This is my third trip to Tokyo and I finally made a visit to the famous Tsukiji Market, the world's largest fish market. The market was established in 1935 and over 80 years has grown to process over 2,000 tons of marine products per day.
The market consists of two sections - inner market where most of the wholesale business and the famous tuna auction takes place and the outer market whose retail shops and restaurants cater to the public.
The inner market consists of hundreds of small stands in a large, crowded hall, where buyers and sellers hurry along in long, narrow aisles in electric carts and hand trucks. It is chaotic and hazardous with vendors dodging camera toting tourists. It is quite an amazing scene. After 9 a.m., the general public is allowed to enter the inner market.
The outer market, about two full city blocks in size, consists of small retail shops and restaurants. There are no restrictions for tourists to visit this area.
The life of the old market is coming to an end. In 2016, the Tsukiji Market will close and relocated to a brand new facility on Odaiba Island.
Peter, Kris and I ventured down to the market and after immersing ourselves in the total experience, regrouped for a late breakfast of fresh sashimi.
To view the album of the market, click on "Tsukiji Fish Market" below the photo:
|From Tsukiji Fish Market|