Eat & Drink
Tsukiji Outer Market 築地場外市場
Explore Japan's most famous marketplace and sample exotic bounty from sea and land
Tsukiji is the former site of one of the world's greatest fish markets which, at its prime, handled over 2,000 tons of fresh seafood a day. While the inner market's wholesale functions and tuna auctions relocated to Toyosu Market in October 2018, the Tsukiji Outer Market, a lively community of merchants and suppliers of food, kitchen equipment, and some of Tokyo's best restaurants, remains in business.
- Browsing the outer market's alleyways, home to food and kitchen goods sellers alike
- Taking a guided tour of the market or joining an onsite sushi-making workshop
- Sampling some of the freshest sushi and seafood around
- Trying street snacks ranging from omelettes to rice balls
How to Get There
Tsukiji is south of Tokyo Station and right next to the Ginza area. Take the Oedo Subway Line to Tsukiji-Shijo Station or the Hibiya Subway Line to Tsukiji Station. If you have a JR Pass , the nearest JR station is Shimbashi, just a 15-minute walk away.
Still a paradise for sushi, seafood and other restaurants
While the fish market has moved to Toyosu, many sushi, seafood and other restaurants—ramen, beef stew and chicken rice bowl merchants, to name a few—still call the Tsukiji Outer Market area home. Many of these chefs have decades of training and experience. Wander through the side streets and you'll also find vendors selling rolled omelettes, broiled seafood, and jumbo-sized rice balls, among other snacks.