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.