Tsukiji Fish Market: The Complete Guide

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Tsukiji is one of the biggest fish markets in Japan. It is located in central Tokyo, and there are about 400 shops lining the streets selling fresh foods and kitchen utensils. Tsukiji is the best place to learn Japanese culinary culture and the history of Tokyo. In this article, we will tell you about everything you need to know about Tsukiji Fish Market as well as the best suggestions with our complete guide!

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Is the Tsukiji Fish Market still open?  


Some of you might have heard the rumor that the Tsukiji Fish Market is now gone. But actually, only the part known as the ‘inner market’ is now missing. This is where the famous early morning tuna auction used to be held, but it has now moved to Toyosu. The rest of the market including the food, drink, and souvenirs can still be enjoyed in the bustling market in Tsukiji!

Previous Inner Market

Frozen tuna auction old Tsukiji Market

If you want to see the tuna auction, you can see it at Toyosu Market now, although you’ll need to win a lottery to watch the auction at the observation deck.
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The new market in Toyosu is about 10 minutes away by car, and if you use a bus and walk combined, you will reach there in 20 minutes.

Tsukiji Outer Market

tsukiji fish market

The ‘outer market’ of Tsukiji is still intact and you can find about 400 vibrant shops on the streets. The Tsukiji Market still attracts many locals and tourists as well as wholesalers for fresh and seasonal foods every day. It gets quite busy, especially for the New Year’s holidays as it is the best place for preparing all the important ingredients for the New Year’s celebration. 

When is the best time to visit Tsukiji?

Most of the shops and restaurants at Tsukiji Fish Market will open in the early morning and will be closed in the early afternoon. To get the most out of it, the best time to visit Tsukiji is in the morning. Before 9am, the wholesale market Tsukiji Uogashi opens for wholesalers and professionals, so if you want to walk around this wholesale market, we recommend you to visit there after 9am. Due to the fact that there are so many stores, business hours tend to vary from store to store so please check for yourself before visiting the market.

How to get to Tsukiji Fish Market

To get to Tsukiji Fish Market, there are two ways.

  1. Take the Toen Oedo Line and get off at Tsukiji Shijo Station, walk for 1 minute from A1 Exit
  2. Take the Hibiya Line and get off at Tsukiji Station, walk for 1 minute from 1 or 2 Exit

If you take our Tsukiji Fish Market Tour, you can visit the market at the perfect time! The knowledgeable guide will lead you through the rows of stores and show you the best spots in Tsukiji.

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A brief history of Tsukiji

Nihonbashi fish market
Evening Glow at Nihonbashi by Keisai Eisen

The history of Tsukiji Fish Market dates back to the Edo period in Nihonbashi. The fish market emerged when the Tokugawa Shogun invited some fishermen from Osaka in order to offer the seafood to the Shogunate and allowed them to sell what was left at the market. The fish market developed as the town of Edo grew bigger. The turning point of the market is the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 which destroyed the whole market. It moved temporarily to Tsukiji and that’s when Tsukiji Fish Market started.

Things to do in Tsukiji Fish Market

Have a fresh, delicious breakfast at Tsukiji

It is said that breakfast is the most important meal that helps you get ready for the day. Isn’t it a great idea to have some breakfast before you start exploring the market? In order to make the most of your limited time in Tsukiji, you should be an early bird and get to the fish market before it gets crowded with other tourists! Some shops open at 6:00 am or earlier, and they offer a reasonable, amazing Japanese-style breakfast. Here are our recommendations for a delicious breakfast. 


If you want to try some fresh sushi or sushi bowls for breakfast, visit Sushizanmai which is open 24 hours! You can get a satisfying sushi breakfast at a reasonable price. 

Business hours: Open 24 hours 


Opened in 1947, this small standing style restaurant is very popular and there is always a long waiting line. The most popular dish is Horumon-ni, the beef intestines simmered in miso. If you wake up hungry, and you are up to some big breakfast, try this restaurant!

Business hours: 6:30am – 1:30pm 

Yonemoto Coffee

You can find a fair amount of coffee shops in Tsukiji, but Yonemoto Coffee has been loved by locals for over 60 years. It is known as the spot where John Lennon used to visit many times he came to Tokyo. Visit this place if you need some coffee and light meals such as sandwiches to fuel your body at the beginning of the day. 

Business hours: 5:30am – 3:30pm (7:30 – 3:30 Wed / Sun)


Marutoyo is an Onigiri (rice ball) shop in Tsukiji. Their onigiri is big with plenty of fillings! If you only know some onigiri from a convenience store, it will be a pleasant surprise for you.  If you are wondering where to eat, there is an information center nearby with some chairs to sit down on. 

Business hours: 6am – 1pm

Have a read below for some of the best eats at Tsukiji Fish Market you won’t want to miss!

