Tsukiji Fish Market

The Tsukiji Fish Market is a popular wholesale market for fresh foods – fruits, vegetables, meats and most notably, for seafood. The famed pre-dawn tuna auctions happen here.

Serving millions of citizens

The Tsukiji Fish Market was created in 1920s and is essentially a wholesale market for fresh foods. The large market is divided into an inner market which is a site of frenetic activity in the mornings. If you’re not nimble on your feet, we suggest that you stay within the outer market or the restaurant area where several ramen and sushi outlets make for a perfect Japanese breakfast.

Tuna auctions

The famous tuna auctions begin at 05:15 am and only 120 visitors are permitted to view the proceedings each day in two lots of 60 each. Entry is by registration and only on a first-come, first serve basis. Beware, queues start forming pretty early.

If there were 10 top things to do when in Japan, a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market would definitely be on most people’s list. It is after all, the largest, busiest and, dare we say, the cleanest seafood market in the world.


Handy tips:

  • The market is closed most Wednesdays and nearly every Sunday. Do check with their website before you plan your trip.
  • If you’re keen on visiting the tuna auctions, you will need to arrange other means of transport as subway trains begin operations later.
  • Do remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, preferably waterproof ones.