Before the sun has edged into the sky, Tokyo’s fish market is wide-awake. From frantic deliveries of unidentifiable maritime creatures to the famous daily tuna auction, Tsukiji Fish Market is abuzz with activity. Fish lovers (and the jet lagged) should head there by about 6am to witness the surreal early morning activities of the fish market – and to taste the freshest sushi breakfast in town.
After wandering the aisles of the expansive market (and having avoided getting run over by the market workers’ borderline psychotic driving of their three-wheeled carts) head to Isonoya.
A small, low-key restaurant on the fringes of the market, its understated interior – consisting of a single wooden counter behind which stands a chef with mesmerizing fish chopping skills – is eclipsed by the culinary creations: from eel nigiri to mouthmelting salmon sashimi, platters of sushi are piled high on long green leaves doubling as plates. Tasty, high quality and so fresh it practically leaps off the counter.