Mouth-watering delicacies aplenty at Japan’s ‘Food Town’

James Kon

Despite the famous Tsukiji Inner Market having moved to a new site in Toyosu where it reopened as Toyosu Market last year, the Tsukiji Outer Market – known as Tsukiji Jōgai Shijō in Japanese – is still open for business, with many shops and restaurants selling fresh seafood, vegetables, sushi, souvenirs, sweet fresh fruit and more.

Tsukiji Outer Market is located adjacent to the site of the former Tsukiji Wholesale Market.

Using the Japanese subway system, visitors can take the Marunouchi Subway Line from Tokyo to Ginza (three minutes) and transfer to the Hibiya Subway Line to get to Tsukiji Station (three minutes). The fare is only 170 yen which is around BND2.20.

During a recent trip to Japan, I visited the market where upon arrival I began taking photographs and also enjoyed the fresh food.

Along the narrow lanes of Tsukiji Outer Market, some of the food items available were grilled oysters, octopus, king crabs, unagi (eel) and wagyu beef. There were also fresh fruit, freshly made Tamago (Japanese omelettes), Matcha ice cream, sushi and more.

Grilled fresh unagi available at the market. PHOTOS: JAMES KON
Tsukiji Outer Market is located adjacent to the site of the former Tsukiji Wholesale Market

Quality cooking utensils and kitchenware were also available in the area. I also discovered that there was no bargaining in the market as the market is for wholesale.

However, when I bought five packages of fried seafood at the market, the shop owner offered discounts for the items. The area is packed with tourists and local Japanese especially during the weekend. There are also many small scale restaurants along the narrow lanes, where seats are limited during peak hours.

According to the Tsukiji Outer Market’s official website, “Tsukiji Market is Japan’s ‘Food Town’, where one can encounter all kind of Japanese traditional food

A mixture of wholesale and retail shops along with numerous restaurants line the streets and new culinary trends are born here.”

Tsukiji Market originally used to be the only wholesale market for commercial purpose and items were generally too big for a small family to purchase.

However, the trend started to change when some of the wholesale shops began to sell high-end merchandise to ordinary customers and visitors.

When the Japanese economy started to boom in the 1980s, people from all over the world were interested in the healthy Japanese cuisine and Tsujiki Market, with its famed fresh seafood and fruit, have become a main attraction among visitors around the globe.

Despite the Tsukiji Inner Market having moved since October last year, the Tsukiji Outer Market has stayed on and continues to provide the best marketplace for the Japanese people and visitors.

For Bruneians visiting Japan, a trip to the Tsukiji Outer Market is an absolute must.