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Changes Made To “Visitor’s Rules” At Tsujiki Market Tokyo

“Visitor’s Rules” for Tuna Auction Observation Area.

(Photo ©Tokyo Metropolitan Government All rights reserved.)

One month ago today (26 July 2011), one of Tokyo’s busiest attractions, Tsujiki Market, reopened the Tuna Auction Observation Area, which had been closed due to the massive Earthquake that  struck East Japan in March. If you are planning on taking a trip to the market during your visit to the capital, then please be aware of the changes to “Visitor’s Rules” which are included in the Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market Guide as follows:

In conjunction with the recent boom in the popularity of Tsukiji the number of tourists, including foreign visitors, paying a visit to the market is increasing. Experiencing the vibra Tsukiji market presents a great opportunity for learning about the functions of the central wholesale market and the current Perishables distribution system, but both the wholesaling and reselling areas are busy places during the early morning hours.

Various problems have arisen in association with the increased number of tourists (including sanitation management problems such as temperature control issues caused by the entry and exit of large numbers of unauthorized persons, and problems with visitors impeding the auction and other trading activities), especially at the early morning auction held in the tuna wholesale area. For these reasons, tourists are not allowed to enter the wholesaling areas which are especially crowded. But visitors can watch the auction only in the designated area in the Tuna Auction Area from 5:00 am to 6:15 am. In the auction area, please defend posted notes and follow the directions from guards not to disturb the market activity.

Tsukiji outer market (Photo ©Tokyo Metropolitan Government All rights reserved.)

Since the market is very busy with trucks, forklifts, and small vehicles moving about, guests are asked to be especially careful and vigilant when they visit. Public guided-tours of Tsukiji Market are only available for groups of students (elementary school, junior and senior high school) and reservations may be made from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. There are no public tours for other visitors or in other time periods.

If you visit the market we ask that you observe the above stated rules. Your cooperation and understanding regarding this matter are greatly appreciated.

Visitors’ Rules for the Tuna Auction Observation at the Tsukiji Market

1)  Number of Visitors

Up to 120 visitors per day (On a first-come, first-served basis. No reservation in advance.)

2)  Visitors Registration

  •  Registration Place: 1st Floor of “The Fish Information Center” (By the Kachidoki Bridge entrance).
  • Registration Time: From 5:00AM.

3)  Tour Times

Visitors are divided up into two groups of 60 according to their order of arrival.

  • First group visits the tuna auction area from 5:25AM to 5:50AM.
  • Second group visits the area from 5:50AM to 6:15AM.

Guidance for visiting the auction observation area at Tsukiji Market

Special thanks to Tokyo Metropolitan Government

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