Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, Japan

Tsukiji Inner Market vs Outer Market: Tsukiji Fish Market consists of 2 sections – Inner Market and Outer Market (see Tsukiji Fish Market map at http://japan-guide.com/e/e3021.html). Tuna auction and the famous restaurants are located in the Inner Market. Operations start as early as 5am and end in the early afternoon. On the other hand, crowds of Tsukiji Outer Market start later and there are shops selling ramen, sushi, light foods/snacks, groceries, kitchen tools, supplies etc. It is very crowded around Tsukiji. Do be on your guard so you don’t end up getting hit by a fish cart.

Tsukiji Fish Market at a glance

Operating days and time: Most shops close early in the afternoon. Tsukiji Fish Market, both Inner and Outer Market, is closed on Sundays, national holidays and occasionally on Wednesdays. Check the Tsukiji Market calendar at http://tsukiji-market.or.jp/etc/calendar/2016.html before you plan your trip.


Tsukiji Inner Market 築地市場


Tsukiji Fish Market at a glance
Long queues at Tsukiji Fish Market Building 6 at any time of the day.

Floor plan: Know your way around Tsukiji Inner Market by referring to the floor plan at http://tsukijigourmet.or.jp/list.htm

Tuna Auction @ Wholesale Area: It opens to visitors from 5.25am – 6.15am and restricted to 120 visitors per day. Do reach early at around 3am to register for the Tuna Auction.

Sushi Dai 大寿司 vs Sushi Daiwa 大和寿司: Two renowned sushi places here are Sushi Dai and Sushi Daiwa. The former is opened by father and the latter is by his son. Choose Sushi Dai if you don’t mind to queue for hours, otherwise I would go for Sushi Daiwa. You may have to queue for less than 2 hours if you reach at 6am and it’s 4-5 hours queue if you reach at 9am for Sushi Dai. I’d suggest you to reach early before 6am to avoid the peak hour.

Whenever I visit Tsukiji, I force myself to wake up as early as 3.30am and leave the accommodation at 4am to avoid the long queue during peak hour. It took almost an hour walk to Tsukiji (there is no train or bus service at this time). Don’t be surprised to see a long queue for Sushi Dai even at 5am. I was lucky the first time I visited as there was no queue for Sushi Daiwa at 5.15am. As for the second time I went, I reached the same time and there was two rows of queue outside of Sushi Daiwa but the queue moved fast and I was the second batch of customers to enter at 5.50am.

Size of sushi bars: Sushi Daiwa occupies a bigger space as it takes up 2 store units, which can serve more than 20 people at a go while Sushi Dai only has a unit and hence, the queue moves slower. As the sushi bars are small, don’t bring big bag there as there is no space to put it.

Moving out news: Do note that the original plan to move Tsukiji Inner Market (not Tsukiji Outer Market), which will be closed from 2 November 2016 and will open on 7 November 2016 at the new area in Toyosu, Koto Ward, is postponed until early next year.

Tsukiji Fish Market moving out to Toyosu, Koto Ward
New floor plan of Tsukiji Fish Market at Toyosu, Koto Ward

Sushi set @ Sushi Daiwa 大和寿司

Sushi Daiwa at Tsukiji Fish Market

Sushi Daiwa at Tsukiji Fish Market
My favourite uni and tamago sushi from Sushi Daiwa.

This is the best sushi meal I’ve eaten from my Japan trips! There were tiny clams in the miso soup and the raw prawn was still moving slightly before I ate it. The uni sushi (sea urchin) here is the best I’ve eaten and it melted in my mouth! Besides that, my other favourite sushi are tamago (egg) and otoro sushi (fatty tuna). 7 sushi and 1 roll of 6 maki cost 3,780 yen (SGD$48.50), including 8% tax.

Sushi Daiwa 大和寿司

Bldg 6, 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan (築地市場内6号館, 築地5-2-1, 中央区 Tokyo 104-0045, Japan). Nearest stations: Toei Oedo Line Tsukijishijo station Exit A1 or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Tsukiji station Exit 1.
5.30am – 1.30pm. Closed on Sunday.
Website: Sushi DaiwaSushi Dai

Sushi set @ Ryu Sushi 龍寿司

Ryu Sushi at Tsukiji Fish Market

This is an alternative to Sushi Daiwa and Sushi Dai. It is cheaper and there was no queue at 8am when I went. The sushi was above average as compared to the ones in Singapore but Sushi Daiwa is still the best. The Kiku set with 7 sushi and 1 roll of 6 maki cost 2,500 yen (SGD$32. It was SGD$27.50 at exchange rate of SGD$1 to 91 yen in July 2015). The 2 mixed maki above were a treat from a grandpa who was sitting next to me. 😀 He was drinking beer while eating sushi in the early morning.

Ryu Sushi 龍寿司

Bldg 1, 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan (築地市場内1号館, 築地5-2-1, 中央区 Tokyo 104-0045, Japan). Nearest stations: Toei Oedo Line Tsukijishijo station Exit A1 or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Tsukiji station Exit 1.
6.30am – 2pm. Closed on Sunday.

Tempura don @ Tenfusa 天房

Tenfusa Tempura at Tsukiji Fish Market

I went Tsukiji for 4 times and there was no queue at Tenfusa on all those days. Not because there was no customer; people go to Tsukiji for seafood and fish instead of tempura. Tenfusa is located two units away Sushi Dai and 6 units away from Sushi Daiwa in the same building 6. This shop is owned by an old couple and it was a small place with 12 seats. There are 2 types of tempura dons – Mixed tempura don 天丼 at 1,200 yen (SGD$15.40) and fried grass prawns don 芝えびと穴子の天丼 at 1,500 yen (SGD$19.20). It was delicious, not oily, and definitely scored above average for a tempura don. The fried grass prawns were extremely crispy and it was my favourite. But halfway through, I was sick of eating it, like any other tempura don.

