Tsukiji is home to the world's largest fish market: Tsukiji Fish Market (Tsukiji Shijo in Japanese). If you're a fan of markets, don't miss this awesome place!
築地市場, Tsukiji Market © othree
Located south of Ginza overlooking Tokyo Bay, Tsukiji Fish Market (Tsukiji Shijo) is one of Tokyo's top sights. It's the world's largest fish market (by far) and one of the world's most interesting markets. Needless to say, the sushi restaurants surrounding the market are the best place to get incredibly fresh sushi. There's not much else to do in the neighborhood, but it's not a bad place to stay because it's relatively close to Tokyo Station and Ginza.
Things to See and Do in Tsukiji
- Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market is one of Tokyo's greatest attractions. Actually, it's one of Japan's greatest attractions! It's easily the world's largest fish market. And if you like markets of any kind, you're gonna love this place. For full details, including details on how to visit the tuna auction and information about the relocation of the market, see my full Tsukiji Fish Market page.
- Namiyoke Inari-jinja Shrine (Shinto shrine)
This small Shinto shrine is located right outside the market on the northeast side. This is where fisherman pray for safety on the seas and vendors pray for good sales. It's worth a quick look.
Places to Eat in Tsukiji
- Eating a sushi breakfast or lunch is great after touring the market. The outer market area is filled with tiny sushi restaurants. Unfortunately, the market is so popular now with tourists that you usually have to wait on line. And, who really wants to put up with these crowds? I much prefer eating in the more relaxing (and often better) sushi places on the other side of Shin-Ohashi-dori (the big street on the north side of the market).
- Edogin (sushi)
This is a fine and relaxing place for a great sushi feast after a market tour.
- Sushisei (sushi)
This is another place away from the madness of the market. I highly recommend it for your post-market meal.
- Sushi Iwa (sushi)
This small, tranquil sushi restaurant located a bit away from the crowds of the market is where I eat when I visit Tsukiji. It's not cheap, but it's excellent. Look for the gray and silver sign over the door (no English on the sign).
- Sushizanmai Bekkan (sushi)
If you insist on eating at the market, this popular spot is a good choice. There's some tiny English writing on the sign. Look for the picture of the guy picking up a fish.
- Uogashi Senryo (sushi)
This is another choice if you want to eat inside the market. The sushi is good and it's usually packed.
Budget Hotels in Tsukiji
- First Cabin Tsukiji
(View on Booking.com or Agoda.com)
Somewhere between a capsule hotel and a budget business hotel, this is the cheapest place to stay in Tsukiji.
Shopping in Tsukiji
- Tsukiji Fish Market Outer Market (cookware and food)
In addition to all the fish, there are lots of stalls in the outer market that sell cooking ware and other food-related items. The prices are very cheap here and the selection is interesting. Have a look after exploring the fish market sections. There's also a small produce area.
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