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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  • The Tsukiji Market is considered the oldest and largest fish market in central Tokyo. We came with our tour guide and were introduced to the market's rich history that dates back to more than 80 years...  more »
  • This you can write how much any time, but the smells, the crush, bustle, the flavors, the impressions, to be experienced on the spot-amazing place to visit-time rushing. I let the pictures give a portion of it available here.
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  • The markets offer fresh seafood at a reasonable price. There are other things to buy also such as high end Japanese knives.  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.
  • What a place. The best way to see Tsukiji is around 4:30am. It's a crazy experience: hundreds of people working and running around but you won't hear a word being said - everyone just does their thing in beautiful silence which really tells a lot about Japanese culture. And the way to be there at 4:30am? Just make it a long night with drinks, bars and karaoke until it's time to head over to Tsukiji.
  • So many fresh seafood options here! Restaurants, quick bites, groceries, dried food, gifts, and etc! Very overwhelming experience. Streets are packed during peak times. The street food vendors are very busy and there are only small fold up tables where you can stand at to eat your food. Some of them are so busy you may not get to try what they're offering! There are also dozens of sit down restaurants that offer amazing bowls. Definitely a wonderful experience
  • lucked out and made friends with a restaurant owner who took us inside the market but you usually have to get there around 5 am to get in on the tour. Awesome experience! recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind the smell of fish! Tons of little places to eat around the market. Freshest Seafood in the world. hands down best sushi I have ever had!

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