[JAPAN] 7 Street Snacks You Should Try at Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo

Tsukiji Market ((築地市場 Tsukiji Shijō) has become one of the places that must be visited while in Tokyo, Japan. This place has been known as a large wholesale market for fish, fruits and vegetables in central Tokyo. According to Japan guide, Tsukiji Market is best known as one of the world’s largest fish markets, handling over 2,000 tons of marine products per day. Unfortunately, we did not have a chance to see the tuna auction that usually takes place early morning (around 5 am). However, this place attracts not only foreign tourists, but also visitors from within Japan. It’s why we decided to visit Tsukiji Market on our second trip to Japan in July 2015. Click here to see the Complete Itinerary of our first Japan trip last year (July 23 until 05 August, 2014) for your reference.

Mullie and Andy together at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary Tsukiji Fish Market Signboard by Myfunfoodiary

I have a few tips for you, especially for girls and women. Make sure you wear clothes that are lightweight and comfortable, casual shoes (without heels) as you may need to survive on the crowds of people and the heat of the sun during summer in Tokyo. So, Tsukiji Market has two different areas; the inner market (opens from 9 am where you can buy fresh fish, meat, vegetables, etc.) and the outer market (adjacent to the inner market). We chose to visit the outer market because there are a large number of shops selling street snacks, small retail shops and restaurants crowded along narrow lanes. Well, now you know the reason why I chose the outer market, which is to try some of the famous street snacks in Tsukiji Market! Here I want to share 7 street snacks that you should try when in Tsukiji Market, do not miss it!

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King Crab at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary

King Crab everywhere at Tsukiji Market, Tokyo – Japan

Outer Market at Tsukiji Market by MyfunfoodiaryThe way people enjoying some food from the food stall at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary

 1. Ramen Shop, ¥700

We spotted a Ramen stall that has a long queue that afternoon, and we immediately joined in line. Ha-ha.. The Ramen was good, served in a big portion with a light soy sauce broth and sliced chasiu meat.

Long queue at the Ramen Shop at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary Enjoying Ramen for brunch at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary Ramen at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary collage

2. Ajino Hamato Tsukiji Honten – Corn Fritter, ¥398

This shop has been established for 80 years, and they sell a variety of fried foods as light snacks made from ocean-based ingredients. I bought one that looks like a corn fritter. At first it tasted like the ordinary corn fritters, but surprisingly it also contained fish paste that added depth of flavor. It was unique, and only available at Tsukiji.

Ajino Hamato Corn Fritter at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary

3. Steam Oysters, ¥400

If you like oysters, you can try a different experience at the outer market of Tsukiji. There are some stores that sell oysters, but I chose one of the shops recommended by a friendly Japanese man from the shop that sells many wooden tools. He told me that this shop sells fresh oysters, steamed. So we tried the steam oyster, and it was a perfect one-bite delicacy.

Steam Oyster at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary

4. Suga Shoten Dimsum, ¥300 for Pork Dumpling and ¥100 for Pork Bun

Unlike the pork dumplings that we usually eat in Jakarta, this shop has been known for its black pork dumplings made of pork shoulder roast from Abel farm pigs in Kagoshima Prefecture. It was really delicious! Not to forget, the pork bun was generously stuffed with pork meat and wrapped in a layer of thin dough.

Suga Shoten Dimsum at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary

5. Tsukiji Grilled Eel, ¥200

Grilled eel in Japan also popular, but tend to be more expensive when compared with prices in Jakarta. However, if you are curious about the taste of grilled eel in Japan, you can try this grilled eel skewers. Sweet, rich, creamy and addictive! It was so delicious!!

Grilled Eel at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary collage

6. Japanese Rolled Omelette = Tamago, ¥100

Not only that, but Japan is also famous for rolled omelette egg, commonly referred to as Tamago. I’ve tried this in Tsukiji and realized it was very different from the Tamago which made by most Japanese restaurants in Jakarta. The original Japanese Tamago was incredibly soft, fluffy, rich and bursting with a well-balanced sweetness.

Daisada Egg Tamago at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary

7.  Japanese Dried Octopus

Dried shredded squid is also popular in Japan. It tasted a bit weird and had a strong fishy smell, but you should give it a try, so at least you know how it felt! It’s mostly used as Otsumami (snack consumed while drinking alcohol) in Japan.

Dry Octopus at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary

Besides those seven snacks that I’ve mentioned above, you can also take a stroll through the outer market and find lots of interesting shops. We bought some wooden items, fresh Japanese peaches (MOMO), cute Japanese eraser for souvenirs, etc. It was really fun to be in the Tsukiji Market, an exciting and memorable place for us when we’re in Tokyo, Japan.

Awesome Japanese Peaches bought from AEON Tokyo by Myfunfoodiary 01

Fresh Japanese Peaches (MOMO) – A must buy when you visit Japan during summer

Fresh Fruit and Vegetables at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary Shopping wood tools at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary Cute sushi eraser for souvenirs at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary

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Tsukiji Fish Market
5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
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Had so much fun at Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary Andy before leaving the Tsukiji Market by Myfunfoodiary

Author: myfunfoodiary

Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say “Hi”. Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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  1. Thank you so much for all of your information! My husband and I will be traveling to Japan next month and I am looking forward to trying all this food. Can’t wait!! 🙂

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