Tsukiji Fish Market
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- 67%Family Travelers
- 64%Budget Travelers
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- Tsukiji Fish MarketMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4May 26, 2014
Busy place. Lots of people working and tourists = hard to get around. Fishermen can get pushing when they are in a hurry and tourists are in the way taking pictures.Recommended for:
- Tsukiji Fish MarketMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4May 23, 2014
Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest fish market in Asia, or maybe even the world. While its main function is to supply most of the seafood consumed in Tokyo (and that’s a lot!) through wholesale shops, it’s an amazing place to visit for anyone interested in exploring markets while traveling. The main attraction, in my opinion, is the tuna auction. It’s quite a spectacle, especially the bidding process which is pure entertainment. The only drawback is that if you want to see the auction, you have to get there early in the morning, like around 4 am. You need to get a pass (free) to attend the auction – it’s on first come, first serve basis. They allow 2 groups of people, about 120 total. We got to the fish market at 3:55 am and around 4:07 am the first group was filled. The passes for the second group were gone by 4:35 am. Good thing we didn’t follow the book’s suggestion to be there around 5:30am. It varies from day to day though (the market is closed on Sundays, by the way) - our friends visited the auction about a week before us, they said that all passes were gone by 4:15 am. After you get your pass, you wait in a small room until it’s time to see the auction. Then they take you to a warehouse where lots and lots of frozen tuna bodies are laying on the floor and byers walk around and inspect them. At certain points the bidding starts – get your video camera ready! After you see the auction, you are free to wonder around the market (but watch out for fast moving carts and try not to interfere with people working there). It is typical (though very unusual to westerners) to get sushi/sashimi breakfast at one of the hole-in-the-wall places there. There are lots of stalls and little shops where you can get all kinds of souvenirs. Overall, the fish market is fun to visit and it’s worth getting up early.Recommended for:
- Tsukiji Fish MarketMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 7Jun 12, 2014
While dealing with jet lag, this makes a nice early morning activity. Enjoy touring the market then having a sushi breakfast at one of the food stalls. Delicious!Recommended for:
- Tsukiji Fish MarketMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 6Feb 01, 2014
Very impressive. Had the best sashmi of my life there at one of the little restaurants in the market area. I went with my friend Kanako, she is Japanese and went to college in Tokyo but she had never been. We both loved it! Definitely worth seeing if you are in Tokyo!Recommended for:
- Tsukiji Fish MarketMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesHistory BuffsArt & Design LoversApr 18, 2014
The fish, fruit and vegetable market is on the list of must sees for Tokyo. Many advise to get up early to observe the tuna auction. However, during December, the auction is not open for tourists because the period leading up to New Year’s Day is too busy to permit mere observers. You can still visit later in the morning as there are lots of food stalls, shops selling knives and kitchen items, and there are many excellent sushi restaurants. Just don’t go too late in the day. By 3:00 pm, the sushi places were closed and many of the shops were closed as well.Recommended for:
- Tsukiji Fish MarketAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Apr 18, 2014
Best sashimi ever!!! Get here by 5:30 AM. Once you've had the sashimi here, it's so hard to go back to eat sashimi in the states. The sashimi literally melts in your mouth!!! So fresh, I could eat here every day!Recommended for:
- Tsukiji Fish MarketMember ofFoodiesApr 18, 2014
"Tsukiji is the largest and best fish market in the world. The tuna auction alone is worth the price of admission. You will ask yourself how it's possible to have this much fish from the ocean on a daily basis. You'll hear a lot of 'What is that?' along with the underground language of the fish market."Recommended for:
- Tsukiji Fish MarketApr 18, 2014
Don't worry. This unique culinary experience is worth the 4 a.m. wake up call. Tsukiji, Tokyo's metropolitan central wholesale market (the largest of its kind in the world), might open its doors at an ungodly hour, but the smell of its famously fresh fish is enough to awaken any curious spirit. Wander through the sprawling complex of raw offerings and witness the intriguing live tuna auctions. (Just be sure to stay out of the way of the thousands of fish mongers going around on their daily duties. They operate a billion dollar industry and tourists can easily intrude.) You don't have to buy anything, but don't forget to wear closed toed shoes--it can get a little fishy in there.Recommended for:
- Tsukiji Fish MarketMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersOct 18, 2013
Ever wonder where your sushi comes from? Chances are, if it's good enough, it has passed through this waterfront warehouse. Get there super-early in the morning (say, before 5AM) if you want to watch the hectic, non-stop fish auction action.Recommended for:
- Tsukiji Fish MarketSep 10, 2013
While I loved this, I have mixed feelings about recommending it . I learned that this is primarily a place of business. Its OK to come here later in the morning but we saw a lot of dumb people blocking access ways, touching the fish, and sort of being a nuisance. If you go, I would try to respect that people are trying to make a living here. This is supposed to be moving out of this area in a couple years.
- Tsukiji Fish MarketSep 10, 2013
I didn't think I would say this but it's a must go when you are in Tokyo. Make sure to arrive around 3am during the Spring break. You can still enjoy fresh sushi even if you end not up not going inside to see the tuna auction. The fish market is scheduled to move to a different location soon so make sure you do some research before going to the market.
- Tsukiji Fish MarketMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodiesHistory BuffsJul 22, 2013
Spectacular fish market and ground zero for the Japanese seafood industry. A must visit if you're in Tokyo. Hit up the sushi restaurants in the market (Sushi Dai) or in the neighborhood around it while you're here. They serve sushi as breakfast.
- Tsukiji Fish MarketApr 08, 2013
Never have had such an impressive experience! Get there pretty early (around 3am). Best thing is to go party and go straight there. You can witness firsthand what it is to be a part of the fish market and its auctions. You see all kind of fishes dead or alive, or even being killed! It’s an impressive place where you need to be careful not to be overrun by the never ending forklifts!!!! Try to spot the 100 pounds tunas and please wait until you get a table to eat the freshest sushi ever!!!!!!
Aliases: 築地市場, Tsukiji Shijō