Besides being the largest wholesale fish market in the world, Tsukiji Market also prides itself on its unique free live tuna auctions and fresh fish.

Each day (check the official website for open days as it varies), the fish market allows 2 groups of 60 people into the live auction, once at 5.25AM and another at 5.50AM. To be part of this limited live show, you need to apply at the Fish Market Info Centre (Osakana Fukyu Centre) at 5AM. Spots for this tuna auction are highly demanded and highly limited so I would say get there much earlier.

Yes, the wholesale market has a strong fishy smell but that is where the experience is at. This is where fresh seafood are sold wholesale and it is definitely eye-opening the types of fish you see that you don’t usually at your local supermarket!

Wholesale Market Area

As much of a tourist attraction as this fish market has become, it is important to keep in mind that this is still a place where locals conduct strict business.Β Try to dodge the oncoming trucks and carts as paths are very narrow and crowded. And wear shoes you wouldn’t mind getting wet and dirty! Some parts of the ground can be covered in ice, guts, blood so be mindful.

Outer Market Area

This is where the restaurants are along the narrow streets where you can indulge freely in all the fresh seafoods and also where locals come to do their weekly grocery shopping!

I tried to narrow the photos down but each of them speak such volumes andΒ I just didn’t know how.

Overall it is a local attraction not to miss. If you are from anywhere in the world but Japan, this is where you truly feel as if you have stepped into a whole other country that is Japan.



  1. I’m glad that you could visit the fish market before moving. It will be quite interesting to see how they move to Toyosu during November 3-6 2016. About 400 stores remain in Tsukiji, 1000 stores going to move to a new place!

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    1. Me too! Oh no they’re splitting up? I wonder how they have decided which stores to move and stay. I was looking forward to going back to Japan and experiencing the market all over again. One of my favourite places in Japan.

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  2. Holycow, I love your photos! I am hooked on your posts – such visual eye candy! πŸ™‚ New to this blogging world . . . looking at a lot of blogs and content right now to shape mine . . . yours stands out! Do you have an Instagram account too? Looking forward to more from you:)

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    1. Thank you so much! Not for the blog so unfortunately no, thinking about it though! Looking forward to your many posts! And you have an awesome blog yourself πŸ™‚ – Faye


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