Tsukiji Fish Market is a bustling wholesale market located in the heart of Tokyo. It also happens to be one of the city’s top tourist spots. And if you are wondering why a fish market would even attract hordes of tourists year-round, you need to see and experience it first-hand to understand. Here are some of the top things to do when visiting Tsukiji Shijō or Tsukiji Market.
Visit while it is there
Tokyo’s world-famous fish market is set to move sometime soon. So you might want to visit its current location before it moves to another location. This is a great way to experience the unique character of the old Tsukiji and its surroundings. But before you head out to visit, make sure to check the market calendar to see if it is open on the day and time you plan to go.
See the tuna auction in action
The tuna action is one of Tsukiji Fish Market’s biggest attractions. But there are only limited slots available per day. So if you want to see it on your visit, make sure that you register early at the Osakana Fukyu Center or the Fish Information Center to get a slot. Some tourists have been known to line up as early as 3:00AM or 4:00AM to get a coveted spot. Registration is free.
Explore the outer market
Tsukiji Shijō features an inner market and an outer market. If you start your visit with a tuna auction viewing and want to see more of the market, you head out to the outer market. You can explore the many attractions outside while waiting for the time until the inner or wholesale area opens to the public. You can use the time to survey the shops and restaurants at the outer market or enjoy a delicious sushi breakfast while you wait.
Visit the wholesale area
The inner market is a beehive of activity teeming with buyers, sellers, and tourists among many others. Make sure that you pay attention to the flow of foot traffic around you to avoid accidents or inadvertently blocking other people’s way. While inside, you can take photos or watch buyers and sellers in action.
Eat and eat some more
Tsukiji Fish Market is a foodie paradise. It is not only a great place to eat some of the freshest sushi and sashimi in Tokyo but also an excellent spot to eat a wide array of delectable food. There are many sushi restaurants as well as food stalls where you can take your pick of mouthwatering treats. Some of the best places for food you may want to check out include Daisada for some rolled omelette, Onigiri-ya Marutoyo for delicious onigiri with your choice of seafood-based filling, Saito Fisheries for fresh and raw oysters, Sanoki-ya for the fish-shaped sweet called taiyaki, Tsukiji Eel Eatery for an eel rice bowl, and many more.