[Tokyo] 5 Popular Flea Markets in Tokyo to Pick Up Some Unique Items
Flea markets, where you can find things like one-of-a-kind antiques, miscellaneous goods, and clothing, are popping up all over the place. There are even some which are held on a grander scale as events. Read on for 5 popular flea markets in Tokyo that you should visit.
1. Tokyo Flea Market
This is a popular flea market event that is held twice a year. Here you can find all sorts of items just waiting for their new owner, such as vintage clothing and buttons, secondhand and miscellaneous goods from all over the world, and even the works of artists. Don’t miss out on places like the popular Tokyo Mamezara Market that gets packed with people as soon as the flea market opens! There are tons of other things to enjoy here, such as amazing food and live music. Many vendors don’t accept credit cards, so don’t forget to bring cash.
Location: Oi Racecourse / Showa Memorial Park
Opening period: May / November
Entry fee: 700 to 1,000 JPY (varies depending on the location)
Opening hours: varies depending on the location
Please check the latest information on the event organizer’s official website in advance as the 2020 event times and location are undecided as of January.
2. Oedo Antique Market
This is the largest open-air antique market in all of Japan, with around 250 vendors. It is located right in the heart of the metropolitan area as it’s right by Yurakucho, just a 5-minute walk from Ginza or Tokyo Station. In addition to Japanese second-hand goods, old stationery and Japanese antiques, there is also a wide selection of things like European and North American antiques and vintage items, unsold stock, second-hand clothing, fabric, and hand-made items. No matter where you look, you’ll find these vendors have excellent taste, and you may even end up losing track of time as you browse.
Location: Tokyo International Forum 1F Above Ground Plaza
Opening days: 1st & 3rd Sunday of every month (also held at irregular times at Yoyogi Park Keyaki Namiki)
Opening hours: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Access: 1-minute walk from Yurakucho Station / 5-minute walk from Tokyo Station / 7-minute walk from Ginza Subway Station
3. Yoyogi Park Event Plaza Flea Market, Harajuku
This is a flea market held at Yoyogi Park, within walking distance of Harajuku and Shibuya. This is Japan’s newest flea market and already has a reputation as holy ground for flea market shopping. The crowd here tends to be young, with more than half the vendors and people browsing the stalls being in their teens to early thirties. Items on offer include second hand clothing of brands popular with Japanese youth, brand new, unused items, and seasonal wear at dirt cheap prices. The market starts at 9:00 am, but there are often flea market veterans patrolling and eyeing off items even before the stalls open. You can even try haggling with the market vendors here.
Location: Yoyogi Park Event Plaza
Opening days: irregular Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays
Opening hours: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Access: around a 5-minute walk from Harajuku Station, Yoyogi Park Station or Meiji-jingumae Station
4. Tokyo City Flea Market, Oi Racecourse
This large-scale flea market makes use of the parking lot of the Oi Racecourse on days when there are no races on. There’s something like 600 vendors here! There’s a diverse range of specialty stalls, including food trucks, and stalls that look like they’ve been set up using furniture brought from the vendor’s home. There’s a truly broad variety of both goods and displays. At around 2:00 pm when it’s almost closing time, you can hear shouts here and there that prices have been cut. There are interpreters stationed about the market, as well as a luggage holding service (500 per item).
Location: Oi Racecourse parking lot
Opening days: Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays when there are no races on (check homepage in advance)
Opening hours: 8:30 pm - 2:30 pm (October - March) / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (April - September)
Access: around a 2-minute walk from Oi Keibajo-mae Station
5. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair
This antiques market is around a 7-minute walk from Shinjuku East Exit. The market is held weekly inside the grounds of Hanazono Shrine. It’s only a small-scale market, with around 10 vendors, but there is a range of items such as secondhand goods, antique furniture, kimono, and accessories. The market is very welcoming to international visitors. Originally, Japanese antique fairs were held in conjunction with shrine festivals. Now there is a rise in trendy flea markets, but here you can still enjoy the atmosphere while shopping at a Japanese antique fair.
Location: Tokyo Shinjuku Ginza Hanazono Shrine
Opening days: every Sunday (may be canceled due to other events or wet weather)
Opening hours: around 6:30 am - sunset
Access: around a 7-minute walk from Shinjuku Station / around a 3-minute walk from Shinjuku-sanchome Station
When purchasing items, be sure to properly check for things like any special features and the condition of the item before purchasing. Also, don’t forget to bring cash, because many vendors don’t accept cards!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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