Our must-see destination in Japan. If you’re taking a trip to Tokyo, don’t miss this. Tsukiji Fish Market, where huge tunas are sliced by samurai swords, and all of the different varieties of seafood to see and taste will make your head spin. It’s dark, damp, and wet. You will love every second of it.
But it’s moving soon.
After 80 years of business at the same location, it will be moving to Toyosu to get out of the way for the 2020 Olympics. So get there before it moves in November of this year. Unless you want to see the new, shiny, climate controlled place that won’t ever be the same.
It’s open 6 days a week, closed on Sundays and a few Wednesdays throughout the year. The famous tuna auction requires you to be there before 5:00 am and only allows 120 people to enter each day. If you miss that, don’t worry, it’s still a great place to explore. Walk around the outside market, eat some fresh sushi for breakfast. Check out the little shops and stands, there are tons of cool things to see and snacks to try.
At 9:00 the big warehouse in the back is opened up for tourists, and this is where the real fun begins. People whiz by on forklifts as you try and stay out of their way. Walk down aisle after aisle of styrofoam boxes filled with all sorts of different creatures from the ocean. A lot of the seafood is actually so fresh it’s still alive, but most is frozen and shipped from all over the world. There are even free samples to be had. Make sure you don’t leave before you get a chance to walk around here. We almost did because we thought the outside market was all there was. It’s not.
How to get to Tsukiji Fish Market
The market is located in Central Tokyo and is not difficult to find. Get to one of the train stations I’ve listed below and check a map or ask someone before leaving the station to point you in the right direction.
- 8 minute walk from Toei Asakusa Line Higashi Ginza Station
- 5 minute walk from Hibiya Subway Line Tsukiji Station
A few tips for you:
- Don’t wear sandals or your best sneakers, it’s pretty wet with who knows what
- Stay out of the way as best you can
- Don’t touch anything
- Make sure you eat some sushi outside before you go!
This was one of the most memorable things we did while in Tokyo. To see what we were up to on this trip, check out 4 Days in Tokyo. What is your can’t miss destination in Tokyo? Will you visit Tsukiji before it closes? Let us know in the comments below!