Toyosu Market

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Toyosu Market
Toyosu Market.jpg
Toyosu Market from Tokyo Bay
General information
TypeWholesale market
Location6 Chome-3 Toyosu, Kōtō, Tokyo 135-0061
Coordinates35°39′31″N 139°44′44″E / 35.65861°N 139.74556°E / 35.65861; 139.74556
Construction started2016
Opening11 October 2018
Cost$5 billion
Technical details
Floor count6
Floor area408,000 m2 (4,391,675 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectNikken Sekkei

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.[1] Auction tours, events, merchandise sales and restaurants can be used by general consumers and tourists.[2] When it opened on 11 October 2018 it became the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world.[citation needed] It also became one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind.[citation needed]


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.[3] The new Toyosu Market cost $5 billion to build.[1] The long-anticipated move to the new market was scheduled to take place in November 2016, in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics,[4] but on August 31, 2016, the move was postponed.[5] There had been concerns that the new location was heavily polluted and needed to be cleaned up.[6][7] 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.[1] In June 2017, plans to move the fish market were restarted,[8] but delayed in July to the autumn of 2018.[9] After the new site was declared safe following a cleanup operation, the opening date of the new market was set for 11 October 2018.[10] The grand opening was on 11 October 2018. It opened to the general public on 13 October 2018.[11]

In Tsukiji there are plans to retain a retail market, roughly a quarter of the current operation.[12] The remaining area of the market will be redeveloped.[13]


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.[14] Nikken Sekkei designed the Fishery Naka Wholesale Building, Fishery Wholesale Building, and Fruit and Vegetable Building.[15] 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.[11].


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.[16]


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.



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.[17]



  1. ^ a b c Kato, Issei (29 September 2018). "As Tokyo's historic Tsukiji market closes, fishmongers mourn". Reuters. Archived from the original on October 3, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  2. ^ 豊洲市場の飲食・物販店舗及び見学者通路の一般の方のご利用等について東京都中央卸売市場(2019年1月22日閲覧)
  3. ^ Fukada, Takahiro (2010-10-23). "Tsukiji to relocate to Toyosu: Ishihara". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  4. ^ "Tsukiji fish market to get new home in late 2016 as Olympics beckon". Asahi Shimbun. 18 December 2014. Archived from the original on 12 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Smelling something fishy, Koike puts Tsukiji fish market relocation on ice". Japan Times. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  6. ^ "Moving Tokyo's Fish Market: Tsukiji In Trouble | Consumers Union of Japan". 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  7. ^ Osumi, Magdalena Tsukiji workers demand answers over toxic soil at new site Feb 22, 2016 The Japan Times Retrieved February 23, 2016
  8. ^ Osumi, Magdalena; Aoki, Mizuho (20 June 2017). "Koike announces Tsukiji relocation, plans to retain its 'cultural legacy'". Japan Times. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Tsukiji market relocation to Toyosu delayed till autumn 2018". The Mainichi. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  10. ^ McCurry, Justin (26 August 2018). "Tokyo fears losing a part of its soul as world's biggest fish market moves". The Guardian.
  11. ^ a b "Toyosu Fish Market: Everything You Need to Know". Tokyo Cheapo. 2019-06-04. Archived from the original on 2019-06-10. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  12. ^ Takei, Hiroyuki (9 February 2012). "New fresh fish market planned when Tsukiji market moves". Asahi Shimbun. Archived from the original on 11 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  13. ^ Ito, Masami, "Tsukiji countdown: clock ticking on famed fish market", Japan Times, 1 November 2015, p. 14
  14. ^ "Le nouveau marché aux poissons de Tokyo à Toyosu". (in French). Vivre le 2018-11-27. Archived from the original on 2019-08-01. Retrieved 2019-08-12.
  15. ^ "豊洲新市場の基本設計を日建設計が8610万円で受託". 日経アーキテクチュア. 2011-03-11. Retrieved 2016-07-23.
  16. ^ "豊洲新市場基本計画" (PDF). 東京都中央卸売市場. pp. 6–7. Retrieved 2018-10-17.
  17. ^ 「築地市場」バス停も変身 地下鉄駅は名前そのまま『日本経済新聞』夕刊2018年10月11日(社会面)2018年10月11日閲覧。

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Coordinates: 35°38′39″N 139°47′01″E / 35.644167°N 139.783611°E / 35.644167; 139.783611