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Tokyo boasts the largest fish market in the world, “Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market”

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On the Toei Oedo Line, go to theTsukiji Market Station. Take exit 2A. It is a 2-minute walk to the Tokyo Metropolitan Central wholesale Market (commonly known as the Tsukiji market)(築地場内市場). Here fish and vegetables from across the country and overseas are brought to be sold. It is sometimes referred to as “Tokyo’s kitchen.” Goods start being sold by auction at 5:00 a.m.. Bidding can only be done by professionals who come representing wholesale commercial stores. At 7:00 the market is opened to all commercial shops, and then at 9:00 it is open to the general public. The area around the market is known as “fish shop alley.” It is more tourist oriented. There are more than 149 restaurants and shops where you can and enjoy a fresh breakfast or lunch.
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This seafood is worth it, even if you have to wait in line!

The Tokyo Metropolitan Central wholesale market (Tsukiji market), is known as a truly fresh fish shop. “Yamato Sushi” and “Sushi Dai” in building 6 are so popular that people start lining up at 5 am. Other popular spots include: “Ohedo seafood bowl.” It is located in building 8 Also in building 8 is the famous “Bowl Edo.” They are famous for serving large portions that extend beyond the bowl. There is only one Tempura restaurant in the market “Tenfusa.” You can print coupons from the home page for “Tsukiji area gourmet” and redeem them for a free “seasonal side dish.”

Enjoy a tour of the tuna wholesale lots and auction.

The market offers a popular tour of the tuna wholesale lots and auction house. Advance registration is not required! Registration starts at 5:00a.m. at the Osakana Fukyu Center. The tour only allows 120 people, so it is likely that a line will start at about 4:00a.m.. The tour lasts for approximately 25 minutes. You will get a chance to see all the fish that will be sold and witness firsthand the exciting auction process. Incidentally, flash photography and the wearing of high-heeled shoes is prohibited in the auction house.

Have fun buying cookware and other souvenirs!

There are lots of things other than just fish to buy as souvenirs at the market. Cooking utensils and other kitchen hardware used by professionals are popular souvenir items. There is also dry processed foods and condiments for professional use. That means that a lot of restaurants shop here. The Tokyo Metropolitan Central wholesale market (Tsukiji market) closes at 1 p.m., so make your shopping plans accordingly!