Tokyo’s Freshest Sushi | Tsukiji Fishmarket

Eurgh. Stupid alarm clock. It’s 4 o’ clock in the morning. I don’t think I’ve got up this early since… ever. Honestly, I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone. Today we are off
to explore the world’s largest fish market, It’s often described as
one of the must see things to do in Japan. And though I’ve been a few times before, I’ve never really been
into the market in the morning rush hour But fortunately, a friend who works for a popular sushi chain, has offered to take us in and show us behind the scenes firsthand. So I think, I can justify getting up this early… Just this once. Let’s go. Over 2,000 tons of marine products are
handled at Tsukiji fish market everyday. Due to the dangerously chaotic atmosphere tourists
aren’t actually allowed in until 9am. However, thanks to our friend Mr Kondo,
we were given some magic orange clothing, so we could access the entire market. And almost get run over. It’s like some sort of video game.
Or obstacle course. One wrong move could end in tragedy. Being in here feels like being underwater. The atmosphere is very damp – the air is quite damp.
It’s such a bustling atmosphere. I don’t think I’ve been anywhere quite like this ever. With the tuna auction due to begin at 5.30,
we headed over early to first inspect the fish. It’s quite weird to be stood right here in the middle,
of literally hundreds of tuna. I’ve seen this on tv and videos and things all the time, but to be here for the first time in person is quite surreal. And it’s such a weird atmosphere Everybody inspecting the fish.
Examining them so thoroughly. In ways that I can’t even begin to comprehend. How many people can you feed with one fish? One sushi….12 grams. One piece of sushi is 12 grams.
How many sushi with that. Maybe 3,000 pieces. 3,000 pieces! With one fish? With one fish? One fish. Woah.
Oh my god. That’s quite a lot! With the buyers having inspected the tuna for freshness and fat content and settling on their price, the bell began to ring signalling the start of the auction. Buyers would quietly show their bid
with a simple hand gesture. The first tuna had been sold in just 10 seconds. Everything happens so fast.
They kind of do that with their fingers
and it’s sold, it’s gone. The auction has been going on for about 6 minutes
and already half of the tuna have been carted off. Off to their new owners to
be chopped up and sold at tasty profit. The largest and most prized tuna came in
at 200 kilograms, and was sold for a remarkable 2.6 million yen. Not surprising given that this one fish could literally feed the 5,000. Having witnessed the most intense
and fast paced auction I’d ever seen, and our tuna being carted off,
it now made sense to go and give the tuna a real send off. So later that evening we headed for Itamae sushi, where we found our friend Kondo san outside,
with his brand new haircut. Along with the catch of the day
and lots of impressed passers by. It’s getting a good reaction from the street.
Everyone’s looking and being amazed. Itamae sushi has a reputation
for having a ruthless pursuit of delicious sushi. Every January the restaurant chain holds a ceremony
to bless their first tuna catch of the year Showing their appreciation to the tuna and
bringing Itamae sushi good fortune throughout the year. A ritual that fish and chips shops
in the UK would do well to consider. And tonight, the restaurant would be holding an event where customers could watch the freshly caught
being skillfully carved and prepared. But before the event we decided to kick things off
with a few pieces of sushi. That looks rather exotic.
Everyone’s taking pictures. Take the picture!
Go on! The speed is phenomenal! And it was all going well until my friend and I were
dared to eat a large shrimp – a large shrimp that was still alive. So they’re bringing out live shrimp for us to eat.
I don’t know if I can actually do it. I’ll just be sick. I was actually quite excited but now I regret it. Shit.。 From excitement to dread. Look at what just arrived. I genuinely don’t think I can eat that. Who is going to be the first to try it? I don’t know how to eat it –
as I supposed to remove the head? After a few minutes
the chef generously removed the head. Oh the tale is moving. Okay ready, 1, 2 , 3. Ah it tastes good. Very good. I feel a bit like Gollum eating that. But it was pretty good.
Once the head had been taken off. But when it was moving around, that was terrifying. But yeah it was alright. Unfortunately though,
it turned out I still had to eat the head. The head…it can’t be edible.
It can’t be edible surely. Which is the best way to eat it.
That way or that way? Eat it all! Look at his little eyes.
He’s saying “Don’t eat me. I was killed 5 minutes ago.” Come on! It’s got a bit of a crunch. Oh fuck me. It’s crunchy. It’s better than I was expecting. Having successfully pretended
to enjoy eating the shrimp – it was time to see the freshly caught tuna being carved. In many ways I’m not sure what was more impressive. Seeing the gigantic tuna being carved up
to reveal the delicious raw meat. Or the overexcited reaction
from the huge crowd of customers. It took 20 minutes to carve the tuna and as the sushi chefs went to work preparing the sushi. We were able to scoop out the
remaining tender raw fish using seashells. No way. He’s scooping it out with a seashell. Look at that. We’re going to scoop the tuna
with this seashell…scoop it out. Wow. It’s really really easy to do. But not when you’ve got a camera under your arm. Very very good. Having waited all day, it was time
to try the freshly caught prepared tuna. Oh yeah!
That’s wahat I’m talking about. That’s brilliant. So good! Such an awesome texture. I need to think of some more adjectives to describe it! Delicious, outstanding, magical, perfect… Like a magic. So that was Itamae sushi
– one of the best sushi restaurants I’ve been to in Tokyo so far. Its absolutely delicious,
I highly recommend going its a chain you can find throughout Tokyo. And it’s so fresh!
Straight out of Tsukiji fish market!. Unfortunately the legendary Tsukiji fish market will be relocating in November 2016, so if you have the chance make sure
you go and check it out before the year is out. Thanks for watching guys –
now let us never speak of getting up, at 4am again. Oh my god.

