History of Tsukiji Fish Market – Feel the history and enrich your visit –

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Tsukiji Market was officially opened in 1935, 12 years after Great Kanto Earthquake hit Tokyo. Before the earthquake, Tsukiji was known as one of the foreign settlement. It was also used as a port for importing and exporting goods. This is why a lot of things such as mission schools, hotels, bakery and restaurant were born in Tsukiji at that period. However, Great Kanto Earthquake damaged Tsukiji and it was in need to be rebuilt so that restoration project started. As part of the project, Nihonbashi fish market was moved to Tsukiji since it was burnt down because of the earthquake. This is the start of Tsukiji Fish Market.

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Tsukiji Fish Market was built by the Tsukiji Honganji where there was a grave before the earthquake happened. As grave was moved to another place after the earthquake, a lot of marine products gathered in Tsukiji Fish Market because it was said that doing a business at a cite of a grave makes business grow. Therefore, a lot of stores started business because of the reason and this is naturally shaped the outside market of Tsukiji Fish Market.

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Even though Tsukiji Fish Market was restricted during the World War 2, it even grew bigger after the war ended and became the world’s biggest fish market. Now, a lot of things has changed, however, the unique culture still thrives in the market. This is something you can only feel by visiting because it is the atmosphere you can never feel anywhere else. This is created by Tsukiji’s long history and the culture passed on from generation to generation. If you visit, you can actually feel the history by a lot of things they have at the market.

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Now, Tsukiji Fish Market is getting old that it was discussed to move to another place. Even though it is keep being postponed, the market will most likely be moved at some point so that the time is very limited! Don’t miss out on this amazing experience if you are visiting Tokyo or you might never see it.

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Food Tours Tokyo not only introduce you to great food Tsukiji Fish Market has to offer but a lot of interesting information. We promise this will enrich your visit to Tsukiji Fish Market because a lot of things there are very unique so that it is important that you know how the market works.

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Katsu Midori

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If you are asked to name the most iconic Japanese food, what would you choose? You would probably say, “Sushi.” It is the same for us Japanese, too. Sushi has been the big part of our lives and of course, we would like you too experience it as much as possible when you come to Japan. There are many kinds of sushi restaurant in Japan from very fancy one to the ones that locals go. Even if we love sushi so much, it doesn’t mean we can always go to expensive sushi places. It usually means to go to conveyor-belt sushi when we say “going to sushi place.” Even though we want you to try fancy restaurants, you should also try conveyor-belt sushi.

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Find the Right One
You can find conveyor-belt sushi restaurants everywhere so it can get difficult to find a good one but we want you to try the right one so today, we would like to introduce you to one of our favorite restaurants, Katsu Midori. They have seven restaurants in Tokyo such as in Meguro, Shibuya and Ikebukuro. It makes it easier to go to. We recommend one in Meguro because it is the most common one. You may think, the quality of conveyor-belt sushi is lower than normal sushi restaurant and in many cases, it is true. However, considering the cost, some conveyor-belt sushi restaurants are worth trying. You just need to find the right one like Katsu Midori, which serves conveyor-belt sushi with cheap price but still very tasty.

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What is good about Katsu Midori?
There are many reasons for you to try Katsu Midori such as the low cost, great location, good quality like we have mentioned earlier. However, there are more reasons. Firstly, Katsu Midori offers many kind of Sushi and some food that are not even sushi but very tasty. When you go there and see the menu, you must be very excited to try those foods. They have Karaage Chicken, Miso soup, squid fries, fish stew and so on. They even have ice creams. Second reason is how their sushi is offered. Since conveyor-belt sushi restaurants tend to be cheaper, the seafood on the top of sushi tend to be small. However, that is not the case in Katsu Midori. You can enjoy the seafood that sometimes can’t be fit in the plate. Lastly, since they are very popular and crowded, you can enjoy the unique atmosphere. You are probably used to eat in quiet restaurants but there, the chefs are yelling loudly to tell each other orders and what they are supposed to make. They are very quick and professional. You can see how they make sushi and feel the atmosphere of Japanese sushi restaurant.

