One Month On, Toyosu Market Sushi Bars Prosper, But Auctions Disappoint

Economy Society Guide to Japan

Tokyo, Nov. 12 (Jiji Press)--About a month after the much-touted opening of the Toyosu wholesale food market, sushi and other restaurants at the new Tokyo landmark are attracting a huge number of customers, while some of those visiting the market to view auctions for tuna and other fish have complained about limited access.

The Toyosu market opened on Oct. 11 in Koto Ward to succeed Tsukiji wholesale market in neighboring Chuo Ward in the Japanese capital and has since been flooded with visitors.

About 40 eateries operate at the Toyosu market, and it is not unusual for customers coming to popular sushi restaurants to line up for more than three hours before being served, a scene also common at Tsukiji.

"I came here willing to wait for hours and hours," one tourist, who had visited Tsukiji a number of times, said, with a look of satisfaction after eating at one of the crowded sushi restaurants at Toyosu.

The sushi restaurants at Toyosu include Sushidai, which had the longest lines of waiting customers when it was operating at Tsukiji.

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