One Year after Opening, Toyosu Market Popular with Visitors

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Tokyo, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--Visitors from the general public are flocking to the Toyosu market, a major wholesale food market in Koto Ward, Tokyo, as it marks a year after relocating from Tsukiji.

The market, which opened on Oct. 11, 2018, is often bustling with visitors looking to eat at the roughly 40 restaurants, located mainly in its fisheries intermediate wholesale market building. The restaurant area is just as popular as during the days of the former Tsukiji market in Chuo Ward in the Japanese capital, with visitors queuing for up to two to three hours at some sushi restaurants.

The building also houses an area comprising shops that sell commercial-use cooking equipment, as well as processed foods including "katsuobushi" dried bonito and "nori" seaweed. The shop area is open to both workers in the market and people from outside the place, including the general public, making it a popular spot.

A popular tourist spot in the adjacent fisheries wholesale market building is the observation area, where a life-size model of a bluefin tuna greets visitors at the entrance. The tuna is modeled after an actual tuna from Miyazaki Prefecture in southwestern Japan, which was the largest bluefin tuna traded at the former Tsukiji market. Many visitors take photographs of it.

Visitors on the observation deck on the second floor can view the tuna wholesale area on the first floor, and many people stop by in the early morning to watch tuna auctions.

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