|Above, vendor stalls in the Tsukiji Fish Market. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
One of the places in Tokyo I always wanted to visit was the Tsukiji Fish Market.
I finally visited the market in December 2010 in the early hours of the morning. At the time, the market was actually closed to visitors due to it being the busiest time of the year. I didn't know this as I entered the fish market from a side or back entrance.
I managed to wander around the fish market with no difficulty. It was only when I exited the market from the main entrance I was informed that it was closed to visitors by the gate guard.
But, to make your visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market an incident-free one, Tokyo Cheapo has posted an article on ten things you need to know before visiting.
They begin with:
The Tsukiji Fish Market appears in literally every guide book about Tokyo and on most people’s tour itineraries, plus entrance is free! It isn’t just the largest wholesale fish market in Tokyo and Japan, it’s numero uno for the entire planet. It also has a kick-ass Tuna Auction before the sun rises most mornings. The Tsukiji Fish Market is destined to relocate (despite considerable opposition) to a larger and slightly more inconvenient location in Toyosu – a move that has been set for November 7, 2016. However, until then, there is a giant fish market and live tuna auction just begging to be seen.To see more, go here.