Originally Posted by Brian SD
The one thing I highly recommend is checking out some of the smaller sushi bars right outside the fish market in Tsukiji, though I heard that these days foreigners are frequently getting refused service.
Yeah, what gives with that? I was there in late 2008 and they were still letting us furriners into the fish auction and the sushi places but then I heard they cut off access.
Was it because some of the tourists were wandering into restricted areas? I was at the fish auction at 5 AM (jet lag) and some lady went into the area that was clearly marked off limits.
It's a shame if they are refusing service at the sushi bars as that was a really neat experience. I went to one where the food went around the bar on a motorized belt and you paid per dish (via RFID implanted in each dish). Very neat stuff.