, shopping, and then a lunch there, that would be ultimate value for time!