Tokyo's new Toyosu market opens to public

Seafood wholesalers resume business at Toyosu market.
Seafood wholesalers resume business at Toyosu market.PHOTO: JAPAN NEWS-YOMIURI
A wholesaler checks the quality of frozen tuna displayed during the first tuna auction on the opening day of the new Toyosu market in Tokyo, on Oct 11, 2018.
A wholesaler checks the quality of frozen tuna displayed during the first tuna auction on the opening day of the new Toyosu market in Tokyo, on Oct 11, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS
Tuna meat is seen at a wholesalers' area on the opening day of the new Toyosu fish market in Tokyo, on Oct 11, 2018.
Tuna meat is seen at a wholesalers' area on the opening day of the new Toyosu fish market in Tokyo, on Oct 11, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS
Wholesalers take part in an auction at the greengrocery area on the opening day of the new Toyosu market  in Tokyo, on Oct 11, 2018.
Wholesalers take part in an auction at the greengrocery area on the opening day of the new Toyosu market in Tokyo, on Oct 11, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS
Auctioneers take part in a wasabi auction on the opening day of the new Toyosu market in Tokyo, on Oct 11, 2018.
Auctioneers take part in a wasabi auction on the opening day of the new Toyosu market in Tokyo, on Oct 11, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS
The new Toyosu market facility is seen on its opening day in Tokyo, on Oct 11, 2018.
The new Toyosu market facility is seen on its opening day in Tokyo, on Oct 11, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (WASHINGTON POST) - Many visitors, including families, gathered on Saturday (Oct 13) at Toyosu market in Koto Ward, Tokyo, as the new facility opened to the public.

The market is designed to welcome and entertain visitors with courses that allow people to look around the market, such as by watching an auction from behind a glass window up on an observation deck.

It replaces the famous Tsukiji market, which closed its doors last week after being a mainstay in the capital for 83 years.

They can also take pictures with a so-called turret truck, a type of electric transport vehicle.

While visitors were only allowed to enter the premises at 10am - after the day's auction was finished - they seemed to enjoy walking around the new market, including looking at the auction site.

A 40-year-old company employee from Inzai, Chiba Prefecture, said, "I'll come back at an earlier time of the morning to feel the energetic atmosphere of the market."

From Monday onward, the market will be open to the public from 5am to 5pm. Reservations are not required to visit and it is closed on Sundays.

 

Guided group tours for elementary, junior high and high school students will begin on Jan 15.