TOKYO – The governor of Tokyo on Thursday inaugurated the Toyosu fish market at new premises that will open to the public next month.
It will replace the iconic Tsukiji fish market, the largest in the world, and visitors will be able to enter from Oct. 11.
At a packed ceremony, Yuriko Koike said the Toyosu market embodies the tradition of Tsukiji, but in a more advanced form.
The new market spreads over 407,000 square meters (around 100 acres), nearly the double the size of Tsukiji, which will now be renovated into a gastronomic theme park, according to Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The construction of the new market, located on an artificial island in Tokyo Bay, was delayed some six years due to subsoil pollution and modification of the original plan.
However, Koike said the safety and sanitation of the facility is now guaranteed and all problems have been resolved.
With an investment of €3.25 billion ($4.24 billion) and the allocation of nearly €1 billion to clear the subsoil and decontaminate a 2.5-meter-deep layer of land, the Toyosu market is intended to become a logistic and ecological center with a lawn and rooftop solar panels.
The premises of the new market, situated 2.3 kilometers from Tsukiji, is divided into three areas with a fruit and vegetable zone, a fish zone and a wholesale products zone.
The 20,000 workers of the 80-year-old Tsukiji market – where 10,000 tons of fresh fish and shellfish from waters around the world arrived daily – will be relocated during the next few weeks to the new market.
The relocation forms part of Tokyo’s urban renovation ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games.