The Mottainai Flea Market is focused on reducing and reusing for the sake of the environment. | Photo by Dave Hill used under CC
As the name suggests, this little market is all about reducing waste and wastefulness—the perfect antidote to Tokyo’s shop-till-you-drop culture. It’s a good place to pick up snazzy secondhand clothes for cheap-cheap, as well as DVDs, CDs (remember those?), books and other odds and ends.
Mostly private sellers lay out there wares on a tarp for inspection, and bargaining is definitely part of the game. Depending whether they have sold enough or have just had enough of selling, things usually wrap up earlier than the announced 4pm closing time. Most of the venues have restaurants and bars around for a well-deserved break after shopping.
The market moves around Tokyo, sometimes even over the same weekend. Check the location below. The time is usually 10am-4pm, give or take an hour or two.
January 20: Toshimaen February 10: Komazawa Olympic Park February 23: Shinjuku Chuo Park February 24: Kiba Park
A relatively small but regular antique fair, this event has around 25-30 stalls and is on almost every Sunday (aside from those with festivals or bad weather). Roughly translated as Hanazono Shrine Blue Sky Antique Fair, it definitely gives a hint about the preferred weather conditions. It runs from sunrise to sunset, but most stalls close around 3pm.
Focusing on smaller items, it does extend to small pieces of furniture and has a less intense vibe than the bigger markets. Check the calendar to confirm before attending (in Japanese, but Google Translate on Chrome will work).
342 m from Shinjuku-sanchōme Station Fukutoshin Line (C13)Marunouchi Line (M9)Shinjuku Line (S2) 0.5 km from Seibushinjuku Station Seibu Shinjuku Line (SS1) 0.5 km from Higashi-shinjuku Station Fukutoshin Line (C12)Oedo Line (E2)
Peruse over 100 shops offering antiques and vintage items from Japan and afar alongside handicrafts, accessories, fine art, organic foods and plants. Held in the green surrounds of Shibuya Garden Tower’s gardens, the market offers a relaxed Sunday spot for browsing.
373 m from Shinsen Station Keio Inokashira Line (IN2) 0.8 km from Shibuya Station Fukutoshin Line (C16)Ginza Line (G1)Hanzomon Line (Z1)Yamanote Line (JY20)Keio Inokashira Line (IN1)Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line (DT1)Tōkyū Tōyoko Line (TY1) 0.9 km from Ikejiri-ōhashi Station Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line (DT2)
The National Museum of Western Art was set up in 1959 to provide the Japanese public with a chance to view Western art. Its collection includes paintings from the late medieval period through to the 20th Century and modern French sculpture. Artists include Ruebens, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Pollock and many more—the museum has added to its collection every year since it opened. The permanent collection is free to view on both the second and fourth Saturdays of every month.
361 m from Ueno Station Ginza Line (G16)Hibiya Line (H17)Yamanote Line (JY5)Keihin-Tōhoku Line (JK18)Jōban Line (JJ4) 0.5 km from Keisei-ueno Station Keisei Main Line (KS1) 0.6 km from Uguisudani Station Yamanote Line (JY6)Keihin-Tōhoku Line (JK17)
295 m from Nagatacho Station Hanzomon Line (Z4)Namboku Line (N7)Yurakucho Line (Y16) 398 m from Akasaka-mitsuke Station Ginza Line (G5)Marunouchi Line (M13) 482 m from Kokkaigijidōmae Station Chiyoda Line (C7)Marunouchi Line (M14)
Back in the Edo days, kites were considered lucky charms that help ward off fires, which were rampant at that time. Since then, a Kite Market is held annually on the Day of the Horse where kites are displayed and sold.