Explore and eat sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market

Tokyo Travel Guides / September 28, 2016
Explore and eat sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market Image credit: sepavo/123rf

What
The Tsukiji Fish Market is well known as the biggest fish market in the world. It is where you can find the freshest fish for sushi and sashimi in Japan. This deliciousness-promising market is a must-visit for Japanese food lovers.

The market is divided into an outer and an inner section. The wholesale fish trade happens at the inner market, which is also the venue of the famous tuna auctions.

The outer market is more suitable for tourists. Restaurants and retail stores breathe life into the alleys that host all the goodness. Here, shoppers can buy fish in smaller quantities and other Japanese food related products like wasabi, Japanese knives and bowls.

Why
When in Tokyo, one must enjoy sushi at least once. And to make that one time count, it should be done at the world-renowned Tsukiji Fish Market. It is simple because the freshest fish and the most skilful chefs there will bring about the most wonderful sushi and sashimi experience one can have in life.

A visit to the market can be a thrilling adventure. If you don’t mind waking up early, be there at 5:30am to witness the tuna auction. Access to this eye-opening activity is on a first come, first serve basis and only 120 visitors are given the chance to come in per day. So go early to ensure your spot.

Visitor information
The Tsukiji Fish Market is a busy place of business. Visitors must observe market rules and avoid blocking the flow of activities at the market at all times. Caution should be taken to avoid accidents and to maintain the sanitary standards of the market.

Activities at the market peak at 5:30am to 10:00am and die down around 1:00pm.

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