The closure of the Tsukiji Market at the end of 2018 and its relocation to the new Toyosu Market has resulted in some changes to the bustling fish market in Tokyo. The newly opened venue holds the same vendors as those previously located in Tsukiji Market. It continues to be the largest fish market in the world, continually attracting tourists. In fact, the new Toyosu Market is even larger in size.
The range of fresh seafood offered in the market is extensive, offering some of the highest quality catches not only in Japan but worldwide. One unique attribute of the market is that once visitors finish exploring, it is then possible to dine and enjoy the fresh fish in the surrounding sushi joints and local eateries. The shops and eateries remain the same, serving authentic dishes and trusted seafood recipes that can be enjoyed directly from the fish in the market.
Location of the New Toyosu Market
The new Toyosu Market is situated just 2 km east of its original Tsukiji structure and has some upgraded features. The new building layout is composed of three separate yet interconnected buildings. Two of these are for seafood sales and the other is for fresh produce. Compared to its previous location, the new market has a rain cover which makes the market weatherproof. People are now able to visit the market at all times of the year, regardless of the weather conditions outside.
One of the highlights of Tsukiji Market was the Tuna Auctions where restaurant owners gather to bid for the finest Bluefin tuna. While the auction still takes place in the Toyosu market, the experience has changed slightly. Visitors are no longer able to directly enter the bidding floor. Rather than lining up at the crack of dawn for one of the coveted auction tickets, visitors can now watch the auction from an observation deck. Don’t miss your chance to observe the unique tuna auction experience.
How To Get To Toyosu Market
To get to Toyosu Market from Tokyo Station, take the JR Yamanote Line to Yurakucho (just one station from Tokyo Station). Once at Yurakucho, take the Yurakucho Subway line directly to Toyosu. From there, take the Yurikamome to Shijo-mae Station which is in the center of the market.
Entrance Times & Fees
Tuna Auction: Visitors must arrive before 6:30 am
Opening Hours: 5:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Entrance to the market is free.
Market Closed: Sundays, national holidays, and sometimes on Wednesdays