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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tsukiji Seafood Market

築地市場

Tsukiji Fish Market (aka the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market) is the largest marine products market in the world. Japan consumes around 17% of the globe's marine products and a large proportion of that passes through the gates of Tsukiji.




Overall over 700,000 tons of marine products from around 400 species are handled annually at Tsukiji by seven major fish wholesalers.

There has been a fish market in Tokyo since the city's earliest beginnings under Tokugawa Ieyasu in the early 17th century. Tsukiji in its present location dates from 1923 when Tokyo's main fish market was located here after the Great Kanto Earthquake.

Now a major tourist attraction, Tsukiji is open Monday-Saturday (with some weekday closures). Check the official site for the calendar. There are a number of excellent sushi restaurtants to sample fresh seafood around the market.

Access

Tsukiji (English website)
Chuo-ku
Tsukiji 5-2-1
Tel: (03) 3542 1111

Tsukiji Station, Hibiya Line, exit 1, Google Map; Higashi Ginza Station, Hibiya and Asakusa Lines, exit 5; and Tsukiji-ichiba Station, Oedo Line, exit A1.

Tsukiji will move to a new location in Toyosu, a couple of km south east of the market's current location from the end of March 2016.

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