Ever been on a trip that has imprinted lasting memories that all you want to do is talk about it? This was definitely one of them.
Exploring Japan via a Contiki Japan Unrivalled tour, traveling through 5 cities with incredible strangers and devouring insane foods is not something you can forget about so easily.
Just a recap, for those of you who don’t know what Contiki is or who they are – they are firm believers that life’s greatest experiences are made better by the people you share them with.
So Contiki invented group travel for young people in 1962 and have spent the past 53 years perfecting it. You get the chance to explore amazing destinations with a group of 18-35 year olds from around the world who share your passion for adventure, good times and creating memories that define what it is to be young, wild and free. So basically, they put together memorable and awesome trips around the world where you can explore insane places, do incredible things, eat some delicious food and make amazing new friends. If you want a life changing experience, do a Contiki trip.
Anyway, back to the Tsukiji Fish Markets, it is the world’s largest and busiest fish markets and is located in the busy streets of Tsukiji, Tokyo.
Famous for its tuna auctions [this year, they sold a single Bluefin Tuna for over $46,000 AUD – FOR ONE FREAKING FISH, LAWD ALMIGHTY]. It sells over $15 million of fish, 2000 metric tonnes and over 400 types of seafood EVERYDAY! Yes, every single day. That’s insane.
Dodging street vendors, trucks and trolleys, we managed to make it into the 20,000 square metre markets. Naturally, the air is filled with the strong smell of fish and seafood which you get used to after a few minutes. Hundreds of vendors cleaning, filleting and packing tonnes of fresh seafood ready for delivery. And if you’re hungry, there are sushi counters inside for that extremely fresh feed.
On the outskirts of the Tsukiji Fish Markets, lies wholesale fruit, vegetable and spice vendors offering fresh and dried out products to throw into your next home cooked meal.
In Japan and want to get there? Jump on a train and take the Oedo line to Tsukiji-Shijo station, exit A1. You can also take the Hibiya line of the Tokyo Metro to Tsukiji station. If you need help making your way around the markets, check out this map.
Check out our images below.