When i did a search on the best sushi in tokyo, Tsukiji Fish Market's Sushi Dai often came up.
The reviews read "sushi for breakfast" and mentioned 2-3 hour waits. For me- eating sushi at 6am doesn't sound like it would agree with me and waking up at 4am sounded even worse. But since i was in Tokyo, i might as well get the best i could!!! AND it was awesome!
We "slept in" and headed off to Tsujiki around 7:30am. The JR train does not take you to the fish market, so we took the subway Oedo line which was just around the corner from my hotel (Sunroute) in Shinjuku. The Oedo line took several stops and in less than an hour, we arrived at Tsukiji. exit. (If you're unsure if you're on the right train, if you see Roppongi, you know u're heading in the right direction!)
u will see this sign. i love how there's a spot missing from all the finger pointing?
Daiwa had maybe a handful of people waiting.
I did a quick search on my rental iphone on which was better. Both have great reviews, but as one reviewer put it- For almost the same price, sushi dai has a longer wait, but gives you more.
Here's a pic i took of the Sushi Dai menu
Compare it to Daiwa
So we stood in line in the scorching sun for 2.5 hours at Sushi Dai. Luckily once we got passed a certain point, the head waitress came and gave us umbrellas to shield the sun. how sweet! We chatted with her about the trip and she was such a cool lady. We also chatted up some ladies who'd come before and they telling us it's worth the wait, but how she didn't know how much longer she can keep coming here to endure the lines. With all us foreigners reading blogs about how you should eat here, the locals can't catch a break!
), and don't take forever taking pictures of your food. Snap shoot and be over with it and EAT!. that's why i loved my rental iphone4s. I could snap a picture quickly and the pictures came out pretty decent. There were bloggers in there who waited until all their sushi was made to take a complete shot of the omakase, and had to take like 10 different angles. No wonder the wait can be 3-4 hours!!!
We got one of the larger Omakase set at 3900 yen, and one smaller set for 2500 yen.
After lunch we were gonna make the trip to Akasaka to see the new Sky Tree building, but didn't get the chance. We did see it from afar. If you get a chance, you should try to check it out or go to the Tokyo Tower. I hear the that the skytree has a lot of cool shops there as well. Akasaka is a great place to check out the old temples and souvenier gifts as well in their bazaars.
I did want to check out Akihabara-"Electronic town". It was cool to check out, but it's geared more for techies. Here's a few pictures i took.