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Tsukiji Fish Market 東京都中央卸売市場 築地市場

Formerly scheduled to move to Toyosu this November, 2016, the world’s largest wholesale fish market is set to remain at Tsukiji for another two years, which is great news for tourists who want to catch the tuna auction at the wholesale section. Only 120 visitors a day can visit the early morning auction which starts at 5am. But even if you aren’t an early riser, Tsukiji market can be enjoyed with a walk around the outer market which consists of many food stalls selling seafood rice bowls, ramen and other local delights. And outside the wholesale market there are rows of sushi shops, seafood bowl shops, yakitori, fried foods and other eateries meant to cater to the workers at the fish market, but now also catering to hordes of tourists.

With so many tourists flocking to the market, and an increasing number of shops selling souvenirs such as T-shirts and trinkets for tourists, it is easy to forget that this is actually a place of work crucial to the provision of fresh fish, fruits and vegetables to a majority of restaurants in Tokyo and the whole of Japan.

The specialty shops selling knives for various purposes as well as other cutlery and seasonings from bonito to tea leaves are a reminder that this is a place where the professionals come to shop as well. And of course, the many trucks and scooters zipping around the market. The area may not be suitable to visit with young children and pets, and be sure to check the website for dates that the market is closed other than Sundays.

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Not worth waiting hours in line, then another couple hours inside a packed room without A/C along with other tourists. Wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. Do bring snacks to munch on.

Super busy, major crowd especially it is a Major fish market operating during the morning time. There is ALOT of delicious food to try. It is a very snacking walk through the market. Here I would suggest carry cash with you especially if your going to buy food. Most things are cheap with the quality food your getting. It is a very large market that would take a nice chunk of your morning and noon eating your way through. Most vendors are nice they would give you samples and they are not cheap with the samples. If you don't like crowds this might not be a place to be but if your traveling with a couple of friends you can send them off to get some food for you. Most are food vendors, some are dried goods and there are a few souvenir shops.

when I went there, the inner market was closed and decided to just find the outer market. some of the stores were closed and some are happily entertaining the tourists.

tip: fall in line where the stall are crowded sure it will be delicious!

I tried the tamagoyaki it was sweet and yummy! for only 100 yen, you can get a stick of egg! also tried the grilled scallops and they were fresh! for only 300 yen you can get 4 pcs. (I ate the first one in the stick because it was about to fall and you don't want a waste food right?). Didn't get a chance to eat sushi donburi beacuse all the open stores have long lines and some are closed.

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