[11:30 a.m.] Arrive at Tsukiji Fish Market.
The closest station to the market is Tsukiji-Shijo Station (Toei Oedo Line). When driving to Tsukiji, it happens that you spend too much time driving around, trying to find a parking lot; or you end up parking quite far away. Today I’ve googled the closest parking to Tsukiji Jogai and found ‘Tsukijigawa Daiichi Parking’, operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. (Parking fee: 200 yen per 30 min.) From here, you can get to Tsukiji Jogai within a minute!
Make sure you turn right at Tsukiji 6-chome intersection. Here, you can turn right all day from Harumi and Ginza areas. Visit the website for details with a photo. (http://tsukiji-monzeki.com/access/parking1.html )
[11:35 a.m.] Let’s Taste Tsukiji’s Local Specialty! Freshly Made Tamagoyaki at Daisada.
Tamagoyaki means Japanese rolled omelet. Tsukiji Shijo Jogai has surprisingly 10 shops specializing in tamagoyaki! Among these, the one I choose today is Daisada. Why did I choose this shop? Because it is just outside the parking, and the aroma coming from the store was so tempting! This was a right choice actually.
The store is filled with the sweet aroma of tamagoyaki. Daisada is a long-established store that has been in business for about 90 years in Tsukiji! They sell tamagoyaki wholesale to high-end restaurants and sushi restaurants. In the back of the store, some staff are making tamagoyaki so seriously. They have this many different kinds of tamagoyaki, depending on the toppings, and amount of ‘dashi’ broth.
Their standard tamagoyaki are ‘Tsukijino’, ’Edo-dashi-yaki’, ‘Edo-mae’, and ‘Kyo-dashi-maki’. They also have special kinds, such as ‘Kani-no-mai’ made with lots of crabmeat, and ‘Suzu-ume’ with a big ‘umeboshi’ plum called ‘Kishu-ume’ stuffed inside. I choose a half size of ‘Tori-soboro’ (ground chicken) that can be a perfect ‘otsumami’ (side dish) for alcohol. This was actually very popular with my family!
This freshly made tamagoyaki costs just 100 yen! The thick juicy tamagoyaki makes my taste buds so happy!
[11:45 a.m.] Enjoy Freshly Grilled Seafood (and a Funny Owner) at Tsukiji Oyster Center, Oyster Hut.
Here, oysters and scallops are grilled over charcoal in front of the store. There is an eatery called Tsukiji Shokudo located in the back of the store, which is also popular. Oyster Hut is bustling with customers. When someone asks the owner where to line up, the owner says ‘Wherever is fine. Doesn’t matter only if you pay the bill!’ Seeing how this easygoing owner responds to customers is really fun, and makes our wait time feel shorter!
Butter-grilled white clam and scallops are on the oil drum table. What a nice touch! Wish I could drink beer… (I’m driving today.)
My 16-month-old daughter looks so excited to eat, holding her own toothpick. I wasn’t sure if she would eat seafood, but that was unnecessary worry. She loves them and asks for some more, pointing at what she wants. The scallop is so thick and juicy, and its black sack (gut) is not bitter at all. I can tell this is so fresh!
[12:00 p.m.] A Kaisen-Don (Sashimi Rice Bowl) Restaurant Itadori Is Good Lunch Spot for Family.
Leaving the Oyster Hut, go straight toward Harumi. Then you will find Itarodi Higashi Shop, a ‘kaisen-don’ shop on your right. I know you can’t go wrong with any kaisen-don places in Tsukiji, but we choose this place as it has tables, which is good for family with kids.
‘Uogashi Sanshoku-don’ (Fish Market Tri-color Rice Bowl, 1600 yen). How colorful!
I order ‘Yawaraka-Anago-no-Aburi-don’ (Softly-Grilled Conger Eel Rice Bowl, 1200 yen), as I love conger eels! As the staff says this is his best-recommended donburi, the eel has such soft texture indeed, and it’s dressed with tasty ‘tare’ sauce. This is so irresistible, I can’t stop eating!
My daughter loves their clam soup (250 yen). I pour some into her bowl, and she eats it up in no time! The large-sized clams taste good, too. I didn’t know my daughter loves seafood this much.
[1:20 p.m.] Let’s Try ‘Negi-Kushi’ at Tsukugon, a Store Selling Nerimono (Fish Paste Products).
I’m stuffed now, so let’s walk a little around Tsukiji Jogai. Shin-Ohashi-dori Street is lined with numerous popular ‘non-fish’ restaurants with long lines, such as ramen shops and gyudon shops (beef rice bowls). As a ‘nerimono’ lover, I stop by Tsukugon, a shop specializing in fish paste products, located on the corner.
I’m tempted to try their ‘Oden-dane’ (nerimono for Japanese hot pot), so I’ll definitely come back here in winter. Today I try ‘Negi-kushi’ (leek mixed nerimono skewers). Lots of chopped leek and ground fish meat go perfectly with each other. This is awesome!
[1:30 p.m.] A Bakery Le Pain Sells Croissants Fresh from the Oven!
Now I feel like drinking coffee. So I head to a bakery Le Pain, known for its fresh made croissants. The shop looks like a food stall in Taiwan. They have a variety of croissants, including ‘Vanilla Croissant’ filled with cream, ‘Anko Croissant’, and ‘Chocolate Croissant’. They sell coffee and shaved ice desserts as well.
I’ll try their unique ‘Anko Croissant’. The crispy black sesame seeds with the sweetness of anko and pie pastry… It’s a perfect after-meal treat! I enjoy this croissant and coffee at the table, inside the store. Now I’m so stuffed! That’s it for today.