Anyone who has travelled to Tokyo, Japan would have either seen or heard about the Tsukiji Fish Market
It is one of the largest wholesale fish and seafood markets in the world as it manages more than 2,000 tonnes of marine products every day!
In this market, you can find loads of restaurants, retailers and supply stores that never fail to attract both local and international visitors.
One of the most attractive parts about this fish market is the tuna auction
that takes places almost every morning. But this unique auction is not open to everyone.
The number of visitors or spectators, to be exact, is limited to only 120 people per day. This is due to the market's age old infrastructure that cannot accommodate any more than that.
After all, the market has been operating since 1935.
Tourists who are interested to witness the auction would have to apply for a special pass, which starts as early as 5am, sometimes even earlier.
Of course, it functions on a first-come, first serve basis, so you'll have to be there much earlier to get a spot. Otherwise, you would have to leave Japan with one less experience.
Now, having said all that, we've got some bad news.
According to an AFP
report, Tsukiji Fish Market will officially stop letting tourists in to watch the auctions
from September onwards.
This is a step to prepare the market before its big move coming up on 11 October.
Yup, in case you haven't heard, Tsukiji Fish Market is moving
After more than eight decades, the market will be moving away from its current location in Tokyo and eastward to Toyosu.
The final tourist access to the tuna auction will happen on 15 September, and the viewing of wholesale markets for marine products and vegetables will end on 29 September.
Tsukiji market will then close on 6 October and experience a complete makeover with a new home.
"In Toyosu, too, we plan to open a deck for visitors, and also there will be a special aisle for viewers where tourists will be able to watch the tuna auction through a glass wall," a spokeswoman from the Tokyo metropolitan government said.
The existing Tsukiji location will turn into a transport hub in light of the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
So, guys, you know what to do -- you have less than three weeks to plan a short trip to Tokyo and see the old fish market for the last time!