It's a fish market and definitely a tourist spot. Go hungry and be ready to snack! I honestly tried almost every sample available and left satisfied (this was not my intention but it's how it worked out). I also spent a whopping 500 yen on scallops, octopus, and eel. Aside from the food stalls there's several knife shops with really nice knives (their price reflects the quality). The Craftsmen will share with you how the knife was made if you ask. Also basic souvenirs and at one end a ceramics shop that has good prices. If you want to bump around in a crowd go early. I preferred going in the afternoon. My favorite time was early afternoon on a Saturday. It was busy but manageable. The earlier you go the busier, but also some food items will not be sold out. The later the more likely the vendors will be willing to give you a "one time special price just for you"!
Awesome Inner and Outer market, both are a must-do! We did a Walking Food Tour which is the best way to see the Inner (and Outer) Market and learn about what happens there on a daily basis. The Inner market is absolutely huge and you could easily get lost in there. There is so much to see - it was great to have a guide leading us through, this allowed me to focus on the people working there and get some fantastic photos. Great to know how Tsukiji is changing and evolving, and all the politics going on with the move. The Outer market is also excellent and worth a visit too - so many restaurants and shops selling everything food related and more. We spent 3 hours touring and eating and absolutely loved it. We will definitely come back again on our next trip to Tokyo!
We arrived at about 7am hoping to see some of the auction activity or at least catch a glimpse of what happens before the giant fish make it to the local restaurants. It was chaotic yet extremely organized. Be careful not to get run over by all of the moving tractors with massive crates of fish. We were told to leave because the public is not welcome is the loading and unloading areas. There are tons of little shops and restaurants here to get the authentic experience of fresh food in Tokyo. This is probably the only area where you will see people buy food on a stick and walk around. It's not acceptable anywhere else. Try to find a vendor with flamed oysters. They were awesome!
This market is a must do if you're in the Tokyo area. Most people will tell you it is the best place to get a sushi breakfast. Which so far is absolutely true. The staff at the restaurants are very friendly and some even speak English or at least have English menus you can point to. The rest of the market, the outer market, is a wonder to behold. It is a market place though, so keep in mind some vendors are there purchasing goods for their own businesses and need to get their jobs done. Don't be surprised if some people are very busy and do not notice that they've bumped into you. Be sure that if you get food at a stand, that you stay at the stand and eat it, instead of walking around the market, as this is very rude and will.pollute the grounds. Overall, an amazing experience for anyone looking for a genuine market where they can buy local goods and fresh fish.
Absolutely great. I am amazed that anybody could rate this anything less than 5 stars. Walk around the market while trying to stay out of the way of the many small vehicles and rushing market traders and watch the activity around you. More fish than most people could hope to recognize, huge tuna being broken down to the smallest most perfect sized pieces, etc. When you have seen enough, go to one of the many restaurants at the outer edge of the market for one of the freshest sushi breakfasts that you are ever likely to eat. A great morning. Don't miss this.