Tsukiji Market, Chuo
Categories: Flea Markets, Landmarks, Shopping, Tourist Spots
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.Our Tokyo travel itinerary maker makes visiting Tsukiji Market and other Tokyo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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If you want to attent the tuna auction you really have to be an early, early bird! There is also not that much public transport during "night times" so, get informed about how to get there at the righ... read more »
Don't sleep and try to get up early. Stay up late and enjoy the chaos. The market happens at 3 AM, with all the new catch from the US and Pacific. It's quick, hard to understand, but very powerful. I ... read more »
You have to know that the market is basicaly divided in two sections. The inside and outside part. The inside is where the auction of fishes take place. Very difficult to have acces. It is only possib... read more »
I fell in love with everything here. If left alone I think i can stay until the market closes. Peoplle mostly flock to Sushi Dai and the other sushi shop near it, but I suggest going straight for the markets as you can buy all sorts of fresh seafood there (and other japanese snacks and fruits). There are stalls that sell butter-grilled hotate topedd with uni, a cart that sells cut up and marinated maguro blocks, many stalls that sells rice bowls topped with everything good you can imagine. worth it.
This was more of a historic visit since they're moving the location soon. I'll be honest. It's pretty dangerous walking around here. My girlfriend and I were almost hit several times by the moving cars or pallet jack vehicles. The fish were cool to see and then people doing theirs jobs. The sushi was fantastic at one of the various restaurants in the area but the lines were HUGE! So be prepared for a decent wait.
The famous fish market, know around the world! You need to come very early to see the inside via a tour guide. Otherwise you can't get in until regular persons can buy fish. Very famous and very cool to visit!
I was actually pretty disappointed when I visited this place. I did not do the tuna auction and just visited the regular vendors which are open during most of the day. It was packed and offered very little that I was interested in seeing. Maybe the tuna auction is worth visiting but if you miss that don't bother coming here. There are better places to shop and buy things.
I skipped the market on my first trip to Tokyo but made sure not to do it on the second. I was under the impression that the tuna auctions were the only thing worth seeing here and coming at 4AM was not appealing. Luckily after some reading I realized I could show up around 9AM and still see some amazing stuff. Even at 9AM it's a huge bustling fish market with tons of vendors and plenty of live, dead, and in between fish to look at. I saw some things that I'm still not sure what they were. It is a market so beware of the little carts that go flying everywhere. Directly outside the actual market are some small sushi shops. Sadly we didn't get to check them out as they all had lines 50 deep at least. Outside the market complex towards the subway station are a ton of open air stalls with all kinds of seafood from the market. You can easily walk up and get whatever you want for a couple of dollars.
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