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Inside the world's biggest fish market, where a single tuna can sell for millions of dollars

Business Insider Logo By Harrison Jacobs of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 24:  Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market is sometimes called the "Wall Street of fish." Everyday, fishermen, wholesalers, and the owners of Japan's top sushi restaurants gather to buy and sell more than $21 million of the freshest fish in the world. In recent decades, the market has unexpectedly become one of Japan's top tourists attractions. Thousands come to try to get a glimpse of the market's world-famous tuna auction, where a single tuna once sold for $1.76 million. But time is running out to see the market. In October, the market  will move from its original location in central Tokyo to a new $5.42 billion site east with improved refrigeration, earthquake resistance, and sanitation facilities. We took a walk through before dawn - when it's off-limits to tourists - to see what the Tsukiji Market is like in action.

Tokyo's Tsukiji Fish Market is sometimes called the "Wall Street of fish."

Every day, fishers, wholesalers, and the owners of Japan's top sushi restaurants gather to buy and sell more than $21 million of the freshest fish in the world.

In recent decades, the market has unexpectedly become one of Japan's top tourists attractions. Thousands come to try to get a glimpse of the market's world-famous tuna auction, where a single tuna once sold for $1.76 million.

But time is running out to see the market. In October, the market will move from its original location in central Tokyo to a new $5.42 billion site east with improved refrigeration, earthquake resistance, and sanitation facilities.

We took a walk through before dawn -- when it's off-limits to tourists -- to see what the Tsukiji Market is like in action. Click ahead to see inside.

© REUTERS/Toru Hanai

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