100 comments on “Tokyo’s Freshest Sushi | Tsukiji Fishmarket”

  1. Albert Tresslevic says:

    "I got up at 4am and I am a little bitch"

  2. Jacob Collis says:

    If I have a deadly allergy to shellfish would you say it’s possible for me to go to Japan and still eat most places?

  3. systemfailure101 says:

    how safe is it to eat seafood or fish in japan, after the fukoshima incident?

  4. ando1135 says:

    where da california rolls at?????

    im jk i know thats just american sushi

  5. Blake Denney says:

    I have seen all your videos up to the one two days ago, but I keep rewatching just for the brilliant, subtly nostalgic cinematography <3

  6. Gamers In Hell says:

    So…. Is it safe to eat frozen/thawed fish in the west? I literally have no place near me that would get fresh caught fish.

  7. Jason Kaine says:

    Narration ftl.. I'm beary grylls… tuna tastes like your average byker bike

  8. Wulf899 says:

    When Jesus was preaching and the disciples found that boy's food, they weren't Whiting; they were definitely Tuna.

  9. Paulo Oliveira says:

    it's amazing how you are already dressed while waking up

  10. Vergel Subang says:

    Your face doesn't show that you liked it. Hahahaha

  11. BluesyBor says:

    And after a lot of perturbations the market is still in Tsukiji… Last year the move was postponed for this year's autumn, I wonder how's that going. I hope it will still be in Tsukiji when I finally make my trip to Japan sometime soon.

  12. Dos Wheels Яouges says:

    You need to suck the head not eat it whole!

  13. k. f says:

    Omg I always forget how delicate sushi is

  14. ジュリアン_da says:

    Anybody watching in 2018?

  15. Emerald Glow says:

    There's a lot of raw foods in Japanese cuisine from what I've seen in this channel…… Won't it cause some sort of poisoning or at least an upset tummy, tbh?

  16. Angelo Pan says:

    i find american auctioneers interesting, but hearing asian auctioneers is just amazing, reminds me how cool fellow asians and ASIA is.

    Wow i watch a sushi tour for the auctioneer

  17. DieZeitungsente says:

    July 2018 and Tsukiji fish market is still there

  18. Vivi Lee-Ford says:

    It's tragic to see such large tuna that were fished. It takes so long for tuna to grow that large, so they're being fished way faster than they can reproduce. Sad

  19. Some Weirdo says:

    Huh, I thought tuna were smaller

  20. DragonFire3640 says:

    It’s not fresh it’s frozen

  21. Justin Cobb says:

    Goddammit. The fried head is the best thing.

  22. asspounderify says:


    The international pose of : i dont give a fuck

  23. LukeAK says:

    I need to go catch a fucking tuna and sell that fucker

  24. Zak Smith says:

    obviously never been to spitalfield market London shame we praise what others have when we have the same at home

  25. Animiles says:

    I don't even have enough money to buy one fishy.. *cries in a corner *

  26. aznmmv00 says:

    I'm actually waiting in line right now for a sushi restaurant in the tsukiji market. I got here at 3 a.m and the current wait time is 3 1/2 hours.

