Tsukiji Market and Sushi Restaurant with Infant?
I'm visiting Tokyo on a one-day trip on a Thursday with my wife and infant. We love fresh sushi and would like to go to Tsukiji early in the morning. However, we have a 7 month infant with us. Are there any recommended sushi restaurants that would be accommodating for an infant, or perhaps places we can get some good sushi rice bowls to go?
I'd really like to see the tuna auction too, but it sounds like it'd be too crazy to try it with a baby strapped to my front.
I don't think either the auction or the inner market would be appropriate. And I'm not even sure they would let you into either with a small child. There are plenty of sushi restaurants in the city. I suggest a chain restaurant during in-between lunch/dinner hours. But at Tsukiji, I guess you could also have one of you wait in the outer market area with your infant while the other tours around.
According to Japan-Guide.com, the inner market does not allow small children:
I've visited the tuna auction and walked around the inner market, and I would agree with Silverjay that neither are appropriate for an infant. It is a bustling work environment, and even the auction itself is quite raucous, with multitudes of bells clanging and auctioneers shouting. After the auction, you still have to walk through part of the inner market to exit the area, and those hand truck operators drive down the narrow lanes extremely quickly!
Sushi Zanmai is a 24-hour sushi chain with multiple locations throughout Tokyo, including a few in the outer market area. Past CH posts, particularly for people on one-day trips to Tokyo, have recommended it as a good value. There are also tables in addition to counter seating, which may be more convenient when with a small child.