Flea markets are getting more and more popular in Japan, that’s a fact. Generally located in the vicinity of shrines, and featuring a variety of items ranging from handmade silver jewelry and traditional Asian and Japanese clothes (e.g. kimono) to antique furniture, old vinyls and crockery, Japanese flea markets appeal to all kind of customers, tourists included.
In fact, if you are visiting Japan as a tourist, flea markets might be a great place to buy Japanese souvenirs, since all sorts of Japanese goods – from handicrafts and antiques to the latest cartoon character goods – can be found there.
In Tokyo, you should be able to find a few flea markets every weekend. Three major flea markets are held at Meiji Park with about 600 merchants, Shinjuku Chuo Park with about 250 stalls, Yoyogi Park with more than 800 stalls, and at Oi horse race track.
Keep in mind that there are two kind of merchants at flea markets in Tokyo and Yokohama. Professional merchants are pretty easy to identify, as they are usually located in separate areas of the flea market. They also sell high quality antiques & vintage items, which uniqueness reflects on the price. Amateur merchants (many of them Chinese) generally sell bric-a-brac as well cheap clothes, but nonetheless manage to gather large crowds of Japanese buyers and tourists, who come to rummage for hidden gems lost in haystacks of dusty junk.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This blog offers an overview of hundreds of flea markets from around the world. For this reason we have limited time and resources to keep each review up to date with precise information regarding flea markets’ opening days. In the case of flea markets running on a relative regular schedule (Saturday and/or Sunday, last/first Sunday of the month, Monday to Sunday, etc), the opening dates we provide are accurate.
Antique fairs in Tokyo and Yokohama, however, operate on a more random schedule. So we advise you to verify beforehand their opening dates. We recommend for instance Best Living Japan, which provides month on month updated information on Japan Antique Markets, or to use our flea market calendar of Tokyo’s best flea markets. Last but not least, most outside markets in Tokyo get usually cancelled when raining. So keep that in mind when planning a trip to the flea market.
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- Page 1: Intro
- Page 2: Antique & Flea Markets in Tokyo (Temples Flea Markets)
- Page 3: Other Tokyo Area Flea Markets
- Page 4: Yokohama Area Flea Markets