IS JAPAN COOL? TOKYO
1. A public wholesale fish market (called jo-nai) established by Tokyo Metropolitan Government with a shopping district surrounding the market (called jo-gai).
2. Japan’s biggest deals in fishery products occur in the 23-hectare jo-nai area. Seven wholesalers and more than 700 mid-level traders take part in bidding.
3. The market opens to general customers at 9 a.m. However, since there are off-limit areas and market restrictions, visitors are advised to read safety rules and instructions before visiting and act responsibly.
4. Many jo-gai restaurants serve seafood fresh from the market. Those who appreciate the freshest fish should come to Tsukiji early in the morning.
5. Many shops sell Japanese-style fried eggs on the go. The first branch of Yoshinoya gyudon restaurant chain, located in Tsukiji, is a popular draw for gyudon fans.