Antique and flea markets have been sprouting throughout Japan and attracting people who are looking for things that are unique or out of the ordinary. There are also some who are drawn to them because of their bargain prices which can’t be found anywhere else. If you’re on the lookout for some antiques, better check out these three antique and flea markets in Tokyo offering unbelievably inexpensive items!
The Oedo Antique Market is probably one of the largest antique markets in Japan. It is a regular event held at the Tokyo International Forum (東京国際フォーラム) every first and third Sunday of each month and is also sometimes held at Yoyogi Park (代々木公園). These two events are considered ideal for first-time flea market-goers.
Around 250 exhibitors gather around selling a variety of antique items from both Japan and abroad, such as the northern area of Europe. Some of the things you can find here are watches, pens, and Japanese kimonos. This market has been held since 2003.
Depending on the weather, the market events are done from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Tokyo International Forum is just a minute walk from Yurakucho Station (有楽町駅), while Yoyogi Park is a five-minute walk from Harajuku Station (原宿駅). Admission to these markets is free, however, do take note that they are canceled whenever it rains.
The Nogi Shrine Antique Flea Market is held every fourth Sunday of the month in Nogizaka (乃木坂). Several stalls are lined up going to Nogi Shrine, a shrine dedicated to General Nogi Maresuke (乃木希典).
There are many interesting antique items to buy here such as antique radio equipment, crockery, second-hand clothing, and books. They also sell furniture and cooking utensils. Sometimes there are food stalls as well but it depends on the situation.
This event is worth visiting as you can also get to pray inside the shrine or walk around and get to know a little bit of its history. The market is open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and is a 10-minute walk from the Tokyo Metro Roppongi Station (東京メトロ六本木駅). However, the event is also canceled when it rains.
The Aoyoma Weekly Antique Market is held at the same location in Aoyoma (青山), along the streets of the United Nations University, every Saturday. This antique market is actually being compared to European antique markets since the beginning of time. Its aim is to become the number one market loved by everyone.
There are many things to see and buy at this market, including old clothes, carpets, old books, etc. There are also unique accessories which you can’t find in ordinary shops. Its vibrant atmosphere makes the whole neighborhood lively – one of the reasons the area’s land value is rising.
While you’re at the market, you can drop by the Farmer’s Market which is also held in front of the university. It is an opportunity for farmers to sell their fruits and vegetables at a reasonable price.
Looking for great items at bargain prices can be a bothersome yet fulfilling experience. The joy of hunting valuable items is something you cannot experience in usual shopping malls. So if you’re fascinated by the appeal of antique items, try going to these three antique and flea markets in Tokyo and see what you can find!