There are six entrances to the Tsukiji market. The front gate is congested with heavy traffic from dawn to noon. The daily average of vehicles entering the market is about 18,000. Since priority is placed on vehicle traffic, visitors should be mindful of not disturbing workers here.
A Chinese softshell turtle, a striped jack, an urn of cat ashes. ... these were all found in the Tsukiji market. Lost items that could not be possibly left in other places are posted at this location, including even a big chunk of frozen tuna. When a lost item is reported to the counter here, an announcement is made over the public address system.
It recycles a large amount of plastic foam used in the Tsukiji market. Collected plastic foam is melted and compressed at this facility to produce plastic foam and other plastic products.
It is a representative shopping area of the Tsukiji market, bustling with about 140 establishments from restaurants serving sushi and deep-fried breaded pork to specialty shops selling knives and high rubber boots. Visitors should be prepared for a two-hour wait to enter a popular sushi shop. The first outlet of the Yoshinoya chain known for its inexpensive beef bowl offerings is also located here.
This facility serves as a temporary depository for fish and other products purchased by buyers at shops of intermediate wholesalers. It is also called Shiomachi Chaya, which is roughly translated as a tea house where people wait for the right tide for sailing. The name derives from when the fish market was situated in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district. In those days, people transported fish by waterways through a network of rivers and channels, waiting for the right tide.
The Tsukiji district was reclaimed about 350 years ago. The reclamation work proceeded with difficulty due to strong waves and winds. But those ferocious waves and winds stopped after people enshrined an object of worship that was drifting on the waves one day. Since then, the shrine has been visited by many as the Inari shrine to ward off evil. It also has graves of popular food items in the Tsukiji market such as shrimp, sushi and eggs.
This area traces its roots to Daikongashi, the vegetable market in Tokyo’s Kyobashi district. When the Tsukiji market opened, Daikongashi relocated there, along with the fish market in the Nihonbashi district. There are about 100 intermediate wholesalers, who sell vegetables and fruits bought from wholesalers to retailers and restaurants.
The Tsukiji market trades in not only fish, but also vegetables and fruits. Earning the moniker of Yacchaba, this area is the second largest next to Ota Market in Ota Ward. It deals with a range of high-end produce intended to reach upscale Japanese-style restaurants and other types of restaurants. Three wholesalers, each trading in vegetables and fruits, pickles and chicken eggs, sell these products to intermediate wholesalers.
This facility, the guardian of the fish market, is situated inside the Tsukiji market. Its roots are believed to date to the time when fishermen from the Settsu region in western Japan prayed for a bumper catch and maritime safety when they moved to what was called Edo back then. The fishermen followed Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1867), which was centered in Edo. The main hall of the shrine is located in the Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward. The facility in the Tsukiji market serves as the venue from where people can worship in the direction of the main hall.
Here, intermediate wholesalers sell seafood, purchased from wholesalers, to retailers. Today about 650 intermediate wholesalers operate. This area is representative of the Tsukiji market, bustling with buyers from the early morning. Visitors can take a tour, starting from 9 a.m.
Seven wholesalers operate here to sell seafood shipped from all corners of Japan and overseas to intermediate wholesalers. Auctions are held for tuna, sea urchin and other fresh fish. Most of the deals are conducted in the form of negotiated transactions between wholesalers and intermediate wholesalers. This area is off-limits to the public, but it is possible to attend a tuna auction if applicants sign up for a tour.
This subway station on the Toei Oedo Line opened in 2000. The A1 exit will lead visitors to directly in front of the Tsukiji market. The smell of fish and the sea greets visitors even before they leave the ticket gate. The area around the station is teeming with tourists, including an increasing number of foreign visitors, heading to the fish market from early morning on weekdays.
A symbol of the Tsukiji district, it is also a state-designated important cultural property. Completed in 1940, it was built to serve as gateway to a planned world exposition for 1940, with Tokyo and Yokohama as the venue. (The expo was canceled in 1938.) Although the bridge is designed as a drawbridge to let a vessel pass beneath it by raising the structure at its center, it has not been raised in more than 40 years. The structure is illuminated at night.
This bridge under construction is part of Tokyo Loop Line 2, a main thoroughfare for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, connecting the front gate of the athlete’s village in the Harumi district near the waterfront and the new National Stadium to be constructed. The bridge is located in the most downstream area of the Sumidagawa river, offering a three-lane road with a sidewalk each way. Via this bridge, it is about 2 kilometers from the Tsukiji market to its future location in the Toyosu district.
The facility originally opened to showcase seafood and explain the history of the Tsukiji market as its main function. But it now focuses on holding certification lectures in fisheries and cooking classes to promote a fish-eating culture in Japan. Its main offering is a fish master course in which participants learn about the production areas of fish, when they are in season and how to cook them. The facility is also the venue where visitors can sign up for a tour of a famed tuna auction and the starting point of the tour.
It is a "library" in the Tsukiji market and operated by a nonprofit comprising intermediate wholesalers and regular members. Housed on the second floor of the Uogashi Yokocho No. 7 building, it has a collection of manga, magazines and books on fisheries and culinary culture. The library also serves as a venue for study meetings to promote a fish-eating culture.
The Tsukiji market is five times as large as Tokyo Dome. In this presentation, details of the busy market and its surrounding areas will be offered through a 3-D map.
(Some sections of the market are off-limits.)
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