Tsukiji Market Has Relocated! Tips on How to Enjoy Toyosu Market and Its Surrounding Area
They say that Toyosu Market has become the “heart of Japanese food” today. The tuna auctions are super popular even with tourists visiting Japan! With that, here is a guide on the much-talked-about Tokyo Bay area, focusing on Toyosu Market!
Tsukiji Market Has Moved! Let's Check Out Toyosu Market!
Tsukiji Market relocated to Toyosu in October 2018. Did you know that the relocation is actually a good thing for tourists? Unlike Tsukiji Market that was not designed under the assumption that it would be visited by tourists, Toyosu Market has a dedicated space where visitors can observe the tuna auctions and other activities happening in the market. The move to Toyosu Market has made market tours, which have grown in popularity with tourists, so much smoother than they were in the previous site.
Below is a detailed introduction on ways to enjoy Toyosu, which has also come to be known as the center of Japanese food since it offers ingredients for professional buyers and chefs that even regular people can buy, and is also home to delicious dining spots that are frequented by professional chefs!
How to Enjoy Toyosu Market
Toyosu Market can be roughly divided into the market that sells seafood and the market where fruits and vegetables are sold. Of all the areas in this market, the one that is particularly popular among tourists is the Fish Wholesale Building where the tuna auctions take place. A lot of people also visit the Fish Intermediate Wholesale Building where ordinary people can purchase vegetables, tamagoyaki (Japanese omelet), and other ingredients meant for professional buyers and chefs, along with cutlery.
This is the recommended route for touring Toyosu Market: Get off at Shijo-mae Station on the Yurikamome Line, go through a dedicated passage for visitors that is directly linked to the train station, and then observe the tuna auctions at the Fish Wholesale Building. After moving to and touring the Fruit and Vegetable Building, enjoy dishes made with the extremely fresh fish from the wholesale area and buy various items at the Fish Intermediate Wholesale Building. Finally, head back to the train station.
If you want to watch the auctions, try to be there at 5:30 am – 6:30 am. It may be difficult to get up so early in the morning, but it will be worth it when you witness the thrilling sight of auctioneers energetically auctioning off huge tunas. An observation deck on the 1st floor is scheduled to be opened in mid-January 2019, and that will give visitors a closer look at the auctions.
Tour hours: 5:00 am – 5:00 pm on days when the market is open (the restaurants and shops are open until their respective closing times), but there are no tours on Sundays, national holidays, and on days when the market is closed
How to Tour Toyosu Market
The auction areas for tuna, fruits, and vegetables will give you a glimpse into the bidding action. You can take photos, too!
The corridors in these areas are filled with exhibits associated with the auctions to help visitors better enjoy them. For instance, if you enter the Fish Wholesale Building, you will be welcomed by a model of a humongous bluefin tuna that weighs 496kg and measures 2.88m long. After snapping a souvenir photo in this spot, make sure to also check out the explanation boards hung in the observation deck. You’ll probably find the display panels on “teyari” (a method used by buyers to signify their desired price and quantity for the items they want to purchase with their fingers) really interesting. If you read the explanations before the auction begins, you just might take note of the actions of the buyers and auctioneers when watching the auctions.
Even in the Fruit and Vegetable Building, there is a tour route on the 2nd floor that will let visitors see from above how greengrocers and restaurants buy their vegetables and fruits. The windows of the visitor corridor are painted in the colors of vegetables and fruits in season from January through December, so they are very colorful. The display panels also explain the route that vegetables take to get to the market, and how they are distributed.
Recommended Sightseeing Spots Around Toyosu Market
The Toyosu area is a redeveloped zone, so it is characterized by well-designed, beautiful streets and lovely bay scenery. Aside from restaurants boasting gorgeous night views and other spots that couples can enjoy, you will also find many spots for families since there are many high-rise apartment buildings around Toyosu.
Toyosu Station is easy to reach from Toyosu Market, as it is just two stations away on the Yurikamome Line. So, try to drop by on your way home from Toyosu Market.
LaLaport Toyosu is a large-scale shopping mall where you can enjoy shopping on your way back from Toyosu Market. It is home to around 180 shops offering fashion items, interior decorations, miscellaneous goods, and other products, as well as cinemas and a food court, so everyone in the family is sure to have fun. If you are looking to buy souvenirs, then there’s no better place to visit than Tokyu Hands! It sells a wide array of goods - everything from stationery to kitchen goods and cosmetics - so you will surely find products you like.
