Explore Tsukiji Fish Market: 9 Culinary Gems of Japan

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Nestled within Tokyo’s vibrant landscape, the Tsukiji Outer Market stands as a culinary emblem of Japan’s gastronomic excellence. While the inner wholesale fish market has transitioned to Toyosu, the outer market remains a magnet for food enthusiasts, drawing both locals and international travelers.

Delving into Tsukiji’s Illustrious Past

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The name ‘Tsukiji Market’ evokes images of pristine seafood. Over the years, it has cemented its reputation as the premier destination for the freshest catch. Globetrotters and culinary aficionados have long been drawn to its iconic tuna auctions and the market’s energetic vibe. The 2018 relocation of the inner market to Toyosu did little to diminish the allure of Tsukiji’s outer market.

Embark on a Culinary Odyssey

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  1. Sushi Sensations: Begin your gastronomic adventure with impeccable sushi. Establishments like Tsukiji Itadori Bekkan showcase a dazzling array of sushi and sashimi, meticulously prepared for your indulgence.
  2. Tuna Temptations: Tuna, or Maguro in Japanese, reigns supreme in Tsukiji. Whether you savor it as sushi, sashimi, or a hearty Maguro-don (tuna rice bowl), the freshness is unparalleled.
  3. Seafood Spectacle: Dive into a world of grilled scallops, raw oysters, and other marine delights. Every bite promises a burst of oceanic flavors.
  4. Tamagoyaki Treats: Experience the joy of biting into a fluffy Japanese omelette, a delightful blend of sweet and savory.
  5. Dessert Delights: For those with a penchant for sweets, indulge in succulent strawberries or treat yourself to a creamy soft-serve ice cream.
  6. Gourmet Discoveries: Navigate the market’s alleys to uncover gourmet gems like Uni (sea urchin), delectable Wagyu beef sticks, and smoky grilled eel (Unagi).
  7. Shopping Adventures: Beyond its culinary offerings, Tsukiji boasts an array of shops featuring specialty chef knives, handcrafted ceramics, and a diverse selection of spices and dried products.
  8. Namiyoke Inari Shrine: Amidst the gastronomic wonders, take a moment to reflect at this serene shrine, historically regarded as the guardian of the marketplace.

Tsukiji’s Culinary Highlights

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Marutake’s Tamagoyaki:

Experience the magic of Tsukiji with Marutake’s tamagoyaki. Its cake-like fluffiness combined with a melt-in-your-mouth sensation promises pure bliss, all for a mere 100 yen.

Marutake Main Store:
Tel: 0335421919
Tsukiji Center Bldg. 1F, 4-10-10 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Tsukiji Yamacho:

Another haven for tamagoyaki lovers, where you can relish this delicacy for just 100 yen per skewer. Its unique sweetness and airy texture are not to be missed.

Tsukiji Yamacho:
Tel: 0332486002
4-10-10 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Tsukiji Saito Fisheries:

When in Tsukiji, seafood is a must. Here, you can indulge in fresh seafood delights, with the raw oyster with ponzu sauce being a standout.


Tsukiji Saito Suisan:
Tel: 0335412314
Tsukiji Outside Market Naka-dori, 4-10-5 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Tsukiji Nisshin Tasuke Tsukiji Unagi Diner:

Here, you can enjoy eel skewers (200 yen per skewer) and scallop skewers (200 yen per skewer). The charm is that you can casually eat slightly expensive ingredients.


Tsukiji Shinsen Tasuke Tsukiji Eel Shokudo:
Tel: 0332481291
Tsukiji Outside Market, 4-13-18 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Onigiri Shop Tsukiji Marutoyo:

A beloved onigiri shop in Tsukiji. Especially popular is the limited “Maguro Roll (594 yen)”. It often sells out by noon, so it’s recommended to visit early.


Onigiriya Marutoyo:
Tel: 0335416010
Tsukiji Outside, 4-9-9 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Kaki Hut Tsukiji Diner:

Not only oysters but also scallops and conch can be enjoyed here. Recommended is the “Oyster Gangan Yaki”, where oysters are steamed in an aluminum box.


Oyster House Tsukiji Restaurant:
Tel: 0362284880
Marutei Building 1F, 4-10-14 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Maguro no Miyako:

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Famous for its seafood grill (1,000 yen). The sight of scallops, sea urchin, squid legs, and shrimp placed on a shell, topped with plenty of tuna, and then seared with a burner is quite spectacular.

Tuna no Miyako:
Tel: 0335476622
Tsukiji Outside Market, 4-13-13 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Maruichi Hamada Shop:

This shop is popular for its “Kanmon Uni Man (320 yen)”, a bun with sea urchin paste and fish or chicken cartilage inside. It looks just like fresh sea urchin.


Maruichi Hamada Shoten:
Tel: 0335417667
4-13-3 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Tsukiji Soratsuki:

A strawberry dessert specialty store located in Tsukiji Market. They offer a variety of strawberry-based menus, including strawberry daifuku, strawberry milky soft serve, and strawberry smoothies.


Tsukiji Soratsuki:
Tel: 03-6228-4500
4-11-10 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Final Thoughts

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The Tsukiji Outer Market is not just a food haven; it’s a journey for the senses. Every nook and cranny offers a novel flavor, a fresh tale, and a cherished memory. Whether you’re a gourmet or a curious wanderer, Tsukiji promises an unforgettable culinary escapade.

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