I&#39;m a solo traveler and wanted to see all the really cool insider stuff but the tours are 2 people minimum. Anyone have a reliable guide?
The tour I took included both inner and outer market (big emphasis on inner market, though), and did not include the auction (no way I'd make it there that early). But the great thing about the tour with Sakamoto-san is that he used to be a fishmonger at the market, and is still on friendly terms with many vendors who will interact with you (show you the day's best catch, or the best wasabi stems they have on offer that day) and he really knows the lay of the land, including some areas of the inner market that are technically not off-limits but rarely visited by tourists. I recall paying around $200 for a 2.5 hour tour, and definitely found it well worth it. And this is after visiting Tsukiji at least 10 times on my own.Edited: 09 May 2018, 02:28
I love the look of that tour, Olivier, adding that to my list for next time. Thanks!
I am usually not a tour person, but I definitely enjoy in depth tours with experts, especially when I am not fluent in the language or unfamiliar with the area of interest.Edited: 09 May 2018, 02:31
Wow, $200 for a 2.5 hour tour? That's outrageously expensive. I guess it's an ok tour to take if you're clueless, no Japanese language skills and money to burn.
It’s comparable to other private tours, actually. Good tour guides are expensive period.
Nice debate, but is the OP willing to cough up $200?
That's good to know. Being Japanese and a former Tokyo residen and still a frequent visitor to Tokyo, I've never taken a tour of any sort, I confess. But $200 for a short tour is still a lot when you can do it yourself for free. All you have to do is read up and research about Tsukiji.
But after all, it's your trip, so do as you please and have a good one.
Yes. And even if you were able to visit before the move (around the beginning of October), tourists are excluded from the wholesale market until after 11 a.m.. The market has finished for the day and gone by then, so it is largely pointless IMO.
What is going to happen with all the little businesses around the current market? Are they moving too? We were hoping to enjoy a sashimi breakfast/lunch after touring the market.
The outer market shops and restaurants will stay at Tsukiji.