You need to get out of bed very early to see the action as it happens. I arrived at 5 am and even that was a little late.
Visitors to the tuna auction is limited to 120 per day, the maximum number which the market can accommodate. Tourists who wish to see the auction have to apply at the Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) at the Kachidoki Gate, starting from 5:00am (or earlier on busy days) on a first-come, first-serve basis. A first group of 60 visitors will be admitted to the auction between 5:25 and 5:50, while a second group of 60 visitors will be admitted between 5:50 and 6:15.
The photos show the inner market where the auctions take place. It was never intended to be a tourist attraction, consequently they prefer people stick to the outer market where there are lots of shops, stalls & restaurants.
My favourite Tokyo restaurant is close by, Sushizanmai is open 24 hours a day and serves the best sushi on the planet.
See my review in the food section. I often stay at a nice little budget hotel very close to the market.
Review by David Herd – www.fivestarvagabond.com