Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tsukiji Fish Market Reopens Tuna Auction Observation Area

jts-logo.jpg After the temporary closure of the public viewing as response to the 3.11 earthquake, the Tsukiji Fish Market reopened its tuna auction public viewing area to visitors on July 26, 2011.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market (東京都中央卸売市場 Tōkyō-to Chūō Oroshiuri Shijō), commonly known as the Tsukiji Market (築地市場 Tsukiji shijō), is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. The market is located in Tsukiji in central Tokyo, and is a major attraction for foreign visitors.

Some changes were also made to the procedures for visiting the area.

(1) Number of visitors : up to 120 people per day on a first come, first served basis
(2) Tour registration
- Location: Fish Information Center 1F (next to the Kachidoki Gate entrance)
- Registration starts from 5 am
(3) Tour hours: Visitors will be divided into two groups and 60 visitors are taken to the tour each time.
- First tour 5:25-5:50 am
- Second tour 5:50-6:15 am

Visitors can also enter the Uogashi-Yokocho (Fish Market Alley) area with various small grocery shops and sushi restaurants. The business hour for each store varies, but many shops are open around 6 am to 2 pm.

Note: Please visit those market areas after 9 am to avoid commercial rush hours.

For further information, please visit Tokyo Tourism Info or Tsukiji Jogai Shijo (Outer Market).