Toyosu Market from Tokyo Bay
|Location||6 Chome-3 Toyosu, Kōtō, Tokyo 135-0061|
|Opening||11 October 2018|
|Floor area||408,000 m2 (4,391,675 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
The Toyosu Market (豊洲市場 Toyosu Shijō) is a wholesale market in Tokyo, located in the Toyosu area of the Kōtō ward. There are two buildings for seafood and one for fruits and vegetables. Tourists can observe the market on a second floor viewing deck. There are restaurants with fresh seafood and produce from the market and shops (Uogashi Yokocho). It is built on reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. It replaces the historic Tsukiji fish market. Auction tours, events, merchandise sales and restaurants can be used by general consumers and tourists. When it opened on 11 October 2018 it became the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. It also became one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind.
The old Tsukiji fish market occupied valuable real estate close to the center of the city. Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara repeatedly called for moving the market to Toyosu, Koto. The new Toyosu Market cost $5 billion to build. The long-anticipated move to the new market was scheduled to take place in November 2016, in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics, but on August 31, 2016, the move was postponed. There had been concerns that the new location was heavily polluted and needed to be cleaned up. Toxic substances were discovered in the soil and groundwater at Toyosu. Previously a gas plant was located there. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government spent an additional 3.8 billion yen ($33.5 million) to pump out groundwater by digging hundreds of wells. In June 2017, plans to move the fish market were restarted, but delayed in July to the autumn of 2018. After the new site was declared safe following a cleanup operation, the opening date of the new market was set for 11 October 2018. The grand opening was on 11 October 2018. It opened to the general public on 13 October 2018.
The new market is housed in a state-of-the-art complex, ensuring sterility and good hygiene. These are sold through two markets: one for the auction, the other for the wholesale. While a third building is intended for fruits and vegetables. There are about 40 food stalls in the wholesale fish buildings, most of which are located above the market, and accessible to visitors. The new complex also includes a large rooftop terrace with lawns. Nikken Sekkei designed the Fishery Naka Wholesale Building, Fishery Wholesale Building, and Fruit and Vegetable Building. At 408,000 m2 (4,391,675 sq ft), Toyosu Market is almost twice the size of the old Tsukiji fish market.
Unlike Tsukiji fish market, the public cannot attend the auction among buyers. In Toyosu, the visitor can watch the market from a second floor viewing deck or, upon registration, from a room at the same level separated from the auction by a window. There is also a shrine called Uogashi Suijinja (shrine for a fish market on the shore) at a corner of the Toyosu buildings near the waterfront. The rooftop is accessible by elevator. There's a terrace with landscaping on the roof, and panoramic views of parts of Tokyo's skyline. Eating or drinking are not allowed there..
Toyosu Market has a couple of important features.
- Established a hub function in the Tokyo metropolitan area, such as installing transfer delivery facilities to other markets.
- Improved efficiency in both transactions and logistics, such as establishing a consistent logistics system from loading to unloading.
- Created a safe and secure market by developing facilities and systems that enable advanced hygiene management and better quality control.
- Enhanced customer service, such as improving the convenience of buying and providing product and transaction information.
- Reduced environmental impact and save energy and resources.
- The market contributes to the development of Tokyo, it created a bustling zone and takes into consideration the attractive cityscape.
Toyosu Market is located at 6 Chome-3 Toyosu, Kōtō ward, Tokyo 135-0061, Japan. It is open to the public from 5:00 AM till 5:00 PM.
- The nearest station is Yurikamome Shijō-mae Station. It is an automated and elevated train.
- From Tokyo Station you can take the JR Yamanote Line to Yurakucho (1 minute). From Yurakucho take the Tokyo Metro Yūrakuchō Line to Toyosu (8 minutes). Then take the Yurikamome to Shijo-mae Station in the center of Toyosu Market (4 minutes).
As for transit buses, the city bus “city 01 system” that connected Shimbashi Station goes to Toyosu Market. Tōyōchō Station and depart the previous "12-2 system" is also the end point, starting from the Toyosu market.
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