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Tsukiji 築地

Tsukiji Fish Market
Tsukiji Fish Market

Tsukiji Fish Market 築地市場

Tsukiji Market is the largest fish market in the world. Every day, tens of thousands of fish and seafood arrive from all over the world. Auctions over the night's catch take place in the early hours the morning, so if you want to see all the lively hustle and bustle you should go between 5:00 and 8:00 am.

The fruit and vegetable market beside the fish market is not as attractive for tourists, but is also of considerable size.

Tsukiji is an excellent place to enjoy a sushi or sashimi breakfast. Restaurants are lined all around the market and neighbouring streets.

The main Tokyo fish market used to be located in Nihombashi. It moved to its present location in Tsukiji after the disastrous Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923.

The famous gyūdon chain Yoshinoya opened its first restaurant at the Nihombashi Fish Market in 1899, and moved its headquarters to Tsukiji after the earthquake. The sucess of the beef dish in a fishmarket probably owes to the number of fishermen and fish retailers fed up of eating fish everyday. Incidentally, Yoshinoya stopped serving its emblematic gyūdon for many years after the first case of mad cow disease was detected in Japan in 2001.

Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple 築地本願寺

First established in Yoshiwara in 1617, the temple was moved to its present location in Tsukiji after the great fire of 1657. It used to be a complex of 35 temples, but only consists of a single building nowadays.

The current construction dates from 1935. It is notable for being the largest temple built entirely of stone in Japan. Its architect, Chūta Ōta, designed it in a Hindu-style, which makes it look very un-Japanese.

The Tsukiji Hongan-ji, like other Hongan-ji temples, is part of the Jōdō-shinshū or "True Pure Land" branch of Buddhism.

Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple (photo by Wiiii - Creative Commons Licence) St. Luke's Garden Tower & St. Luke's International Hospital, Tsukiji

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