We got up at an ungodly hour in Tokyo. This is where being jetlagged is a good thing. We got a ride to the Tsukiji early morning fish market in the cleanest cab I have ever been in. Then a market worker gave us a ride from the main road to the market on one of these speedy little vehicles. We stood on the back, held on tight and enjoyed the thrilling ride. I think he was rewarding us for being the first tourists on site.
Getting to the market a bit after 4am, gave us plenty of time to walk around the seafood market as well as the huge warehouses where thousands of glorious fresh tuna fish, many medium-sized, some bigger than a grown man, were being prepared for auction.
After 5am we were not the only tourists anymore, it was much harder to wander around freely and we were all corralled into a small enclosure in one of the warehouses to watch the frozen tuna auctions. Fish market bonus shots: a huge octopus, market workers applying the 3-second-rule, and mollusks.