The famed Tsukiji (築地) Market will soon be moved to Toyosu, Koto Ward in October 2018, two years later than their planned schedule. Thanks to the fact that you’ll soon be unable to see Tsukiji in its original form, people visiting the inner market have increased. Tsukiji is famous for their markets and their tuna auctions. Watching the auction is optional, and unless you plan on spending a pretty penny on some tuna, we wouldn’t recommend it. (as of June 2018)
Tsukiji opening hours
Due to the congestion affecting business, the opening hours have been shifted, meaning you may visit from 11am onwards on days when it is operating for viewing. The market is closed on Sundays and Wednesdays. (as of June 2018)
The Tsukiji fish market tuna auction starts at 5 am, we would suggest that you stay at a hotel nearby if you want to be part of the crowd to observe the chaos of the tuna auction. (as of June 2018)
- Spot Name: Tsukiji Fish Market
- Spot Address: Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
- Access: The Tsukiji Station is a short walk away. It should take you less than ten minutes to walk from the station.
Best Food in Tsukiji
Don’t leave Tsukiji before trying the best sushi! However, it can be tough to get into Sushi Dai or Daiwa Sushi due to crowds, but there are many great alternatives you can try when you’re in Tsukiji, alternative restaurants are easy to find but when in doubt, ask a local, they’d be more than happy to recommend a wonderful place for you to dine. (as of June 2018)
You can find the restaurant by the fragrant smell of beef. Follow the smell of food to find this small Japanese restaurant that serves delicious, hot horumon bowls and gyudon (beef bowls). Note that they are only open till lunch hours. (as of June 2018)
- Spot Name: Kitsuneya
- Spot Address: 4-9-12 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Prefecture
- Access: Located in Tsukiji Outer Market, it is 290 meters from Tsukijishijo. Around five minutes of walk from the Tsukiji Station.
Kagura is located on the main street of the outer market, Namiyake-dori. It is a popular mid-range priced sushi restaurant with plenty of seafood to enjoy, and could be said as one of the best Tsukiji has to offer. Meals are priced around 2 thousand to 5 thousand yen. Open from 10am to 9pm. Try the Daimyo-set, which is priced at 2,100yen. (as of June 2018)
- Spot Name: Kagura
- Spot Address: 4-14-13 Tsukiji, 104-0045, Tokyo Prefecture
- Access: A five minute walk from the Subway Hibiya Line Tsukiji Station. Take the first exit from Tsukiji Station.
Edomae Sushi Takewaka Annex
As the name suggests, Takewaka is the place to go for delectable sushi. Try chuu toro, or salted bonito. The bonito filets are seasoned with natural salt and you can eat it with ponzu sauce, a restaurant specialty. (as of June 2018)
- Spot Name: Edomae Sushi Takewaka Bekkan
- Spot Address: 1st floor, Higashi Ginza Plaza Building., 2-14-8 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
- Access: Take the second exit from Tsukiji Station for the shortest travel time. It is facing Tsukiji Hongan-ji.
Tsukiji Kiyomura Sushi Zanmai Main Branch
A place you have surely heard before, Sushi Zanmai is a chain Sushi restaurant in Japan. Do note that Sushi Zanmai in Japan and Sushi Zanmai in Malaysia are completely different! Sushi Zanmai in Tsukiji is one of the cheapest places to eat in Tsukiji, with nigiri sushi starting from 98 yen each. They are also open all day and all night. (as of June 2018)
- Spot Name: Tsukiji Kiyomura Sushi Zanmai Main Branch
- Spot Address: 4-11-9, Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
- Access: 5-minutes walk from the Tsukiji Station. Located at Tsukiji outer market.
Other Interesting Things about Tsukiji Market
Learn about Tsukiji through Tsukiji Wonderland, a documentary about Tsukiji released in 2016.
Tsukiji Masamoto Kitchen Knives
Preparing a meal could be easier with a sharp kitchen knife. Tsukiji Masamoto is one of Japan's premier knife makers. They began producing cutlery more than a hundred years ago. Each knife has a lifetime guarantee and people usually only go back to have their knives sharpened again or have the handles replaced. (as of June 2018)