The Tsukiji Market, Chuo

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Though access is restricted to the wholesale fish market within, visit The Tsukiji Market to experience a massive and bustling retail fish market. The market has a reputation for its excellent tuna; apply early for a coveted opportunity to witness the wholesale tuna auction, or wander the stalls at the open-access outer market. Shop for fresh fish, cooking supplies, and gifts before eating a fresh sushi lunch or breakfast from one of the stalls in the market. Plan your The Tsukiji Market visit and explore what else you can see and do in Tokyo using our Tokyo driving holiday planning app .
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  • Always crowned people in the early morning. You can easily feel the entry of Tokyo. With very good sushi, I will miss the place forever.  more »
  • Tsukiji is well known fish market in Tokyo. There is plan to move the fish market to Toyosu next year. It will be a up to date facility. It might be the last chance to see such old fish market and res...  more »
  • The outer market is crowded and full of small shops selling seafood and condiments and interlaced with small sushi restaurants. The actual market is actually a bit of a walk from these commercial stre...  more »
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  • Pro-tip: You don't have to go into the actual market to see the fishes (unless you want to catch the tuna auction) because the nearby outer market - with a collection of different sushi stalls, souvenir shops and fish stores - are more than enough to give you a taste of the awesomeness that is Tsukiji Fish Market. Absolutely loved the experience here, where you can eat fresh live oysters for only 400 to 500 yen, or sample an assortment of other seafood like grilled squid and even crab, all freshly caught. There are also a whole loads of sushi restaurants and cafes, all at an affordable price, where you can try the food Japan is famous for. Highly recommend to visit for breakfast or lunch (they're closed from 2pm onwards). You can also shop for souvenirs here as well. My top spot for must-do in Tokyo.
  • The best part and the most memorable part of our Japan sojourn was a visit to the world famous Tsukiji Market to watch the unique Tuna auction. The market is arguably the world's largest fish market, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. Only 120 visitors are allowed per day (only a certain number of days in a month) to see the legendary Tuna auction inside the market. The auction starts at around 5:25am and is over by 6:15am. However, you can't book a slot beforehand or via any agent/tour operator and each of the 120 visitors is chosen on a first-come, first-serve basis. It's free of cost but to find a place among the 120 you have to stand in the queue outside the tourist center of the market as early as 3am. Since the last metro of the corresponding subway line leaves at around 1215AM and we couldn't spend on the astronomically high taxi fare of Tokyo, we decided to take the last subway train to the market at 1215AM. We were the first and only two people in the queue. The security guard asked us to return at 3am as he said there is no point waiting on the footpath so early. However, we thought that if we leave the queue and comeback later, then we may end up missing the coveted slot of 120. So we decided to wait sleeplessly for the next 4 hours or the whole night, standing on the footpath/sidewalk. When the door was open we were the first two folks and the rest was an incredible experience. We were lucky enough to have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching how Tunas weighing 60/70/80KG were being auctioned at the drop of a hat with different finger gestures. The other interesting part was to see how the buyers check each of the tunas and its quality. As the market is being relocated next year, we didn't let the golden opportunity go.
  • A place used to be a wholesale fish market and now turns to a tourist attraction for sightseeing and for food. It is worth to visit there if you are new to Tokyo. Even if you are a repeated visitor, it is still a good place to go for seafood. You can find all kind of fresh seafood where hawkers are selling in small trucks and shops. There is tuna auction as well but you have to get up very early in the morning. There are a lot of restaurants and they are equally good. English menu is available.
  • Super fun fish market experience. Very clean and lots of street food plus restaurants to eat at, some non seafood options too. Would be amazing to see the tuna auditions if you arrive in the season. Otherwise the quality and freshness of the fish in the market restaurants was excellent. Really the perfect Tokyo experience and close to Ginza so can finish off the day there.
  • Heaps of fun to walk around the stores and fresh food. I would recommend getting fresh eggrolls, uni (sea urchin), fresh oysters with sauce and eel, and choosing several small things from the stores as you can fill up quickly on that. For a more substantial meal the don are good, and most places serve the exact same menu so I wouldn't worry too much on where to go. They have good knife and ceramic stores as well in case you wanted to stock up your kitchen with Japanese made goods!

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