Tsukiji Fish Market could be on the top 3 Must See list of all the travel guides to Tokyo. And I say it really worths a visit.
Tsukiji Fish Market is probably the most clean market I have ever been to in Asia, it’s not like any other traditional markets for normal customers, but a wholesale fish market for restaurants around Tokyo, and there are also some fantastic restaurants inside the market. Restaurants can find their seafood here while tourists get the best seafood meals from the restaurants, there’s not just seafood but also so much delicacies out there, tamagoyaki(Japanese Omelette), Donburi, Curry pork chop rice, make sure you come with an empty stomach, and pig out on the food you like.
Before stepping into Tsukiji, there’s something need to be noted, and we’ve put together step-by-step guide to planning your visit to Tsukiji.
– Check the market calendar. Tsukiji is closed for 3~4 days a month, check the official calendar at Tsukiji’s official page, make sure it’s open so you won’t visit in vain. (the date with a red dot means it’s closed).
– Decide if you want to see the tuna auction. Most travel guide recommends to visit the tuna auction, but if you really want to check out the auction, you have to get up quite early, or you need to spend a night nearby the market, because trains in Tokyo is not 24hrs served. And there’s entry limit for 120 people in total. Then you have to wait until 5:25am or 5:50am for admission into the auction. Above seems so troublesome to be in the tuna auction, so make sure if it’s worth your time for waking up so early, many of the visitors come to Tsukiji without visiting the auction still have great fun of it.
– Be hungry when you visit Tsukiji Fish Market. There are so many delicious food in Tsukiji Fish Market, some could be of the best restaurants in Tokyo, fresh sushi and Donburi (Japanese rice bowl dish) are worth trying, I have wrote another post about the food you must try in Tsukiji Fish Market. Just remember: Visit with empty stomach.
– Visit the Namiyoke Inari shrine. A tiny shrine to the right of Tsukiji Fish Market where you will see locals pray to statues of food (Tuna, shrimp, eggs) with gratitude.
– Visit the inner market, then the outer market. You will find you lining in an endless line if you really don’t want to miss the best part-sushi in Tsukiji, and those wonderful restaurants are in the inner market(section 6), make sure you buy some Tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) before you go for the line, so that you won’t be starved for more than 2 hours. Most of the shops in the outer market open after 8:00am, so line up first for restaurant you choose in inner market, then visit the outer market later.
If you’ve been to the market and have some insight, I would love to hear!
How to Get There
Tsukiji Market is just a five minute walk from Tsukiji Station on the Hibiya Subway Line and a 15-minute walk from Shimbashi.
The entrance of the wholesale market of fish delivering in inner market.
It’s 6:30 in the morning, people are busy delivering daily fresh to the shops.
Not much visitors in early morning, wholesale have already taken everything back to the restaurants.
Only few locals come for vegetables and seasonings, most of the visitors are foreigners.
They sell vegetables grow in Tokyo suburb.
Shops for cooking facility.
One of my favorite part of Tsukiji, restaurants, I really like the way they decorate the wooden door, with the Japanese curtain, very exotic.
Tourists waiting in line for delicious sushi, and I was the lucky one to wait only for 2 hours under the sun.
One of the restaurant where I enjoyed a unforgettable sushi meal, the sushi were awesome and the Chef was very friendly.
Fresh set of sushi.
There’s a three minutes walk from the inner market to the shrine, once you enter the torii（entrance to the shrine), all the bustling pedestrians and market motorized cart were left outside, it’s like stepping into an atmosphere of respect, an area which is sacred and inviolable.
The male lion.
Statues of food.
People pray for statue of egg.