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Hints for Shopping at Tsukiji Market

Here are some useful tips
and hints for customers from overseas to shop at the Market.

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Hints for Shopping

  1. Business Hours
    When and what time of the day is the best to visit the Market?
    9:00a.m. – 2:00p.m. Many shops are closed on Sundays and on some Wednesdays
  2. Languages
    Do workers and local people speak English (Chinese)?
    Some of the people working here can speak English. Drop in at the Information “Plat Tsukiji” for English language assistance.
  3. Currency and Credit Cards
    Do they accept any kind of money and credit cards at Tsukiji Market?
    Regarding credit cards, it depends on each shop whether they accept it or not. So please ask it at each shop before making a purchase. Most of the shops accept Japanese yen only and there is no money exchange counter inside the Market. Better change your currency to JPY ahead of time.
  4. Bargaining
    Is it o.k. to bargain in the Market?
    No. The Market is basically for wholesale. No negotiation can be accepted. When it’s a purchase for business, exchange name cards first for further contracts.
  5. Souvenirs to take back home
    Is it possible to take what we bought back home?
    Since every country has different customs regulations, please check in advance as to what you are allowed to take back home.
  6. Shipping Overseas
    Is it possible to ship what we bought to our country?
    It all depends what your purchase is and how and where to mail it. Please go to the post office for further information.
  7. Facilities
    Is free Wi-Fi available in the Market?
    It is available at the Information “Plat Tsukiji”.
    Are there any toilets for the handicapped?
    There is one near the Information “Plat Tsukiji”.
    Are there any coin lockers in the Market?
    There are some, but only a limited number of lockers for suitcases near the Information “Plat Tsukiji”. (6:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
  8. Communication
    How to express “Thank you”?
    People in the market are usually nice, friendly, and polite. When the act is reciprocated, you will be greatly appreciated. So please remember to say thank you—“Arigatou!” When someone helps you.

Rules

  • At Restaurants

    Restaurants in Tsukiji Market tend to be small with limited seating. Sometimes lines form outside. Depending on the time of day, you may have to keep up with the eating pace of the locals. (Yes, they eat fast because they have to go back to work.) Also, splitting meals is generally a taboo during the busy hours.

  • Smoking

    In the Chuo-ku, smoking on the streets is prohibited. Just smoke within the designated areas with ashtrays.

  • Big baggages and Strollers

    The streets are narrow and intricate with lots of people. Please come to the Market without big items like suitcases and large belongings and strollers.

  • How you look

    At Tsukiji Market, the floors are often wet and slippery, and bikes and carts are going here and there, so make sure to come with your safe shoes that covers your toes. No high-heeled shoes and sandals.

  • About “Tsukiji Uogashi”

    Shopping at the new wholesale facility called “Tsukiji Uogashi” is limited to those who have permission in advance of 9:00 a.m. *After 9:00 a.m. the wholesale facility will be open to everyone.