Tsukiji Fish Market – Tokyo’s Best Seafood Market That Everyone Should Visit

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When you think of Japan, you think of fresh seafood. And when you think of a fresh seafood market in Tokyo, Tsukiji Fish Market would definitely come to mind.

Prior to 2018, Tsukiji Fish Market was recognised as the largest wholesale seafood market in the world. Come 2018, the wholesale businesses in Tsukiji Fish Market (aka the Tsukiji Inner Market) moved to Toyosu Market but the retail shops continued operating at the Tsukiji Outer Market. Here, you’d still be able to find all sorts of fresh seafood, produce and even dried goods.

So if you’re planning a trip to Tokyo soon and have yet to experience what Tsukiji Fish Market has to offer, read on to find out why a visit to Tsukiji Fish Market would be worth your time.


Tsukiji Fish Market’s Move Delayed – Or It Might Not Relocate At All

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The world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market was previously scheduled to cease operations on 02 November 2016 and shift to a new home in Toyosu on 07 November 2016. However, Tsukiji Fish Market’s proposed relocating plan has come to a halt due to concerns over environmental issues and construction costs.

Japan’s newly elected Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s decision to postpone the move was beyond necessary. The 400,000-square-meter wide new venue used to be a gas plant, and reported traces of soil contamination have raised alarm bells.The uncertainty of Tsukiji Fish Market’s future location has led to plenty of repercussions, especially for the fish merchants.


Tsukiji Fish Market Is Closing on 02 Nov 2016 And Moving To A New Home


Tsukiji Fish Market – one of the world’s largest and oldest wholesale seafood market – needs no elaborate introduction. The iconic destination is where Japan’s fish traders gather to barter for the best fishes and where avid global foodies congregate to savour the freshest sashimi.

However, Tsukiji Fish Market’s current venue at Chuo Ward, Tokyo, will have to shift to a new location on 07 Nov 2016 to make way for the 2020 Olympic Games.

If you want to visit the market at its original venue, we suggest you start making your travel plans now before it ceases operations on 02 Nov 2016.