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Almost inevitably if you are coming from the US or similar locations to Japan you are going to really get bit by the jet-lag bug. I’m a wonderful sleeper if given the opportunity, but even I can’t beat this monster. Tokyo is 14 hours ahead of my home of Houston, so I am completely off my normal schedule. For as short a trip as I have, completely switching to their time zone really isn’t all that helpful anyway, so I am making the most of being up at 2AM by doing the following:
- Eat all the Diamond amenities and snack in the hotel room
- Work on the computer
- Take a nice bath
- Stroll around an empty hotel
- Last but absolutely not least, head to the Tsukiji Fish Market at 3:45AM
The fish market was absolutely amazing, but sadly even leaving the hotel at 3:45AM wasn’t early enough to get into the tuna auctions today. They take a set number of folks, 120 per day, and the slots were all spoken for by the time I arrived at 4:15AM. Crazy!
However, we still got to walk around the market and watch all the hustle and bustle. Be very careful if you bring small kids here as there are trucks whizzing by in the dark that will run you over. It is a very active place.
The real highlight though was heading to get sushi for breakfast at 5:30AM. It was a set menu that cost roughly the equivalent of 35USD and it was amazing. If you like sushi, this is not to be missed. We didn’t eat at the famed Sushi Dai due to the line being hours long by 4:30AM, but we ate a place a couple of doors down that didn’t have quite as long of a line. Here is the sign that was outside, but I have no clue what the name was (Daiwa Sushi maybe?).
After sushi it was time for a little shopping and then a quick subway ride back to the Park Hyatt. So, if you are Sleepless in Tokyo, just get up. Don’t fight it, just head to the fish market (assuming it is open on the day you are wide awake in the dark) and you won’t regret it.