Tsukiji

Home to the world's largest wholesale seafood market, this traditional neighborhood snags you hook, line, and sinker.

Walking distance from sleek and glittering Ginza, Tsukiji begs you to trade your swanky shopping totes in favor of heavy-duty plastic bags. Tsukiji is home to the world’s largest wholesale seafood market—speeding turret trucks zip by the inner market as voices rise in fierce competition for fresh tuna during early morning auctions. If waking before 5 a.m. doesn’t bait you, Tsukiji’s less frenzied outer market reels in late(r) risers and diners destined for sashimi plates.

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On the Map

Tsukiji is within Chūō District and bordered by Kyobashi, Shiodome, Ginza, Tsukishima, and Minato District

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Haneda Airport: 25 minutes by car or 40 minutes by public transit
Narita Airport: 1 hour by car or 1 hour & 40 minutes by public transit
Shinjuku Station: 30 minutes by public transit
Ueno Station: 20 minutes by public transit
Tokyo Tower: 30 minutes by public transit

A Traditional Fish Town on Tokyo Bay

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Situated along the Sumida River in south Tokyo, life in Tsukiji revolves around the water.

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This near-to-Ginza neighborhood provides the opposite of glitz. Instead of contemporary glamor, Tsukiji upholds Tokyo's traditional reputation as a fishing village.

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Dockworkers unload fish, auctioneers announce fish, purveyors weigh fish, buyers consider fish, diners eat fish, and fishermen, well, fish fish.

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Renowned for operating the world's largest wholesale seafood market, Tsukiji still celebrates daybreak with the sound of tuna auctions.

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That tuna transforms into elegant sashimi by lunchtime.

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Knives, bait, and tackle prevail as Tsukiji's preferred souvenirs.

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Residents spend their afternoons and evenings recuperating from today's market and preparing for tomorrow's catch.

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It's within walking distance of the Kabuki, the Shimbashi Embujo Theatre, the famous Tsukiji Fish Market, several of the major Ginza department stores and two lovely gardens."

steve

Visited in 2013

Home of the World's Largest Fish and Seafood Market

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Home to the world's largest fish market and wholesale seafood complex, Tsukiji is quite the catch.

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The warehouses' outer market feels much less intimidating than its inner market.

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The market's pace, noise, and the knowledgeable way its denizens navigate can feel overwhelming to outsiders.

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If you want to catch the action, you'll have to arrive early.

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Fish from all over the world begin to arrive at 3 a.m.

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They travel by boat, by car, by train, by plane.

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They're so fresh you might even think they swam.

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The market places a cap on the total number of visitors allowed each day.

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Wholesalers arrive long before daybreak, but the pace really picks up around 5 a.m.

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If you're not an early bird, the outer market stays open into the afternoon.

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One fish, two fish.

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Red fish, blue fish.

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Starfish, swordfish.

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Catfish.

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The close proximity to the market means easy access to fun lunches, breakfasts and shopping."

Trevor & Annie

Visited in 2013

Fresh Seafood: Dining on the Catch of the Day

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Choosing a protein at lunch is simple when you're in the fish capital of the world.

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Sushi lovers drift to Tsukiji for breakfast, for lunch, and for dinner.

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Sometimes, they never leave.

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The catch of the day graces each plate, is slurped from each bowl, and is always a surprise.

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Tsukiji's Secret Gardens and Sacred Shrines

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A welcome stillness juxtaposes the commotion of Tsukiji's seafood market.

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The neighborhood's temples and shrines reel in visitors with interests unrelated to fins, tails, and scales.

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The Tsukiji Hongan Temple and the Namiyoke Inari Shrine stand humbly in the quiet shadows of the wholesale market.

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Jōdo Shinshū Buddhists pilgrimage to Tsukiji to visit the Tsukiji Hongan Temple.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Masaru studied Photography at Parsons The New School for Design in NYC. He has 25 years experience photographing social and human rights issues in Asia and South America. After spending many years abroad, he has begun to focus on his own country of Japan. He established Reminders Photography Stronghold in Tokyo in 2013, a curated membership gallery making multi-photographic activities possible. His photographs have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek Japan, and many others.

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