Japan: Food Stalls at Tsukiji Market

Tsukiji inner market may well have relocated, but the outer market is definitely still going strong.

It’s still packed with food stalls selling all manner of yummy things and not only their famous tuna.

Alongside stalls of raw tuna and other fish, you’ll find a huge variety of seafood, including crab, other shellfish, and grilled eel, plus sushi restaurants all over the place (some are sit down, some standing bars only). However, if seafood isn’t your jam, then you could always grab some ichigo daifuku (mochi filled with red bean and strawberry), tamagoyaki (Japanese omelette) or even yakitori (grilled chicken skewers). You’ll also find tasters of dried seafood, katsuoboshi (bonito flakes) and even delicious green tea. There’s just so much to see! Mixed in amongst the food spots, you can also find shops selling Japanese bowls, mugs, cookware and kitchenware too. Plus, it’s not only ready-to-eat food that’s available here, you can also buy fresh seafood and groceries here too, like whole wasabi ready to be grated at home!

I would love to give you specific recommendations of places I ate at when I wandered round, but some stalls didn’t have visible names and some I can’t even link to either. I would just recommend walking through and picking out whatever you fancy as you go. I watched a lot of videos before I went to get  recommendations, but everyone seemed to suggest different stalls, so I just set about finding delicious food on my own, which worked out very well! The outer market wasn’t as large as I thought it would be, so I actually ended up seeing it all fairly quickly. I ate quite a few dishes, tried samples and browsed a few stores and I was done in under an hour and a half. If you’re with a group sharing lots of dishes or planning on eating in a restaurant, you’ll definitely want more time than me though!

Unless you come very early, you’ll definitely find the market packed with people looking to fill themselves with delicious food. Although, saying that, I didn’t really have any problems with long queues at each stall (I’ve no idea about the restaurants though). Even if you can’t make it super early, I would definitely recommend going before lunch, as I imagine lunchtime would be even busier and you’ll likely find that some of the stalls close after. Interestingly, Tsukiji was probably the location that I saw the highest proportion of western tourists of my whole trip (including Tokyo Disney Resort), so it’s definitely still a popular tourist destination.

If you were worrying that there would be nothing left at Tsukiji after the big move, you have absolutely no need to be. It’s definitely thriving!! Come, eat and enjoy a wander through this super interesting slice of Tokyo’s market scene!

NOTE: If you want somewhere to wander after stuffing yourself with street food at Tsukiji, definitely head to nearby Hama-rikyu gardens.

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