Tuskiji Fish Market might be the best first place for the travelers to visit in Japan. I mean, where else would a jet-lagged gaijin go to at 5:00am and you’re as awake as the teenage ravers on Sunday morning?
Tourists are free to roam around, but try not to get in a way of these hard working folks.
I have noticed many large tunas were from the U.S. east coast. Yay for gaijin tuna!
Some new rules have been implemented at the Market:
From December 1, 2010 to January 22, 2011, the busiest time of the year at Tsukiji Fish Market, tourists will not be allowed to watch the morning tuna auctions to ensure a smooth and accident free course of business.
New rules for visiting Tsukiji Market are in effect as of May 10, 2010:
- The number of visitors to the tuna auction is restricted to 140 per day.
- Visitors are prohibited from entering the market’s wholesale area before 9am.
If you’re in Tokyo area, catch the 大江戸線 Oedo Line on subway system and get off at the 築地市場 Tsukijishijo Station. As I recall, there were signs to guide you to the Market. Or better yet, just follow your fellow gaijin ravers.
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