Update: This flea market will officially stop running in March, 2019. The market on March 16-17 will be the final instalment.
A monthly Tokyo flea market that’s held in the 55 Hiroba square outside the Shinjuku Mitsui Building. There are mostly small trinkets, household goods and used clothes for sale. It’s mainly private sellers, so those looking for amazing arts and crafts might be a bit disappointed.
Come early—the later it gets, the less there will be there to sift through, as sellers start wrapping up. And on anything that could be considered a bad-weather day (too hot, too cold, might rain but is actually not raining … ), there won’t be much happening. There aren’t any entertainment or food stalls here.
Early bargain-hunters get the worm. | Photo by Phad Pichetbovornkul used under CC
An easily accessible, sheltered flea market surrounded by ramen restaurants and other eateries—making for a relaxed and enjoyable day out in Tokyo.
Chock-full of everything from used clothing to kitchen utensils and electronics, partly sheltered in case of inclement weather (so it happens even on rainy days), and surrounded by a slew of restaurants, you could describe it as random or as colorful, depending on your outlook on things. You might walk away with a beautiful new vintage dress and matching hair pins, or with an antique tea set, or with some cheap kitchen utensils. Junk and treasures are both ample here.
While close to the station, the market can be a bit hard to find at first, so follow the crowds that look like other flea market patrons if in doubt.
This market takes place on most Sundays throughout the year.
See the iconic Awa Odori performance—and try your hand at it too. There will be instructors to teach you the traditional summertime dance and how to play the accompanying instruments as well—good prep for the area’s massive Awa Odori festival in August. No experience is necessary, the event is open to all.
Said to be the place to go for all things vintage, this is a fairly large market just behind the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildings, a famous landmark and free viewpoint. It’s held 1-3 times a month, most months of the year.
Market times vary, with 10-3pm being a safe bet for scheduling. On some days, it starts at 9am and ends between 3:30 and 4pm—for early risers who don’t want to miss out on top treasures, you can always show up early and go for a coffee if nothing is happening yet.
Make sure to check the events page of the park beforehand in case of cancellations due to, e.g. rain.
With a new album out last year and an avid following around the world, atmospheric singer Tom Odell is coming to Tokyo. A piano-player with a fondness for heart-wrenching lyrics and haunting melodies, the British singer/songwriter is known worldwide for songs like ‘Another Love’ and ‘If You Wanna Love Somebody’. His solo live performance will no doubt be a memorable night.
122 m 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 Shinsen Station Keio Inokashira Line (IN2)
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