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tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

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tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

We would love to do the "line up at 4:30 am and watch the auction" at the fish market. Apparently only 140 people get it and the place is hard to figure your way around unless you know Japanese.

Anyone know of a good local guide? The guides we've found online are kind of lame (they start at like 9 am, so they miss the auction, and have a sushi-making class, which we don't want).

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1. Re: tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

There is absolutely nothing hard to figure out once you get in a tuna auction group--you just follow everybody else to the auction site. You don't need to speak/understand a word of Japanese.

Are you taking a taxi to Tsukiji? If so, tell the driver that you want to go to the Kachidoki-Bashi Entrance:

…tokyo.jp/english/market/tsukiji.html

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2. Re: tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

Great! Is it easy to get a taxi from our hotel (in Shinjuku) at 4 am?

Appreciate the input and link!!

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3. Re: tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

It's easy enough to catch a cab on streets in Shinjuku at 4am, but if you don't want to do so just tell the front desk to call one for you.

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4. Re: tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

you don't have much of an alternative other than staying out all night or getting a hotel close to the market.

I would just add to check the operational calendar before going. only thing worse I can think of at getting up at 3 am to go to the auction is finding out it's closed to tourists when you get there

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5. Re: tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

>>>>you don't have much of an alternative other than staying out all night or getting a hotel close to the market.>>>

What's wrong with taking a taxi?

Here is the calendar:

tsukiji-market.or.jp/etc/calendar/2013.html

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6. Re: tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

I didn't say there was anything wrong with a taxi, I just said it's pretty much the only option

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7. Re: tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

thank you for the link and info! will just grab taxi and skip a guide!

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8. Re: tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

How much is a taxi from Shinjuku station to the fish market at 4am? Is that the time to start lining up for Sushi Dai?

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9. Re: tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

About 3,500 yen if you don't use the toll expressway (with late night surcharge).

That's the only issue. I might recommend sleeping early until midnight then take the metro to Tsukiji, and spend a couple of hours at Jonathan's or Denny's diner (Jonathan's should have a all-you-can-drink soft drinks bar; at Denny's coffee refill is free of charge) with a book to read, until tuna auction time.

Sushi Dai opens at 05:00. There would be a queue before that.

Edited: 09 March 2013, 01:21
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10. Re: tsujuki fish market--know any local guides?

There are of course 24 hr manga/internet cafes near the market.

http://www.iicomcom.com/s_ginza.html

www.geragera.co.jp/store/shinbashi.html

http://manboo.co.jp/shop/shop0408.html