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Tsukiji Fish Market

a-tsukiji auctionThe Tsukiji Fish Market is , located in Tsukiji 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. Tsukiji Market consists of an inner market where most of the wholesale business and tuna auctions take place, and an outer market whose retail shops and restaurants are open to the public.

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 7:00am.

The number of visitors to the tuna auction is limited to 120 per day.  If you wish to see the auction, you have to apply at the Fish Information Center, starting from 5:00am on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The first group of 60 visitors will be admitted to the auction between 5:25am and 5:50am, while a second group of 60 visitors will be admitted between 5:50am and 6:15am.

Closed:  Sundays and national holidays

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 inner market, you can enjoy the outer market which is located just adjacent to the inner market and caters to the public.  The outer market consists of a few blocks of small retail shops and restaurants crowded along narrow lanes.

Closed : Sundays and national holidays

 


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