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Tsukiji Market, Chuo
(4.2/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
The, supervised by the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market of the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs, is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind.The market is located in Tsukiji in central Tokyo, between the Sumida River and the upmarket Ginza shopping district. While the inner wholesale market has restricted access to visitors, the outer retail market, restaurants and associated restaurant supply stores remain a major tourist attraction for both domestic and overseas visitors.LocationThe market is located near the Tsukijishijō Station on the Toei Ōedo Line and Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. There are two distinct sections of the market as a whole. The "inner market" (jōnai-shijō) is the licensed wholesale market, where approximately 900 licensed wholesale dealers operate small stalls and where the auctions and most of the processing of the fish take place. The "outer market" (jōgai-shijō) is a mixture of wholesale and retail shops that sell Japanese kitchen tools, restaurant supplies, groceries, and seafood, and many restaurants, especially sushi restaurants. Most of the shops in the outer market close by the early afternoon, and in the inner market even earlier.
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  • I visited Tsukiji with my guide Kiyoshi who is very informative during my tour of the market. Attended the produce auction at 7 am. The market area was very busy with workers and machinery everywhere....  more »
  • I went in a tiny 2 floors restaurant in a small alley that serve many kinds of sea urchin from different parts of Japan that was absolutely delicious! Avocado tempura was unforgettable delicious! 
  • Whether or not a visiting the auction worth tuna has probably every man for themselves to decide. It's called get up very early and I rate no later than 3: 00 at the fish information center to be. Only two groups a 60 persons be admitted to the auction. The tour is free of charge. Vending machine exists. Otherwise, no catering facility in the Info Center. The auction was very exciting for me as a fish fan. Then you can stroll through the fish market and sample the fresh fish in the many small restaurants and market stalls.
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  • I had opted to sleep in, skip the auction, and instead, wandered around Tsukiji at 7-8 am. Frankly put, I do not remember the exact stall which I ate the best sashimi-don of my life, but Tsukiji itself offers an incredible variety of stalls and vendors for fresh seafood of all types. Well worth spending the time and money to try some amazing sushi.
  • Ate fatty tuna at seafood stalls not restaurant. Choose your own portion and pay price as displayed. The fish shop staff will cut them into sashimi slices. They'll offer you toothpick, soya sauce & wasabi to eat on the street. Much cheaper than restaurant if you dun mind standing & eating on the street. We paid 2000yen for otoro ; 9 thick slices.
  • A must. If you want to see tuna auction, verify time the day before. It changes. Suggestion: stand off to side in mkt and get a sense of transporter traffic - very busy and easy to be in their way. Any of the "diners" in the mkt are great. This is a market spectacle like no other
  • Cool place but very busy. Workers are everywhere running around on their transporters and we quickly felt in their way. The amount of tourists clearly aggravates some of them, which made the experience somewhat awkward. There are lots of tourist trap sushi shops that are pretty annoying. Overall it was fun but I wouldn't go twice (as a visitor at least).
  • You're coming to Tokyo for sushi, so why not go to the place where sushi was basically invented, the world famous Tsukiji Market. Sample local fair of all stripes, eat delicious sushi for fair prices, get a beer from a vending machine (no ID required), and swim through more people than you've ever been around in your whole life. Worth the trip!