Adachi Market can be found in the northeast corner of Tokyo, five minutes’ walk from Senju-Ohashi Station on the Keisei Main Line. While relatively unknown, it ranks second only to the Toyosu Market in trade volume among Tokyo fish markets. In hopes of reaching out to local residents, the market started holding Adachi Market Days six years ago.
As a wholesale market it ordinarily serves only professional buyers, but on these special days anybody can visit and shop. Especially popular is the tuna filleting event and subsequent sale of packaged tuna chunks held at Mikami Suisan.
It’s exciting to watch the skilled staff expertly fillet a huge bluefin tuna weighing as much as 90 kilograms before your eyes. The performance starts as soon as a big enough crowd gathers, so it’s a good idea to go early.
Adachi Market Days: Adachi Market, Senju Hashidocho 50, Adachi-ku 120-0038; 9-11 a.m., second Saturday of every odd-numbered month except January, when it is held on the third Saturday; adachi-shijyo.or.jp (Japanese only)
Many events have been canceled or postponed through mid-March due to concerns over COVID-19. Be sure to check with an event’s official website or with the venue itself before heading out.
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