Visiting “Tsukiji Inner Market “ for professional buyers
Tsukiji Guide Tour takes about 2 hours. At first you will go to the wholesale site “Tsukiji Inner Market”, then you will go to the retailing site “Tsukiji Outer Market”.
Tsukiji Inner Market is organized by the Tokyo metropolitan government and roughly composed of 4 areas: ①The auction site where the seafoods coming from all over the world hand over to Intermediate wholesalers from wholesalers. ②Intermediate wholesalers area wholefoods are sold to the buyers of seafood shops, restaurants in town. ③The shipping site of goods ④Related area of restaurants shops of cooking tools and so on.
Tsukiji Inner Market is active for 24 hours in a day. Trucks from all over Japan keep coming with a lot of seafoods. After 5:00 in the morning, the auctions and individual deals start. The fishes are put at the shops of Intermediate wholesales area. Before 7:00, professional buyers start coming. At this time, it’s difficult to enjoy the shopping for ordinary people. Tsukiji Inner Market (except the auction site) can be visited after 9:00 in the morning, by anybody even for nonprofessionals. However, the Inner Market just looks like a big labyrinth, we recommended you to walk around smoothly and enjoy looking at fresh fish or rare fish with experienced guides.
Visitors can enjoy shopping at the intermediate wholesalers area for vegetables and fruits because some of them retails, too.
At “Tsukiji Outer Market”, you can try some foods and enjoy shopping of souvenirs.
After 7 in the morning until around 3 in the afternoon,”Tsukiji Outer Market” becomes nearly active with people in town keep coming and shopping freely. There are about 400 shops or restaurants in this area. Unlike “Tsukiji Inner Market”, it will not move to Toyosu because it is a private property.
Originally this town started as the site of buying foods or cooking tools and having meals for mid-whole sales if “Tsukiji Inner Market” professional buyers of “fish shops”, ”fruits and vegetables shops” and “restaurants” outside.
At present you can see some of very popular food companies in Japan such as “Kibun”, ”Aji-no-Hyodo”, ”Tsukugon” and so on. They started their business here. Recently, many shops such as egg omelet shops, ”Nori(seaweed laver)”shops started . Because of Tsukii boom, the number of Edo-style sushi restaurants and seafood bowl restaurants has increased. In has become “One big town of food”. You can try some foods and enjoy shopping of souvenirs here.
In history & culture tour you will walk around “the back side of Tsukiji, Akashicho Town”, feeling the atmosphere of old Showa period.
At the opposite side of “Tsukiji Inner & Outer Markets”, there is a quiet corner having retrospective atmosphere of Showa period. It is around the back side of “Tsukiji Honganji Temple” which moved from Asakusa during Edo period. A lot of buildings of early Showa period remain in fact because of no air attacks here during the Second World War.
Old-standing Japanese Inns, typical buildings of early Showa period, narrow alleys with flowerpots side by side…Once we go into this town, we feel as if we went back to the old times.
As the site of “Bunmeikaika(Civilization and Enlightenment )”, “A residential area of the people from foreign countries”(Foreign Settlement)was set here at the first year of Meiji period(=1868). At present, we can see many historic side such as “Tsukiji Church” the former sites of Christian school “The former site of U.S. Legation” “The site of Japan’s first telegraphic services”, ”The site of Jaoan7s first printing machine” and so on. In Taisho period,”Tsukiji small theatre” opened ere, for the people who want to visit places of “History & Culture” of Meiji. Tosiho and Showa period, this area is “History & Culture Tour of Tsukiji” listening to explanation by an experienced guide.