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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  • Freshest seafood in Tokyo, regardless of what the reviews on the internet say! Even if you won't eat raw foods, they have fried things, dried things and noodle soups. You can have a cup of tea, ice cr...  more »
  • Not for everyone I’m sure but if you love sea food then Japan is the place to be. The market had amazing choice and it’s worth skipping breakfast and having and early lunch here.  more »
  • Best time to visit is the morning as late afternoon most of the shops start to close. Best place is to walk around for the seafood snacks and we end up at one of the sushi place for lunch.  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.
  • 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.
  • Wow! All I can say is WOW! Fresh everything seafood like! And you can eat it there as well! There are Restaurants serving you fresh stuff (most of it) and if seafood isn’t your thing, they have other things to eat as well. It’s an experience and it is crowed so be wary. But overall it was amazing!
  • The fish market is usually appreciated due to the large amounts of fresh fish and other sea food that are on display. If you are looking for the freshest of meats, this is the place. There are plenty of tourists and sometimes the smell of sea-creatures can become a bit intense. The market itself has plenty of regular shopping as well, but the real treats are the restaurants in the area selling some of the best sashimi and sushi.

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