Tsukiji market is to Tokyo what the Louvre is to Paris. And no foodie pilgrimage to the city is complete without at least a jaunt there to roam its storied aisles for crazy fresh produce, the tuna auction and cheap, delicious eats at the restaurants surrounding it. But on October 6, 2018, Tsukiji Market shut its doors permanently. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government closed the 83-year-old facility citing a crumbling structure, shortage of space and the need to make room for the 2020 Olympic Games.
After much delay and controversy over soil and water contamination at the new site that used to house a gas plant, the wholesale food market has finally relocated to a much larger, shiny new building in Toyosu. It held its first tuna auction on October 11. The main market will be open to the public this Saturday (October 13).