Tokyo’s relocated fish market will sit beside a sprawling shopping and entertainment complex that is expected to draw about 4.2 million visitors, including foreign tourists, a year, according to the Tokyo metropolitan government’s plans.
The metropolitan government on Feb. 19 released images of the planned 1.7-hectare Senkyaku Banrai complex, which will have four buildings, including 140 food stores and one of Japan’s largest hot-bath facilities.
The complex in the Toyosu district of Tokyo’s Koto Ward is scheduled to be completed in March 2016, and it will open around the same time as the new wholesale market.
The government has decided to relocate the iconic Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, better known as the Tsukiji fish market, from Chuo Ward to the Toyosu area.
The new complex will be within walking distance of venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Tokyo Olympic village and volleyball and cycling race sites, for example, will be within a 1-kilometer radius of Senkyaku Banrai, which means “having many repeat customers.”
“We want to give a boost to Tokyo, coming together with the Olympic Games,” said an administration section official at the Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market.
The metropolitan government on Feb. 19 announced two business operators of the complex: Kiyomura, operator of the Sushi-Zanmai sushi chain, and Daiwa House Industry Co., a major housing company.
The companies will rent the land from the city for 136,720,000 yen a year on fixed-term lease extending 30 years.
The “sixth bloc” of the project will cover a 1.1-hectare area housing three buildings, including a commercial building with four above-ground floors. It will be occupied by the “Toyosu outer market” comprising 120 middle traders and stores from the Tsukiji market, as well as 20 new stores, the “Manpuku Ichiba” food court that can seat 1,000 people, cooking schools and a multilingual tourist information center.
A seven-floor building, plus a basement level, will have 10,200 square meters of floor space and house hot-bath facilities. The building will offer visitors a panoramic view of Olympic venues and Tokyo Bay.
The six-floor “fifth bloc” will house food-related stores, including one featuring cooking utensils from around the world. At the “Takumi Ichiban Ichiba” (No. 1 masters’ market) in the building, visitors can experience Japanese traditional craftsmanship, such as pottery and lacquer coating.
The Senkyaku Banrai complex will be directly connected to Shijo-mae Station on the New Transit Yurikamome.
Relocating the aging and cramped Tsukiji market has been a longstanding goal of the metropolitan government. The Toyosu market is expected to be 40 percent larger than the one in Tsukiji.