Photo/IllutrationA vendor draws a young boy's attention to a tuna head at the special market next to Toyosu fish market on Jan. 11. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)

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A special makeshift "market" just for tourists opened Jan. 12 next to the Toyosu fish market.

But the facility will operate for a limited time only. A full-fledged facility that had been due to open, faces delays until 2023.

Food trucks and sales booths offering fresh seafood and produce were set up on a roughly 3,000-square-meter plot next to the wholesale market that took over from the iconic Tsukiji fish market last October.

Among the ready-to-eat items served were Toyosu "nabe" (hot pot) made from "buri" (Japanese amberjack) and vegetables. Barbecued "sazae" (turban shell) was also on sale.

A special corner was set up to allow ordinary consumers to purchase tuna and crab that normally is only available to business operators allowed into the Toyosu market.

Yuta Akasaka, 31, who lives near the market, came with his family and purchased bluefin tuna costing 2,000 yen ($18), along with three "aji," or horse mackerel, selling for 1,000 yen.

"The price is somewhat high, but the freshness cannot be beat," he said.

The Tokyo metropolitan government plans to continue the Saturday market, operating from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., until March.