Guide and information of Japan travel, with Toyosu new market, Tsukiji old Market, wholesale, tuna, sushi, auction, Yurikamome and more.
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Seeing is Believing (^^) : Because Tuna Auction is "peepingly" avaialble for EVERYONE, no time limit, no 120-only, no 03:00AM, not far from Asakusa (about JPY1,500-JPY2,000 taxi ride, means you may walk this distance within about 60 minutes), far less tourists which means that they are not "amusement market". Official website is available here . Marked in yellow-circle is the day of Event/Festival, local won't go but Japanese tourists would visit. One thing, volume they deal is only less than 5 percent of Toyosu Market, still second biggest in Tokyo.
Unlike old Tsukiji, there is no outer market/restaurant at all, only several local restaurant within the market.
Number One market in Japan. Tuna Auction Observation Deck can do close-watch of early morining work, only 120 people allowed, not first-comes-first-served but prior-month-lottery based lucky people can join. Non luck? No worries, you may still "observe" from 2nd-deck-observation-corridor. English Map is available here. Easy access is on Yurikamome Line.
Tsukiji Fish Market
Old Tsukiji closed, but still worth visiting the outer-market to eat around. New Toyosu opened about 3km south east from the original position, still along Tokyo Bay. There is a computerized auto tram called Yurikamome Line stops at Shijo-Mae (U14) which is literally translated into Japanese as Market-Front.

After enjoying the "show" in Toyosu, you may be interested in early morning breakfast at both new Toyosu Market and old Tsukiji Market area, let's eat fish to stay healthy, shall we. There are so many restraunt opening in and around "outer market". Get on the front line of the queue to avoid waiting time of 3 hours!

One temple called Tsukiji Honganji Temple is also highly recommended (perhaps to pray after eating live fish?). Wanna walk because you have feet? Ginza is actualy nearby, about 15 minutes slow walk distance from the old market, and you may aim the Imperial Palace, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo main station and more.

And here's the walking-eating at Jogai Shijo (outer market) during daytime. High mercury contamination has been discussed especially since the movie The Cove was on many theaters. Pros and cons, and welcome to Japan islands surrounded by seas and oceans. Every year, September 1st is the official opening day of dolphin-hunting. Tokyo => (Shinkansen) => Nagoya => (Wide View Nanki) => Taiji, or Tokyo => (Shinkansen) => Shin-Osaka => (Kuroshio, Ocean Arrow) => Taiji, both by JR trains, detailed time table is available at or . You might as well surf on Views before visit the town.

Don't want to see the dolphin massacre, but are you interested in whale hunting? Other than Taiji, there are three other ports still continue the "tradition", Abashiri in Hokkaido, Ayukawa (near Sendai) in Miyagi and Wada/Wadaura (2018 video, advised) in Chiba. Summer time only.

And it is also true that Japanese people have still zen style, more touch to the ground (touch to the ocean), nature-respect, animism life, like Ainu people (northerners) and Ryukyu people (southerners), similar to Maori in the south hemisphere. Whale Rider is in Japan as well. Some hunt, some eat, some live together as if ONE in entire universe.

Maybe better walk on Philosopher's trail in Kyoto, eat to live or live to eat, you know the consequence after all. Anyway, to eat, well, to avoid spending tourist price at Tsukiji Shijo Sushi Shop, actually many Japanese know where to eat good Sushi less expensive in downtown Tokyo. It is indeed Asakusa (not Akasaka which is another expensive area! so easy to mistake one or the other). This page and this page would make you confused with so many options. No time to explore but aim only one? Strong recommend on red lanturn at Andy's Fish (or known as Shin-Hinomoto in Japanese) under the railway track of JR Yamanote line (nearby Yurakucho station).

