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Time to meet:

3AM.

Meeting place:

The intersection of Tsukiji Yon (4)-chome, in front of a convenience store Lawson (The 2nd floor is a family restaurant Jonathan's).
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map of the meeting place
address and phone number of Jonathan's restaurant:
Tsukiji 4-8-4, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
03-5565-6744

http://goo.gl/maps/Kmk6d

How to get to the meeting place:

Taxis are almost the only transportation at the time of the tour. Tell the taxi driver "Tsukiji Yon (4)-chome." A good taxi driver would take you to the intersection with only that.
See the image of the meeting place above. The 1st floor of the bright building is the "convenience store Lawson." The 2nd floor is a "family restaurant Jonathan's." They are good landmarks. 'Convenience stores' and 'family restaurants' are already Japanese terms.

--Word of caution: These days, the taxi drivers drop our clients at the wrong spot. They stop at the reception spot beside the Kachidoki-bashi Bridge Gate for a Tokyo Metropolitan Government tuna auction observation. Most foreign tourists go there, so when the taxi drivers hear the word, "Tsukiji," they almost automatically take the tourists there. There is no use any more to say, "Tsukiji Yon (4)-chome," because the taxi drivers are already in a brain freeze.
To avoid this to happen, I suggest you to tell the taxi driver the land mark, "family restaurant Jonathan's" at first, then say "Tsukiji Yon (4)-chome."

Description of the tour (This is a very rough description. The courses and timings would change very often depending on the conditions at the Market):

3:00 Meet at meeting place
3:10 Walk around jogai-shijo (outer market)
3:15 Visit Namiyoke Shrine
3:20 - 3:40 Pass by the preparation stages of three different tuna auctions (Please note that stopping to watch or to take photos is impossible here.  We can only literally, by-pass)
3:50 Take a look at the grand view of the entire market from a roof top of a tall building.
3:50 am to 4:10 Stroll around the middlemen store area.
4:20 Walk the fuzokusho (annexed merchants') area.
4:30 Walk through the vegetables and fruits site.
4:40 Walk the former railway platform where fresh fish are displayed.
4:50 Watch the living fish site.
5:05 Hopefully, watch a uni (sea urchin roe) auction.
5:15 Disband at fuzokusho area.

After around about 4:40, you have some options.
You could attend theTMG tuna auction observation, which takes place after my tour at 5:25 and 5:45, if space is still available.
You could remain at the middlemen store area after my tour and watch giant tuna delivered to the middlemen's store carved right after the auction around 5:40. If you are an Asian that look like Japanese and not dressed clearly like a tourist, I strongly suggest you to do this. If you are white or black for example, a security guard might come up to tell you to leave because you are a tourist. In this case, if you wish to do so, you could have a very ample and convincing argument that you are only "shopping" and that you don't have to leave. I have to admit that this situation is rather discriminating, but it's the reality here.

Tour fee:

7500 yen per person. Please pay in cash.

Notice:

Warning. Professional photographers can't participate on our tour, please.
Snap shots are okay, but moving around freely and taking shots is impossible (We get the risk to be thrown out). I regret to say that professional photographers disturbs the workers and the business. They concentrate on their shots, stand still at the same place, lack caution to the traffic, etc.

What you can see at the TMG tuna auction observation (pdf)


New Tsukiji Tour calendar (Tours available on blue dates):


2013 (Date colors) Gray: Market openings
Blue: Tour dates
Lined out: Space not available
Red: Public holidays
Yellow: Holidays only for markets
Green: Market openings on holidays
January
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 (30) 31
Vegetable section closed on 30th
February
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 (20) 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28
 
Vegetable section closed on 20th
March
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2
3 4 5 (6) 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31
Vegetable section closed on 6th
April
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 -4- 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30
 
May
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
 
June
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30
July
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
August
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
September
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30
October
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31
November
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
December
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 (30) 31
No tours in December
Vegetable section closed on 30th

2014 (Date colors) Gray: Market openings
Blue: Tour dates
Lined out: Space not available
Red: Public holidays
Yellow: Holidays only for markets
Green: Market openings on holidays
January
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31
February
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28
March
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1
2 3 4 (5) 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31
Vegetable section closed on 5th
April
SUN MON TUE WED THI FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 (16) 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30
Vegetable section closed on 16th
May
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Tour available on 6th
June
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30

How to make a reservation on our tour:

Choose when you have a tour from the dates in blue in the calender above.

Send an email to 'BZQ23303@nifty.ne.jp'-Naoto Nakamura-to book your tour.
Send the email at least 3 days before your tour. We don't accept last-moment reservations.

We are filtering email domains such as .com and .net because of spam mails.
By using the key word, "Tsukiji" in your email title, you could get through the filtering.
If your email is still blocked, please leave a message on our board.

(How to use the board: Click the icon. At the window that appears, put the title at the first box, your name at the second box, your message at the fifth box, the number you read from the certain image at the eighth box and finally submit by clicking the button at the bottom with the mark).

Thank you!

. Tsukiji Market page

Photos from recent tours:
June 5, 2012

June 28, 2012


Nathalie Pierre-san took our tour on July 4, 2013. The followings are some lucky shots she took.


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Contents of
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Contents
Prologue
1. The Black Cod under the Elevated Railway
2. Dalian
3. Who Am I?
4. Tsukiji Market Tour
5. Yukon King
6. Italian Uni
7. Russian Factory Ship
8. Petty Fish Processor
9. Philippine Lobsters
10. The Barge at the Kuskokwin River
11. Free Jazz at the Fish Market
12. The Island of Newfoundland
13. Sukiyabashi-Jiro
Afterword
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