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a-tsukiji auctionThe Toyosu Fish Market is , located in Toyosu in the southern part  of central Tokyo, the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.  It handles over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. Toyosu Market consists of  fish,vegetables  and fruits market where most of the wholesale business and tuna auctions take place, and the othrre market whose retail shops and restaurants are open to the public.

Visitors can look through glass windows to view activities in th buyers’ course of th Fisheries Intermediate Wholesale Market.

The Tuna Auction  ; Each tuna brought in is marked with red paint, the tail is removed, and a deep slice is cut just above the tail area so that prospective buyers can inspect the tuna before the bidding begins.

The auction begins at 5:30am Bidding can only be done by licensed participants. These bidders include wholesalers who operate stalls in the marketplace and other licensed buyers who are agents for restaurants, food processing companies, and large retailers. The auction usually ends around 6:30am.

Closed:  Sundays and national holidays and some other days .

Other areas of the market

If you wish to skip the tuna auction which is held very early in the morning, you should consider visiting the market around 9:00am when you can see trading between wholesalers and retailers.  In addition to the market, you can enjoy the other market which is located in the same building and caters to the public.

Closed : Sundays and national holidays

Please check a detailed information provided by the market such as  Open date,Time, Access and specially reservation ahead for Tuna Observation Deck.

You can check the whole details by searching using key words such as Tokyo, Toyosu Market.


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You can see sumo wrestlers training early in the morning (7am to 9am) at a genuine sumo stable (at no charge). For visitors the experience can be quite exciting. Young wrestlers practice just as if they were participating in a formal match. There are many sumo stables near Ryougoku Station which is located only 20 minutes from Tokyo Station. However, only a few are open to the public. It is important to observe the action using proper manners. Not even whispering is allowed during practice. Closed: Saturdays , Sundays, National holidays and while wrestlers are on the road tour.


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Tokyo station opened in 1914 and survived the Great Kanto Earthquake(Magnitude 7.9) in 1923. Some sections of the station were damaged during the war but they were completely restored to the original shape in 2012. The red brick magnificent building is the gateway to Tokyo. The building uses base-isolating technology to withstand a large scale earthquake. The elegant ornament and shape which remind you of the original one will delight the eye.




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flag Yanaka(Down Town )

Yanaka literally means “ in the valley” between two hills, Hongo and Ueno and is rather a small area to enjoy Shitamachi, old town of Tokyo, walking casually. The area keeps the atmosphere of old days of Edo or Tokyo with least sufferings from the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 or the Air Raids during World WarⅡ.You can find a lot of old shops for merchants or artisans with living space at their back, called “Machiya” architecture, and enjoy shopping there small Edo articles such as Japanese wooden clogs, origami paper, hair accessories, etc. or Edo gourmet food such as noodles, tsukudani(food boiled down in soy sauce), rice crackers, etc..  Also there are a lot of temples and a large cemetery called Yanaka Cemetery.  Most temples were moved from central Edo town after the Great Meireki Fire in 1657.  Many famous people of culture, for example novelists, scientists, artists who had a great impact on Japanese society lie buried in the cemetery.

Please relish the quaint atmosphere and people’s warm heart of Yanaka !




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