Wednesday, 27th July 2011
In General Japan News,
Tsukiji Fish Market opens to tourists again
Tsukiji Fish Market, which is located in Tokyo, has reopened its vast doors to tourists for the first time since the March 11th earthquake and tsunami, when it shut due to fears of aftershocks.
The wholesale centre, which is one of the largest and most famous markets in the world, has always been an important site for tourists visiting the Japanese capital, according to the Japan Times.
Now, tourists from around the world will be able to resume their visits to the working market as part of traditional guided tours.
The market, which is famous for its frozen tuna auctions, will allow a maximum number of 120 visitors to look around every day - which is down from the previous upper limit of 140 due to fears of overcrowding.
Each year, Tsukiji Fish Market deals fish worth around 600 billion yen (£4.69 billion), which translates to 700,000 tons of the foodstuff; it currently employs around 60,000 people.
Written by Mark Smith
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