::SPOT:: Get some freshest seafood in Tokyo – Tsukiji Fish Market (part.1)

When you get into Japan,  you probably already heard about the large wholesale market for seafood, fruit, and vegetable near Ginza in the central Tokyo. But it’s been planned relocation to Toyosu in 2016 Nov.

Today we are going to explore Tsukiji Market (outer market), to have some seafood don and Tamagoyaki (Japanese style omelet) for 100 yen, also I’ll show you around the market and the sunset from the bridge between Tsukiji market and the moon island.

P.s. Tourist can sign up some private tour such as tuna auction tour from 2 a.m. or outer market tour from 8 a.m. (Surcharged) 

Daily schedule in the Tsukiji Market

3:00 a.m. before daybreak, wholesalers lay out the goods in preparation for the start of the auction.
5:30 a.m. the tuna auction starts.
7:00 a.m. the goods sold at auction are immediately taken away by the middlemen
8:00 a.m. retailers load the goods which they have bought at auction or from middlemen into their trucks and carry them back to their own shops in town
8:00 and 10:00 a.m. so many people come and go around the market that it becomes awfully crowded.
11:00 a.m. middlemen begin to tidy up their shops. Closing time is drawing near.
1:00 p.m. at the peak of activity in the metropolis, the market has a short quiet time of rest while it is cleaned out.

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A few more general rules for visiting Tsukiji Market

Since Tsukiji Market is a site where serious business is conducted, it is important for visitors not to interfere with the action by adhering to the following additional rules:
Do not obstruct traffic!
Do not enter areas restricted to authorized personnel!
Do not bring large bags or suitcases into the market!
Do not enter the market in high heeled shoes or sandals!
Do not bring small children or pets!
Do not smoke in the market!
Do not touch anything!

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The outer market is just across the street.

Some wooden case for carry marine products.

“The market is the busiest between 5:30 and 8:00 a.m. and the activity declines significantly afterward. Many shops start to close around 11:00 a.m. and the market closes for cleaning around 1:00 p.m.”

There is some shop sell Tamagoyaki (Japanese style omelet). It tastes almost the same as the omelet we usually have but the flavor is sweeter.

Here is the link of “How to make a Tamagoyaki

Tamagoyaki (Japanese Rolled Omelette)

Author: Namiko Chen
Serves: Serves 2
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. cooking oil (vegetable or canola)
  • 1½ sheet nori (optional)
  • 1″ (2.5 cm) green part of daikon radish (it’s sweeter than white part)
  • Soy sauce
What you will need:
  • Tamagoyaki frying pan (or an around 9″ or 10″ non-stick frying pan)
  • Long cooking chopsticks
  • Bamboo mat

Here is the FULL RECIPE


Because I was there in the afternoon, most of the stores are closed already; therefore, I just walk into this restaurant randomly. Then I find out this is a famous Japanese chain store while writing this article. There are 13 shops in Tsukiji Market, also you can find this brand in Ginza, Asakusa, Karuizawa and Kyoto.

築地虎杖魚河岸千両 tsukijiitadori uogashi senryo

I ordered the number 4 “極丼”, and it was so fresh so good!!!


Tsukiji Market

Address : 5-2 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Web : www.tsukiji-market.or.jp (for calendar)

Subway : Hibiya line(gray) to Tsukiji, exit 1



Outer Market: varies by shop, typically 5:00 to 14:00
Wholesale Area: open to visitors after 9:00am
Tuna Auction: open to visitors from 5:25am to 6:15am (restricted to 120 visitors/day)


Sundays, national holidays and some Wednesdays. 
(Check the official website for calendar)
The tuna auction gets closed to tourists for a few weeks over New Year (usually from early December to mid-January; December 1, 2015 to January 17, 2016) to ensure a smooth and accident-free course of business during that busy time of the year.



Around(Restaurant recommended)

  • 1. Sushi Dai
    Tsukiji Market Part 6 Bldg. 5-2-1 Tsukiji-shijo, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan;81-(0)3547-6797
  • 2. Daiwa-Zushi
    Tsukiji Market Part 6 Bldg. 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan; 81-(0)3547-6807
  • 3. Sushizanmai
    4-11-9 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, Japan; 81-(0)3-3541-1117






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