The final phase of construction continues at the replacement site for the Tsukiji central fish market at its new site in Tokyo’s waterfront Toyosu on Thursday, September 1, 2016. (All photos by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike announced the postponement of the planned relocation of Tsukiji fish market amid concerns over contaminated soil at the new site during a news conference at the City Hall on Wednesday 31st August.
The central market, one of the worlds largest, was scheduled to close its doors on November 2 and re-open on November 7 at the new site across the Tokyo Bay.
Governor Koike however announced that she would wait until the results of a water contamination check were published next January to make a final decision.
Many users of Tsukiji were unprepared for this change of heart.
The delay means that tourists will have an extra few months to visit the Tsukiji market which is within walking distance of the Ginza shopping area. The new Toyosu site is 3km from Ginza and built on reclaimed land in the Bay.