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Exploring the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo

If you thought the process of selling fish was boring and straight forward, then a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market is bound to change your mind! One of the most popular things to do around Tokyo, visiting this site lets you experience the hustle and bustle of life, at the world’s largest wholesale fish and seafood market.

Located in central Tokyo’s Tsukiji area, the market is within easy reach of the Tsukiji and Tsukijishijo stations. Since the main tuna auction begins before the crack of dawn, visitors need to get to the site at around 5am where they can register for a visit. Depending on availability, you will be put into one of two groups of sixty each. One group gets to visit the tuna auction from 5.25 to 5.50am, while the other from 5.50 to 6.15am.

The Tsukiji Fish Market see over 400 types of seafood pass across its floors ranging from massive tuna to tiny caviar. Amidst the throng of activity, the unloading and loading of fish and lively auction floor, you get an idea of a method to the madness as it were!

Following the auction, the fish are packed up and moved to the shops within the market where they are cut and sold. Of course one of the best ways to end your visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market is to head to a restaurant here, where you can enjoy a delicious sushi breakfast.