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Experience the energy and excitement of early morning at Tokyo's premier Tuna Auction at the Tsukiji fish market in this tour with a private guide! The tour starts from early morning around 1:00 am.
- Experience the energy and excitement of early morning at Tokyo's premier Tuna Auction at the Tsukiji fish market.
- Queue up starting from 1:00 am to be one of 120 people permitted daily to access the highly-sought Tuna Auction.
- Gain insight into the history and wholesale activities at Tsukiji Market from your professional tour guide.
- Enjoy a fresh sushi breakfast at a recommended sushi restaurant in the Tsukiji area, at your request.
Train station near Tsukiji Market, or if you book the pick-up add-on, any hotel inside Tokyo's Yamanote Line, or within 10 minutes of any station on the line.
※ Please note that flash photography and alcohol are both strictly prohibited at the auction, and anyone indulging in these may be ejected without warning
※ In the very rare case that you cannot watch the Tuna Auction because of the limited number of visitors admitted every day, you will receive a partial refund of $50 USD as the rest of the tour will still take place.
※ What to Expect During the Morning of the Tuna Auction:
- Visitors are recommended to arrive at the Tsukiji Fish Market at around 1:00 am for the Tuna Auction Registration process.
- Only 120 visitors will be permitted access to the auction arena.
- The 120 visitors will then be split into 2 groups to view the auction separately (keeping numbers of spectators and distractions to a minimum).
- Please understand that other visitors will also be taking photographs, so we appreciate your patience and understanding when taking photos at the tuna auction.
- Expected waiting time is around 2 hours in a waiting room.
- Duration of the auction itself is 30 - 45 minutes.
※ Please do not bring strollers or luggage to the market, as the passageways are very narrow.
What you need to bring
- Casual clothing and comfortable shoes are strongly recommended. Please note that sandals are not allowed inside the market.
- A light jacket is recommended as the auction room is chilly.
- 廣東話 (Fluent)
- 普通话 (Fluent)
- 日本語 (Fluent)
- English (Fluent)
We're so glad that we could see the auction before Tsukiji's closing. Tetsuya was so knowledgeable and gentle. He knew everything about Tsukiji. It was a bit hard to wait for a long time, but we could see the auction from the very best place thanks to him.
This activity is a MUST while you're in Tokyo.
So much fun, and very interesting
It was well worth waking up so early for this tour! Tsukamoto-San was so knowledgeable about the history of the auction and the auction process. Having everything explained throughout the experience made it much more enjoyable.
Tsukamoto-San was very also very entertaining, and kept us laughing throughout the tour. Thank you for a great morning!
The visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market and the private tour of the tuna auction was a great experience! Our guide was Tetsuya-san -- such a nice, generous and knowledgeable man. We really respected his entire approach. He was in fantastic humor the entire of waiting for the auction to open; explained so many details to us; gave us a tour of the produce market afterward -- and all this in the pouring rain. He is a good man, and this is a great experience for anyone truly interested in food in general and Japanese culture in particular. Thank you!
Long wait, well worth it!
We had a great time with our guide Tetsuya Tsukamoto at the Tsukiji Market and the Tuna Auction. Meeting time was really early at 2:30am but this ensured we were amongst 120 lucky participants. The auction was a whirldwind 20 minutes but awesome to witness. Don't miss it!
Sushi aficionado's dream come true
With Katsuhiko, we had an amazing insider's experience to the Tsukiji fish market and tuna auction. He led us around and gave us a private tour of the fish market before it opened to the general public. As a sushi aficionado, it was a dream come true to see our favorite sashimi as fresh as could be: live and still flipping. Amazing. Our tour guide Katsuhiko was knowledgeable and very nice. Highly recommend!
Tsukiji Tuna Auction Tour - an experience of a lifetime!
In February 2016 I had the opportunity to stop over in Tokyo on the way back from the bone marrow transplant tandem meetings in Honolulu. Checked out the internet as to what I could do and found this great tour of the Tsukiji Tuna Auction on the VOYAGIN website. Had no doubt that this is what I wanted to do and wasn't disappointed. Reached Tokyo at 6 in the evening, settled in the Keio Plaza hotel in Shinjuku and set several alarms to get up at 2am the next morning!. Hiroshi my guide was there promptly at 3am and we set off by taxi to the Tsukiji fish market a short distance away. It was quite cold about 2 degrees but I had come prepared with warm clothing. Hiroshi is such a wonderful gentleman with a very pleasant personality and made me feel at home from the time I met him. Only a limited number of tourists are allowed to see the auction every day and we waited in a waiting room till about 5:30am before the first group was allowed in for the auction. This was the moment of truth! Hiroshi guided me to one of the best vantage points to watch the auction and I was really in awe. Took loads of pictures with my Nikon D5100. There were huge tuna everywhere and potential buyers inspecting the quality of the fish. Then the auction .... beyond imagination. Had goose bumps!! Following this we toured the fish market where wholesalers and later the general public come to buy the best of the day's catch. If the auction was great, this was equally exciting. Got to see all kinds of fresh sea creatures destined for the best restaurants in Tokyo...crabs, shellfish of various sizes and shapes, octopus, squid, live eels in tubs, miniature turtles the size of your palm, puffer fish in tanks.. the list goes on. Also got to see the huge tuna being sliced and sectioned for sale. After we went to one of the small restaurants in the fish market area where I had the best sushi ever!! It was then time to go and we maneuvered through the maze of miniature streets within the market out to the main road where we hailed a taxi to get back to the hotel and bid goodbye to Hiroshi. Great trip, thanks to Voyagin. One of the things I liked about the tour is the highly professional way in which it was organized. Back at work in Oman now and showing all the pics to my family and colleagues!
Tsujiki Tuna Auctions tour guide Yumiko
The tour was fantastic Yumiko was lovely and gave us insight into the history of the area and the market itself. I wouldn't do the market tour without Yumiko !!
One of the most memorable activities of our trip. Wayne, our tour guide, was very friendly, patient, and an excellent tour guide. Through Wayne, we learned about the organization of Tsukiji, the auctions and marketplace, the various shrines, and select shops in the inner and outer market. We also requested to have a fresh sushi breakfast and were not disappointed! Truly glad that we went on this experience. Highly recommended!
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