The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced that the city’s famous wholesale Tsukiji fish market in Chuo Ward will close on Nov 2, 2016, and its replacement will open on Nov 7, 2016 in Toyosu, Koto Ward.
The Tsukiji fish market opened in 1935 and has become one of Tokyo's most popular spots for tourists to observe the tuna auctions early each morning. In all, about ¥1.8 billion worth of fish, seafood and vegetables change hands each day at the market.
The new market will occupy 40 hectares. Relocating the Tsukiji market and buildings to a modern facility about 40 percent larger with state-of-the-art refrigeration will cost around ¥200 billion.
The relocation plan has been marred by revelations of heavy soil contamination at the site, once formerly a gas plant about 2.3 kilometers away. That has saddled the Tokyo metropolitan government with more than ¥50 billion in cleanup costs.
It is unclear what will happen to the current site beyond building a new road linking downtown with some 2020 Olympic Games venues.© Japan Today