Tokyo announces mega tourism complex in Toyosu

THE Tokyo metropolitan government last week showcased plans for a new shopping and entertainment complex in the Toyosu district of Koto Ward, which will also be the new home of the iconic Tsukiji fish market.

Expected to open in March 2016, the 1.7 hectare Senkyaku Banrai complex will consist of four buildings, according to Japanese newspaper The Asahi Shimbun.

The buildings will house the Toyosu outer market featuring 120 stores from Tsukiji fish market and 20 new stores, a food court for 1,000 customers, cooking schools, a multilingual tourist information centre, one of Japan’s largest hot-bath facilities, food-related stores, and a market dedicated to traditional Japanese handicrafts such as pottery.

The designated site is within walking distance of venues for the Tokyo Olympics and directly linked to Shijo-mae Station on the New Transit Yurikamome, reported The Asahi Shimbun.

Tokyo’s government said it expects Senkyaku Banrai to attract some 4.2 million visitors, both local and foreign.

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