Tsukiji is home to world’s number one fish market and is named after this district in Chuo, Tokyo, Japan i.e. the Tsukiji Fish Market. The name ‘Tsukiji’ means a ‘reclaimed piece of land.’ This is according to Japan’s history, in the 18th Century.
1. Tsukiji Fish Market
Your tour in Tsukiji, Japan will not be spirituous without a visit to the Tsukiji Fish Market. It is free for all entrance market and offers a variety of fish for sale. It’s made up of both wholesale and retail shops to suit your personal needs. Also in plentiful supply is seafood of more than 400 types ranging from small sardines to even contentious whale species. Not to forget its one in a million tuna auction that takes places very early in the morning at the market.
- Name: Tsukiji Fish Market
- Address: 5 Chome-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0045, Japan
- Phone: +81 3-3542-1111
- Website: http://www.tsukiji-market.or.jp/
2. St. Luke’s Tower
This tower is one of the many milestones that Japan achieved in the 1990’s. A skyscraper of 221-meters that still stands up to date and it comprises of 51-stories. It is still a sight to behold; from its impressive architecture to the beautiful surrounding. It hosts diverse companies such as the Sojitz Cosmetics Company, a hotel and also has residential areas.
- Name: St. Luke’s Tower
- Address: Japan, 〒104-0044 Tokyo, Chuo, 明石町８−１
- Phone: +81 3-3248-682
- Website: http://www.sltowers.co.jp/
3. Tsukiji Hongan-Ji Temple
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The Hongan-Ji Temple is a Buddhist temple which dates back to the 1600’s even though this isn’t the original structure. The current temple was constructed between 1931 and 1934. It holds artifacts of several Japanese princes e.g. Shinran Shonin and is, therefore, a pilgrimage haven. The thought behind its engineering is attributed to South Asia temples. Its elegance will surely make you reluctant to leave.
- Name: Tsukiji Hongan-ji
- Address: 3-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo, Tokyo 104-8435, Japan
- Phone: +81 3-3541-1131
- Architectural style: Architecture of India
- Architect: Itō Chūta
- Website: http://tsukijihongwanji.jp/
4. Sumida River
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Sumida River was once the byway of Ara-kawa during the Meiji era but was averted to curb flooding. It runs through Tokyo and has bridges every one kilometer. The most interesting thing about the bridges is their different designs and stoutness.
- Name: Sumida River
- Length: 17 mi
- Source: Ara River
- Mouth: Tokyo Bay
- Country: Japan
- Cities: Tokyo
5. Hama Rikyu Gardens
This public park is positioned just at the mouth of Sumida River. It is encompassed by seawater moat, and it also surrounds the Shioiri Pond. In the middle of the pond, there’s a teahouse where visitors can enjoy Japanese culinary that will make your mouth water. The park boasts the bloom of flowers for every season. It is also readily accessible and would be a good place for you to take a break and enjoy a little peace and quiet.
- Name: Hamarikyu Garden
- Address: 1-1 Hamarikyuteien, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0046, Japan
- Phone: +81 3-3541-0200
- Hours: 9 AM- 4:30 Pm Everyday
- Website: http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/contents/index028.html
- Name: Ginza
- Area: 215 acres
Also known as Nihombashi, this business district has grown on the Nihonbashi Bridge. It was once a wooden bridge constructed in 1603 until 1911 when it stone was used to rebuild it. It is home to the Bank of Japan and the Tokyo Stock Exchange. This is another place to go shopping too as it has cost effective department stores.
- Name: Nihonbashi
- Meaning: Japan bridge
8. Suitengu Shrine
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For some enlightenment about Japanese, religious practices, this is the place to be. The Suitengu Shrine is a Japanese Buddhist shrine in honor of Varuna, as a guardian deity. It used to be the Arima Family’s inner mansion and is consecrated for conception and sound birth of children. This is just but a brief recap of the history behind the shrine.
