Ohi Racecourse Flea Market (Ohi Keibajo / 大井競馬場－Tokyo City Flea Market)
The Ohi Racecourse flea market is a very popular flea market, probably the biggest of all flea markets in Tokyo where flea market enthusiasts can make wonderful finds. Held about twice or three times a month (rain or shine), the Ohi Racecourse Flea Market hosts around 600 booths.
This flea market is technically more related to a US car boot sale than to an antique market. Therefore visitors should not expect to find traditional Japanese antiques like porcelain tableware, real vintage Kimonos, old furniture and traditional decor items like those sold at Shrines & temples flea markets.
Ohi Keibajo can nonetheless be a true goldmine for travelers visiting Tokyo for the first time, and eager to discover the Japanese culture they were acquainted with through mangas and other TV shows. This flea market is hosted by the “Tokyo Risaikuru-Undo Shiminno-kai” (Tokyo citizens recycling society).
Where: 2-1-2, Katsushima, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 140-0012
When: Saturday – Sunday: 08:30 – 14:30 from October to March | 09:00 – 15:00 from April to September (website)
Number of booths: 600
Access to the Flea Market: About a 3 min walk from O-i Keibajo station (two stops on Monorail train from Hamamatsu-cho station), a 10 min walk from Ekaigawa station (Keihin Kyu-ko line). Review of Ohi Racecourse Flea Market on fleamapket.com
Tokyo Dome Jumbo Flea Market (Tokyo Dome City / Prism Hall)
The Tokyo Dome Jumbo Flea Market takes place once or twice a month and features more than 300 booths. Traditionally, the Tokyo Dome is used for baseball games and is considered the biggest concert venue in Japan; so you can easily picture how impressive the Tokyo Dome Jumbo Flea Market can be.
Where: Tokyo Dome city, 1-3-61 Kouraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
When: Once or twice a month
Number of booths: 300
Access to the Flea Market: The Tokyo Dome is located near the East exit of Suido-bashi station (JR line), A2 exit of Suido-bashi station (Toei-Mita line), A1 exit of Kasuga station (O-edo line), and No.1, 2 exit of Korakuen station (Nanboku, Marunouchi lines).
Machida Tenmangu Antique Fair (Machida)
The Machida Tenmangu Garakuta Kotto-ichi flea market (Machida Tenmangu Antique Fair) is held on the first day of every month except in January. Machida is a big city located in the western suburbs of Tokyo with a population of over 400,000.
A fairly large open-air antique market with over 120 booths is held from dawn to dusk inside the compound of the shrine. And the great thing is that the Machida Tenmangu Garakuta Kotto-ichi flea market is held no matter the weather – rain or shine!
Where: 1-21-5 Haramachida, Machida-shi, Tokyo
When: Every 1st day of the month: 07:00 – 15:00 (website)
Number of booths: 120
Access to the Flea Market : Machida Station on JR Yokohama Line and Odakyu Line (35 minutes by express train from Shinjuku Station). 090-3314-1994 (Kokune)/ Machida Tenmangu Shrine Review of Machida Tenmangu Flea Market on fleamapket.com
Yoyogi Park Flea Market (Shibuya Koendori Fes)
This well-known, big, always-crowded monthly flea market was held for the first time in 1981 and is considered the ancestor of all flea markets in Japan. The 180 booths of the Yoyogi Park Flea Market mainly showcase fashion items, casual wear, sneakers, fashion bags as well as popular items from famous brands.
No professional sellers are allowed, which gives the market the feel of a hip garage sale. All sorts of clothing and accessories can be found – from acid wash to leather jackets and purses to vintage concert tees to sequined dresses. But clothes aren’t all that’s on offer. There are plenty of cute stuffed animals, vintage vinyl records, lunch boxes, a wide variety of trinkets and other Japanese knick-knacks.
Where: 2 Jinnan Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo
When: Once a month on Sunday (closed in case of rain): 08:00 – 16:00 (website)
Number of booths: 180
Access to the Flea Market : 5 minute walk from Harajuku station (JR Yamanote line or 6-7 minute walk from Meiji jingu-mae station(Chiyoda line), 10 minute walk from Shibuya station. Next to NHK hall. Review of Yoyogi Park Flea Market on fleamapket.com
Not the most famous flea markets in Tokyo, but still worth a visit if you are hungry for discoveries. The Ariake Rinkai Fukutohsin Jambo Flea Market has a whole range of bric-a-brac on display for visitors, and with around 300 booths you might very well find that Kimono or retro watch from the 80s you have been dreaming of. And after all, anything you will find there could make a great present back home! Take note that there is an admission charge of JPY 300 ($3.00)
Where: 1 Aomi, Koto-ku Tokyo, Aomi Nishi (West) in the car park area in front of Palette Town,
When: Every day 10:00 – 16:00
Number of booths: 300
Access to the Flea Market:5 min. walk from Aomi station (New Transit Yurikamome line),8 min walk from Tokyo Teleport station (Rinkai Fukutoshin line)
Shinjuku Nomura Building Flea Market
This popular and typical flea market has been around Tokyo for many years now. There are around 300 stalls at the Shinjuku Nomura Building Flea Market, which sell a broad selection of items such as household stuff, collectable watches, cameras, guitars, American old household items, vintage clothes, sneakers etc. The area nearby hosts various convenience stores, as well as a large selection of restaurants where you can take a break. There is also a paying car park and clean toilets.
