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Tsukiji’s final days

by Satoko Kawasaki

Staff Photographer

Tsukiji, Japan’s largest and busiest fish market, has sold fresh marine produce for more than half a century. Tourists the world over show up at dawn to get a glimpse of its busy fishmongers at work in Chuo Ward, Tokyo.

With fish coming in from everywhere, Tsukiji does one of the heaviest trading volumes in the world at 2,000 tons a day, generating ¥1.5 billion in business.

The sprawling site, however, is aging and will soon close ahead of its move to Koto Ward by April 2015, where it will kick off a new chapter as the Toyosu market.

This section, appearing on the first Monday of each month, offers a snapshot view of areas that may interest tourists.

  • Jeff Worst

    “The sprawling site, however, is aging and will soon close ahead of its move to Koto Ward by April 2015″.

    I’m not sure what your definition of “soon” is, but mine is not almost 1.5 years from now. I live a 5 minute walk from Tsukiji. The new market and it’s infrastructure is not complete and won’t be until well into 2014 at the earliest, looking at the current state of construction. I’d say the old market will be running for at least another year.