Tsukiji (Outer Market)

Lily Crossley-Baxter
2 years ago
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Diverse-Gastronomy

Possibly the most famous fish market in the world, Tsukiji may no longer host the tuna auction but there’s still plenty to try and taste. In 2018 the wholesale area, known as the inner-market, was relocated 2km away to Toyosu, but the surrounding outer-market still remains. Filled with longstanding restaurants and shops, the area is a haven for foodies who can find the freshest fish and unusual ingredients. With close connections to their original sellers maintained, the restaurants receive the highest-quality fish from Toyosu each morning. Alongside fish, there are plenty of local high-quality coffee vendors as well as vegetarian options such as tamagoyaki - an unexpected specialty of the district. A surprising addition to a fish-market, top spots include Yamacho where you can try it on a stick, savouring the unusually sweet flavour. Considered a test of a true sushi chef, the crafting of the perfect tamagoyaki is as important as the slicing of salmon. Keep in mind that due to the use of dashi (fish stock) not all options are entirely vegetarian. As well as exploring Tsukiji on your own, there are a variety of food tours available where you can learn about different elements of the food on offer as well as the area’s history. Given the early start to market life, breakfast at Tsukiji is a right of passage and the main challenge is deciding where to eat. Restaurants are abundant and it’s hard to go wrong - but keep in mind that busy is usually a good sign. For those looking to see the Tuna Auction, Toyosu requires reservations although this can also be arranged through a guided tour that combines both the new inner and original outer markets.
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  • 4-chōme-16-2 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tōkyō-to 104-0045, Japan
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