Tsukiji Market with a long history moved to Toyosu, and the name changed to Toyosu Market.
Now, it gets the limelight as a new sightseeing spot.
The large market is designed to be easy for ordinary people to walk around.
And there are some fun activities including the tuna auction.
We’ll show you Toyosu Market’s good features and best places.
What is Toyosu Market?
The most famous wholesale market in Tokyo used to be Tsukiji Market.
But, it had some problems such as deterioration of facilities, increasing shops in the market and food hygiene management.
So, Tsukiji Market decided to move to new place. It is Toyosu Market that was opened in 2018.
Tsukiji Market used to be the largest market in Japan.
But Toyosu Market becomes larger than Tsukiji. Moreover, they deal in world-class seafood.
So, you need much time to go sightseeing.
At Toyosu Market, you see auctions, and eat and buy fresh seafood.
It is thought as a new sightseeing spot in Tokyo.
So, Many foreign tourists also visit there.
Recommended tour for beginner, “Toyosu Market Tour”
If you want to walk around in the whole Toyosu Market, we have a good tour. It’s “Toyosu Market Tour”.
Many travel companies offer a variety of tours to observe the market.
When you choose a tour from them, we recommend the tour to get special information about the market and restaurants, which you can’t get by yourself.
We have an our own “Toyosu Market Tour” The cost per person is 2,780 yen. The tour goes to the main facilities in the market.
During the tour, we give you transceivers to listen to our guide clearly.
If you are in the back of the line, you will catch the guide’s explanation.
Moreover, we’ll provide you our original booklet about the market. You do understand Toyosu Market.
If you join the tour, you will get information about a new facility called “Edomae Jokamachi” and popular shops and restaurants which has been loved since Tsukiji Market.
You must be have exciting time at the market.
If you come to visit Toyosu Market for the first time, please take part in our tour.
8 best places in Toyosu Market
Toyosu Market is an entertaining facility for ordinary people.
It is easy for them to walk around there.
So, everyone has great time here.
We’ll introduce 8 best places in Toyosu Market.
Edomae Jokamachi is a facility for tourists, opened January 2020.
There are 21 restaurants and souvenir shops offering fresh seafood, ingredients and products from Toyosu Market.
This is a limited time only facility closed by Mach 2023. So, this is plain design though it is one of popular places in the market.
The market is consisted of 3 areas.
Toyosu Jokamachi area is a food hall that you eat sushi or seafood from Toyosu Market.
Ichibe Koji area is a shopping street that you buy fresh fish, sweets and souvenirs.
Edomae Hirobe area is an event hall.
Fruits and Vegetables Building (Block 5)
Fruits and Vegetables Building is an area to deal in vegetables and fruits.
There is 12 observation decks for tourists to look down the market.
The entrances of each observation decks are painted by 12 different colors.
Each deck is named after seasonal vegetable and fruits from January to December.
It’s really unique design.
You would see auctions about vegetables and fruits there.
On the 1st floor, there are some restaurants offering soba noodle, assorted seafood rice bowl and tempura.
Yamato Sushi (Sushi)
Restaurants at Management Facilities Building
There are 13 restaurants in Management Facilities Building, Block 7.
Most restaurants serve sushi. So you can eat it at several different restaurants.
There is near Shijo-mae Station of Yurikamome line.
Tonkatsu Yachiyo(Japanese pork cutlet)
Dontaku(Seafood rice bowl)
Fisheries Wholesale Market Building (Block 7)
This is an area to sell and buy fishery products.
The market deals in national or international fishery products.
So, it is thought as one of the largest markets in the world.
There is also an observation deck for tourists.
You watch the most popular tuna auction in the market.
Observation Deck for tuna auction
The best place of Toyosu Market is an observation deck to see heated tuna auction.
You witness the powerful scene to deal in big tunas.
You feel worker’s heat while you are watching the market from the observation deck.
Everyone can watch the tuna auction.
But if you want it more closely, you should apply for the tour held by Toyosu Market.
You will watch the auction closer than the observation deck and get explanation from the staff.
If you want to see the auction, you have to gather the market at 5:30 a.m.
It might be hard to wake up early.
But, watching the tuna auction deserves to do it.
Restaurants at Block 6
On 3rd floor of Fisheries Intermediate Wholesale Market Building, there are the largest number of restaurants in Toyosu Market.
You eat not only seafood, but also Indian curry, beaf rice bowl and western cuisine.
It is happy for you not to wait in line around these restaurants because there are many restaurants.
If you are so hungry, this is a good area.
