Tsukiji station is in Chuo ward, which is located at the bay side area of Tokyo. The train line for this station Tokyo Metro Hibiya line (station number H10). According to Tokyo metro, this station was opened in the year 1963, and about 70,000 people use this station in a single day.
The first thing that pops up when people here Tsukiji is the well-known, and perhaps biggest fish market in Japan. This market represents most of the seafood that you see in Tokyo and individuals can also buy fresh seafood and also eat sushi for a low price. However not only does the market sell fresh seafood, but it also markets fresh vegetables, fruits, and flowers.
Due to the many people who visit the market, there are many restaurants and shops around the facility. The market itself starts off the day by opening up early in the morning at about 5 AM and usually closes at 2PM. They are closed on Sundays and national holidays. However, despite the short hours, some of the shops outside of the market are open until night time and also stay open on Sundays and national holidays. If you would like to see the famous tuna auction, you can enter the area after 9AM but they only allow 140 people and it is a first come first served basis starting from 4:30AM.
Along with the confirmation of the Tokyo Olympics 2020, the Tsukiji market will be transferred to Toyosu area in November of 2016. After it has been transferred the existing area will be filled with a shopping mall and a stadium for citizens and tourists.
Other major attractions of the Tsukiji area includes Tsukiji Honganji temple, which was constructed in the year 1934. Surprisingly this temple is an Indian style architecture that separates itself from the common Japanese Buddhist temple. In addition to the architecture there is a pipe organ and also stained glass used for the interior of the temple. Due to the uniqueness, this temple is one of the many important cultural properties in Japan. To top it off, there are many events held in this temple such as concerts, festivals, and a farmer’s market which keeps it popular not only for tourists, but also the local Japanese.
Tsukiji is also near to the Higashi-Ginza area. Higashi Ginza is famous for the Kabukiza theatre, which plays only the Japanese art of Kabuki. Kabukiza theatre was first built in the year 1889, since then it has been rebuilt 5 times and the present building was constructed in the year 2013. To entertain not only Japanese but also foreigners, they started an English subtitle service by using a portable device handed out to foreign customers who come to watch Kabuki. Even if it is your first time to watch a Kabuki play or do not know anything about Kabuki, you can still enjoy the wonderful and mystical show.
Tsukiji is also a convenient place to live because of the many restaurants, shops, hospitals, and parks. Moreover, if you walk about 10 minutes, you can use 6 subway stations. Also as we mentioned before, Tsukiji is near to Ginza area, so there are many department stores and commercial facilities as well. Sightseeing, shopping, relaxing, this area is a good place to live.
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