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“A unique place to visit in Tokyo”
Review of The Tsukiji Market

The Tsukiji Market
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Great place to visit if you love to eat fresh fish or sushi. Choose from a variety of welcoming shops and restaurants. Fish is also sold in this market but be sure to arrive early as the best fish tends to sell out early in the morning.
Paris, France
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“A unique place to visit in Tokyo”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

No matter how long you are staying, this is a unique place to be visited. Just the largest fish market in the world! You will realize that this is more then just food, it's culture, history and way of life. Do not hesitate to visit the sushi shops around, their are incredible tasty and cheap.

Visited May 2012
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“this is not a turistic atraction, be careful”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

I went to the Tsukiji Market because it is ranked as the top attraction in Tokyo. And I have to say that I can't understand who was the first person that tought that this market is for tourists.
This place is a working place where there is a lot of movement of small vehicles that makes the experience very dangerous. I'm not joking, you have to be very careful in certain areas.
By the time I went to the market (march 2013) the schedule for tourists is the following:
for the tuna auction: only 120 people are allowed each day. They are separated in two groups of 60 deppending on the time of arrival. The first group enters at 5 in the morning and leaves (I'm not sure 100% of the time) about 5:45. At that time, the second group enters, and stays until 6:30 more or less.
There is an intermediate area. The wholesale area. This place is closed for tourists until 9 am.
This is because there is a lot of movement if you go sooner, and you can interfere with the workers and it can be dangerous due to the small vehicles that are going in every direction very fast.
What is the problem with that. At 9 am, it is not so interesting to go to the wholesale area because all the action is gone.
So, what can I say. If you are able to wake up at 4, and go to the action, it can be interesting.
Either way, the only thing that can be interesting is going to the small restaurants at the beggining of the market, and try the sushi.

Visited March 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“Fanatastic Place for Foodies”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Must see if you are a foodie. Second visit to Tsukiji Market in the past year. Still fascinating. Skipped the auction this year but the visit to both inner and outer market remains very interesting especially if you enjoying visiting food markets. Great to see the all the variety of seafood offered and workers prepping the seafood. Visit the inner market between 6-8am as activity starts to slow down by 9am. Just remember you are in a live work environment….watch out for motorized vehicles zooming around. Workers generally pleasant even as you snap away your photos. (Not sure if I would enjoy a tourist coming to my place of work and taking photos!) Lots of shops, food and restaurants in the outer market. If you plan to see the auction book a room at Tokyu Stay Higashi Ginza Hotel located at the outer market area to save some traveling time. For non-foodies….skip the auction, spend an hour or so exploring the outer market. If you plan on buying stuff, bring cash. Closest ATM is two blocks away.

Visited March 2013
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Hong Kong
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“Unique fish market”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

Tsukiji Market is located near the Tsukijishijo Station (Toei Ōedo Line) or Tsukiji Station (Hibiya Line). As we cannot get up that early we decided to be there around 9am. The inner market is not that pack with tourists but mainly buyers to purchase the daily needed. Store owners and buyers are not friendly about cameras (especially w flash) and/or touching their products, after all they are doing their business. Be respect.

Visited March 2013
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“Well worth the 3am alarm”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

We arrived at the registration office just before 4am and there were already about 100 people there so we were lucky to get in, given that the limit is 120 per day. 

Having been told that the current Mayor of Tokyo is planning to move the fish market to the suburbs in order to develop the prime real estate, we were intent on seeing it before the change. It was well worth the effort and is a unique experience. The wait from 4am to the actual 25 minute viewing of the auction (the first at 5.25am, the second at 5.50am) is rather dull as you are packed into a relatively small room with the 120 visitors camping out on the floor trying to stay entertained/awake. Therefore best to take something to read/watch/do...

The auction itself is intriguing and watching the buyers inspecting the produce before the bidding is a lesson in attention to detail. It's serious business so you do feel like you are intruding a little and there is no explanation of any sort, including who bought what for how much. Nonetheless, the atmosphere draws you in and the photo opportunities are excellent. When numerous auctions are underway at once the clamour is impressive and the whole scenario mesmeric.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank Richard G
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