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Tsukiji Fish Market (Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, Tsukiji Shijo)

Tsukiji Fish Market (Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, Tsukiji Shijo) Review

The world's biggest and busiest fish market was moved to from Nihonbashi to Tsukiji after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, and part of it occupies the site of what was once Japan's first naval training academy. Today the market sprawls over some 54 acres of reclaimed land and employs approximately 15,000 people. Its warren of buildings houses about 1,200 vendors, supplying 90% of the seafood (and some of the vegetables, meat, and fruit) consumed in Tokyo every day—some 2,000 metric tons of it. Most of the seafood sold in Tsukiji comes in by truck, arriving through the night from fishing ports all over the country. A big attraction for tourists is the early-morining tuna auction. Limited to 120 visitors a day, people line up in front of the Fish Information Center well before it opens at 5 a.m.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 5–2–1 Tsukiji, Chūō-ku Tsukiji and Shiodome, Tokyo, 104-0045 | Map It
  • Phone: 03/3542–1111
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. (except 2nd and 4th Wed. of month) 5 am–3 pm
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  • Subway: Toei Oedo subway line, Tsukiji-shijo Station (Exit A1); Hibiya subway line, Tsukiji Station (Exit 1).
  • Location: Tsukiji and Shiodome
Updated: 08-19-2013

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