Tsukiji Outer Market

Find the freshest ingredients in Japan’s famous kitchen

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This is the world’s largest fish market. There are many stores where you can purchase fish, fruit and vegetables, groceries, and kitchen utensils. There are also restaurants where you can eat a variety of seafood from the market.
Business Hours
Weekdays ( 9:0 AM ~ 6:0 AM )

Differs depending on the facility [close] Varies on the shop (3 days in the middle of August are closed due to the O-Bon holidays)
Tsukiji Outer Market , Tokyo, Chuo Tsukiji 4−10−16
(03) 3541-9466

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A market buzzing with activity and presence

Tsukiji Market is the world’s largest when it comes to the amounts transacted in seafood. As a fish market, it has the greatest activity not just in Japan but anywhere on the planet. Unlike the Inner Market where the professionals come and go, the Outer Market is open to everyone. In this Outer Market, approximately 400 establishments, including restaurants, are crowded in here selling seafood of course, but also fruits, vegetables, groceries and other products. Along with the large scale of the market, there is no doubt that the richness in the variety of seafood is also remarkable. You will also be drawn by its retro atmosphere. In front of the market is Namiyoke Shrine which has protected Tsukiji from ancient times.

The Outer Market where you can sample the high quality and taste of Japanese food

When it comes to the fresh fish used for Japanese dishes, there is sushi. Enjoy the performance of a giant tuna being cut up at sushi bars such as Tsukiji Sushi Ichiban and Tsukiji Sushi Sen. While chatting with salt-of-the-earth sushi chefs at the counter, you can sample some of that fresh sushi. And for those who are not into seafood, meals with items such as coffee, bread and ramen are also served. At Tomisui, you can even try the unique dish of deep-fried whale. Furthermore, along with food, there is also a wide variety of kitchen utensils, so just from walking and observing the area, you can get a good idea about Japanese food culture. The Japanese knives which are extremely popular with overseas tourists are certainly of such quality that the pros of Tsukiji Market also use them. If you buy a knife at Azuma Minamoto-no-Masahisa, the staff will be more than happy to carve your name into your purchase for you for free.

Check out the yellow balloons for events At Tsukiji Outer Market, you can sometimes catch the sight of yellow balloons. These are signs that there are events going on at participating stores in Tsukiji Market. You can check this out through posters inside the market, so please take part in them.

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The fish market is a three minute walk from Tsukiji Station. Leaving the station take Exit 2, walk straight, then cross the main road. Continue straight, before crossing a second road. The Tsukiji Outer Market will be on your left hand side.

From Shinjuku Station to Tsukiji Station:
Take the Marunouchi Line to Ginza Station, then take the Hibiya Line to Tsukiji Station (19 minutes, ¥200)From Tokyo Station to Tsukiji Station:
Take the Yamanote Line to Yurakucho Station, walk three minutes to Hibiya Station then take the Hibiya Line to Tsukiji Station (12 minutes, ¥310)


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3 years ago
Loved trying all the seafood and seeing how it was prepared!
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4 years ago
Busy, vitality and of course seafood!!
Come to the busiest fish market in the world. You can have a very early wake-up call and join the tuna bidding at 5am. Or tour the Tsukiji outer market, enjoy the fun of eating, shopping and bargaining! If you plan to visit inner market, look out for speedy buggies zipping past, they will not get out of your way!
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6 years ago
Fins Can Only Get Batter
Outside the train station, the outer market is crowded with mostly tourists. It is fair to say that along the small streets lining the market, I am literally packed like a sardine. There are many small food stores selling fish caught fresh this morning, and the smell of fish is pleasant and anything but overpowering. The freshness of the food here can really be noted. Buckets of huge tuna sit soaked in blood and ice. Live crabs try to escape their fate by crawling from weighing scales, and the hustle and bustle of the market is present at every turn. I wander the outer market and into what looks like a giant warehouse. This is the wholesale section of the market, and the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. People carrying huge white polystyrene boxes of frozen fish cruise past on electric bikes. Tuna that costs more than a house is on sale and on display. People are rushing. Market traders are yelling. It is all a bit overwhelming. I wander the entire length of the wholesale market; which takes about twenty minutes at a hurried pace. At the other side of the market, there is a nice shrine. Here I pay ¥ 200 and receive my fortune. It says something about fish.
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