Yamahara(Seafood rice bowl)
Nakaya(Seafood rice bowl, set menu)
Toritou(Chicken rice bowl)
Yoshinoya(Beef rice bowl)
Odayasu(Japanese pork cutlet)
Oedo(Seafood rice bowl)
Fisheries Intermediate Wholesale Market Building (Block 6)
There are intermediate wholesaler’s shops.
Normally, the area doesn’t allow ordinary people to walk in.
But if they come here to buy products, they are admitted to enter.
Don’t forget the rule that you must buy products.
These shops sell large potion of fish compared to normal supermarket. So, you can’t buy small potion.
You get to Visitor’s Hall after going down the passage between Management Facilities Building and Fisheries Wholesale Market Building.
You see the largest tuna model which sold in Tsukiji Market here.
This is one of photo spots in the market which many people visit.
Moreover, there are some exhibition for ordinary people about fishery products and types of tuna dealt in at Toyosu Market.
Uogashi Yokocho is a shopping street which the market’s workers often visit.
There are 70 shops offering a variety of tools, ingredients, fresh seafood that professionals highly praise.
If ordinary people or tourists want to enter into the street, they need to rent a special card at the entrance.
You don’t need to make a reservation in advance. You feel free to rent a card and walk around there.
In addition to food, there are kitchen uniforms and shoes which rarely buy at ordinary shop.
You have fun time to only watch them.
Cautions in Toyosu Market
The business hour of the market is from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Especially, the tuna auction starts at 5 a.m. If you go to the market at noon, you can’t see anymore.
Moreover, if you get there at noon, most restaurants have people waiting in line.
So, you should go to the market early morning.
Toyosu Market is not only sightseeing spot but also workplace.
So, there are many areas not to allow ordinary people to walk in.
If you visit here, follow the rule to avoid troubles.
Best restaurants in Toyosu Market
Sushidai is a sushi restaurant that have the longest waiting line in Toyosu Market, located on 3rd floor of Fisheries Intermediate Wholesale Market Building.
The restaurant consists of only counter and suggests to customers to talk with sushi master during meal time.
So, the average meal time per person is about 1 hour.
As result, the waiting time might be 2 or 3 hours.
The most popular menu is “Omakase set,” including 11 kinds of sushi and 1 norimaki (rice rolled in laver). It is 4500 yen.
You enjoy chatting and watching Japanese old style sushi here because sushi master make sushi in front of you.
This is a famous curry restaurant in the market on 3rd floor of Fisheries Intermediate Wholesale Market Building.
The market deal in fishery products, so you want to ask why we show you the curry restaurant.
The curry with over 100 years history is really popular to workers at the market, because it is reasonable and big.
The favorite menu is “Indian curry” (700 yen). “Mix” which you choose 2 kinds among Indo curry, beaf curry and hashed beaf rice is also good.
Moreover, if you ask “tokumori” and pay 200 yen more, the amount of rice will be 1226 g.
Odayasu is a popular restaurant offering fried fish from Toyosu market, and pork and chicken from butcher shop.
Many foreign tourists like the restaurant.
The standard set menu is fried fish or meat with rice and miso soup. There is seasonal menu.
For example, winter seasonal menu is oyster set including fried and sauted oyster with rice and miso soup.
This is good for oyster lovers.
The standard set menu in Japan is fried fish or meat with rice and miso soup.
If you don’t like raw fish, you don’t need to be worried about meal at the market.
This is a seafood rice bowl takeout shop, which use fresh fish bought in the market every morning.
You choose your rice favorite bowl from over 60 kinds of.
They use natural tuna and carefully selected salmon.
So, You will eat high-quality seafood rice bowl here. Foreign tourists also like the shop.
This is a takeout shop, so you don’t need to make a long line to eat.
When you eat it, you bring food to tables at the outside of building or small eat-in space in the shop.
Tenbou is a tempura restaurant on the 1st floor of Fruits and Vegetables Building.
You meet delicious tempura using fresh seafood from the market.
The popular ingredients of tempura here are shrimp or eel caught in Tokyo bay.
Popular tempura set (1900 yen) includes seasonal fish, shrimp and eel. You can’t get enough of the set.
And there are some rare ingredients like ayu (sweetfish), asparagus and buds of dragon fruit.
How about the new market?
Toyosu Market take over good features of Tsukiji Market.
Moreover, facilities in Toyosu Market is designed to think that ordinary people can observe.
If you want to see the entire Toyosu Market, you should take part in a tour with guide, “Toyosu Market Tour”
You will discover good features and delicious restaurant of the market.
See tuna auction, eat fresh seafood, buy a variety of food and ingredients.
You will enjoy yourself here as much as you want. So, let’s go to Toyosu Market.