First, Let’s Visit Tsukiji Honganji Temple. Tsukiji Subway Station is the Nearest Station.
As soon as you get to Tsukiji, visit a temple first rather than heading straight to the Tsukiji Fish Market. (In Japan, it is believed that visiting temples should be done in the morning.) As temples are so-called ‘power spots’, praying at the temple will make you feel great!
The signboard of the Tsukiji Honganji Temple is tourist-friendly, written in English. Inside the Hondo (Main Worship Hall) looks like traditional Japanese temple, but the exterior, on the other hand, has full of Asian atmosphere. This proves that Buddihism originated in India.
Don't Miss Marutake Tamagoyaki Shop! Good Taste, Good Price!
Marutake is a popular tamagoyaki shop. (Tamagoyaki means Japanese rolled omelet.) Now their tamagoyaki is available at supermarkets in Tokyo as well, but this shop is the only place where you can get freshly made one.
Just 100 yen can buy you this happiness! High-quality eggs along with their traditional soup stock make this tasty tamagoyaki! Also, it’s fun to see the staff rolling the eggs skillfully.
Kitsuneya’s ‘Horumon-don’ Proves That Tsukiji Has More Than Just Fish!
Kitsuneya’s ‘Horumon-don’ (bowl of rice with offal) is no doubt a ‘must-eat’ food in Tsukiji. Don’t miss this place if you come to Tsukiji, as their ‘Horumon-don’ is quite something and worth trying! However, there is something you need to know before going to this busy restaurant: while lining up, have the exact amount of money and decide what to order. No problem if everything goes smoothly when ordering, but otherwise, you won’t be allowed to eat… (I’m not kidding!)
The street, used as a part of the restaurant, is always bustling with customers. The owner is a typical ‘Edokko’ (Tokyoite) lady who is very assertive and straightforward even to foreign visitors. The very Japanese that can say ‘NO’! She wouldn’t accept any bothering request from customers, like ‘sharing one dish with friends’. At this restaurant, ‘one dish per customer’ is the ordering rule!
Here it comes! (Seems like my order was taken successfully. Phew!) This is ‘Gyu-horumon-don’ (rice bowl with beef offal topped with a soft-boiled egg called ‘onsen-tamago’). The well-simmered beef offal consists of intestine and lung only. The Haccho-miso-colored soup has rich and sweet flavor, but it tastes much lighter than it looks. Here again, be careful not to stay here too long! Eat and leave quickly! You can't come back unless you keep the unspoken rule!
Why Don’t You Try Whale Instead of Sushi in Tsukiji-jogai? Fried Whale Meat Cutlet at Tomisui.
Tokyo’s only whale shop Tomisui serves whale meat (which is usually sold wholesale to high-end restaurants) at reasonable prices. As a wholesaler, they use whale meat of high-quality. Try and enjoy their specialty ‘Kujira-katsu’ (fried whale cutlet) as well as standard ‘Tatsuta-age’ (deep-fried whale meat).
Tomisui is right next to a famous chicken wholesaler. The entrance looks small, but actually the shop has a space inside where you can sit at the tables and enjoy their whale dishes. First, let’s try their ‘Kujira-katsu’ at the shop front! It tastes better if you dip the cutlet in the sauce (Only one dip is permitted!) If you don’t like whale’s peculiar taste, you should definitely try this! It tastes milder than you think because of its high quality.
Let’s Get a Cool Apron for Professionals at Inoue-shoten.
Tsukiji has many things that are nothing special to Tsukiji workers but very interesting to visitors. The liveliness of the market is one example, and so are the workers’ professional-use clothes. I’ve come across a navy apron which is for professional-use, but can be used daily as well. It’s a must-buy item, isn’t it!
Doesn’t matter if it looks good on me… Thus, Tsukiji is the place you can get professional-use items like this. By the way, Inoue is a popular souvenir shop among foreigners. In this amazing Tsukiji, professional-use items are much cooler ‘omiyage’ (souvenir) than common souvenir!
Torito, A Chicken Eatery Is Another Must-Go Spot.
Torito was recently introduced on a popular TV program. Though the whole chicken, being roasted right in front of the shop, is so tempting; ‘yakitori’ (grilled chicken skewers) would be the right choice if you want to eat right away. The chicken has awesome profound taste!
Their yakitori is so addictive I can’t stop eating! (Maybe I should have ordered a whole chicken instead.) Yakitori has such a profound taste and the sauce is just perfect with the chicken. Torito embodies the idea that Tsukiji is not only for fish, but also for other Japanese tasty food! Hope you check out the place.
Tsukiji Honganji Temple is the Goal! Show Appreciation for the Tasty Food You’ve Had Today!
Tsukiji Honganji Temple is one of Tokyo’s biggest temples where celebrities’ funerals often take place. Go inside and greet the principal image called Gohonzon. The unique thing is that you can sit on a chair in the hall, which is rarely seen in most temples. No need to try to calm yourself. You will find yourself relaxed in no time. Just be careful, however, not to doze off after a big meal!