Watching tuna auctions is one of the most exciting experiences in Tokyo.
Visitors used to be able to watch the exciting morning auction at Tsukiji Fish Market but now you can watch the auction at Toyosu Fish Market since the inner market moved to Toyosu in October 2018.
At Toyosu Fish Market, you can watch the tuna auction from the observatory on the upper floor where glass walls separate the observatory and tuna auction floor below. To be honest, it’s less bustling compared with Tsukiji Fish Market because the glass walls cut the sound and smell of the tuna auction, but on the bright side, you can enjoy the auction more comfortably without any worries to bother the auction or care for fishy smells.
From 15th January 2019, Tokyo Metropolitan government starts a market tour to visit a special observation deck for viewing tuna auctions at Toyosu.
It’s free of charge and only 120 visitors per day are accepted. If you are interested, you can apply for the lottery beforehand!
Option 1: Book a guided tour
Taking a guided tour is the easiest way to get to see the auction. Plus, you will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking guide so that you will be sure to understand what you are seeing. Arrive at the auction site bright and early at 5am, save the spots, and watch the auction going wild. After the tuna auction, complete your morning with a sushi breakfast at a highly recommended restaurant. Once your stomach is full, it’s time to explore the fish market! The guide will also take you to the original fish market in Tsukiji where you can find the bustling street packed with shops and restaurants.
Option 2: Apply for the lottery ticket by yourself
You can apply for the auction tour one month beforehand from the website. It’s a lottery that randomly chooses the visitors, so make sure to apply to win the ticket!
The English website is now closed and only the Japanese website is available at the moment, but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Follow the instructions below to apply for the lottery.
Access to the application page from the link below;
Check the month you are applying for (e.g. 2021年12月 means December 2021).
受付期間 shows the dates that you can apply for the lottery. 結果発表 is when you get a result. Click the blue button ‘申し込み手続きへ’ to start the process.
You can check the lottery result by clicking ‘申込状況照会’ and login with the application number and passwords. When the result is out, you will receive the email which leads you to the result page.
Check the auction’s date. 集合時間 is a meeting time (5:45am), 会場 is an auction place and 座種 is a type of seat (but you can only select a standing seat at the observation deck). Click the blue button at the bottom of the page ‘次へ’
Then it goes to the page saying some notices before you apply. You can use your google translate to translate the whole page but here’s the overview.
- You can only apply once
- You can apply with three desirable dates
- You can apply for a maximum of three people per day
- It’s not on a first-come, first-served basis but chosen randomly
- You can’t cancel or reschedule the date
- You can’t resell or give the ticket to another person
- Please check the result on ‘申込状況照会’ after you receive the email
Tick a box at the button page to agree to the rules above and click the blue button that appeared below to proceed.
Fill out the application form,
- Name (first write in full-width characters in English and next section you will have to write in Katakana, one of the Japanese letters) If you don’t know katakana, you can generate your name in katakana from this site https://www.sljfaq.org/cgi/e2k.cgi
- Date of Birth (YYYY/MM/DD)
- Phone number
- Email address (twice)
- Postal code
- Make a password for a login to see the result
After you filled out your personal information, click the blue button ‘希望公演選択へ’
Choose the date you want to participate in the tuna auction tour and click the blue button ‘座種選択へ’
Tick the button ‘見学者デッキ’ (observation deck) and click the blue button ‘枚数選択へ’
Select the number of tickets and if you want to bring someone, fill out their names (up to 2 other people)
Click the blue button ‘希望内容確認へ’
If you want to add the second desirable date for the tour, click ‘希望追加へ’ to add the dates. If you are ready to go, click the blue button on the bottom of the page ‘申込内容確認へ’ to go to the next section.
Make sure the date and the number of tickets are correct, then enter the number which showed on the screen for the authentication and tick the box to apply.
When you tick the box, the apply button will appear at the bottom. (‘お申込み’)
Note before you go
- Please keep your mask on
- They will check your body temperature before you enter the auction place, and if it’s 37.5℃ and above, you can’t join the auction viewing
- Show your result notification email at the reception and your ID (if you bring someone, registering them beforehand and showing their ID is also required)
- 3 places are designated as the entrance and exit
- Keep your distance, wash your hands, and sanitise before participating in the auction tour
- No drinking and eating is allowed
- No smoking
How to get to Toyosu Fish Market
Get off at the Shijo-mae Station by Yurikamome Line.
If you take a city bus, get off at Shijo-mae Ekimae Bus stop. If you get off at Toyosu Shijo Bus Stop, it doesn’t lead to the auction place.
Recommended Tours in Toyosu Fish Market
On this tour, you can visit Toyosu Market with a professional guide and learn about the culinary culture of Japan. After immersing yourself in the bustling market, join the sushi-making workshop to learn how to make perfect sushi from a professional sushi chef!
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