Tsukiji Fish Market

Subway Route: Gaien-Mae Station > Ginza Line各停towards Asakusa [6 Stop] > Ginza Station

Tsukiji Market consists of an inner market where most of the wholesale business and the famous tuna auctions are taking place, and an outer market whose retail shops and restaurants cater to the public. A few restaurants are also found in the inner market. In order to avoid interference with business, different rules should be followed when visiting the different areas of the market:

Visiting the tuna auction

The number of visitors to the tuna auction is limited to 120 per day, the maximum number which the market’s infrastructure can accommodate. Tourists, who wish to see the auction, have to apply at the Osakana Fukyu Center (Fish Information Center) at the Kachidoki Gate, starting from 5:00am (or earlier on busy days) on a first-come, first-serve basis. A first group of 60 visitors will be admitted to the auction between 5:25 and 5:50, while a second group of 60 visitors will be admitted between 5:50 and 6:15.

Sundays, national holidays and some Wednesdays
The tuna auction gets closed to tourists for a few weeks over New Year (usually from early December to mid January; December 1, 2015 to January 17, 2016) to ensure a smooth and accident free course of business during that busy time of the year.


See the Ginza Susshe Jizoson

The jizo that sits on the roof of Ginza Mitsukoshi was discovered at a nearby river in the early Meiji period. It’s had a mysterious existence where it keeps getting lost and then refound, so it was enshrined. Since it was promoted from sitting in the dirt to being on a roof, it’s become a place where people who are praying for success in their jobs go to pray for promotions.

4-6-14 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo (Google Map)


Tsukiji Station > Hibiya Line各停towards Tobu-Dobutsukoen [ 5 stop ] > Akihabara Station [9 Mins] Cost: ¥170



Akihabara (秋葉原), also called Akiba after a former local shrine, is a district in central Tokyo that is famous for its many electronics shops. In more recent years, Akihabara has gained recognition as the center of Japan’s otaku (diehard fan) culture, and many shops and establishments devoted to anime and manga are now dispersed among the electronic stores in the district. Many tourists enjoy taking pictures at maid cafes, cosplay bars, underground idol theaters, and other similar places. It’s also interesting to see the otaku fashion in the Electric Town.

Otaku Goods

The character of Akihabara has constantly changed over the decades and continues to do so. In the last decade Akihabara has emerged as a center of Japanese otaku and anime culture, and dozens of stores specializing in anime, manga, retro video games, figurines, card games and other collectibles have filled the spaces between the electronics retailers.

In addition to shops, various other animation related establishments have become popular in the area, particularly maid cafes where waitresses dress up and act like maids or anime characters, and manga cafes (manga kissa), a type of internet cafe where customers can read comics and watch DVDs in addition to having access to the internet.

Otaku Attractions

Maid Cafes
Maid cafes are cosplay themed restaurants where guests are served by waitresses that are typically dressed as French maids. In addition to serving food, the maids engage in conversation and games with the customers and treat them with the care and respectful language due to the master of a house. Maid cafes are popular with both men and women, and some cafes, like the @Home Cafe, offer English speaking maids.
Tokyo Anime Center
Hours: 11:00 to 19:00
Closed: Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)
The Tokyo Anime Center is found on the fourth floor of the UDX Building of Akihabara Crossfield. It stages anime related exhibitions, hosts anime related events and contains a shop selling toys, stationery and other souvenirs.
Don Quijote
Hours: 10:00 to 5:00
Closed: No closing days
Don Quijote is a discount store chain that carries everything from groceries and toys to electronics and high end fashion goods. The Akihabara branch is home to the girl pop group AKB48, who perform daily shows at their theater on the 8th floor of the store (3000 yen). There is also a branch of the @Home Cafe maid cafe on the 5th floor of the store.
Radio Kaikan
Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Radio Kaikan is one of Akihabara’s iconic landmarks, and features more than 30 stores selling electronics and other anime related goods. Some of the famous stores include K-Books, Kaiyodo and Volks which sell all kinds of manga, models, toys, trading cards, figurines and collectibles. The building was torn down in 2011, was rebuilt, and reopened its doors in 2014 as a taller, ten story building.
Super Potato
Hours: 11:00 to 20:00 (from 10:00 on weekends and national holidays)
Closed: No closing days
Super Potato sells all types of video games and video game consoles, and specializes in retro systems and games. Here you can find practically every game system ever produced along with a huge selection of used game cartridges, discs and game accessories.
Hours: 9:00 to 22:00 (upper floors 10:00 to 21:00)
Closed: No closing days
Gamers sells a wide range of anime and manga related goods including movies, video games, CDs, stationery, software and character goods.
Hours: 12:00 to 20:00
Closed: No closing days
Mandarake, the self described “largest manga and anime shop in the world”, operates a large branch in Akihabara. Specializing in pre-owned goods, it is a good place to find rare and collectible manga, figurines, dolls, posters, CDs, toys and other types of manga related goods.
Gundam Cafe
Hours: 10:00 to 22:30
Closed: No closing days
The Gundam Cafe is themed after the extremely popular Mobile Suit Gundam anime series. The cafe serves gundam themed dishes and is decorated with art and themes from the series. A gift shop is attached and sells character goods and souvenirs.
AKB48 Cafe and Shop
Restaurant: 11:00 to 22:00 (longer hours on Fridays, weekends and holidays)
Shop: 11:00 to 22:00 (longer hours on Fridays, weekends and holidays)
The AKB48 Cafe next door to the Gundam Cafe is a themed restaurant based on the popular idol group AKB48. The cafe serves food inspired by the idols, and character goods are sold at the attached shops. The cafe has a theater where a rotating cast of AKB members perform daily (reservations required) during scheduled performance times.