Tenfusa 天房

Bldg 6, 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan (築地市場内6号館, 築地5-2-1, 中央区 Tokyo 104-0045, Japan). Nearest stations: Toei Oedo Line Tsukijishijo station Exit A1 or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Tsukiji station Exit 1.
7am – 2pm. Closed on Sunday.
Website: Tenfusa

Wagashi and yokan @ Wagashi 和菓子

Wagashi at Tsukiji Fish Market

Wagashi at Tsukiji Fish Market
Look at the beautiful shades of azuki!

This shop sells traditional Japanese confections – 180 yen (SGD$2.30) for a wagashi and 260 yen (SGD$3.30) for yokan (thick and jellied traditional dessert with red bean paste). The pretty wagashi are made by the owner’s brother. The filling is azuki red bean, which was pleasantly sweet but not too sweet like usual red bean.

Wagashi 和菓子

Bldg 5, 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan. The building in front of Sushi Dai and Sushi Daiwa. Nearest stations: Toei Oedo Line Tsukijishijo station Exit A1 or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Tsukiji station Exit 1.


Tsukiji Outer Market 築地場外市場


There are 400 shops in Tsukiji Outer Market and these are the ones I highly recommend.

Grilled scallops @ まぐろの みやこ 築地

Scallops from Tuna Miyako マグロ みやこ at Tsukiji Outer Market

Scallops from Tuna Miyako マグロ みやこ at Tsukiji Outer Market
Look at huge scallops! x2 *screams*

The scallops were grilled to perfection. This is the best and biggest scallops I’ve ever had! Really delicious! Even the locals buy from this shop. 700 yen (SGD$9) for a plate of 2 scallops. まぐろの みやこ 築地 is located across the street where the Tsukiji Information Center is. Refer to my photos to spot the shop as it is relatively small.

まぐろの みやこ 築地

4 Chrome 13-13 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan. Nearest stations: Toei Oedo Line Tsukijishijo station Exit A1 or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Tsukiji station Exit 1.

Tamagoyaki @ Takeshi 玉子焼丸武

Tamagoyaki from Takeshi at Tsukiji Outer Market

Takeshi is one of the two famous shops selling tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled omelette); the other one is Tsukiji Yam Chou 築地 山長. It was fluffy and very sweet. 100 yen (SGD$1.30) for one.

Takeshi 玉子焼丸武

4-10-10 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan. Nearest stations: Toei Oedo Line Tsukijishijo station Exit A1 or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Tsukiji station Exit 1.
4am – 2.30pm on Monday – Saturday. 8.30am – 2pm on Sundays. Closed on national holidays and Tsukiji Fish Market closing days.

Onigiri @ Onigiri-ya Marutoyo おにぎり屋 丸豊

Onigiri-ya Marutoyo おにぎり屋 丸豊 at Tsukiji Outer Market

Onigiri-ya Marutoyo has a wide varieties of onigiri. Try the curry onigiri priced at 216 yen (SGD$2.80) which tasted surprisingly nice, nicer than most of the curry rice I had in Japan.

Onigiri-ya Marutoyo おにぎり屋 丸豊

4-9-9 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan. Nearest stations: Toei Oedo Line Tsukijishijo station Exit A1 or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Tsukiji station Exit 1.
3am – 3pm. Closed on Sunday.

Daifuku @ Tsukiji Fukumochi 築地福餅

Daifuku from Tsukiji Fukumochi at Tsukiji Outer Market
Japan Airlines (JAL) serve Tsukiji Fukumochi’s Daifuku for its in-flight dessert too.

Tsukiji Fukumochi has the softest daifuku (glutinous rice cake stuffed with red bean paste) I’ve ever eaten. They have original red bean, matcha with red bean, and sesame with red bean daifuku. Buy any 3 daifuku for 540 yen (SGD$6.90).

Tsukiji Fukumochi 築地福餅

4-13-14 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan. Nearest stations: Toei Oedo Line Tsukijishijo station Exit A1 or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Tsukiji station Exit 1.
9am – 2pm. Closed on Sunday.

Strawberries @ Grocery shop

Strawberries from Tsukiji Outer Market

Bought white strawberries from a grocery shop at 650 yen (SGD$8.30). I’ve never seen white strawberries in Singapore. They were juicy and sweet but small. 😛


Rest spot and free WIFI @ Tsukiji Information Center


Tsukiji Information Center

Located at Tsukiji Outer Market and besides Tsukiji Information Center, there is a rest spot with benches, few tables, and many vending machines around. I always go there after my very early breakfast at Sushi Daiwa to slack until 9am as some of the shops at Tsukiji Outer Market open after 9am while shopping districts elsewhere open at 10am.

Tsukiji Outer Market 築地場外市場

4-16-2 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan. Nearest stations: Toei Oedo Line Tsukijishijo station Exit A1 or Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Tsukiji station Exit 1.

Date of visit: July 2015 (Summer) and May 2016 (Spring).

Currency exchange rates: SGD$1 to 91 yen in July 2015 and SGD$1 to 78 yen in May 2016.

Author’s note: As I was writing this review, I was craving so much for these foods while browsing through the photos. This is torturing! How I wish I can eat them now.


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