For those who still want to eat fresh fish, fret not! This is because the Tsukiji market has just moved to Toyosu, including the contractor from the original market. Their world famous tuna auctions also made the move to Toyosu, making this unique experience more accessible than ever.
This new location is located just 2～3 km away from the current Tsukiji Market, and is almost twice the size. (Toyosu Market is 40.7ha, Tsukiji Market is 23.) This allows the market to further enhance its reputation as the biggest fish market in the world.
This huge market consists of three main buildings, two buildings are for seafood and one is for fruits and vegetables. All of the buildings are connected with each other via a visitor passage.
The first building is a fisheries wholesale building, where tourists can visit the tuna auctions that are held for about 1 hour from 5:30 am in the morning. One big difference between the auction areas is that Toyosu Fish market actually provides visitos decks, so that tourists can view the auctions in comfort. Do note that a reservation is required for the visitors deck, so do remember to book in advance!
Many of Tsukiji Market's renowned sushi restaurants have also made the move to Toyosu Market, including the very popular Sushi Dai and Daiwa Sushi. Expect to wait a few hours, especially on weekends. We recommend trying their Omakase course (up to the chef) which serves the freshest seasonal catch of the day.
Do you know that unlike in Singapore, where Salmon Sushi is by far the most popular choice, tuna is the most popular fish in Tokyo? One of the popular cuts is Otoro, which is the fattiest part of the fish. It melts in your mouth and is heavy with umami. A definite must try!
Need to scratch the shopping itch? Uogashi Yokocho Market is an area open to the general public. About 70 shops sell goods and processed foods, including knives, pickles, tea and souvenirs. There is definitely something for everyone here.
All in all we recommend allocating 2 to 3 hours to explore the entire premise. Do bring a good pair of shoes as you would be doing a fair bit of walking. It can also get cold at the tuna auction level, so a jacket may be required for some.
One tip is that you can consider heading over to the original Tsukiji Fish Market. It offers even more options in terms of sushi restaurants and shopping. The walking distance is around 2～3km or a 30 minutes' walk, which is certainly doable during good weather.
For more information on the Toyosu area, take a look at this comprehensive guide.