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Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

The Tsukiji Fish Market and Auction in Tokyo Japan

The historical Tsukiji Fish Market is a seafood lovers dream. More about the markets hours, tuna auction, sushi, relocation, and much more!

About Tsukiji Fish Market


While some parts of the market have been more restricted in recent years due to sanitation issues, distribution issues, and tourists impeding trade and resell, the whole market is still very accessible for tourists. The market is located between the Sumida River and the Ginza Shopping District. The market handles over 400 different types of seafood from seaweed to the most expensive caviar and tuna. That being said, it is no wonder it is such a huge attraction for tourists and seafood lovers alike! Over 700,000 metric tons of seafood go through the market every year.

Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

The market is busy around the clock 24/7, but the hours open to visitors usually start at 3:00 am. Due to the increase in tourists to the market and various problems due to the massive increase in people coming to the market over the years, the market has unfortunately been significantly more strict with visitors. This does not mean you cannot experience everything Tsukiji has to offer! You can access the market right across street from Tsukijishijo Station. It is one stop away from Ginza Station on Hibiya line.


The Wholesale Market Area


The wholesale area consists of hundreds of small and large stand up shops where you can buy fresh seafood products. Your options are nearly endless and if you are a seafood lover, you will find all your favorites! Unfortunately to prevent interfering will business, tourists are not allowed before 10 am.


Tourists are asked not to bring luggage and to be very aware of your surroundings. Trucks and forklifts are constantly going through the area to bring fresh products and services. Because of this, it is important to be careful and stay out of the way as to not interfere with business. If this does occur, you may be asked to leave.

The Wholesale Market Area

Hours: 10:00 am- 5:00pm

Website: Tsukiji Wholesale Market Area


The Outer Market


Often called the “Kitchen Of Tokyo”, tourists are encouraged to visit this area of the market, which is right next to the inner market and is catered to the public. Most businesses are open from 5 am to the early afternoon. The outer market offers hundreds of breakfast and lunch options, so there is surely something you will like.


The best part of the outer market is that many shops offer very small sample portions. This way, you can navigate through the market and try a variety of foods until you are full. This is a great tour four all the foodies and sushi lovers alike. The outer market also has some shops with souvenir options so you can take a souvenir home to remember your trip by.

The Outer Market

Hours: 5 am- early afternoon (depends on business)

Access: Adjacent to the inner market area

Website: Outer Market


Tsukiji Fish Market Auction


In order to see the famous auction, you must arrive to Tsukiji Market by at least 3 am, or even earlier. There are only two groups of 60 people allowed to watch the auction. The first group is allowed to watch the auction from 5:25 am to 5:45 am. The second group is allowed to watch from 5:50 am to 6:10 am. Times to visit start at 3:30 to 6:00 am. So in order to experience this famous auction, you must be an early bird, and getting there early is better, as the groups fill up fast, and they do not make exceptions. Only 120 people get to see this auction every day. The auction is held by licensed businesses who are usually buying for restaurants, and stores all throughout Japan. The auction is held at an incredible fast pace and is truly a sight to see!


In addition, the waiting room is not heated, so in the winter and early days in the fall and spring it is very cold! You cannot wear any high heels, flip flops, or “inappropriate footwear”. This means you must wear closed-toed shoes or you will not be able to enter! It is recommended that you stay in a hotel near Tsukiji Market the day you want to visit the auction, as trains do not run this early and stop running at midnight. There is not enough seating in the waiting room. Because of this, most people sit on the floor while they are waiting. The wait to get in is usually about one and a half to two hours. There is nothing to do in the waiting room, so it is suggested you bring your phone, a book, or something to do while you are waiting. In addition, no flash photography, food, or drink are permitted in the waiting area or the auction areas.

If you follow these rules, you will have a great time at the auction! And after you get to see the auction, you can get breakfast and explore the rest of what the market has to offer.
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Tsukiji Fish Market Auction

Hours: 3:30 am – 6:00 am

Admission: 2 groups of 60 each day

Tour times: 5:25 am- 5:45 am, 5:50 am- 6:10am

Website: Calendar for days open


The Tsukiji Market Is Moving?

The Tsukiji Market Is Moving!

Due to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the market is in the process of moving to the nearby Toyosu District. There is not a specific date the market is moving, as the process has been haulted due to soil toxicity issues in Toyosu. The fate of the market has been decided, but the soil safety checks has delayed the process. The move is projected to happen around winter of 2017 and spring of 2018. This means there is not much time to see the historic market! The new market is sure to be a modern marvel with many updated buildings and will make visiting more accessible to tourists. The estimated cost to build the new market is 392.6 billion yen.

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