Construction continues at Toyosu site as Tsukiji Fish Market relocation plans put on hold

Tsukiji Fish Market relocation to new Toyosu site postponed

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)

Tsukiji Fish Market relocation to new Toyosu site postponed

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.

Tsukiji Fish Market relocation to new Toyosu site postponed

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.

Tsukiji Fish Market relocation to new Toyosu site postponed

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.

Tsukiji Fish Market relocation to new Toyosu site postponed

Many users of Tsukiji were unprepared for this change of heart.

Tsukiji Fish Market relocation to new Toyosu site postponed

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.