  27. tallaganda83 says:

    Is fresh sushi actually better? I was under the impression from watching Jiro dreams of sushi and some old Bourdain, that it is best aged in a freezer.

  28. Samsonjelly Kieleros says:

    Very good

  29. Life with Boba says:

    i wake up at 4am everyday to work 16hr shifts and i hate it but i like the money lol

  30. Johnsan Toro says:

    Moving in October 2018 not November 2016

  31. The Ginja Ninja says:

    Missed opportunity: make all food related videos into a playlist 'abroad in a pan'

  32. Sionnanful says:

    The last time I tried raw sushi, was when I had nigiri at this Japanese restaurant. Needless to say, the taste was alright but I'm not the biggest fan of raw fish texture like that. I can eat it in a roll form but I'd prefer not to know.

  33. TheExtremeEvoker says:

    Asian hitler

  34. Sandra H. says:

    best way to eat something like the living shrimp. DO NOT THINK ABOUT IT

  35. The Macabre Gamer says:

    I'd be no good in Japan. The food doesn't interest me.

  36. WissCoast says:

    I wish people were more aware of over-fishing. It’s a huge issue

  37. Michael Ryan says:

    I had no idea that tuna was that massive until I watched this video. For some reason, I thought tuna was about salmon sized.

  38. Jansen says:

    The fish market is still in the same place. And will finally be moving in October.

  39. Joe Briggs Jr says:

    So THATS how you use the three sea shells.

  40. Joyeuse Curtana says:

    6:19 Rock and pool is nice and cool so juicy sweet! To catch a fish! And eat it quick! So juicy, sweeet! Gollum, gollum.

    That tuna's so red though, holy crap. It's like beef. You don't see meat like that from lake fish.

  41. JustAGeek says:

    I can picture his stomach after he eats the head going "what the actual fuck is this m8? You absolute walnut the hell are you feeding me"

  42. Isochest says:

    Gollum's delight!

  43. uagniza says:

    The prices sushi there is insane compare to my place its 10 times more expensive. I love japan so much

  44. Savio Erai says:

    You are funny😂

  45. TheMaloney says:

    I thought it was weird to eat the head as well, especially since the one I ate had huge antennae that were still moving, but it’s the best part!

  46. Sir.Cheney Clinton Bush says:

    Isn't all raw fish meat supposed to be flash frozen to kill the parasite eggs?

  47. Dyp Dyp says:

    Good vidz mate

  48. anime props says:

    if you want the exact location of this restaurant here it is

  49. R X says:

    The shrimp were already dead in any case. Once the spinal fluid was taken out the first time it's an instant kill. The jumps you saw Were the remaining brain activity, spinal fluid stuff to the head (at this point still intact) but it was dead. Properly dead when the head was removed.

  50. Josephine Setiawan says:

    watching this in 2018: cries

  51. はなかっぱ#UGK。 says:


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  54. I am Lion Man says:

    I’d love to try actual, authentic sushi made by a trained, Japanese sushi chef. At the moment the best I can manage is supermarket sushi, which is not really worth bothering with.

  55. Kota Ishijima says:

    Brilliantly done.

  56. Megugad says:

    Fresh sushi = parasites so it has to bee frozen beforehand so you don't ingest them alive

  57. Alex Montano says:

    Work In the oilfield out here in west Texas and you’ll be up by 3:30am to be our im the field by 5am and get home by 8-9pm and just repeat it lol

  58. op3l says:

    But like top sushi chefs will say fresh fish doesn't taste good. Most of the stuff is actually cured fish or frozen so the tissue breaks down a bit.

  59. SVAworld says:

    taking the shrimps shell off whilst its still alive is fcuked up!

  60. lhalls9116 says:

    I could literally eat sushi all day joke

  61. ry says:

    I can eat that hole thing. Looks so good. I love tuna raw

  62. んわを says:

    I am very glad that foreign people enjoy Japanese culture.

  63. Killer Croc says:

    In japan you don't eat tuna, tuna eat you.

  64. Arce Ide says:

    With that price, I think eating sushi is just my dream.

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  68. Home2022 Peace says:

    Two of the best stupid guys in japan!

