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Explore Tokyo's best market & unique Buddhist temple in Tsukiji

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Tsukiji in Tokyo has been well known for the biggest fresh food and food-related goods market in Japan. Also known as Japan's Food Town, Tsukiji Market is located right next to Sumida River, and it consists of over 400 wholesale and retail shops and restaurants. Tokyo’s best market is open early from 5 am until 2 pm. There are many food stools in the market which offer reasonable, unique and delicious foods. Eating while checking out is Tsukiji Market's style. It is now one of Tokyo's most popular sightseeing spots, and if you want to eat delicious fresh seafood and sushi in Tokyo, Tsukiji is the best place to go. After being satisfied gastronomically and feeling the busy market atmosphere with all your senses, why do not you walk to one of the very famous temples, only three minutes away from the market? Tsukiji Honganji Temple is famous for its unique appearance, like an ancient Indian Buddhist building, which is very rare in Japan. It is highly recommended to chill out at Tsukiji Honganji Temple to get away from the hustle and bustle of a super busy Tokyo’s market.

Tsukiji Jyogai Shijyo (Tsukiji Market), Tokyo
Tsukiji Jyogai Shijyo (Tsukiji Market), Tokyo
4-chōme-16-16番2号 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan

Sushi at Tsukiji Market

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Ever since the wholesale section of Tsukiji Market moved to Toyosu, you can find the freshest sushi in Tokyo at Tsukiji Market area. There are various types of sushi restaurants in Tsukiji Market area, from eateries where you can eat at a reasonable price to high-end restaurants where you would hesitate to go in, as there are no set prices. So, to experience Tsukiji sushi in your style, it is recommended to research before your visit. Some sushi restaurants work from 6.30 am but remain closed at dinner time.

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Tsukiji Sushi Sei is a long-established sushi restaurant founded in 1869. The original Tsukiji Sushi Sei restaurant is a 3-minute walk from Tsukiji Market station of the Tokyo metro line. There are mainly counter seats, and sushi is made in front of you after receiving your order, and a sushi chef directly serves you. You will be impressed with Tsukiji Sushi Sai’s sushi, made with carefully selected ingredients and rice. Even though it is a long-established store, it does not have a snobbish attitude at all. It welcomes oversea visitors with its friendly atmosphere. For sure, you will enjoy the traditional high-quality sushi at Tsukiji Sushi Sei in a relaxed mood.

Tsukiji Sushi Sei, Tsukiji, Tokyo
Tsukiji Sushi Sei, Tsukiji, Tokyo
4-chōme-13-9 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan

Food stools at Tsukiji Market

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If you want to enjoy the market atmosphere, it is best to cruise around with a specialty yummy treats from food stools. Tsukiji Market is famous for seafood, but you can find many different types of delicious snacks to walk around with. You can choose from so many fresh seafood varieties barbequed on the charcoal grill, different types of steamed buns in the bamboo steamer, to the bakery, Japanese sweets and skewered fruits.

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© iStock/Tuckraider

If you have troubles choosing, I would recommend picking the sweet omelette from the omelette shop called Marutake. Marutake’s Tamagoyaki (omelette), which a skilled craftsman makes, contains delicious soup stock and is plump, soft and juicy. Eggs they use are delivered daily from contracted farmers, and no additives are added in their Tamagoyaki. Freshly cooked Marutake’s Tamagoyaki, which costs 100 yen per piece, can be your first choice of Tsukiji Market food stool journey.

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Marutake, Tsukiji, Tokyo
Marutake, Tsukiji, Tokyo
Japan, 〒104-0045 Tokyo, Chuo City, Tsukiji, 4-chōme−10−12 センタービル

Tsukiji Honganji Temple

Once you are done with the visit to Tsukiji Market, it is highly recommended to chill out at Tsukiji Honganji Temple, situated only three minutes away. As the temple offers openness in the spacious ground, you can get some rest.

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© iStock/CanY71

Tsukiji Hongwanji Temple is famous for its unique architectural style and its overwhelming appearance. Unlike many other temples in Japan, Tsukiji Honganji Temple's unique appearance, which is unforgettable at first glance, was designed in the ancient Indian Buddhist style. The opening time of the main hall varies depending on the season. From April to September, it is from 6:00 to 17:30, and from October to March, it is from 6:00 to 17:00. If you miss this time, you will not be able to enter, so keep that in mind. Tsukiji Honganji Temple is also famous for its pipe organ. The place where it is installed is just above the main hall, and the pipe organ consisting of 2000 pipes (from 3 m to 1 cm long) is just a masterpiece. This pipe organ concert is held on the last Friday of every month from 12:20 to 12:50. You can experience the gorgeous and unique harmony of oriental and western culture at Tsukiji Honganji Temple.

Tsukiji Honganji Temple, Tsukiji, Tokyo
Tsukiji Honganji Temple, Tsukiji, Tokyo
3-chōme-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan

Spending time in Tsukiji will satisfy your all senses and give you an unforgettable memory of your stay in Japan for sure. Why don’t you get up early one day and feel the busy atmosphere of Tokyo’s best market? As the market is located next to Sumida River, you can also step out from to the crowded area and watch the Sumida River flowing by. Do not forget to complete the day by visiting the amazing and unique Buddhist temple Tsukiji Honganji. Your day will be full of wow factors. Enjoy it!


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Mayo Harry

Mayo Harry

Hi, I am Mayo from Japan. Travelling around the world and Japan since my late teens, my life has been a continuation of trips. I am excited to share my knowledge and experiences of Japan with all of you.

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