Where: Shinjuku Nomura Building, 1-26-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
When: Usually one weekend a month: 08:30 – 15:00 (website)
Number of booths: 300
Access to the Flea Market: the Shinjuku Nomura Building Flea Market is 5 minutes walk away from West Exit of JR Shinjuku station, or 3 min. walk away from Nishi-Shinjuku station(Subway Marunouchi line). It is located along Oume Kaido (St.), across from Shinjuku Police station.
Shinjuku Chuo park Flea Market (Shinjuku Chu-o Kouen)
The Shinjuku Chuo park Flea Market, also known as Shinjuku Central Park flea market, is located right at the back of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. It is held around Mizuno-Hiroa (water place), and appears like an “oasis” among Tokyo’s skyscrapers. The Shinjuku Central park Flea Market is dedicated to flea market enthusiast (no professional stalls are allowed), and the kind of items to be found among the 150 stalls include household tools and utensils, vintage/second hand clothing, kids’ clothing, and more.
Where: Shinjuku Central Park (Shinjuku Chu-oh Ko-en), Nishi-Shinjuku 2-11, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
When: Bimonthly on Saturday (canceled in case of rain): 10:00 – 16:00 (website)
Number of booths: 200
Access to the Flea Market : A min. walk from Tocho-mae station(Subway Toei Oedo line), A 10 minutes walk from JR Shinjuku station, a 15 min. walk from Seibu Shinjuku station(Seibu Shinjuku line).
Other markets (second hand markets)
Ajinomoto Stadium Flea Market (ex Tokyo Stadium)
Almost the biggest regularly held flea market in Japan! The Ajinomoto Stadium Flea Market features almost 800 stalls ranging from organic vegetables, handcrafts, to clothing and antiques. There’s a nominal ¥300 fee to enter the flea market, but shoppers who are determined to snag the best bargains can shell out ¥1,000 for early admission between 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
Where: Ajinomoto Stadium, 376-3 Nishi-cho, Chofu-shi, Tokyo
When: Every day 09:00 – 16:00 (website)
Number of booths: 800
Access to the Flea Market : A 5 min.walk from Tobitakyu station (Keio line), or a 20 min walk from Tama-Bochi Mae station (Seibu Tamagawa line).
Asakusa Sumida Park Flea Market (discontinued)
Even if you don’t manage to find that hidden gem among the 100 booths displayed there, the Asakusa Sumida Park Flea Market will at least leave you a good memory, with its fine and scenic view on the Asakusa sightseeing route and one the old town.
Points of Interest: the Senso-ji Temple, the Nakamise shopping mall, and the houseboats on the Sumida river.
Where: Sumida Park, Hanakawado2, Taito-ku, Tokyo
When: 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month, from 10:00 to 16:00
Number of booths: 100 Access to Flea Market : Near Asakusa station(Ginza, JR Tobu lines). Next to the water-bus station on the lefthand of Azuma bashi bridge.
Shinagawa Inter City Flea Market
Located near the Tall tower Shinagawa InterCity (near the JR Shinagawa station where the bullet train Shinkansen stops), the Shinagawa InterCity Flea Market is held on a regular basis, rain or shine. Beside the 120 booths selling all kind of knick-knacks ranging from vintage dresses and delicate handmade silver jewelery, to neon teeshirts and sneakers, visitors can get access to cafés, fast foods as well as clean toilets. A car park is also available (JPY 300/$3.00/30min or free for 2 hrs when you shop/eat for above JPY2,000/$20 at any business located in the Shinagawa InterCity building).
Where: Shinagawa InterCity, Kounan2-15-2, Minato-ku, Tokyo
When: Every day 11:00 – 16:00
Number of booths: 120
Access to Flea Market : directly from the South Exit of Shinagawa station (JR lines).
Sumitomo 3M Flea Market in Youga (discontinued)
The 150 sellers of the Sumitomo 3M Flea Market Items, offer quality items, which are unfortunately a bit newer than other flea markets in Tokyo. This might make flea market enthusiasts happy or disappointed, depending on what they are looking for: traditional/antiques or more recent products. Items on retail include clothes, household utensils, designer bags and watches.
Where: Tama Doubutsu Koen station (Keio line)
Number of booths: 150
Access to the Flea Market : Youga station (Subway Shin-Tamagawa line). Go in the direction of #8 ringway “Kanjo Hachi-go Sen” along the Tomei Kousoku express way. Next to Restaurant “Denny’s” at the cross-point of the express way. The flea market is held in front of The Sumitomo 3M building and the car park.
Nakano Sakaue Pao Flea Market
The Nakano Sakaue Pao Flea Market (200 stalls) is held in the Nakano-word residential neighborhood, right in front of Nakano Sakaue station. Items on retail mainly include women’s clothes, jeans, sneakers, fashion bags. There are also convenience stores located nearby, as well as cafes and restaurants available in the building.
Where: Nakano Sakaue Pao, Honcho2-46-1, Nakanoku, Tokyo
When: Every day: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Number of booths: 200
Access to Flea Market : lose to Nakano Sakaue station(Subway Marunouchi, O-edo lines).
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