Tsukiji Market to Offer Final Tuna Auction Tour on Sat.

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Tokyo, Sept. 14 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo's Tsukiji food market will offer a final tour of its tuna auction site on Saturday, ahead of the market's closure next month.

The iconic market in Chuo Ward is a popular tourist destination, particularly among people from abroad, because visitors are given an opportunity to take a close-up look at tuna auctions.

Subscriptions to Friday's tour of the wholesale area for frozen tuna reached the capacity of 120 as early as 2 a.m. (5 p.m. Thursday GMT), according to Tokyo metropolitan government officials.

Friday's tour was open to the media.

The auction started around 6 a.m. Tour participants were divided into two groups before entering the auction area, where 253 frozen tunas were lined up for sale. Taking photos, the visitors watched the auction enthusiastically.

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