Whenever you go, it has long queue in front of the shop. Eel has its original taste there.
Fried shrimp makes this shop so famous for. Other fries are also tasty making long queue everyday.
Special Ramen Noodle shop. Chaashuumen is the top recommend.
Looks like normal non-special noodle shop, but truth is that their pork is the same as you can taste in JAL's first class. No need to pay $10,000 to fly but just pay a visit at this shop for the first class pork from Kagoshima farm.
More than half of the customer is actually those who are working at Tsukiji fish market, which means, you know, their taste is guaranteed by local people. Osusume (today's recommendation) has to be asked to waiters.
Tsukiji is not only for fish, but one of the battle field for beef bowl (with rice bottom). Yoshinoya first shop ever was found here at Tsukiji. Oomori is considered #1 or #2 along with Kitsuneya, Takahashi, Edogawa.
FOOD SHOPS (one of the top quality of Japan)
Maruyama Noriten Honten
Only professional goes for this seaweed shop.
Uogashi Meicha
Green tea geek finds this shop truly fantastic.
Akiyama Shouten
Dried bonito fish flake is just shaven (planed) at the site. Hard rock stone like dried bonito can be purchased, but how will you slice them?
Tsukiji Shouro
Everyone knows this Tamagoyaki (egg omelet).
Himonoya, Katsuobushi and more
Dried fish is hung and piled everywhere in the shop, best to fit with sake and umeshu.
Would you like to order Sushi with speaking in Japanese? Here's some fish related words for you to enjoy.
Otoro (fat tuna) Chutoro (medium fat tuna)
Akami (red tuna) Maguro (less fat tuna)
Kajiki Maguro (marlin tuna) Bintoro (Bincho tuna)
Negitoro (tuna and leak) Sake or Shake (salmon)
Katsuo (bonito) Buri (yellow tail)
Hamachi (young yellow tail) Saba (mackerel)
Sanma (saury) Iwashi (sardine)
Aji (horse mackerel) Shima-Aji (white kingfish)
Kohada (gizzard shad) Sayori (halfbeak)
Nishin (herring) Kanpachi (great amberjack)
Tai (red sea bream) Engawa (fin or ray of Hirame)
Hirame (flatfish, flounder) Tobiuo (flying fish)
Uni (sea urchin, sea egg) Ikura (salmon roe)
Tarako (cod roe) Kazunoko (herring roe)
Tobikko (flying fish roe) Tamago (chiken egg, omlette)
Unagi (eel) Anago (conger eel)
Ebi (shrimp) Ama-Ebi (pink shrimp)
Shiro-Ebi (white shrimp) Shako (squilla, mantis shrimp)
Kani, Kani-Miso (crab) Ika (squid)
Geso (hands or legs of squid) Tako (octopus)
Akagai (arch shell) Akagai no himo (arch shell rope?)
Awabi (abalone) Hotate (scallop)
Kobashira (pillar of clam) Kappamaki (cucamber roll)
Tekkamakki (tuna roll) Kanpyomaki (kanpyo roll)
Nattomaki (natto roll) Nori (seeweed)
Oinarisan, Inari (rice in sweetened/fried tofu) Umibudo (green caviar)
Hikarimono (iwashi, aji, sayori, sanma, kohada) Aburi (roasted, BBQed)
Ikizukuri (cook alive) Sashimi (raw fish without rice)
Shiromi (tai, hirame, karei) Kanijiru (crab soup)
Arajiru (whatever fish soup) Asarijiru (clam soup)
Shari (sushi rice) Gari (pickled ginger)
Shoga (ginger root) Wasabi (horseradish)
Menegi (small narrow green onion) Shoyu (soybean sauce)
Ohiya or Mizu (water) Agari or Ocha (green tea)
Biilu (beer) Nama (beer)
Atsukan (hot sake) Reishu (cold sake)
Osala (dish plate) Yunomi (tea cup)
Ohashi (chopsticks) Otefuki, Oshibori (handtowel)
Oaiso (check) Okanjo (bill)
Osusume (chef's recommendation) Omisoshiru (miso soup)
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