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    Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and a very popular tourist destination. The Tsukiji Fish Market is part of the Tokyo Central Wholesale Market, which handles almost 3,000 tons per day of fish and other marine food sources. The Tsukiji Fish Market handles around 87% of the total volume. There are other branches at Ohta and Adachi.

    Tuna Action

    In the past visitors to the Tsukiji Fish Market could walk around, inspect and even touch the tuna during the tuna action. This practice was a major problem as visitor often disrupted the auction process, caused accidents and damaged the very expensive tuna. Several times over recent years the public has been completely excluded from the tuna action because of these problems, even when restrictions were put in place. Be aware that this policy could be put in place again at short notice.

    As of December 2015, the Tsukiji Fish Market was allowing 60 people to visit the tuna action. Applications have to be in writing and are only available from 5:00am on the day from the Fish Information Center. This restriction means people will often queue prior to this time to ensure they are one of the 60. The actual tuna action occurs between 5:25 and 6:15am.

    Tsukiji Fish Market Move

    The Tsukiji Fish Market is due to relocate to a new site in Toyosu in November 2016.


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    1. Profile photo of ValerieValerie Tsukiji Fish Wholesale Market
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      Tsukiji is supposedly being relocated for the Olympics, but I’m happy to say I visited before any of the mayhem started to unfold. Tsukiji is incredible. I went early in the morning and got some of the freshest, most delicious sushi available. Even if you don’t like sushi, the markets offer great deals on more than just seafood for really fantastic prices. Go to Tsukiji if you have the chance. You won’t regret it.

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