After eight months of closure, Tokyo’s Toyosu Market is reopening its viewing platform from Monday November 2 for early birds to catch the market’s famous tuna auction.
As before, to join the tour, you’ll have to make a reservation online (in Japanese only) or by phone (0570 02 9999). If applications exceed the number of available slots, a lottery system will be implemented instead.
Reservations for November close on October 15. You’ll be notified of your application status via email on October 23 at 6pm. However, if you reserved via phone, you’ll have to call the venue to confirm. Details for December slots will be announced at a later date on the official website.
The 30-minute tour takes place from 5.55am to 6.25pm. Compared to the usual cap of 120 visitors per day prior to Covid-19, the new safety measures only allow 27 people per day to watch the auction. Bookings are possible for groups of up to three people.
To curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the following safety measures apply:
- Wear a mask at all times
- Your temperature will be checked on entry. Anyone with a fever of 37.5 degrees Celsius will be turned away.
- Disinfect your hands regularly.
- You’ll need to provide your address. If a person who participated in the same tour as you becomes infected, you will be notified.
Don’t forget to bring some sort of photo ID to confirm your identity. And if you’re feeling peckish after seeing all the fresh seafood, drop by one of the many restaurants at the market for a hearty breakfast.
For more information on the Toyosu Market, click here (in Japanese only).