Destinations Asia

Tokyo’s landmark Tsukiji fish market gets ready to move

Excerpt from British Airways High Life

Jun 13, 2013 9:21 am

Skift Take

Tsukiji was an unlikely tourist attraction — wet, smelly, and best at 4am — but it provided a sense of unique place in Tokyo that appealed to visitors.

— Jason Clampet

Evolving Strategies in Travel Ad Tech and Bookings

laszlo-photo  / Flickr

Inspecting the fresh tuna catch at Tsukiji Fish Market. laszlo-photo / Flickr


I have come to say a final goodbye to my favourite place on earth: Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market. This is not merely the world’s largest fish market — it is the greatest food-themed attraction, selling everything from sea urchin’s gonads to bluefin tuna (one of which recently sold for a record £1.2m).

After years of prevarication, the whole shebang is relocating from its current location to a larger site on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. Tsukiji will close either towards the end of next year or 2015. This, then, is likely my last chance to see it. I spend hours wandering the narrow alleyways, and watch men scythe their way with precision through fish flesh with metre-long maguro-bocho blades.

Read the Complete Story →

Tags: ,

Next Up

More on Skift

Behind the Economics of Travel Metasearch
Interview: Qunar’s CEO on Building China’s Largest Travel Booking Site From Scratch
How Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ Is Spawning Amazing Travel Videos From Around the Globe
Top 3 Destination ‘Must Haves’ for Chinese Travelers

We're the Moneyball of the Travel Industry

We know what's coming next in travel. Subscribe to the newsletter and get all the goodness in your inbox daily.