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14. Tsukiji Fish Market|
The Tsukiji Market (officially the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market), located in central Tokyo, is the world’s biggest wholesale fish and seafood market.
So, it’s not surprising that tourists from Japan and abroad continue to try and get there before the break of dawn to catch all of the early morning auction action, which peaks between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m.
The Tsukiji market is said to process 2,000 tons of seafood a day, that comes in from all over the world. It opened in 1935, after the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 destroyed its predecessor, the Nihonbashi fish market.
Although there are hundreds of products on show, from seaweed to whale meat, one of the most spectacular sights is the daily tuna auction, where the giant fish are laid out on floor for inspection by expert bidders.
However, since the March 11 earthquake, visitors have been prohibited from attending, so check before you go.