Toyosu Market

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Toyosu Market building

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] When it opened in 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.[2] 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,[3] but on August 31, 2016, the move was postponed.[4] There had been concerns that the new location was heavily polluted and needed to be cleaned up.[5][6] 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.[7] but delayed in July to the autumn of 2018.[8] After the new site was declared safe following a cleanup operation, the opening date of the new market was set for 11 October 2018.[9]

In Tsukiji there are plans to retain a retail market, roughly a quarter of the current operation.[10] The remaining area of the market will be redeveloped.[11]



  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. ^ Fukada, Takahiro (2010-10-23). "Tsukiji to relocate to Toyosu: Ishihara". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "Smelling something fishy, Koike puts Tsukiji fish market relocation on ice". Japan Times. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2016-09-22.
  5. ^ "Moving Tokyo's Fish Market: Tsukiji In Trouble | Consumers Union of Japan". 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
  6. ^ Osumi, Magdalena Tsukiji workers demand answers over toxic soil at new site Feb 22, 2016 The Japan Times Retrieved February 23, 2016
  7. ^ Osumi, Magdalena; Aoki, Mizuho (20 June 2017). "Koike announces Tsukiji relocation, plans to retain its 'cultural legacy'". Japan Times. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Tsukiji market relocation to Toyosu delayed till autumn 2018". The Mainichi. 21 July 2017. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  9. ^ McCurry, Justin (26 August 2018). "Tokyo fears losing a part of its soul as world's biggest fish market moves". The Guardian.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Ito, Masami, "Tsukiji countdown: clock ticking on famed fish market", Japan Times, 1 November 2015, p. 14

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

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