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Before you go
Before you go, you should know that Katsu Midori can be very crowded during the lunch and dinner time especially during the weekends. You should expect to wait in line if you go there during those times. We hope you will enjoy Katsu Midori. Try as many kinds as you can!

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Hashidaya – Famous for Cherry Blossom Watching

The weather is slowly getting warmer and it seems like it won’t be too long before spring comes to Tokyo! If you are in Tokyo in Spring, you definitely don’t want to miss the cherry blossoms! It’s very nice to walk around and enjoy the blooming cherry blossoms, but it’s even better with delicious food! The restaurant I am introducing to you is Hashidaya, located by Meouro River which is famous for cherry blossom watching.

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Hashidaya
If you are a chicken lover, this is the place for you! Hashidaya is a Japanese chicken restaurant: they specialize everything in chicken. If you go to Hashidaya, I recommend their Oyako-don which is their signature dish. Oyako-don is a chicken and egg rice bowl (it means parent-and-child bowl in Japanese. I know, it’s pretty ironic… But trust me, it’s delicious!), cooked with sliced onions and all simmered together in a sauce over a bed of rice. Since Hashidaya specializes in chicken, their Oyako-don is incredibly delicious! The chicken is so juicy and the egg is so rich you can’t stop eating. Another dish you might want to try is the Chicken Nanban. Chicken Nanban is fried chicken marinated in a sweet-and-sour sauce. (Nanban means European in old Japanese, but it is a Japanese dish! …Another mystery.)

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Before You Go
Hashidaya has a few shops in Tokyo, and the one with the cherry blossom view is located in Nakamegoro. Hashidaya Nakameguro is open from 6:00 pm to 3:00 am, so make sure you go for dinner. Although Hashidaya Shibuya is open for lunch, I personally recommend Nakameguro, because you can enjoy the food, drinks, and the cherry blossoms at the same time! Be ready for a Japanese spring experience with great Japanese food!

Mt. Takao – It’s not just about hiking, it’s also about food and culture.

Mt. Takao is located in Tama, Tokyo and it is a great place to escape from a busy life in the city. In this season, you can enjoy the leaves changing color into red and brown. Many people think enjoying the nature there is the only thing you can do, however, you can also enjoy unique food and culture there. So if you are a foodie or want to experience Japanese culture, Mt. Takao is a place for you!

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[What to eat]
These foods can be found at the bottom of the mountain, while climbing the mountain, and at the top.

 Oyaki
Oyaki is a Japanese dumpling made from buckwheat dough. There are usually Japanese vegetables (nozawana) or red sweet beans stuffed inside.
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 Goma dango
Goma dango is dango with sesame. Once goma-dango is toasted, they put sweet soy souce based sauce on it. The outside is crispy and the inside is chewy as mochi.

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 Nameko-jiru
It is soy sauce based soup with Nameko mushrooms. You can have Nameko-jiru on the top of Mt. Takao with a beautiful view.

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 Ayu no shioyaki
Ayu no shioyaki is salt-grilled sweetfish. You can find it at the bottom of the mountain.

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 Tororo soba
Tororo soba is soba noodle with grated yam. You can find this at the bottom or the top of the mountain.
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 Miso Konnyaku
Miso konnyaku is konnyaku with sweet miso sauce.

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As you can see, there are so many kinds of food around Mt. Takao, enjoy them with a beautiful nature there!!!

Things to do in tokyo

1:Visit Asakusa

Asakusa area is quite famous tourist spot for both Japanese and foreigners. Asakusa area still has traditional aspects of Japan strongly. You could enjoy classic atmosphere of Japan. There are a remarkable temple called Sensō-ji and a well-known shopping street called Nakamise street.

Also, there are excellent restaurants especially for Japanese soba and a bowl of rice topped with tempura.

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2:Drink Japanese Sake.

Please don’t miss to taste the excellent sake. In tokyo, there are good sake tasting bars and you could enjoy the finest sake difficult to experience outside of Japan. Especially, the sakes named “Juyondai”, “Dassai” and “Hakkaisan” are magnificent taste.

