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Top 20 Tokyo Flea Markets 2018 – Enjoy the Cozy Atmosphere of Popup Markets!

Anton

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Would you like to bring something truly unique and memorable from Japan? The flea markets and antique fairs that pop up here and there in Tokyo provide you with this outstanding opportunity! It is like a chest with treasures for souvenir hunters, artists, designers, and those who like to bargain! Indeed, you can find almost anything on such events, from second-hand traditional clothes, furniture, porcelain to artworks, books, old electronics, and even organic vegetables.

In order to break the stereotype that everything in Tokyo is posh and expensive, visit a couple of flea markets and experience budget shopping! I am sure that you will be surprised by the fact that Japanese people also like to bargain and show their hospitality in person at the flea markets.
Already wondering when and where do they pop up? This article will show you the most significant flea markets in Tokyo and provide you with the brief information on these lively events!

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1. Shinjuku Chuo Park Flea Market

Meet more than 250 vendors who sell various vintage things at this flea market! It pops up 2-3 times a month on weekends. However, due to the rainy weather, the management of the park may stop the operation of the market. The park is in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, and there are plenty of landmarks around the neighborhood. So, you will always find something to do around even if the market is not operating.

Address: Shinjuku Central Park. 2 Chome-11 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Open: Time varies. Usually from around 9:30 to 16:00
Nearest Station: Tochomae station by Toei Oedo Line
Official Website (Japanese only): http://parks.prfj.or.jp/shinjuku/information/2018/09/?post_type=information

2. Marunouchi Street Market by Creema

This lovely street market occurs on weekends once a month. The nearest dates are October 6th and 7th, 2018. You will notice many handmade accessories, books, and even coffee vendors lining up a cozy street nearby Tokyo station. It’s relatively a small market that involves only around 70 vendors, but the atmosphere is very friendly and charming.

Address: Tokyo, Chiyoda, Marunouchi 2-4-1
Open: From 11:15 to 16:30. Will be stopped in case of rain.
Nearest Station: Tokyo Station
Official Website (Japanese only): https://www.creema.jp/event/marunouchi_creema

3. Inokashira Park Art Markets

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These events usually take place on weekends and public holidays. You will notice outgoing artists selling their products and making shows to entertain you. Kichijoji area is a paradise for those who like small cozy streets with cute cafes and shops. So, after visiting the Art market you can wander around the neighborhood and enjoy the tranquility of the area.

Address: Musashino, Gotenyama 1-18-31
Open: All day during the events dates
Nearest Station: Kichijoji Station (JR / Keio Line), Inokashira Park Station (Keio Line)
Official Website (Japanese only): http://inokashirapark100.com/artmarkets/

4. Zoshigaya Handmade Market

This outstanding market occurs on the grounds of Kishimojindo Temple and Otori Shrine in the Ikebukuro area. It is held on different days of the month, so please check the official page of the market.

The organizers are quite sticking to the vendors and allow only those who sell the products that they made personally. Over 200 vendors sell everything from pottery and woodcrafts to bags and accessories. Thus, it attracts a lot of creative people!
Address: Tokyo, Toshima, Zoshigaya 3-15-20
Open: Please refer to the official website
Nearest Station: Zoshigaya Station (Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line)
Official Website (Japanese only): http://www.tezukuriichi.com/home.html

5. HandMade in Japan Fes

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This is the biggest handmade crafts and goods exhibition in Japan. It usually takes place twice a year in Odaiba Tokyo Big Sight. You will have a chance to see more than 5000 organizations participating in this event. Various goods from around the globe are presented at the festival. You can try different food, see the products which are usually sold online only, and receive a better price offer on the final day of the event!

Address: Tokyo Big Sight. Tokyo, Koto, Ariake 3-11-1 (Halls 7 and 8)
Open: Next festival will take place on January 12th and 13th, 2019. 11:00 – 18:00
Fees: One-day tickets are 1500 Yen and two-day tickets are 2500 Yen
Official Website (Japanese only): https://hmj-fes.jp/

6. Oikebajo Flea Market

This Flea market is in the parking lot of Oikebajo race track. It is one of the most stable flea markets in Tokyo and it is operating every weekend. Even bad weather wouldn’t influence its operation, as the venue is under the roof. Here you will find over 600 vendors selling used clothes, accessories and shoes, food, watches, and miscellaneous goods along with various handmade products.

Address: Tokyo, Shinagawa, Katsushima 2-1-2
Open: 9:00 – 15:00, every Saturday and Sunday
Nearest Station: Tachiaigawa station on the Keikyū line
Official Website: https://trx.jp/static/en/tcf/index.html

7. Tokyo Nomi-no-Ichi or Tokyo Flea Market

This is the largest flea market in Japan. It occurs twice a year in May and in November. At this market, you will find almost anything not only from Japan but from other countries as well. There will be vendors selling furniture, clothes, cameras, fabrics, anything you can imagine. Besides, live music shows, various workshops, open-air cafes will be there for your entertainment!

