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Published on 03.31.2016
One of the sights in Tokyo that should not be missed would be the Tsukiji Fish Market, which literally translated would mean "Reclaimed Land Market". The Tsukiji Fish Market carries the distinction of being one of the largest as well as most famous wholesale seafood markets in the world.
There are 4 main sections of the Tsukiji Fish Market that ought to occupy at least half of your day, and you will also have to ensure that you retire early the night before if you want to catch the famous tuna auction. It would be best to arrive at the Kachidoki gate by 3am in order to be part of the tuna auction tour for the day. Only 2 groups of 60 people each are allowed based on a first come, first served basis, and you would do well to check the Tsukiji Fish Market calendar beforehand to see if the auction is available on that particular date. Take note that while photography and filming of the auction are allowed, you are strictly forbidden from using your flash. Your smartphone should also be set to silent mode or turned off, as those distractions will disrupt the auction proceedings, and you can be ejected from the tour group if you infringe on those rules. Bringing a jacket is recommended as it can get quite cold at the tuna auction due to the lowered temperature in order to preserve the freshness of the tuna on display. Also, keep a keen eye out for the tour guide in order not to get separated from your group as it is a maze in there.
Catch yourself a fresh sushi breakfast at Uogashi Yokocho for your next stop, as the menu varies daily, depending on what is available from the market. Once you have charged up your belly, it is time to explore the wholesale market that is a hive of bustling activity from 9am onward. The wholesale market will offer you a potpourri of sights and smells, but do be aware of what goes on around you since carts and trucks will be wheeling about.
Complete the Tsukiji Fish Market experience by grabbing lunch at the outer market, not to mention purchasing souvenirs such as kitchenware and other kinds of fish related goods for family and friends back home.
You would do well to pay a visit there soon, as the Tsukiji Fish Market has been earmarked for a redevelopment project in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, although the November 2016 relocation deadline has been postponed for the moment.
Getting to Tsukiji Fish Market:
Get off at the Tsukijishijō Station on the Toei Ōedo Line and Tsukiji Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line. However, if you would like to attend the tuna auction, you can always take a cab and have them drop you off.
Alternatively, you can always spend a few hours napping at a nearby manga cafe, which ought to be far cheaper than catching a cab ride there as cab fares are notoriously expensive in Tokyo.