In 2018 the iconic Tokyo Tsukiji Market moved to a new location—Toyosu Fish Market. It is located near Shijomae Station, on the Yurikamome Line, about 2 km east of Tsukiji. The new building, which is twice the size of the Tsukiji market, is naturally lacking its historic atmosphere and intimacy. However, Toyosu Market is set to become a very popular tourist spot.
The Toyosu Market consists of three buildings: two for seafood and one for fruits and veggies. All of the buildings are connected to Shijo-mae Station and have special viewing decks for tourists to observe the market activity without obstructing the process, which was a problem at the Tsukiji Market. The viewing deck for the seafood auction can be accessed from the station through a 400-meter long walkway which runs past restaurants and information panels for visitors.
The famous tuna auctions take place between 5:30 and 6:30 in the morning, and may finish earlier when there is only a few tuna left. You do not need to sign up beforehand anymore, just show up on time and enjoy.
After the wholesale market moved, the Tsukiji Outer Market (築地場外市場, Tsukiji Jōgai Shijō) keeps working. It is a district adjacent to the former site of the Tsukiji Wholesale Market. Here you'll find a few blocks of wholesale and retail shops and restaurants squeezed along narrow lanes. Visitors can buy fresh and processed seafood alongside food-related goods like knives.
Toyosu Market operates all year round but is closed on Sundays, most Wednesdays, and also Japanese public holidays.
When are the tuna auctions held at Toyosu Market?
The famous tuna auctions take place at Toyosu Market every morning between 5:30 am and 6:30 am, sometimes finishing earlier if there are fewer tuna. Visitors no longer need to register in advance to enter the viewing area and are advised to arrive on time to catch the auction. Show more
What is the new location of Toyosu Market in Tokyo?
Toyosu Market, which succeeded Tsukiji Market, is situated in the eastern part of Tokyo close to Shijomae Station on the Yurikamome Line. The new market is spread across three buildings: two for seafood and one for fruits and vegetables, and has decks for visitors to view the market activity unhindered. Show more
What is the most convenient way to get to Toyosu Market?
The most convenient way to access the Toyosu Market in Tokyo is to utilize the public transport system. Travelers coming from Tsukiji Market can take the Yurikamome Line from Shintomichō Station, while the various buses and trains that stop at Toyosu Station are a short distance from the market. Taxis or private cars with guides are also available as hassle-free options. Show more
What are the open hours of Toyosu Market?
Toyosu Market, which welcomes visitors throughout the year, is closed on Sundays, some Wednesdays, and Japanese public holidays. While mostly catering to restaurant owners, the market opens at 5:00 am for the general public. Since the auctions finish early, tourists are advised to confirm auction schedules to avoid missing them. Show more
What kind of items are available at Tsukiji Outer Market beyond seafood?
Apart from being the central seafood hub, Tsukiji Outer Market is famous for serving the best street food in Tokyo. The market is also an excellent place to purchase high-quality Japanese knives, groceries, clothes, and kitchen utensils such as teaware and chopsticks. The souvenir shops offer items, including t-shirts, keychains, and traditional crafts, making it the perfect spot for picking up keepsakes of your visit. Show more