Hundreds of turret trucks move to the Toyosu market in Tokyo’s Koto Ward from the Tsukiji fish market in Chuo Ward on Oct. 7 to prepare for the Oct. 11 opening. (Video by Shinichi Iizuka, Takuya Isayama and Tsubasa Setoguchi)

A procession of turret trucks and forklifts departed the just-closed Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo's Chuo Ward early on Oct. 7 bound for their new home in the Toyosu district, 2 kilometers away.

The convoy headed out as work to relocate the Tsukiji market is fully under way, a day after the renowned tourist destination rang down the curtain on its colorful 83-year history there.

More than 300 of the vehicles, with their lights on, left their former home after 5 a.m. heading for the Toyosu market, a new facility built in the waterfront district of Koto Ward across the Sumidagawa river.

The vehicles rolled onto the Tsukiji-ohashi bridge and the newly built Loop Road No. 2, which has yet to open to the public, to prepare for the Oct. 11 opening of the Toyosu market.

They were allowed to use Loop Road No. 2 to avoid jamming traffic on nearby roads.

In total, about 2,600 turret trucks and forklifts are expected to move to the Toyosu market.

About 900 intermediate wholesalers at the Tsukiji fish market will resume their businesses at the Toyosu market.

Approximately 5,300 2-ton trucks will be needed to carry cargo and other equipment from the Tsukiji fish market to the new market, according to the Tokyo metropolitan government.