Address: TOKYO OVAL KEIOKAKU. 4-31-1 Tamagawa Chofushi, Tokyo
Open: 14th Tokyo Flea Market will happen on October 10th and 11th 2018
Entrance fee: 500 Yen
Nearest Station: Keio Tamagawa Station (Keio Sagamihara Line)
Official Website (Japanese Only): http://tokyonominoichi.com/2018_spring/archives/11379

8. Heiwajima “Antiques Fair”

If you like to wander around the stalls surrounded by things that possess their unique history, especially with an oriental accent, this fair is for you! It is the oldest antique fair in Japan and in Tokyo. Over 270 dealers from all over Japan gather at one place five times a year for three days and attract a lot of people who love art and history. The next fair will take place on December 7th, 8th, and 9th, 2018.

Address: Ryutsu Center Building, 2F. Tōkyō-to, Ōta-ku, Heiwajima, 6 Chome−1
Open: 10am-5pm on the events dates
Nearest Station: Ryutsu-Center Station on the Tokyo Monorail Line
Official Website: http://www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/ENGLISH.html

9. Shinjuku Mitsui Building Flea Market

This is a monthly event in the heart of Tokyo – in the skyscraper district of Shinjuku. You will find various second-hand goods including antiques, clothing, and household goods. It’s a great chance to find something original as a souvenir or for yourself at a very reasonable price. The next flea market will take place on 20th Oct–21st Oct 2018. If the weather is not good, the event might be canceled.

Address: 55 Hiroba square of Shinjuku Mitsui Building. 2 Chome-1-1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Open: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm on the events dates
Nearest Station: JR Shinjuku Station, West Exit
Official Website (Japanese only): http://www.shinjukumitsui55info.jp/event/

10. Mottainai Flea Market

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The organizer’s goal is to reduce waste and to promote and create a sustainable society. They hold the flea markets in various places in Tokyo throughout the year. You can find almost anything during the events including clothing, books, original art, CDs, and DVDs. The market usually runs from 10 am to 4 pm on the events dates.

Closest events: September 23-24: Nakano Central Park
September 30: Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park AND Komazawa Olympic Park
October 8: Gotanda TOC
                13: Nakano Central Park
                14: Toshimaen
Official Website (Japanese only): http://www.mottainai.info/jp/event/fleama/calendar/

11. Yasukuni Shrine Flea Market

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On the third Sunday of every month Yasukuni shrine opens its grounds to the pottery specialists and antique traders from all over Japan. It is one of the most popular of Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets for travelers. The limited space of the shrine grounds doesn’t allow many vendors to participate. However, this makes the market even cozier. If you love pottery, picture frames, and Japanese traditional shrines, this is the perfect market to visit!

Address: 3 Chome-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Open: from 6 am Every 3rd Sunday of the month
Nearest Station: Kudanshita Station on the Tozai, Hanzomon and Toei Shinjuku Subway Lines.
Official Website: http://www.yasukuni.or.jp/english/index.html

12. Tokyo Dome “Jumbo” Flea Market

This flea market takes place in an establishment for baseball games so you can imagine how magnificent Tokyo Dome “Jumbo” Flea Market is. Besides, it is the biggest concert venue in Japan! The flea market is held once or twice a month and features more than 300 vendors. The schedule is messy, so I suggest you confirm it on the official website.

Address: Tokyo Dome city, 1-3-61 Kouraku, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Open: 10 am to 4 pm on the days of the event
Nearest Station: East exit of Suido-bashi station (JR line), A2 exit of Suido-bashi station (Toei-Mita line), the A1 exit of Kasuga station (O-edo line), No. 1, 2 exits of Korakuen station (Nanboku, Marunouchi lines).
Official Website (Japanese only): https://trx.jp/hallDetail.xhtml?hallId=19

13. Kawaii Flea Market

As you might know “kawaii” in Japanese means cute. Even though some people assume that this regular flea market is focused on women, you will find various second-hand household items and old clothes, antiques and collectibles, as well as charity stalls and attractions.

This flea market features about 120 – 200 vendors and takes place regularly almost every Sunday either in Ikebukuro or in Nakano Sakaue. Please refer to the official website to see the schedule.

Address: Ikebukuro Sunshine City. 3-1 Higashiikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo.
Sun Bright Twin Building. 2 Chome-46-1 Honcho, Nakano, Tokyo.
Open: 9 am-3 pm on the days of the events
Nearest Station: Ikebukuro (JR lines) / Nakano Sakaue (Marunouchi line)
Official Website (Japanese only): https://souq.jp/schedule/

14. Yoyogi Park Flea Market

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This is one of the oldest flea markets in Tokyo that unfortunately pops up unpredictably recently. I can boast about 800 vendors on the most popular days. You can walk through the park on any Sunday and if you are lucky the market will be there. However, on the “Earth Garden” event that pops up regularly, there is always a flea market. The nearest one is on October 27th and 28th. I suggest you check the schedule on the official website if you want to see the most hipster flea market in Tokyo!

