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2017 Jan. 24th updated
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Tohoku Big 6 Festival
Best Japanese Sweets
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Bonsai Experience
Aomori One Day Trip
Tokyo Only Cafe
Baseball Yakyu
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TSUKIJI FISH MARKET
NEWS (Tuna Auction public viewing is available until Toyosu opens) : Tuna Auction is available for first 120 people, yes, first comes only served starting at 05:00AM. Everyday sold-out before the time comes, there have been several sad case happened when people reached there at 04:00AM and only could find out that they were out of 120. Since both Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway starts around 05:00AM from your hotel's/ryokan's nearby station, so it is better to take taxi/cab to get there (not the Seimon Main Entrance but at Fish Information Center nearby Kachidoki gate). 03:00AM to depart your hotel is highly recommended and perhaps earlier the ideal time, yes, way before 05:00AM to queue up within the 120 which means that you've got to wait for a long while. Detailed information can be referred at this page . Oh, another method to get there early in the morning (or right after mid-night in another words), how about a rental-bike from TX Asakusa station JPY300 per day. Fish does not need bicycle but early-birdy does (^_^) Tuna Tuna (^_^)
Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market is almost ready to move into new area, Toyosu, about 3km south east from the original position, still along Tokyo Bay. Moving date would be sometime in 2017?! There has been already a computerized auto tram called Yurikamome Line started future-nearby station called Shijo-Mae (U14), which is literally translated into Japanese as Market-Front.

Because of the relocation, more and more tourists not only Japanese but worldside tourists are intending to watch this last-chance-more-lively fish market. For someone who has jet-lag to wake up at around 02:00AM, please do not stay rolling on futon bed, but let's try this world famous fish market!

After enjoying the "show" you may be interested in early morning breakfast inside the market, let's eat fish to stay healthy, shall we. There are so many restraunt opening right after your finishing the morning tour. Get on the front line of the queue to avoid waiting time of 3 hours!

Toei Line E18 station has most nearest exit A1 from the market entrance. Or, are you catching Tokyo Metro to proceed downtown tour? H10 station is about 5 minutes walk from the market, and actually one temple called Tsukiji Honganji Temple is on your way and is highly recommended (perhaps to pray after eating live fish?). Wanna walk because you have feet? Ginza is actualy nearby, about 15 minutes slow walk distance from the market, and you may aim the Imperial Palace, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo main station and more.

If you were not the early-bird type, not able to wake up so early, you may still be content eating at Jogai Shijo (outer market) during daytime. High mercury contamination has been discussed especially since the movie The Cove was on many theaters. Pros and cons, and welcome to Japan islands surrounded by seas and oceans. Every year, September 1st is the official opening day of dolphin-hunting. Tokyo => (Shinkansen) => Nagoya => (Wide View Nanki) => Taiji, or Tokyo => (Shinkansen) => Shin-Osaka => (Kuroshio, Ocean Arrow) => Taiji, both by JR trains, detailed time table is available at www.hyperdia.com/en/ or http://world.jorudan.co.jp/ . You might as well surf on Views before visit the town.

Don't want to see the dolphin massacre, but are you interested in whale hunting? Other than Taiji, there are three other ports still continue the "tradition", Abashiri in Hokkaido, Ayukawa (near Sendai) in Miyagi and Wada/Wadaura (2016 video, advised) in Chiba. Summer time only.

And it is also true that Japanese people have still zen style, more touch to the ground (touch to the ocean), nature-respect, animism life, like Ainu people (northerners) and Ryukyu people (southerners), similar to Maori in the south hemisphere. Whale Rider is in Japan as well. Some hunt, some eat, some live together as if ONE in entire universe.

Maybe better walk on Philosopher's trail in Kyoto, eat to live or live to eat, you know the consequence after all. Anyway, to eat, well, to avoid spending tourist price at Tsukiji Shijo Sushi Shop, actually many Japanese know where to eat good Sushi less expensive in downtown Tokyo. It is indeed Asakusa (not Akasaka which is another expensive area! so easy to mistake one or the other). This page and this page would make you confused with so many options. No time to explore but aim only one? Strong recommend on red lanturn at Andy's Fish (or known as Shin-Hinomoto in Japanese) under the railway track of JR Yamanote line (nearby Yurakucho station).


