Tsukiji Market

Fish Market and Food & Drink Shop
Tsukiji, Tokyo
228 Tips and reviews
  • tuna auction
  • sushi
  • fish
  • breakfast food
  • sashimi
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  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornAugust 6, 2015
    The main attraction is the sushi restaurants, there are two alleys. Make sure to get there early or you will wait on some seriously long lines for the famous places. Walk to Ginza after.
    Upvoted Jul 22
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroJune 23, 2013
    Tsukiji is a MUST. Top five places I visited in Asia. Sushi for breakfast at dawn, watch the auction and your jaw drop because you will be consuming the freshest fish you've ever had in your life.
  • Matt T.
    World famous fish market with lots of sushi bars & shops on one side. Pretty much all of them will serve you better sushi than you'll get anywhere in the world. Lots of knife & ceramics shops also.
  • Teresa
    TeresaSeptember 8, 2015
    The wait at Daiwa sushi was only around 40 mins (little compared to next door). Our chef was very personable and adorable, and the chef's special was absolutely delicious!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousMarch 19, 2015
    Early morning is prime time to taste the fish fresh off the boat, plane, or train. There are sushi counters that are considered not just the market's top spots but among the best in all of Tokyo. Read more
  • Cynthia L.
    Cynthia LinOctober 27, 2015
    Woke up at 3am to cab it to the market by 3:30am. The entrance by the bridge. Plenty of staff will direct you to the info center. We walked in with about 90 people already with vests. They let 120 in.
  • Zach W.
    Zach WJanuary 10
    Getting here early is worth it. Tons of great food places to grab a meal in the morning. Tuna action is just something you need to experience once. Fresh sushi/tuna for breakfast, nuff said.
  • Cam C.
    Cam CornishMarch 18, 2013
    Ate at Daiwa Sushi, you should too. Best sushi I've ever had. The restaurant is a sushi bar with maybe ten seats. The sushi chef reaches over the bar to put fresh sushi on your plate. Worth the wait.
    Upvoted Jul 22
  • Betony K.
    Betony KellyMarch 14, 2015
    Don't worry if you're not hardcore enough to make the tuna auction at 5am. The wholesale market is still fascinating. Just be respectful and don't get in the way!
  • moodwood
    moodwoodSeptember 22, 2014
    make sure to arrive at 4:00am if you want to be in one of the groups allowed to visit the tuna auction. the regular fish market opens to tourists around 9:00am 🐳
  • Chua Y.
    Chua YingDecember 16, 2015
    this is he one & only pace in the world for the best seafood for Japanese cuisine; Hanare from Malaysia has their own staff here to handpick the freshest seafood n produce to the flown in
  • Victoria G.
    Victoria GonzalezMarch 2, 2015
    If you don't care about the fish auction, you can sleep in and go get yourself some delicious sushi for breakfast once the crowd has lessen around 10am
  • Jeanette Y.
    Jeanette YuenApril 4, 2015
    If you want to check out the tuna auction, you need to be at the market well before 4AM otherwise the slots fill up. You can explore the outer market early but can't get into the fish market til 9AM.
  • Ailie C.
    You have to decide if you want to be first in line to see the Tuna Auction or eat at Sushi Dai. We chose auction and got there at 2:30am and were 60/120 ppl. After auction, Sushi Dai line was SO long!
    Upvoted Jul 8
  • Michael C.
    Michael CampanellaAugust 10, 2014
    Wake up early and catch the tuna auction, explore the market, and they stay for breakfast. Rice, with fresh tuna and sea urchin. Heaven!
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 5, 2015
    The live tuna auctions begin at 5 a.m., where chefs fight for the most tasty fish based on the color and firmness of its flesh. Don’t leave without eating an authentic sushi breakfast. Read more
  • Elif
    ElifAugust 23, 2015
    Amazing experience but in weekends gets so crowded that u can't even move! Prefer weekdays for a tranquil visit. Go very very hungry, here sushi prices may be the cheapest in Tokyo!
  • Jessie L.
    Jessie LeeMarch 26, 2015
    You can not come to Japan and not visit the local fish market! The fish auction starts before sun rise. Some shops cuts the tuna in front of the shops before noon. It's good to walk around before noon
  • Paul J.
    Paul JueckstockSeptember 5, 2015
    The freshest fish & sushi/sashimi anywhere. So delicious. Get there early and stroll through the outside market. The wholesale / inside market is open to tourists after 9am.
    Upvoted Jul 22
  • naveen
    naveenJune 21, 2011
    you only get once chance to see the tuna catches early in the morning (and to get kicked out promptly by security), but it's an experience you just have to add to your life to-do list
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureFebruary 21, 2014
    Locals form long lines to sample market-fresh fish at Sushi Dai, but there are plenty of other options. Enjoy sashimi at Nakaya, oyako donburi at Torito, or croissants at Orimine Bakers.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • ZhiWei L.
    ZhiWei LimNovember 14, 2015
    Just a normal fish market i guess if you do not go for the auction. Can drop by if you are in tokyo as they will shift to new place in end 2016 for redevelopment. It is a valuable 60acres prime land!
    Upvoted Jul 22
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayNovember 25, 2013
    The craziest Japanese experience I've ever encountered. They do not give two sh!ts about you here, in a good way of course. Watch out for moving carts and explore various species of fresh fish!
    Upvoted Jul 8
  • Chutima N.
