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Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji fish market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and has been in business since the early Edo period, although not in its present incarnation.

Tsukiji Fish Market , Japan

Tsukiji fish market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and has been in business since the early Edo period (1600s), although not in its present incarnation. The first location of the market was in the Nihombashi area of the city but after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, which devastated much of the city, it was moved to Tsukiji. Today, the market is a booming business which opens for trade and auctions at around 3am.

A recent surge in tourism to the popular tuna auctions has prompted wholesalers to impose some limitations on visiting but the tuna auctions have now re-opened to tourists. However, only two groups of 60 people can visit each day and for 25 minutes at a time.

When visiting this market please show consideration to the traders and buyers so as not to disturb any of the market's normal day to day activities. If you plan to visit the market, but not the auctions, you are requested to wait until after 9:00am to do so, just in time for a fresh sushi and sashimi breakfast from one of the small restaurants surrounding the market.

Please note the market is closed alternate Wednesdays, Sundays and holidays. Please ask your concierge to check if you plan to visit on a Wednesday.

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