TOKYO, Oct. 12 ― After two years of delays, a new wholesale food market, called the Toyosu market, finally opened its doors in Tokyo on Oct. 11, replacing the aging Tsukiji market.
The market relocation comes two years later than previously planned, because additional safety work was required to control soil pollution at the new site.
The new market features cutting-edge equipment in enclosed facilities at an area of 400,000 square meters. That makes it easier to manage temperatures for refrigerated and frozen products.
The total shipment of fruits and vegetables for the first auction at the new Toyosu market totaled 2,533 metric tons. That was three times higher than that of the final auction at the old Tsukiji market.
Meanwhile, the Tsukiji market will be dismantled after the relocation, putting an end to 83 years of operations.
The old market site is expected to be utilized as a transport hub for athletes participating in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.