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OFFBEAT TSUKIJI MARKET GUIDE
by Ken Chan

NEW TSUKIJI TOUR
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

I will attend you
Photo by Omar Jadwat
"I have worked for 12 years in the fish business and know it inside out."

How to get to the meeting place:

Taxis are almost the only transportation at the time of the tour. Lawson and Jonathan's are good landmarks. The words 'convenience stores' and 'family restaurants' are already Japanese terms and the taxis have them in their car navigation systems. Tell the taxi driver "Jonathan's," then "Tsukiji Yon (4)-chome."--Word of caution: You BETTER NOT use the word "Tsukiji" first. Always say "JONATHAN'S" first. Said the opposite, the taxi drivers frequently 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. A lot of tourists go there, so when the word "TSUKIJI" is heard, the taxis almost automatically take the tourists there without thinking further.

Description of the tour (This is a very rough description. The courses and times would change 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.

YOU CANNOT WATCH TUNA AUCTIONS ON MY TOUR

A big concern of some people who plan to take my tour is if they could watch the tuna auctions. I regret to say that they can't. I only take you to watch the preparation stages for the auctions of the three different tuna auction sites. The only ways to watch the tuna auctions these days are by sneak-peeping when the guards aren't looking, or to stand in line for the TMG tuna auction observation and get a space. The TMG's observation and my tour is a choice between the two. You can't take both at the same time.

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

Tour fee:

7500 yen per person. Please pay in cash.

Notice:

Professional photographers can't participate on our tour, please.
Snap shots are okay, but moving around and taking shots freely and too loose isn't nice. It disturbs the workers and the business, and places me at risk not to be able to continue my tour.


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

2014 Gray: Market openings
Red: Holidays
Blue: Tours
Lined out: Occupied
July
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TO PEOPLE CONCERNED IN VISITING THE MARKET IN DEC. 2014

Even for the Japanese, the market is a place of secrecy, but they know by common sense that it's a bad idea to visit in December unless you are professional. But it's also true that nobody could bother you if you had a good reason to be there like shopping, and window shopping is also shopping (If you're with me, they consider you to be clearly a tourist, which is the reason I don't have tours in December).

I suggest you to visit the market around 7 am or later.
You can't see the auctions. But in a way, December might be more interesting than the other months even without seeing the auctions. The crowd and chaos is very exciting to be in. You could walk around the middlemen's stores area (If you were Asian and looked like Japanese, it's easier), but even if you didn't, you would have a very nice time. Walking the jogai shijo (the outer market) or the fuzokusho (the annexed merchants' area), which are absolutely free to walk around would also be exciting.

I wrote a book lately and it introduces you to tour the market on you own safely, although it's not about December. You could find a link to Amazon.com at the top of this page. The title of the book is Offbeat Tsukiji Market Guide, written under my pen name, Ken Chan.

2015 Gray: Market openings
Red: Holidays
Blue: Tours
Lined out: Occupied
January
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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.


Another book by Naoto Nakamura
FREE JAZZ AT THE TSUKIJI FISH MARKET