Walk around the market to learn about Japanese culinary culture

After enjoying an early breakfast, taking an easy, relaxing stroll around the market might be a good option to get some exercise. You can enjoy watching the energetic and friendly people working there. They sell a large variety of stuff including fish, seafood, fruit, and other well-selected domestic foodstuffs. The market is full of small shops and restaurants, and it is the perfect place for trying many Japanese foods and learning about Japanese culinary culture.

Check out the wholesale market, Tsukiji Uogashi 

Tsukiji Uogashi

Tsukiji Uogashi is a shopping complex that consists of two buildings where about 60 wholesale and retail shops are located. Walk through the shops selling seafood, meat, fruit, and vegetables on the first floor, and on the third floor is the food court where you can eat not only sushi but noodles, bowls and Japanese-western fusion food, and so on.

Join Tsukiji Food and Drink tours

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It’s fine just to walk around and wander on your own, but the best way to enjoy the whole market is to take a guided tour. You can discover things that only locals know, find some interesting ingredients, and learn the history of the Tsukiji Fish Market. We can assure you that it will be a totally different experience with and without a guide. If you want to explore Tsukiji with a knowledgeable guide, book a tour now! 
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Visit Namiyoke Shrine

Namiyoke Inari Jinja Tsukiji market

Did you know that the Tsukiji area was once under the sea, and reclaimed from Tokyo bay later in the Edo period? Namiyoke Shrine has been visited and respected by many people since its opening. The name of the shine consists of two words: “Nami” means Waves, and “Yoke” means Prevention. Altogether, it means the shrine saved the people who were suffering from the damage and problems caused by the sea. Even today, it is loved and visited by many people who wish to go through difficulties in their lives with the power of the historic shrine.

Every year in June, Tsukiji Shishi Matsuri has been held since the shrine opened about 360 years ago. It’s a summer festival warding off evil spirits by carrying a big head of a lion and parading around the area.
There are also two big lion heads enshrined here. When you look at these heads, you’ll recognize the difference; the male lion has golden teeth and the female lion has teeth painted in black. This is from an old custom where black teeth are a symbol of a married woman which was common in high society in the Edo period. 

Namiyoke Shrine
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Walk to Tsukiji Honganji Temple

Tsukiji Honganji

Only a couple of minutes’ walk takes you to the exotic, unique temple called Tsukiji Honganji Temple. It was originally established in 1617 and has been destroyed by fire twice in its long history. In 1934, it was rebuilt with the current unique design which incorporated ancient Buddhist architecture style in India. Just taking a glance at it, you can feel the mysterious atmosphere. Make sure to bring your camera with you and take some pictures of the entire building!

Let’s learn how to make sushi on your own!

Now you have seen fresh seafood and real wasabi root, and a big sword-like knife to cut tuna while walking around the market, it’s time for you to try to be a sushi master! You can learn how to make sushi, one of the most popular Japanese foods, from a professional sushi chef! Of course, no skill or experience is required.  All you need is a passion and interest in sushi! If you want to join the sushi making class, here you can book the popular tour.

Tokyo Sushi Making Experience + Tsukiji Fish Market Explore Tour

If you would like to join only the sushi-making workshop, we also offer another workshop in Tsukiji.
Sushi Making Class in Tsukiji

If you want to see the tuna auction, visit Toyosu Market

Frozen Tuna Toyosu market

The inner market including it’s famous tuna auction has been replaced by the Toyosu market. If you want to watch the tuna auction, you will need to get up early and head to Toyosu before exploring Tsukiji Fish Market.
If you win the lottery ticket, you can get special access to the observation space to have a closer look at the auction, but don’t worry. You can still watch the auction without a ticket from the second-floor big window.

Check these articles for more information about Toyosu;

Ultimate Guide for Toyosu “New Tsukiji” Market
How to Apply Special Tuna Auction Tour in Toyosu market in Tokyo

Since the auction starts early in the morning around 5:30am, we recommend you to stay at the hotel nearby. Here is the list of the hotels you can stay close to the market and get ready for the early morning auction!

Extra: Get some good souvenirs near Tsukiji Market

Do you want to know what could be the best, most memorable souvenir for your family or friends? “Senjyafuda” is a wooden name tag with your name translated into Kanji on it! Some people carry them as a lucky charm, wishing for a bit of good luck in their future. The name of the shop is “STOCKPLUS”, and they are located right next to Higashi-Ginza station (Exit6). For more details, please visit their website! (English is available)


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Tsukiji is a small area, but there are many things to see and enjoy. It is quite easy to walk around the area but is so easy to spend a lot of time at each unique spot. Even after changes occurred due to the transition of the inner market to Toyosu, it is still worth visiting, and the people working there know how to welcome tourists with warm hearts. We hope you learned a thing or two with our complete guide and that you have the chance to visit the one and only Tsukiji Fish Market soon!

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