What to expect at the new fish market in Toyosu

Tsukiji’s famous inner market made the big move east to the waterfront district in Japan

The first impressions of the new facility are that it’s modern, organized and clean (some say too clean) — a far cry from the colorful chaos of the former market. Its various sections are housed in separate buildings, which are interconnected via raised walkways. Step inside and you’ll find brightly lit corridors lined with information placards, viewing galleries overlooking the market halls and stalls arranged in an orderly grid fashion.

The legendary tuna auction, which the public can view from 5.45am to 6.15am, remains a must-see. Visitors must now register beforehand, however, and will be confined to a glass-paneled observation deck (you won’t be able to get up close and personal with the prized catch, unfortunately). Also, don’t miss the Uogashi Yokocho market on the fourth floor of the Fish Intermediate Wholesale Market building, where over 70 stalls hawk sundries ranging from fresh wasabi and katsuobushi (fermented tuna) flakes to kitchen utensils.

Granted, Toyosu fish market may not be to everyone’s taste: It can come across as rather sterile, and you can’t help but feel a tad removed from the action. But we reckon it’s still worth a visit — it’s the largest fish market in the world, after all.

6-3-1 Toyosu, Koto-ku

How to get there: Take the Shinjuku Line to Ichigaya, before changing to the Yurakucho Line for Toyosu. From there, it’s two stops to Shijo-mae via the Yurikamome Line.

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Don’t miss this: Mere minutes from Toyosu fish market is TeamLab Planets Tokyo, a new and temporary digital art museum with seven installations spread across a whopping 10,000m2. This TeamLab project an immersive experience in every sense of the word — you’ll even be wading through water (filled with digital fish to boot) at some of the exhibits. Soak up the sights before the museum shutters in autumn 2020. planets.teamlab.art/tokyo

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Delle Chan

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