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築地場内市場(東京都中央卸売市場築地市場) [Closed]Tsukiji Fish Market(Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market)

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Tsukiji Area
Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
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Date of post:2015/09/28

The best sushi in the world!

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The official name is Tokyo central wholesale market. Well-known for being the biggest fish market in the world! Welcoming by a big tuna fish on the signboard, people come here not only to see fresh fish and seafood but also to eat sushi! There are approximately 500 restaurants and shops located in this market.

Tsukiji fish market is divided into the outer market and the inner market. The outer market is the retailer's market and the inner market is the wholesale market.

There are many sushi chain restaurants as well as individual ones in the outer market. You may also see rotating sushi restaurants, called "kaiten sushi" in Japanese. You can select them by budget, normally "kaiten sushi" restaurants are cheaper than counter-style restaurants.

If you want to see the tuna auction, it starts at 5:25 am. There are two in a day to see in the inner market. The first auction is from 5:25 to 5:50 and the second one from to 5:50 to 6:15. You need to get to Osakana center(fish center)where there is a waiting place until the auction starts around 4 am. If you get there at 5:30 am, you may not be able to see it since this is very popular event. Each time only 60 people are allowed to get in and it is a first-come-first-get system. Luckily if you get the chance, you are asked to wear the bib which tells market people you are allowed to go inside. Then, move to the auction place and you see bunch of tuna fish lined up in front of you!! Soon the exact auction occurs, it's awesome!!

This fish market will move to another area next year, and I heard after moving, the auction area will be a bit far for you to see it, so this year is the last chance to see this close.

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