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 3:Look Tokyo National Museum

Tokyo National Museum is the largest art museum in Japan. You could look ancient Japanese art including Japanese swords. The samurai swords are historically famous and truly beautiful.

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Ryōan-ji

Ryōan-ji (龍安寺The Temple of the Dragon at Peace) is a Zen temple located in northwest Kyoto, Japan. The Ryōan-ji garden is considered the finest surviving examples of kare-sansui (“dry landscape”), a refined type of Japanese Zen temple garden design generally featuring distinctive larger rock formations arranged amidst a sweep of smooth pebbles (small, carefully selected polished river rocks) raked into linear patterns that facilitate meditation. The temple and its gardens are listed as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On my Kyoto trip, I visited Ryōan-ji. Ryōan-ji is famous by its garden and one of the finest places for Zen meditation. I am interested in Zen meditation because of Steve Jobs. So I went there and did Zen meditation for 3 hours. It was such a special time for me. Please visit Ryōan-ji, if you are interested in Japanese Zen.

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Enryaku-ji

Enryaku-ji (延暦寺) is a Tendai monastery located on Mount Hiei in Ōtsu, overlooking Kyoto. It was founded during the early Heian period. The temple complex was established by Saichō (767–822), also known as Dengyō Daishi, who introduced the Tendai sect of Mahayana Buddhism to Japan from China. Enryaku-ji is the headquarters of the Tendai sect and one of the most significant monasteries in Japanese history. As such, it is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.” The founders of Jōdo-shū, Sōtō Zen, and Nichiren Buddhism all spent time at the monastery. Enryaku-ji is also the home of the “marathon monks.”

On my Kyoto trip, I visited Enryaku-ji. Enryaku-ji is a sacred place and played significant role in Japanese Buddhism. Although it is not famous sightseeing spot for foreigners, Enryaku-ji is quite famous tourist spot among Japanese. Please visit Enryaku-ji as hidden tourist spot for foreigners, when you travel to Kyoto.

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Fushimi Inari-taisha

Fushimi Inari Taisha is the head shrine of Inari, located in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto, Japan. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain and includes trails up the mountain to many smaller shrines which span 4 kilometers and takes approximately 2 hours to walk up. In the middle of the mountain, the inner shrine is reachable by a path lined with thousands of torii. The path lined with thousands of torii attracts many visitors.

Yesterday, I visited Fushimi Inari Taisha and trailed up the mountain for 2 hours. The road decollated with torii was so beautiful. I felt eternal like Möbius strip by passing thousands of torii. Surely, Fushimi Inari Taisha is one of the most memorable places for my life. Please visit Fushimi Inari Taisha when you travel to Kyoto.

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Shinjuku Gyoen

Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is a large park with an eminent garden in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. It was originally a residence of the Naitō family in the Edo period. It is now a park under the jurisdiction of the national Ministry of the Environment. The garden, which is 58.3 hectares in area with a circumference of 3.5 km, blends three distinct styles: a French Formal and English Landscape in the north and to the south a Japanese traditional. A traditional Japanese tea house can be found within the gardens. The garden is a favourite hanami (cherry-blossom viewing) spot, and large crowds can be present during cherry blossom season.

The garden has more than 20,000 trees, including approximately 1,500 cherry trees which bloom from late March (Shidare or Weeping Cherry), to early April (Somei or Tokyo Cherry), and on to late April (Kanzan Cherry). Other trees found here include the majestic Himalayan cedars, which soar above the rest of the trees in the park, tulip trees, cypresses, and plane trees, which were first planted in Japan in the Imperial Gardens.

The Izakaya tour is held near the Shinjuku Gyoen.

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Tsukiji fish market

The Tsukiji Market is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. The market is located in Tsukiji area in central Tokyo. While some inner areas have restricted access to visitors, the inner wholesale market, the outer retail market and restaurants are major tourist attraction for both domestic and overseas visitors.

 

The market handles more than 400 different types of seafood from cheap seaweed to the most expensive caviar, and from tiny Sardine to 300 kg tuna.

There are a lot of excellent Sushi restaurants, for example, Sushi Dai, Daiwa, Sushi Sei …etc.

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