Ota-ku Wholesale Market in Tokyo -- I didn't know
- Eric Eto
I was watching a program on Japanese television the other night in NYC and there was a segment on various wholesale markets in the Tokyo area. Besides Tuskiji, which everyone knows about, there's one in Yokohama, and one in Ota-ku, near Haneda airport, which I had no idea about.
From what I'm starting to gather from an online search, the Ota wholesale market is even larger in space than Tsukiji and is a consolidation of a few markets (flowers, produce, fish, etc.) that were located in other sections of the city in older buildings. And while most of the businesses are wholesalers, there's a lot of shopping available for individuals. And of course, there seems to be some good eating to be had as well.
I wish I had known about this, since I usually stay with my relatives in Ota-ku, and it seems like it's pretty nearby. I guess this will be another itinerary item for my next Tokyo visit.
Hmm. Go figure. I lived in Ota-ku for 10 years and never knew about that place. I heard there is a wholesale market near Toritsu-daigakku (next -ku over) as well, though not huge or anything, it's supposed to be very cheap. ....I do know some good chow in that general area though. That's my hood.
Here is a list of the other markets in Tokyo:
Adachi - fish
Itabashi - fruits, vegetables and flowers
Kasai - fruits, vegetables and flowers
Kita-Adachi - fruits and vegetables
Matsubara-bunjou - fruits and vegetables
Ota - fish, fruits, vegetables and flowers
Setagaya - fruits, vegetables and flowers
Shokuniku - meat
Tama New Town - fruits and vegetables
Toshima - fruits and vegetables
Tsukiji - fish, fruits and vegetables
Yodobashi - fruits and vegetables
Here are some links (in Japanese):
Bistro Sanyo at Ota Market
Check out the popular "set menu" of uni. There are only 20 sets available per day, and a bargain at 1,200 yen (about $10 U.S.). The uni set meal is the second photo down.
And of course, beyond the above, you have Kappabashi for plastic food, and kitchen gadgets, located close to Asakusa.