- Name: Suitengu Shrine
- Address: 2-30-3 浜町, 日本橋, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0007, Japan
- Phone: +81 3-3666-7195
- Dedicated to: Emperor Antoku, Taira no Tokuko, Taira no Tokiko
- Website: http://www.suitengu.or.jp/
9. Bridgestone Museum of Art
The museum was founded in 1952 by Ishibashi Shojiro as a lieu to display his private collection of art. It showcases modern art from the West and also art spawned from Japan that is Western-styled. Also in the collection are ceramic works from age-old Greece. It will be a great experience for you as you enjoy the displayed pieces of art.
- Name: BridgestoneMuseum of Art
- Address: 1-10-1 Kyobashi, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0031, Japan
- Opened: 1952
- Phone: +81 3-5777-8600
- Function: Museum
- Artwork: Mont Sainte-Victoire and Chateau Noir, More
- Website: http://www.bridgestone-museum.gr.jp/
10. Namiki-Dori Street
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For a stroll through the streets of Namiki-Dori, you get to pass by some high-end department stores. There’s no harm in doing some little window shopping, is there? It is most familiar with shy shoppers. This is one of its advantages due to being within the proximity of Ginza.
- Name: Namiki-dori Street
- Address: Ginza, Chuo 104-0061, Tokyo Prefecture
11. Amazake Yokocho
Amazake is another alleyway that will blow your mind. The 400 meters alley is lined with confectionary and liquor dens. It is a beautiful place to spend your day off, or to walk the streets of Tsukiji as you enjoy the scenery. You can pop in one of the confectionary stores and satisfy both your eyes and stomach too.
- Name: Amazake Yokocho
- Website: http://amazakeyokocho.jp/
12. Kachidoki Bridge
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The Bridge is one of the many on Sumida River. It was built to memorialize the victory that Japan had over Russia during the Japanese-Russian war. The Kachidoki Bridge was run by electricity and would open and close to allow ships to pass through. However, it has since stopped those operations. All the same, the lighting on the bridge is captivating and its structure too.
- Name: Kachidoki Bridge
- Address: Tsukiji, Kachidoki, Chuo 104-0045, Tokyo Prefecture
13. Mitsui Memorial Museum
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For a trip down memory lane, this is the place to go to learn about some of the Japanese histories. It is a vital cultural property in Japan. In its massive collection, many materials belonged to the Mitsui family during the Edo period. You may want to check out this art museum in the fantastic Nihonbashi district of Kyoto.
- Name: Mitsui Memorial Museum
- Address: 2-1-1 Nihonbashimuromachi, Chuo, Tokyo 103-0022, Japan
- Phone: +81 3-5777-8600
- Established: October 8, 2005
- Website: http://www.mitsui-museum.jp/
14. Tsukiji Sushi Workshop
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You can never really experience and enjoy your stay in Japan without really having a taste of their Sushi. It is located at the outer Tsukiji Fish Market. Here, one gets to make sushi under the guidance of a professional Japanese Chef. Won’t it be wonderful to be able to make your sushi at your bidding? It is a workshop worth participating.
- Name: Tsukiji Sushi Workshop
- Address: Tsukijishijo Station, Chuo, Tokyo 104-0044, Japan
- Phone: +81 90-2725-0668
- Opening hours: Mon – Sun: 8:30 AM -12:30 PM
- Website: http://www.tsukiji-market.jp/
15. Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
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Is there any better way to end a day of waking up early to attend a tuna auction, walk the alleyways and go shopping than having a good rest? Yokohama Royal Park Hotel is the right package for you. It has a full-service spa to go and relax as they keep you comfy. Also, there’s a bar a lounge to go, to calm your mind.
- Name: Yokohama Royal Park Hotel
- Located: Yokohama Landmark Tower
- Address: Japan, 〒220-0012 Kanagawa Prefecture, Yokohama, Nishi Ward, Minatomirai, 2 Chome−2−1−３
- Phone: +81 45-221-1111
- Website: http://www.yrph.com/
Tsukiji offers a variety of opportunities to be enlightened, shop and to admire the different milestones that man has achieved. You won’t miss something to do.
Have a good trip and travel!