Address: 2-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Open: Usually from 10 am to 4 pm on the event dates
Nearest Station: Harajuku Station (JR Yamanote line), Yoyogi Koen Station (Chiyoda line)
Official Website: https://www.yoyogikoen.info/

15. Tokyo International Forum Flea Market

This flea market features about 200 vendors usually one Sunday or Saturday a month. Various used goods are presented by the vendors including antiques, home arts, and crafts. The nearest market will occur on November 11th,2018. As for the next events, please refer to the official website.

Address: The square in front of the Tokyo International Forum. 3 Chome-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda, Tokyo
Open 10 am-4 pm on the events dates.
Nearest Station: Yurakucho Station (JR lines)
Official Website: http://www2.recycler.jp/hall_detail.php?eventautonum=904181111

16. Ajinomoto Stadium Big Flea Market

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This is the biggest regular flea market in Tokyo featuring over 800 vendors each time. You will find almost anything at this market from organic vegetables, handcrafts, to clothing and antiques. The next flea market will be held on October 13th, 2018. This is a great chance to see a huge stadium and wander around various stalls!

Address: Ajinomoto Stadium, 376-3 Nishi-cho, Chofu-shi, Tokyo
Open: 09:00 am – 4:00 pm on the days of the events
Admission fee: 300 Yen. 1,000 Yen for early admission between 8:00 am and 10:00 am.
Nearest Station: Tobitakyu station (Keio line)
Official Website (Schedule is in Japanese only): http://www.ajinomotostadium.com/schedule/2018/10/

17. Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market

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The Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market takes place in the tall building of Shinagawa intercity on most of Sundays. Here you will find a wide range of old electronics, vintage dresses, handmade silver jewelry and much more. The fact that this flea market is under the roof makes it the best hiding place on a rainy day!

Address: Shinagawa Intercity Tower. Tokyo, Minato-ku, Konan, 2 Chome−15−1
Open: most Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm.
Nearest Station: JR Shinagawa station
Official Website (Japanese only): http://www2.recycler.jp/schedule.php

18. Setagaya Boroichi Market

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Rag (Boroichi) market is one of the oldest and biggest flea markets in Tokyo. Around 440 years ago this marked first occurred in Tokyo, and since then, you can enjoy it only twice a year in December and January (Dec 15th, 16th, 2018 and Jan 15th, 16th, 2019). Over 700 vendors sell various goods of different age at this market. And around 200 000 people visit it annually. It looks like a big festival sometimes, featuring lots of food stalls and performances.

Address: Boroichi Dori. Boroichi-dori, around 1 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku Tokyo
Open: 8 am to 9 pm on the days of the event
Nearest Station: Kamimachi Station (Tokyu Setagaya line)
Official Website (Japanese only): http://www.city.setagaya.lg.jp/setagaya/11000/11004/d00125000.html

19. Machida Tenmangu Antique Fair

This relatively small antique fair takes place on the grounds of Machida Tenmangu Shrine on the 1st day of every month except January and November in 2018 (will be on Nov 2nd). You can find traditional Japanese antiques from vintage kimonos to porcelain tableware and furniture. The fair is held even if it rains, so don’t hesitate to pay a visit to the shrine and wander around 120 stalls.

Address: Machida Tenmangu Shrine. 1 Chome-21-5 Haramachida, Machida, Tokyo
Open: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm on the events dates.
Nearest Station: Machida Station (JR/Odakyu lines)
Official Website (Japanese only): https://kanagawa-antique-market.crayonsite.net/p/2/

20. United Nations University Farmer’s Market

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UNU Farmer’s market takes place every weekend in front of the United Nations University in Aoyama. Obviously, you will find a lot of vegetables and various farmer goods there.

However, on a small square behind the farmer’s market a small flea market pops up almost every weekend as well. You will notice some handmade jewelry, clothes, tableware. This flea market is not big, but you can combine it with your veggie shopping!

Address: In front of UN University, 5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Open: every Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm.
Nearest station: Omotesando Station (Chiyoda, Ginza, Hanzomon lines)
Official Website: http://farmersmarkets.jp/

Closing Remarks

Surprisingly, in Tokyo antique fairs and flea markets pop up almost every week. At these events, you’ll find unique products at reasonable prices. Purchasing something at a flea market may become a great souvenir from Japan. Besides, it gives you a chance to interact with the vendors closely. Thus, your souvenir will also have a unique history. Don’t miss an opportunity to bargain at the flea markets, as these are only events where you can do it in Japan! Even if you don’t know the Japanese language, a small complement of the vendor’s products may lead to a very attractive price!

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Anton

I`ve been living in Japan for over 10 years and still fascinated with this unique country. I always discover something new about the land of the rising sun when there is a chance!

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