e world's largest fish market is back open for business in Tokyo. It kicked things off at half past five in the morning on Thursday, with one of it's famous tuna auctions. A week after it's iconic Tsukiji location was shut down. The 83-year-old former site was being demolished Thursday, but a group of loyal fishmongers who opposed the relocation, broke into the old site saying they refused to leave.
Surveys by the group show more than 80% of Tsukiji fish sellers opposed the move. The new market sits on an artificial island called Toyosu. Linked to the rest of the city by a bridge and a subway. It was rough going for some vendors during that first morning, marked by a fire and traffic jams.
Vendors complained that the route to the market was too narrow. Tokyo officials said it would take some getting used to.>>
> Already we're facing some challenges. The traffic is bad and the water is overflowing. I saw the Tokyo government try and remove overflowing water at one place.>> City officials cited Tsukiji's unsanitary and worn out condition, as reasons for the move.
But vendors say some customers aren't showing up because the new location is too hard to get to. On peak days, Tsukiji saw more than 40,000 people flowing between its stalls. And it became one of Japan's most popular tourist attractions. Now, the old market's slated to become temporary parking, for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, before it's built into a tourist center.