Toyosu Fish Market Guide: Tuna Auction, Seafood, Shops, and Restaurants
Updated: Apr 3
Planning to visit Toyosu Fish Market soon? Our Toyosu Fish Market Guide will take you through the largest fish market in the world.
Toyosu Market is twice as large as Tsukiji Market with an area of 40.7 hectares. The entire market is composed of three interlinked buildings. Two buildings house seafood for wholesale and the last one for fruits and vegetables.
Toyosu Market has been opened to the public again. If you are planning to come by, here’s everything you need to know about Toyosu Fish Market.
Toyosu Market Location
Toyosu Market is situated in Toyosu, a reclamation island located in Koto Ward, Tokyo. It is a city-run wholesale market which you might have previously known as Tsukiji’s “inner market” where live tuna auctions happen and seafood and fresh produce are sold.
Tsukiji’s “outer market” remains in its original location where you can still find shops and restaurants.
Toyosu Market Opening Hours
Toyosu Market is open from 5:00 am to 3:00 pm. However, most shops open at 7:00 am as well as the information center. The market is closed on Sundays as well as holidays in Japan and often Wednesdays.
Toyosu Market Admission
Toyosu Market is free to enter. You can watch live tuna auctions from dedicated viewing platforms for free as well. However, you still need to get a visitor’s pass to enter the buildings.
How Much Time to Explore Toyosu Market
We highly recommend spending up to 2 hours exploring Toyosu Fish Market. From the tuna auction to the fish market and fruit and vegetable section, you can experience them all in 2 hours.
How to Get to Toyosu Market
Getting to Toyosu Market is very convenient as has its own train station—the Shijomae Station on the Yurikamome line, which is the same line that takes you to Odaiba. Toyosu Market’s buildings are directly linked to Shijomae Station.
What to Expect at Toyosu Market
Toyosu Market is now open for sightseeing as well as the famous tuna auction every morning. While it was fun at Tsukiji Market, Toyosu Market provides visitors and buyers with a cleaner and more organized experience.
Visitors can only access clearly-market areas. Some areas are off-limits.
Before, you could experience the live tuna auction up close and personal. Now, the experience happens behind a huge glass window.
Tourists are prohibited on the market floor. You can only see bits of the market passages and turret trucks from the windows of the intermediate wholesale building.
Despite that, Toyosu Market provides guests with a more orderly experience, having direct access from Shijomae Station and lots of signposts all over the market to make sure tourists are not infringing on anything.
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Toyosu Fish Market Tuna Auction
If you are planning to see a live tuna auction at Toyosu Market, you need to apply for your slot ahead of time. The application time for the following month usually falls in the first week of the month. The application closes when it’s full.
To attend the auction, be there from 5:00 am to 6:00 am. Later than that is already too late and you have nothing to see.
In case you missed out on a slot, you can still watch live tuna auctions from the viewing deck for free.
If you don’t intend to watch the auction, visiting from 8:00 am to 9:00 am is good. This is when most of the market activity happens.
If you want to see a private live tuna-cutting tour, check out Tokyo Localized’s Tuna Cutting Show Tour.
Toyosu Market Restaurants and Shops
There are not as many restaurants and shops at Toyosu Market compared to Tsukiji Market. However, you will still be able to enjoy some sushi and tuna products here.
If you just want to eat at Toyosu Market, you can go there before 2:00 pm. Later than that, you will most likely find nothing.
You cannot buy seafood directly at Toyosu Market other than those in the form of a meal.
On the fourth floor of the intermediate seafood wholesale building, over 100 shops and eateries await you. From sake to sushi to cheese to kitchen utensils, you can get them all here.
The main restaurant area is located on the overpass level of the same building. You will find sushi shops, a café, a tonkatsu shop, and a curry shop here.
One floor down is a bunch of restaurants where you can find shops serving udon, tempura, and the best sushi at the market, Daiwa Sushi.