  69. Eric Winkler says:

    I’d love to try Sushi, but I’ve seen horror videos here on YouTube of people finding worms in their sushi! 🤢🤮
    And in another video some guy was looking through packaged sushi in a supermarket, and was shocked to see a worm crawling around on the fish meat inside the package! So while I do want to try sushi at some point in my life, I’m also quite hesitant of doing so, because of those videos. I can never un-see what I saw in those videos. Those images will stay with me to the grave!

  70. Sorath84 says:

    8:45 that reaction made me extra keen to try it THAT fresh!

  71. Flowerlicious says:

    its fascinating and disturbing at once

  72. Bonnie Moon says:

    I'm so sad Tsukiji market has or is about to close. My dream is to go to Japan, but haven't been able to due to moving 18 times and having abusive parents. ;-;

  73. 000000AEA000000 says:

    why would you want to eat shrimp alive?

  74. Arhye As says:

    Big Tuna indonesia $30 😂

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  77. ousi00 says:

    Since Tsukiji Fishmarket retired, where should we go? Suggestion?

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  79. the23rdirishman says:

    So how is this safe to eat? I understand regular "sushi-grade" fish is frozen to extremely cold temperatures to kill parasites, but clearly they're eating this stuff raw. What are the odds of getting sick?

  80. Samuel Hartley says:

    Yeah. Sometimes get up that early for work. Don't recommend it. It's not a usual thing so I never get used to it. You looked far more chipper than I do.

  81. Mister Winkybluff says:

    I wonder if Japan has vegans LMAO

  82. Ralesk Ne'vennoyx says:

    I'm pretty sure I've seen this video before but youtube has forgotten about it — but it's the first time I've noticed that it's Charles from Yummy Japan in the video 😀

  83. Ladderthief1 says:

    I'm disappointed with the amount of '3 seashell' jokes.

  84. pansik 88 says:

    I hope you don't get worms.

  85. Rowell Sumook Jr. says:

    Gordon ramsay joins the chat

  86. urbanacje says:

    „feeling a bit like Gollum” haha you just need a cave then!

  87. MsJavaWolf says:

    I could eat that tuna.

  88. I AM NOT CHINESE我不是中國人 says:

    I got cooking skill too

  89. I AM NOT CHINESE我不是中國人 says:

    Did Japan news got case bug are came out from tuna .

  90. badoubade says:

    A shrimp's head come on!!! 😀

  91. Shaggy Norville Rogers says:

    When you open a pack of gum and you don’t want the teacher to see it 8:27

  92. zact lee says:

    you look like a baby without ur facial hair.

  93. Chiara Rossi says:

    Is you friend that's in the restaurant with you Italian?

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  95. Rob Stumbo says:

    That seashell scoop thing was ingenious, really cool

  96. Andreas Scott says:

    "let us never speak of getting up at 4am again"

    Dude i work morning shifits this summer replacing the usual workers so that i could go to Japan earlier this year ;_;. 4 AM every day

  97. Rayn says:

    Here I am ‘enjoying’ my takeaway sushi while watching this video. God I miss Japan.

  98. Heidi OL says:

    Would you ever consider going to other countries as well? Abroad in Korea, etc

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  100. Joe Shmoe says:

    I read a comment on this board by someone that said no reputable restaurant would put a customer at risk of parasites. That they inspect each fish for parasites. I have news for you. All fish have parasites. Just because you don't see a worm doesn't mean they are not there. An adult parasite can be killed just by chewing the sashimi. and Of course it is sliced thin for that reason, to inspect each bite. But the parasites that will get into you are invisible to the eye. Very very small worms cannot be detected by looking. To make sure you don't get infected all you have to do is freeze the fish for about a day. I have had fresh sushi in Hawaii, maybe two hours since it was caught we consumed it. We each had some small bites but the large pieces we grilled. Yes, the fresh was good but it wasn't quite as good had it been aged ten days, the norm. The way they flash freeze fish today doesn't affect the flavor. Even lobster is good frozen. Play it safe and eat thawed raw fish. I don't know why Japan keeps perpetuating this myth about fresh sushi. They all know it tastes better aged.
    BTW, if you do get the chance to eat a piece of raw lobster, try it, sweet and delicious. One thing that is best fresh is salmon roe, no need for freezing, no parasites in it. If it tastes salty it's not fresh. The freshest of roe tastes sugary sweet.

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