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Tokyo Tsukiji fish market site to be redeveloped with 50,000-seat stadium, hotel, shopping center

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

In 2018, Tokyo’s aging Tsukiji Fish Market closed down and its wholesale operations relocated to the Toyosu district of the city. This wasn’t because Tsukiji was a bad location, however. If anything, the location was too good, as being in a developed, transportation-connected part of downtown meant there wasn’t space to build a new facility for the fish market to move directly into, and so the Toyosu site was constructed while the Tsukiji one was still in business.

That means that since the wholesale market left Tsukiji, there’s been a huge plot of unused land sitting at the edge of the neighborhood next to the Sumida River. The Tokyo metropolitan government has finally announced what’s going to be done with it: it’s going to serve as the site of a brand-new stadium, along with adjacent hotel, commercial, and office developments.

▼ Concept renderings of the new development for the old Tsukiji wholesale market site

Eleven different companies are currently involved in the project, including Mitsui Real Estate and the Yomiuri Newspaper group. The roughly 19-hectare plot sits adjacent to the Hama-rikyu Gardents.

▼ Currently a parking lot is pretty much all Google Maps shows for the site.


The developers are referring to the stadium as a “multi-stadium,” suitable for a variety of sporting, musical, and other entertainment events and expositions, with a capacity of roughly 50,000 visitors, roughly on par with Tokyo Dome, which opened 36 years ago, and much larger than the approximately 14,500-seat Budokan (though still smaller than the Japan National Stadium built for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021). The involvement of Yomiuri has some speculating that the Giants, the professional baseball team owned by the publisher that currently plays its home games at Tokyo Dome, will be associated but the team has made no public statement to that effect at this time.

Despite the Tsukiji wholesale market closing, the neighborhood continues to be a major leisure and tourism destination. Tsukiji’s “outer market,” the dense collection of restaurants and seafood shops on the streets in front of the wholesale facility, have remained in business, and those were the always the primary attraction for non-restaurant industry visitors in the first place. Especially with the Toyosu market having gained a reputation as a place catering to particularly deep-pocketed foreign tourists, Tsukiji has remained a vibrant part of the city, so building on that energy with a stadium and hotel isn’t a bad bet.

The first sections of the development are projected to open in 2029, with most of the place up and running by 2032.

Source: Yomiuri Shimbun, NHK News Web

Read more stories from SoraNews24.

-- With its Inner Market closed down, we stop by Tsukiji to see how Tokyo’s sushi mecca is coping

-- Restaurants, Roads, Rats: How has Tsukiji changed after the fish market move?

-- Sushi Dai and other famous restaurants from Tsukiji fish market open at new Toyosu location

© SoraNews24

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now there's a surprise..... (^_-)

5 ( +10 / -5 )

Interesting. I like how the design carries the green over from Hamarikyu and how the stadium seems to spill out into the river. Tokyo Dome looks cool from the outside, but really needs an upgrade inside, imo.

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A big beautiful park is never considered

Hamarikyu Park is right next door and if you play the video the concept shows a significant part of the land is green space. Yes, it would be nice if the green could continue north along the Sumida River.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Chances for some contractors to become millionaire easily.

3 ( +5 / -2 )

Great, that's just what Tokyo needs...another shopping center.

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Pretty much as a taxi driver predicted to me a number of years ago. His view was that the Yomiuri Giants don’t really have their own stadium, therefore. No surprise then for the Yomiuri a Shimbun to be one of the developers.

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Thought that what the Tokyo 2020 infrastructure was for.

The big new Japan National Stadium is for soccer, track and field and rugby. It's not really set up for baseball.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

A big beautiful park is never considered.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

I would rather see the whole place being turned into affordable Government Housing for people to rent at reasonable prices That would be far better for the local Economy in the long run.

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As I live just up the road, very different to the original ideas going back ten years or so when final go ahead to move the market was given.

If it means we can have 50,000 seat or more concerts for the big artists even when the other venues are occupied by sports, then cool. That will make it easier to bring big bands to Tokyo at least without juggling sports events at Tokyo Dome (which is awful acoustically for concerts)

0 ( +1 / -1 )

A loss. The wholesale market next to the retail market was a vibrant, vital and unique entity. Wish this complex would have been located to far away instead of squatting here.

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I am wondering what Toyota intends to build there.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Thought that what the Tokyo 2020 infrastructure was for.

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

Funny, never bothered to go there before but I may after they build all that stuff

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The Giants WILL move into this new stadium for sure!

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Tax payers money going into a venue many can't afford and why ?

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Thought that what the Tokyo 2020 infrastructure was for.

Shut up kid..

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

This is such a great news! The economic opportunities for the area will surely benefit Ginza area! I can't wait for this to come into reality.

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