February 21, 2018

Tsukiji: More Than Just the Market

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The name Tsukiji is synonymous with the famous market. But the district where the market stands has a long and interesting history of its own. Today, we'll explore some of Tsukiji's hidden gems!



Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple Buddhist temple in Tsukiji with architecture inspired by ancient Indian temples. Celebrated 400th anniversary in 2017 with a new visitor center that includes a cafe.


Tsukiji Catholic Church (St. Joseph Church) One of the oldest Christian churches in Tokyo, it was established in 1874 in Tsukiji's foreign quarter. Destroyed in the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and rebuilt in 1927.


Mizuno Printing Museum Museum of printing located in Irifune, near Tsukiji, its collection includes the oldest Japanese-made movable-type printing press and many other historic artifacts and printed matter.


Azuma Minamoto no Masahisa Specialty knife shop in the Tsukiji Outer Market. Established in 1873. Serves many Tsukiji workers and people in the restaurant business. Offers a sharpening service for specialty knives.


Tsutaya Shoten Creates traditional handmade signage for shops using classic "Edo-moji"-style lettering.


Tsukiji Uogashi This seafood and produce market was established in 2017. It hosts around 60 different vendors, and has a food court where you can chomp on your purchases.

Further Info

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1) Tsukiji Hongan-ji Temple
Address: 3-15-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
2) Tsukiji Catholic Church (St. Joseph Church)
Address: 5-26 Akashi-cho, Chuo-ku
3) Mizuno Printing Museum
Address: 6F 2-9-2 Irifune, Chuo-ku
4) Azuma Minamoto no Masahisa
Address: 4-13-7 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
5) Tsutaya Shoten
Address: 6-5-5 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku
6) Tsukiji Uogashi
Address: 6-26-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku


St. Luke's International Hospital
Address: 9-1 Akashi-cho, Chuo-ku
Tsukiji Kimagure-ya
Address: 6-21-6 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku


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Daum Kim

Republic of Korea
Student in Keio University
When did you first come to Japan?:
September 2015
Reason for coming to Japan:
Being Korean girl raised in China for 10 years, I desire to broaden my horizons and develop myself into an expert of Asia. Japan is one of the most developed countries in Asia, thus I exhibited a strong desire to discover more about Japan. Currently studying in Keio University, I've been enjoying learning about unique Japanese cultures and discovering the hidden gems in Tokyo. Now being Korean, Chinese and Japanese, I dream to bridge these three nations together.
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