RECOMMENDED RESTAURANT
Takahashi
Whenever you go, it has long queue in front of the shop. Eel has its original taste there.
Yachiyo
Fried shrimp makes this shop so famous for. Other fries are also tasty making long queue everyday.
Fujino
Special Ramen Noodle shop. Chaashuumen is the top recommend.
Wakaba
Looks like normal non-special noodle shop, but truth is that their pork is the same as you can taste in JAL's first class. No need to pay $10,000 to fly but just pay a visit at this shop for the first class pork from Kagoshima farm.
Edogawa
More than half of the customer is actually those who are working at Tsukiji fish market, which means, you know, their taste is guaranteed by local people. Osusume (today's recommendation) has to be asked to waiters.
Oomori
Tsukiji is not only for fish, but one of the battle field for beef bowl (with rice bottom). Yoshinoya first shop ever was found here at Tsukiji. Oomori is considered #1 or #2 along with Kitsuneya, Takahashi, Edogawa.
FOOD SHOPS (one of the top quality of Japan)
Maruyama Noriten Honten
Only professional goes for this seaweed shop.
Uogashi Meicha
Green tea geek finds this shop truly fantastic.
Akiyama Shouten
Dried bonito fish flake is just shaven (planed) at the site. Hard rock stone like dried bonito can be purchased, but how will you slice them?
Tsukiji Shouro
Everyone knows this Tamagoyaki (egg omelet).
Himonoya, Katsuobushi and more
Dried fish is hung and piled everywhere in the shop, best to fit with sake and umeshu.
Would you like to order Sushi with speaking in Japanese? Here's some fish related words for you to enjoy.
Otoro (fat tuna) Chutoro (medium fat tuna)
Akami (red tuna) Maguro (less fat tuna)
Kajiki Maguro (marlin tuna) Bintoro (Bincho tuna)
Negitoro (tuna and leak) Sake or Shake (salmon)
Katsuo (bonito) Buri (yellow tail)
Hamachi (young yellow tail) Saba (mackerel)
Sanma (saury) Iwashi (sardine)
Aji (horse mackerel) Shima-Aji (white kingfish)
Kohada (gizzard shad) Sayori (halfbeak)
Nishin (herring) Kanpachi (great amberjack)
Tai (red sea bream) Engawa (fin or ray of Hirame)
Hirame (flatfish, flounder) Tobiuo (flying fish)
Uni (sea urchin, sea egg) Ikura (salmon roe)
Tarako (cod roe) Kazunoko (herring roe)
Tobikko (flying fish roe) Tamago (chiken egg, omlette)
Unagi (eel) Anago (conger eel)
Ebi (shrimp) Ama-Ebi (pink shrimp)
Shiro-Ebi (white shrimp) Shako (squilla, mantis shrimp)
Kani, Kani-Miso (crab) Ika (squid)
Geso (hands or legs of squid) Tako (octopus)
Akagai (arch shell) Akagai no himo (arch shell rope?)
Awabi (abalone) Hotate (scallop)
Kobashira (pillar of clam) Kappamaki (cucamber roll)
Tekkamakki (tuna roll) Kanpyomaki (kanpyo roll)
Nattomaki (natto roll) Nori (seeweed)
Oinarisan, Inari (rice in sweetened/fried tofu) Umibudo (green caviar)
Hikarimono (iwashi, aji, sayori, sanma, kohada) Aburi (roasted, BBQed)
Ikizukuri (cook alive) Sashimi (raw fish without rice)
Shiromi (tai, hirame, karei) Kanijiru (crab soup)
Arajiru (whatever fish soup) Asarijiru (clam soup)
Shari (sushi rice) Gari (pickled ginger)
Shoga (ginger root) Wasabi (horseradish)
Menegi (small narrow green onion) Shoyu (soybean sauce)
Ohiya or Mizu (water) Agari or Ocha (green tea)
Biilu (beer) Nama (beer)
Atsukan (hot sake) Reishu (cold sake)
Osala (dish plate) Yunomi (tea cup)
Ohashi (chopsticks) Otefuki, Oshibori (handtowel)
Oaiso (check) Okanjo (bill)
Osusume (chef's recommendation) Omisoshiru (miso soup)
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