Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo
Tsukiji Fish Market - A Quick Overview
Address: 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 05:00 am - 03:00 pm Details
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About Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo
One of the largest fish markets in the world is the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. This market has it's unique method of operation and is a must visit. The market starts early work very early- around 4 am and works till 8 am. They have a unique way of bidding for prices that is like an auction. The cutting of fresh fish from around the world takes place here and you can buy some delicious fish. The little shops just outside the main market area serve fresh sushi to give you a bite into the daily produce. You can buy special knives for cutting all sorts of Japanese fish and other accessories you'd need when working with fish. There are some shops selling angling gear as well. A treat for first-timers in Japan!
Tsukiji Fish Market Information
- Please note that In December and January, the Market is closed to tourists for safety reasons as it is the busiest time of the year.
How To reach Tsukiji Fish Market by Public Transport
- Trains Tsukiji Station
Restaurants Near Tsukiji Fish Market
- Tsukiji Sushi
- Tsukiji Sushi
- Tsukiji Annex
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Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo Reviews
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.
AWESOME!!!!!!!! Even if you can't get into their tuna auction (you have to line up at 3am to get a spot) it's still worth coming here to check it out. Coming from Vancouver, the best way to compare is like a night market but condensed tenfold and 90% food. The seafood is fresh and made on the spot for you, it's delicious. We couldn't stop eating and only had to cause it was impossible to eat anymore.
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.
If you like sushi, this place needs no introduction. Get here early to experience the full glory of Tsukiji. 0200 is early, any later, there will be lots of people. The auction is closed in December, so plan accordingly. Most lines at sushi places start the night before during busy season, so be warned. Otherwise, its a great experience.