What is the best way to see Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo?

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Sandra Barron

Imagine the crowded intensity of being on the floor of the New York or London Stock Exchange. Now add in knives flying on every side, crates of fish stacked in every direction, and motorized scooters whizzing straight at you whichever corridor you go down. All before dawn. If that sounds like an exciting morning to you, then Tsukiji Market, (or the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market if you’re feeling formal) is a must for your Tokyo itinerary!
I always suggest that friends pencil it in for the first or second day when jet lag may have you wide awake while the market action is fresh and the daily tuna auction is hopping. It’s possible to visit at a more civilized hour - say, 9, 10 or even 11 - but it’s worth keeping in mind that many of the shops around the market are already finished for the day by early afternoon.

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