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Plans announced for mega tourist complex in Tokyo
Publication Date : 24-02-2014
The Tokyo metropolitan government has announced plans for a mega-tourist complex in Tokyo’s Toyosu district, the relocation site for the Tsukiji wholesale market currently housed in Chuo Ward, Tokyo.
Scheduled for completion in fiscal 2015, the project will include a restaurant area where visitors can enjoy fresh local ingredients and a bath facility that is expected to be one of the biggest in Tokyo.
Toyosu is within walking distance of the athletes’ village and other venues for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. As the current Tsukiji market is a popular sightseeing site for foreign visitors, the metropolitan government hopes the new area will exemplify for foreign visitors the Japanese concept of omotenashi, meaning to entertain guests wholeheartedly.
The metropolitan government is hailing the proposal as a “Senkyaku-banrai shisetsu”, a facility that is expected to bring in an endless stream of visitors.
According to tentative outlines announced Wednesday, the restaurant area is nicknamed “Mampuku ichiba” (full belly emporium), where up to 1,000 diners can enjoy dishes using fresh seafood and vegetables. Also envisaged is a cookware market showcasing a variety of cooking utensils from Japan and around the world, in addition to 140 grocery-related stores currently located in the current Tsukiji Outer Market.
A seven-storey “Onyoku-to” (hot bath tower) will also be built, featuring a large open-air bath overlooking Tokyo Bay, a bedrock bath and an accommodation facility. About 4.2 million people a year are expected to visit the new facility.
Sushi chain operator Kiyomura in Chuo Ward and home builder Daiwa House Industry Co. in Osaka have been chosen as the operators of the bath tower in a public offering by the Tokyo metropolitan government. They will reportedly rent 1.7 hectares out of 41 hectares at the new market site for about 140 million yen (US$1.4 million) for the new facility, which will include construction and operation costs.
“We hope to build a place that presents the appeal of Japanese cuisine to the Olympic athletes, as well as the tourists coming to watch the Olympic Games,” said a Tokyo metropolitan government official.