Tsukiji fish market is the
biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of
the largest wholesale food markets of any kind.
In Japanese, it is called "Tsukiji-shijo".
It is located about 1 km south of central Ginza, and the main site is about 400 meters square.
Since the 17th century, main markets in Tokyo (Edo) were in Nihonbashi
But the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 destroyed them all, then the markets were newly opened at Tsukiji area.
And the current facilities were built in 1935.
The transaction volume is over 2,000 tons in fish and seafood and over
1,000 tons in vegitabale and fruit, and it is the top in Japan.
One-day schedule is the following.
It is usually closed on Sunday and National Holiday, and is closed on Wednesday one or two times a month.
In this market we visitor cannot buy the goods. If you want to buy the
fresh foods, please visit "Outside Market" described below.
(While it is called "outside market", the main market is often called "inside market".)
Basically here is closed to all unauthorized people.
But everyone has access to here. Generous workers have permitted implicitly to enter.
Recently this market is known to foreign travelers as one of the interesting and exciting spots, so the majority of visitors are foreigners.
All goods here are the fresh foods for Tokyo citizens, and all workers
here are busy on the job to deliver the foods to the citizens quickly
Despite this, many foreign visitors behave with selfishness such as touching the fish, stepping out of visitor's area, taking a photo with a flare of flashlightor inconsiderately, and disturbing the works !
The bidding is not a show !
So unfortunately, seeing the bidding has been limited since May 2010.
Only 140 visitors can see the bidding.
The first 70 visitors can see it from 5:00 to 5:40.
The second 70 visitors can see it from 5:40 to 6:15.
The entry of the tour strats at 4:30.
I dare say. Foreign visitors are the nuisances to all workers in
Please see the market with good manner.
Additionally, the aisles in the market are narrow and many workers and
delivery vehicles come and go all the time. Please walk with skirting
And the whole floors are wet. You had better wear the easy-washable clothes.
This market is scheduled to move to Toyosu area located about 2.5 km
southeast from here in 2012.
But environment problems in the destination and a campaign against moving have occurs, so it has unknown consequences.
is the shopping town for the workers of Tsukiji fish market.
There are about 140 small shops in the 11 buildings, and they are eateries, food shops and household goods shops.
There are 39 eateries, and 14 shops of them serve sushi. Of course, they use fresh fish from the market, so many visitors come with the aim of this sushi.
Most shops is open from early morning to early afternoon just around the same time zone of the market.
Outside Market is located northern next to the main market, and has
about 400 shops.
There are many fish shops, seafood shops, vegitable shops and other various shops in this area. We can find several sushi restaurants.
Not only retailers but also ordinary people and tourists do their shopping.
Like the main market (Inside Market), this market is also closed on Sunday, National Holiday and some Wedensedays.
is a Buddhist temple for Jodo Shinshu which is a school of Pure Land
Buddhism, and is a branch temple of Nishi-Honganji in Kyoto.
It is located just east of Outside market area.
It was originally erected near Asakusa in 1617, but it was burnt down
in 1657. After that, it was rebuilt here in 1679 because of the
rearrangement original land.
It avoided collapsing by the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923, but it had been burnt down again by spreading fire.
The current temple was built in 1934.
This appearnce is very unique as Japanese temple, and it looks like a palace in South Asia.
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