Horizontal cut of a tuna tail in display on a tuna auction at the Tokyo Tsukiji fish market.
Tokyo, Chūō ward.
What is it
Tsukiji Market is a large wholesale market for marine products, fruits and vegetables.
The shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu invited fishermen from Osaka to supply fresh seafood to the Edo castle. The fishermen established a fish market near the Nihonbashi bridge and sold the remaining fish (after supplying to Edo castle). Later, this market was shifted to Tsukiji, from where it got its present name. After the great kanto earthquake in 1923 when it was devastated by fire, Tokyo city combined the combined the three markets of Tsukiji, Kanda and Koto to form the present Tsukiji market.
When to visit
All year round.
However, Tsukiji market is not always open. Therefore, check the market calendar before you visit.
104-0045, 4 Chome-16-2 Tsukiji, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to
Best hours to visit is 4 a.m in the morning up to mid-day.
How to go
- Toei Oedo line（都営大江戸線）: E18: Get down at the Tsukiji（築地） station. Tsukiji market is a 1-minute walk from here.
- Tokyo Metro Hibiya line（東京メトロ日比谷線）: H10: Get down at the Tsukiji（築地） station. Tsukiji market is a 1-minute walk from here.
- Toei Asakusa line（都営浅草線）: H09: Get down at the Higashi Ginza（東銀座） station. Tuskiji market is a 3-minute walk from here.
What to do
Watch the famous tuna auction early in the morning, watch the many types of marine food on display, have some fresh sushi and other food and even have lunch.
- Tsukiji market handles over 2000 tonnes of marine products per day.
- Tsukiji market is the biggest fish market in the world.
- Annual turnover of Tsukiji market is around 7 billion dollars
- Tsukiji market is 500 years old.