With two different locations, the Toyosu Fish Market and Tsukiji Market, wrapped up in one food tour, this is the most all-encompassing fish market tour in Tokyo! Due to the relocation of Tsukiji Fish Market, the world’s largest fish market, to Toyosu in October 2018, the inner market of Tsukiji has been closed. But Tsukiji’s outer market, famous for fresh seafood and Japanese street food stalls and restaurants, is still open and thriving!
This tour is a combination of two amazing markets where you can learn all about Japanese seafood and food culture while meeting fellow tourists with the same interest in Japanese food. While entering the Toyosu Fish Market’s inner market is prohibited, there is much to explore and discover around the outer areas. Then, visit the outer market of Tsukiji and mini wholesale area while accompanied by our local guide. You will also get to taste different types of Japanese dishes ranging from fresh sushi to fried fish cake. The tour will end with a lovely sushi meal at a local sushi restaurant, where you can savor every bite as you chat with fellow travelers.
Note: Since the Tsukiji Fish Market has closed in October 2018 and has been relocated to Toyosu, this food tour and information provided here have been updated.
Highlights of Tsukiji and Toyosu Fish Market Tour:
- Explore the brand new Toyosu Fish Market with our local guide
- Visit Tsukiji Market and try Japanese foods, such as fresh sushi and sake, from local shops
- Experience Tsukiji Market’s mini wholesale area
- Learn all about the Japanese food culture while enjoying the freshest delicacies
- Get insider tips about Japanese history, etiquette, and culture from a local
- Meet in front of Toyosu Fish Market
- View the new Toyosu Fish Market
- Explore Tsukiji Market’s mini wholesale area
- Try local dishes and drinks in the Tsukiji outer market
- End the tour with delicious sushi and sake at a local restaurant
- A three and a half hour food tour of Toyosu Fish Market and Tsukiji Market
- English-speaking tour guide (Chinese-speaking tour guide available upon inquiry)
- Tips about Japanese history, etiquette, and culture from an expert
- Transportation fees between markets
- A bottle of water
- Food (menu below)
- Tamagoyaki (Japanese omelet)
- Sample of dried bonito
- Sample of Japanese green tea
- Fresh tuna
- Fried fish cake
- Japanese sake
- Transportation to and from the event locations
Toyosu Fish Market: The Toyosu Fish Market is much larger than the old Tsukiji Fish Market, and was relocated in order to control the amount of foot traffic by visitors and tourists at the old Tsukiji location. Created during the 1930s and later enlarged, Toyosu is a man-made island located in Tokyo, near Odaiba. One of its main attractions is Lalaport Toyosu, one of the biggest shopping malls in central Tokyo. It houses many international and local establishments ranging from restaurants, brand-name boutiques, a cinema, and a promenade. They are also home to Kidzania, a theme park tailored for kids ages 3 to 15, where they can play and act wearing costumes like pilot or stewardess uniforms. Toyosu is also home to the first 7-Eleven convenience store in Japan, which opened in 1974.
Tsukiji Market: The early-morning hustle and bustle and the spectacle of whole fish being expertly carved right before your eyes, combined with the array of local delicacies you can’t find anywhere else, make Tsukiji Market a must-see in Tokyo. While the Tsukiji Fish Market’s auction was relocated to Toyosu in October 2018, many of Tsukiji Outer Market’s street vendors and restaurants remained. And since the seafood sold at Tsukiji Market is delivered directly from Toyosu Fish Market, Tsukiji Market is still one of the best places in Tokyo for fresh seafood. Additionally, Tsukiji Market has such a long and rich history in Japan, and some market shops and restaurants have been in business for over 100 years!
Meeting Location and Meeting Time:
The meeting point is Shijo-mae Station near Toyosu Market. The meeting time is at 8:15 a.m. The event starts exactly at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m.
Additional Information from the Organizer:
- Please note that as we cannot enter the inner market of Toyosu Fish Market, instead we will be exploring the mini wholesale area of Tsukiji Market.
- The minimum drinking age is 20 years in Japan. We will prepare alternative drinks for participants under 20 years old.
- Please notify us if food restrictions or allergies are a concern (e.g gluten allergy, vegetarian, etc.) in the notes section of the payment page.
- Please be reminded to wear comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of walking. Sandals are prohibited as you can’t enter the market wearing them.
- If you would like a Chinese-speaking tour guide, please write this in the order notes section of the payment page.
- The food tour starts strictly on time. If guests do not arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will begin regardless, and no refund shall be given. This is to guarantee that there is enough time, so everyone can enjoy each food stop. Please be respectful of the other guests, our restaurant partners, and the tour guide’s time.