Japan has less of a food market culture than most other Asian countries, but a visit to the world-famous Tsukiji fish market imparts some of that street-food buzz. After the excitement (and blisteringly early start) of the morning tuna auction, visitors can enjoy some of the freshest sushi in the world in the many hole-in-the-wall restaurants just yards from the auction floor. Possibly the best-loved and most legendary establishment (judging by the typical three-hour queue that snakes around the block) is Sushi Dai, a cosy, 10-seater place, offering omakase (chef’s selection) sets for about ¥4000 (£22). It was originally popular with auction workers after they finished their early morning shifts. Once it had been discovered by foreign visitors, they created such a fuss that Japanese tourists soon took notice, too. Nowadays the friendly staff have a smattering of English and offer advice and recommendations, so if you can stomach the long wait, this is the place for some of Tokyo’s freshest high-grade sushi.
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