Tokyo Chuo Oroshiuri Ichiba, commonly referred to as Tsukiji market 築地市場, is the largest wholesale market in the world of any kind. The market handles more than 400 different types of seafood. Overall, more than 700,000 metric tons of seafood are handled every year at the three seafood markets in Tokyo. Tsukiji alone handles over 2000 metric tons of seafood per day, generating 65,000 jobs. Tsukiji market, has two parts: the inner market Jonai Ichiba, and the outer market, Jogai Ichiba. The ourter market, consists of small shops and stalls that serves the needs of the restaurant trade. Stores selling tableware and kitchen gadgets, knives, pickles, dry goods, specialty fruits, herbs and vegetables. Scattered among these outer market shops are dozens of small places to eat. My favorite is Segawa, that serves simple but especially good maguro don (tuna over rice).
tsukiji info and tips
to get there:
Tsukijishijo Station of the Toei Oedo Line
Tsukji Station of the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
trains begin service after 5 am
hours of operation:
restaurant hours in both markets runs from 5:30 until noon.
outer market opens from about 6 am to +/- 3 pm
tsukiji is closed the second and fourth wednesday of each month, sundays and holidaysmost busy between 5:30 to 8:00 am
inner market shops starts closing about 11:00 am
DO NOT touch the fish or any raw food.
no flash photography
don't wear open toes shoes. the fish market is WET.
good to KNOW:
most places are CASH ONLY. unless you have a japanese atm card, it's not so convenient to get cash with an international atm card.
beware of the automated forklifts and carts that whiz by at EXTREME high speed. stay out of the way.
careful where you stand. don't block the small alleys. be respectful of the people who work there.
eat breakfast at the market.
not a place for small children or baby strollers.
amazing fish baskets
cheap omiyage (souvenir) for friends
eat what the locals eat at the market.
visit the guardians of tsukiji namiyoke inari shrine