However, for all itís popularity Japanese food is still a bit of a mystery in the west. For sure everyone knows sushi but even this most well known of Japanese foods is somewhat misunderstood. For starters, an almost universal misconception is that sushi is raw fish. In actual fact the term sushi refers to the lightly vinegared rice upon which (amongst other things) raw fish is placed either on top of (nigiri zushi) or rolled inside of (maiki zushi). Slices of raw fish served on their own with soy sauce and wasabi (the spicy green mustard which catches so many people by surprise!) is known as sashimi.
Aside from sushi and sashimi though, Japanese cuisine offers all manner of delights from kaiseiki with its extremely refined dishes and immaculate presentation, to okonomiyaki, a kind of pancake where you just throw it all in and cook on a hot plate.
To help you get a little bit extra out of your adventures in the world of Japanese food, we have designed a number of food related experiences for you to enjoy. So whether you are looking to get hands on and try a spot of cooking yourself, or just want those eating out experiences you might otherwise miss, we are sure that one of our Japanese food experiences will be a fantastic addition to your trip.
Sushi Breakfast at Tsukiji
Nothing in the world is quite like Tsukiji fish market. This is the embodiment of organised chaos: Miniature trucks race to and fro laden with all manner of products from boxes of prawns to huge tuna; unintelligible auctioneers shout the latest prices as the day's catch is sold off to the market wholesalers; chefs from across the city make their way from stall to stall, inspecting the goods and choosing the best for that day's menu. Yet amidst the madness one thing becomes abundantly clear: Everyone has their role and knows their job backwards. A visit to Tsukiji is one of the experiences to be had in Tokyo.
However, in recent years the market has begun to struggle, having to compete with the supermarkets and discount retailers. In order to try and assist the market in some way InsideJapan Tours are pleased to be able to offer a voucher for a set course sushi breakfast at Tsukiji. There are many small, family owned restaurants and stalls within the market which rely on the market visitors for their living. As well as giving our customers the chance to enjoy the best sushi in Japan, we are delighted to be able to put a little something back into this unique and fascinating corner of Tokyo.
The market is open Monday to Saturday. However, be careful when planning your visit. The market is closed on all national holidays, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month and on other days close to the New Year, Golden Week and Obon holiday seasons. You can check the opening days here:
Tsukiji market is located close to the Ginza in the centre of Tokyo. The most convenient subway is Tsukiji Shijo on the Toei Oedo Line.
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