One of Tokyo’s biggest and most frequent flea markets, this event takes place over many—if not all—weekends a month. Also known as the Tokyo City Flea Market, it can feature up to 600 (!) vendors on a busy day, making it a great place to hunt for bargains.
Most vendors sell used clothes simply laid out in piles on a tarp, but some have Japanese antiques, household goods or secondhand electronics on offer. You can definitely bargain at this market, as prices suggested by the mainly private sellers are flexible. There are also a number of food stalls. While the official opening hours are until 2:30-3pm, sellers often start wrapping things up around noon, so make sure to come early.
On weekends when this market isn’t happening, there are often other, smaller markets on the go.
Held on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month, this market is joining the well-established UNU Farmer’s Market. It is a great place to stock up on homemade produce and the flea market will bring a range of new stalls to explore. Offering vintage clothing, vinyl and craft coffee, the local stallholders will be open from 11am to 5pm.
468 m from Omotesandō Station Chiyoda Line (C4)Ginza Line (G2)Hanzomon Line (Z2) 0.7 km from Meijijingū-mae Station Chiyoda Line (C3)Fukutoshin Line (C15) 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)
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)
The Ooedo Kottouichi Japanese Antique Market is an (approximately) monthly event held in Yoyogi Park where the public gathers to sell its Japanese antiques. The market aims to educate people on Japanese culture and art, while creating an opportunity for locals to sell their antique goods at the largest outdoor antique market in Japan.
This event is an off-shoot of the twice-monthly antique market held in Tokyo International Forum.
N.B. The markets tend to be held monthly in autumn and winter and every other month in spring and summer.