Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market is a "must" visit for food lovers. It handles some 450 kinds of fish daily, and it is one of the largest and busiest in the world. We arrived there at about 8AM , and since the fish auction begins at 5AM, some vendors were packing up and leaving the market, their work done for the day. However, there was still no shortage of fish for sale!
Outside of the Fish Market, there is also a bustling general market where people come to Tsukiji to shop for vegetables and fruits, pickles, kitchen items, etc.
At the fish market, sushi is routinely eaten in the morning. After working since before the crack of dawn, workers fill their empty stomach with sushi and beer or sake.
We went to a small place, Sushi Bun, located at #8 building. This family operated sushi shop first opened more than 150 years ago and is now into the 4th generation of operation by the founding family. They are still well respected and regarded as the best sushi place in the market. A narrow space with only a counter and about 10 seats (stools), by 9AM the place was filled and several of the men already sipping sake.
We ordered the Omakase and although it wasn't cheap, the sushi was AMAZING. So early in the day and we were eating sushi after sushi. The fish was so fresh and the rice so perfect, we could not find any words other than "soooo good" to describe what our tastebuds were exulting over!