Business hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm for shopping/services, and 11:00 am – 11:00 pm for the restaurants
Gas Science Museum GASTENANI
If you have kids in tow, then you might want to check out the Gas Science Museum GASTENANI, which you can enter for free. Here, you can learn about such things as the history and workings of gas through interactive displays, so everyone is sure to have a good time. There are nursing rooms and diaper changing sheets, too.
Inside, you will find a zone where you can pass through real gas pipes and another zone where thin gas pipes can be connected like blocks, so it is bound to be a lot of fun even if you cannot understand Japanese! When you’re done looking at the displays, make sure to head to the rooftop. From the lawn-covered rooftop, you will be treated to wonderful scenery while the sea breeze blows on your face, and you will get to see the trains on the Yurikamome Line come and go. Kids who love trains will probably love it!
Business hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (last entry at 4:30 pm), closed on Mondays (the following day if Monday falls on a national holiday)
Toyosu Park/Harumibashi Park
Toyosu Park is adjacent to LaLaport Toyosu, while Harumibashi Park was developed on the waterfront next to Toyosu Park. Harumibashi Park is recommended to adults who want to leisurely marvel at the sea, while Toyosu Park is best for those with children as it is packed with playground equipment and a lawn where they can play all they want.
i-muse is a museum, free of charge, that is run by the comprehensive heavy industries manufacturer IHI Corp. Here, there are displays of models and actual products to help you better understand IHI’s shipbuilding business, as well as the manufacturing of large-scale products such as jet engines, LNG tanks, and epsilon rockets. You can take pictures inside the museum, so how about a souvenir shot with the jet engine?
Business hours: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm, closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Must-Try Food in Toyosu
There are many restaurants in Toyosu where you can dine on delicious dishes while gazing at the stunning bay area, which looks like a major metropolis with the sea and skyscrapers. Here are three incredibly unique dining spots in the area.
WILDMAGIC is a hot dining spot in urban Toyosu where you can have barbecue while enjoying the sea breeze. It is made up of 7 areas, which all have their respective concepts and come equipped with fancy tents, so you need not bring equipment or ingredients.
For instance, the Standard BBQ Plan (5,000 JPY (excl. tax) per person) comes with eight food products, including sirloin steak, roast pork steak, chicken legs, an assortment of domestically-grown vegetables, and marshmallows, as well as cooking equipment and tableware. It is a popular spot, so make sure to reserve your place before you go there.
Business hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (Use of BBQ is limited to four hours)
WEE BEE'S is a casual Italian restaurant with a high ceiling and large windows. You will find the dishes here reasonably priced, such as the Pasta of the Day with Salad/Bread (900 JPY (incl. tax)) for lunch and Margherita (1,200 JPY (incl. tax)) for dinner. It is near i-muse, so it’s easy to drop by after visiting there.
Business hours: 11:00 am – 10:30 pm on Tuesday - Thursday, 11:00 am – 11:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, 11:00 am – 9:30 pm on Sunday and national holidays (closed on Mondays, or on the Tuesday after that if Monday falls on a national holiday)
Located inside LaLaport Toyosu, LOGiC is an Italian restaurant that boasts pizzas cooked by chefs in a stone oven. From inside the restaurant and on the terrace, you will see a beautiful nightscape. The dinner menu is filled with various types of pizzas, but the one that is most recommended is the Siciliana (1,280 JPY (incl. tax)) that is filled with the refreshing aroma of olives. Order some appetizers and wine, and marvel at the gorgeous night view of the fashionable and urban Toyosu area.
Business hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (last order at 2:30 pm) for lunch on Monday - Friday, 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm (last order for food at 10:00 pm and for drinks at 10:30 pm) for dinner on Monday - Friday and days prior to a national holiday, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm (last order at 2:30 pm) for lunch on Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays, and 4:30 pm – 11:00 pm (last order for food at 10:00 pm and for drinks at 10:30 pm) for dinner on Saturday, Sunday, and national holidays (open throughout the year)
Toyosu Market, where you can observe fierce tuna auctions, together with the urban bay area of Toyosu, are spots that are guaranteed to fill your day with a lot of fun! Try to check out the recently opened Toyosu Market with this article as your reference.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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