    Chutima NakwarinOctober 5, 2012
    If you want to visit fresh market and see how people work, open for public and self tour at 9 am, very clean there, no flies. Fresh fish is cheaper inside compare to the store before the market
  • Jenkin A.
    Jenkin A.December 9, 2015
    People say get there at 530. My local friend took me at 7 and it was still great. Don't feel pressured to go early, or if you missed your alarm clock, still go!
  • goop
    goopJuly 30, 2014
    The whole ocean is here at Tsukiji fish market. This is where the best sushi-ya’s in town come to auction for the highest-quality cuts of fish each morning. Read more
  • Cas
    CasJune 19
    Great selection of fish and other amazing dishes. Very crowded and touristic. Market will be gone in 2017, so visit asap!
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BaerFebruary 11, 2015
    Prepare to wake up early and wait a bit! Sells out very quickly and only 120 spaces available. Also, the auction for group 1 is on the right side, stay there to ensure a good view!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 24, 2010
    Two counters at this enormous, crowded market stand out above the rest: Sushi-Dai and Daiwa Sushi. This is the freshest sushi you will ever try, and the immense variety will impress you too.
  • Alex D.
    Alex DamashekApril 5, 2014
    Buy a shucking knife at the outdoor market and then use it to shuck fresh wild oysters from the indoor fish market. The knife vendors are toward the back of the outdoor market.
  • George J.
    George JosephJune 16, 2013
    Get here well before 4:30am to see the tuna auctions. Note: Trains don't run at this time + they only take a limited amount of people so getting here earlier is better. Once in a lifetime experience!
    Upvoted Jul 8
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonJuly 29, 2015
    This is one of the largest fish markets in the world, famous for its tuna auction. Morning visitors will see the market in its prime, vibrant with buyers.
    Upvoted Jul 11
  • Jon S.
    Jon SteinbackNovember 23, 2011
    Go at the crack of dawn (like a bit before 5.30am) any day for the tuna auction, get a bowl of tuna sashimi at a stall, and then go take a nap at the hamarikyu botanical gardens nearby.
    Upvoted Jul 8
  • Matt T.
    To catch the action at the fish market you'll have to get up REALLY early. Around 3-4am. There are massive tuna auctions, but it can be pretty hard to get in.
  • tutiana
    tutianaAugust 20, 2015
    I don't know how ppl can eat sushi at 9am but there's queues outside several outlets. Can buy green tea, pottery and other food items here too.
  • Simple Discoveries
    Wake up really early (or don't sleep) if you want to hit the Tuna Auction as only 120 spots available. A 3am arrival got us there just in time!
  • Thierry M.
    Thierry MoreauFebruary 8, 2013
    Get at the information desk around 4am if you want to be allowed in and see the auctions. Only 120 visitors per day. Be reassured, you will wait inside a building, not outside in the cold (or heat!).
  • Fraser M.
    Fraser McIntoshNovember 19, 2015
    To be in the first group of the day to witness the Tuna auction you need to be here at 03:30. The tour doesn't begin until 5.20 though so come prepared for a long wait
  • Cailin L.
    Contrary to common belief that you have to come here real early for sushi, there are many restaurants that operate for the dinner crowd. Sleep in if you are only interested in the sushi.
  • Trish F.
    Trish FApril 2
    If you love food and are going to Tsujiji contact Yukari at Food Sake Tokyo to arrange a tour - delightful and interesting with lots of recommendations. Foodsaketokyo.com
  • DHR.com
    DHR.comSeptember 21, 2011
    Waking up early is worth it for this wholesale fish market. Have a sushi breakfast, or if you’re not buying anything, just watch the activities unfold. Take the Hibiya Line, then Exit 1 in Tsukiji.
  • Cezary P.
    Cezary PietrzakApril 8, 2013
    Only the first 120 people are allowed to see the tuna auction each morning. Head to the Fish Information Center at the Kachidoki Bridge BEFORE 4am to get a spot, else you'll be crying.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SciberrasNovember 7, 2015
    Arrive for 8am to look around the 'outer market' with lots of stalls. At 9am they let tourists into the 'inner market' where the wholesale of fish goes on - it is much more interesting in this part.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn ChengApril 18, 2014
    Tuna Auction: By 3:30 we were already in group two. Cabs will not know to drop you. Make sure you lead them to the blue dot. Took us 30 minutes to find the entrance.
  • Olivia F.
    Olivia FungNovember 30, 2015
    Got there about 5am. Snuck in to witness the auction (didn't line up to be part of the 120 ppl) and the wholesale markets which didn't open until 9am to the public. First train out is about 4:40am
  • Jai O.
    Jai OthmanJune 16, 2015
    Come here early to see fresh and live seafood.. Sometimes the have a Tuna Auction.. Very interesting.
    Upvoted Jul 22
  • Eli H.
    Eli HorneMay 31, 2013
    No matter how early people tell you to get here, arrive earlier. They only allow two groups of people. Afterwards, have some of the best sushi of your life.
  • Sabrina Goh S.
    Iconic must go for pictures and your tastebuds. Be sure to check out opening hours and days as they do close sometimes.
  • Amir E.
    Amir EskafyanDecember 8, 2015
    Well worth waking up early to go. If you want to see the auction you must arrive by 4:45 but just to eat arrive somewhere around 6-7.
  • Kseniya P.
    Kseniya PraksinaFebruary 21, 2015
    If you're after beat sushi in town, make sure you come early early morning if you're not ready to wait for your breakfast for a couple of hours
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