Tsukiji fish market is a must see. If you need a reason to travel to Tokyo is this it. The workings of this market are truly incredible and leave you in a state of awe, well at least it did for me.
What is the Tsukiji fish market? It is one of the oldest markets working markts. Dating back to 16th century during the Edo period in Japan, fisherman from neighboring areas were given the privilege to fish and provide fresh fish to the Edo castle. As the years continued the demand increased and the market grew as well. This also lead to vegetable markets popping up in the local area.
In 1923 there was an earthquake that caused the markets to be destroyed. Tsukiji fish market was rebuilt with the well known vegetable markets moving to be a bit more independent of Tsukiji. In 2013 a big announcement was made that the fish market would be moving due to the failing infrastructure. This market has grown tremendously over the years and has become a popular travel destination as well. The new Tsukiji fish market is projected to be opening in November 2016.
What makes this market unique is the grandiosity of it, the amount of seafood, the organization of all of its moving parts, and the tuna auction. The seafood at this market is sold to restaurants all over the world, and it brings in the highest quality of seafood you can imagine.