18 Tokyo Reminders to Visit the Old Tsukiji Market
“is there still anything over there to eat?”
“yeah there is! tons of things…”
Tsukiji Market 築地市場 tl;dr
- Home of the Tuna Fish Auctions
- The Busiest Fish Market in the World
- Treasure Trove of Tasty Seafood Delicacies
Tsukiji Market, typically one of the many things on most people’s list of Things to Do in Tokyo during their visit has moved as of early October 2018. And with any such moves, things change for better or for worse. Some shops have moved, some have stayed and others have closed down. Here are some memories of Tsukiji before their short move to their new South East location.
The Old Inner Market Map
Here’s an old Tsukiji tourist guide map of the Inner Market. I hear the future of this site is still up for contention. Will it be become a parking lot for a future Winter Olympics? Will they transform it into something more food oriented? We will all see when it happens.
The Early Bird Get the Worm
Early morning hours when the real work gets done between vendors and buyers.
The Inner Market Facility
By the time the sun comes up, most, if not all of the the action packed large scale fish mongering is done and over with.
The Outer Market and Namiyoke Inari Jinja Temple
Here’s a temple that has been here since the before and will still be here afterward the move. The rest of the Outer Market is a foodie neighborhood of everything the sea has to offer.
So many perfectly grilled shrimp!
Who doesn’t love tamago? They come in so many choices, some with fill and most without.
And then there’s a couple of these hard shelled many legged red things…
And some crab legs and more shrimp!
Did I mention that there are crabs?
The People of Tsukiji Market
Vendors will always be the draw for most people with their cooking talent!
And Then There’s Shellfish
Look at that clam!
It’s Not All Seafood
There’s also other foods to be had like these sweet mochi like bites.
There’s Still More Seafood
And there’s also other kinds of seafood like oysters and sea urchin.
There’s more shellfish than you can possibly eat. But it’ll be fun trying!
Tried and True Tsukiji Market Restaurants
If you want to step into the comfort only a roof and 4 walls can provide, the restaurants are also solid food choices, and some food destinations in their own right.
Wash It All Down
Nothing goes better with seafood than a cold beer. There’s plenty of vending machines to help you out during your feeding frenzy.
No Place Like Home
One day we’ll head back to see what it’s all like. Hopefully it will be just as busy and bursting with life as we last saw it. I’m sure the new Toyosu Market will be worth visiting but with all the street food and more importantly street culture more than likely staying put, I’ll always make it a point to stop by for a bite or 5.
And so should you.
- 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0045, Japan
- 〒104-0045 東京都中央区築地５丁目２−1
- +81 3-3542-1111
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Where do you like to go for breakfast in Tokyo?!?!?