Tsukiji Fish Market, the kitchen of Tokyo
Tsukiji Fish Market, located in the Chuo Ward of Tokyo, is the municipally-run wholesale market. The market deals with 1,799 tons or 1.5 billion yen of seafood a day, making it one of the biggest markets in the world and in Japan. Greater than 285,000 square meters in area, the Tsukiji Fish Market is famous for its seafood, but it also deas with fresh produce as well as cooking utensils, knives, tableware and anything related to food. Just looking around the market is a delightful experience. The market is popular not only among Japanese, but foreign visitors so some shops prepare menus written in foreign languages. The general information center, Puratto-Tsukiji, provides maps of the area and offers guidance to foreign visitors in English. Tsukiji Fish Market is separated into two main areas: the inner market (Jonai Shijo) and the outer market (Jogai Shijo). The inner market is the wholesale market for professionals. The outer market has recently opened its doors to visitors.
Enjoy eating at Tsukiji Fish Market
A number of well-known restaurants line along the market streets, so many visitors come to enjoy fresh cuisine. As most shops in the market are closed in the afternoon, wake up early in the morning to have a delicious breakfast. The most popular food in the market are sushi, kaisen-don (a bowl of rice with fresh seafood) and other dishes using fresh seafood. However, even if you do not eat raw fish or seafood, there are many other dishes you can enjoy. Restaurants often provide set meals with grilled or boiled-and-seasoned fish. Some restaurants have Chinese noodles and gyu-don (a bowl of rice topped with beef and vegetables) on the menu. There is a specialty restaurant featuring poultry dishes. You can enjoy food without entering into any restaurants. Shops in the market sell a variety of food outside the shop: raw oysters, grilled-and salted prawns, cutlet sandwiches, rice balls, and grilled beef skewers (gyu-kushi). The market even has shops specializing in Japanese omlelets.
Tsukiji Fish Market is easily accessible from any place in Tokyo. The closest railway stations are Tsukiji-shijo Station on the Oedo line of the Toei Subway and Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya line of the Tokyo Metro. By bus, take a bus bound for Toyomi Suisan Futo or Harumi Futo from Tokyo Station or a bus bound for Narihira-bashi from Shinbashi Station and get off at Tsukiji-3-chome bus stop. It is possible to get on a bus bound for Tsukiji Chuo Shijo at Shinbashi Station and get off at Tsukiji Chou Shijo bus stop. If you go by car, you can use the Tsukiji-Gawa-Daiichi parking lot for 200 yen per 30 minutes. The the market floor is often wet so you should wear nonslip shoes that you do not care about getting dirty. Most shops in the market are closed on Sundays and set extra holidays so you should check for the open days and holidays on the Tsukiji Fish Market Calendar on the market's website in advance.
Image Gallery: Tsukiji Fish Market
Shops of marine product at the inner market
Tourists are making a queue for breakfast at the restaurant of the outer market
Description: Tsukiji Fish Market
|Sights||Tsukiji Fish Market (築地市場)|
5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 03-3547-7074 / Fax: 03-3542-1376|
|Closed dates||Sunday Irregular closed dates Public holidays Specific dates NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY Summer season|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Tsukiji Fish Market