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Fabulous Flea Markets in Japan

Used kimono at Japanese temple market

Flea markets at Buddhist temples offer amazing deals and finds

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I love visiting Japanese temple markets. Each one offers something unique and even the same one surprises you every time you visit. Some focus on food, while others mainly offer antiques. Most offer a wonderful mixture of items. Usually, traditional clothes like kimono and beautiful obi are part of the mixture. But often edgy modern fashion can be found, too.

Although kimono usually are very expensive, used kimono at temple markets can be as cheap as 500 or 1,000 yen. There is no better place to go bargain hunting.

Do make time to visit these wonderful accumulations of treasures, and remember to take your camera, your wallet and a big bag to carry everything back home!

Woman in kimono at Japanese temple market

Here is a short list of temple markets in Kansai (around Kyoto) and Kanto (around Tokyo).

KANSAI (around Kyoto, Nara, Osaka, Kobe):

Kitano Tenmangu (Kyoto)
A large market with a little bit of everything: antiques, used clothing, ceramics, food. Prices are good.
When: The 25th of every month
Where: Imadegawa Dori, between Nishi-oji and Senbon; take City Bus (5O) or (101) from JR Kyoto Station or (201) from Demachiyanagi Station to Kitano Tenmangu-mae

To-ji (Kyoto)
Largest and most famous temple market in Japan. A must for antique lovers.
When: First Sunday, and 21st of every month
Nearest station: JR Kyoto Station

Chion-ji (Kyoto)
A medium-sized market specialising in hand-made goods and crafts.
When: The 15th of every month (16th if it rains)
Nearest station: North of Kyoto University at Hyakumanben. Take bus no17, 201, 206.

Ohatsu Tenjin (Osaka)
Packed with stalls selling traditional tools, clothing, antiques, and more.
When: First Friday of every month
Nearest station: JR Osaka Station

Shintennoji Taishie (Osaka)
Over 600 stalls. Especially famous for chinaware, clothing and gift items.
When: 21st of every month
Nearest station: Shitennoji-mae on Tanimachi Subway Line

Ikutama Jinja (Osaka)
Small antique market.
When: 8th of every month
Nearest station: Tanimachi 9-chome on Tanimachi Subway Line

Domyo-ji Tenmangu (Osaka)
Small antique market.
When: 25th of every month
Nearest station: Kintetsu Domyo Station

Gokoku Jinja (Hyogo)
Antiques, clothes, and second-hand goods.
When: Fourth Sunday (cancelled if it rains)
Nearest station: Hankyu Rokko Station, take bus no 2 to Gokoku Jinja-mae

Suma-dera (Hyogo)
A small market with antiques and second-hand goods. Good prices.
When: First Sunday (second if it rains)
Nearest station: Sanyo Suma-dera Station

Iwashimizu Hachimangu (Shiga)
Small antique market.
When: Fourth Sunday
Nearest station: Take the cable car from Keihan Iwashimizu Hachimangu Station

Used kimono at Japanese temple market

Booth at Japanese temple market

KANTO (around Tokyo):

Arai Yakushi
This market’s specialty is ceramics. There are also old kimono, glass items, and clocks. Not much furniture.
When: First Sunday of every month
Nearest station: JR Nakano or Arai Yakushi stn, Seibu Shinjuku line

Fuda Tenjin
A small flea market at a temple. Prices are good on items of furniture, such as tansu (chests).
When: The 25th of every month
Nearest station: Chofu, Keio line

Hanazono Shrine Antique Market
From ancient pottery to brand new furniture, this kotto ichi (antique fair) offers the best buys.
When: Every Sunday
Nearest station: JR Shinjuku east exit or Shinjuku 3-chome stn Marunouchi line, exit B3

Heiwajima Antique Festival
Over 200 stalls brimming with old and new antiques.
When: May 3-5; June 30, July 1, 2; Sept 15-17; Dec 22-24
Nearest station: Heiwajima on Keihin Kyuko or Tokyu Ryutsu on the monorail

Takahata Fudo
Extensive flea market with a good mix of everything.
When: The third Sunday of every month
Nearest station: Takahata Fudo, Keio line

Togo Antique Market
Flea markets at Togo Shrine: kimono, yukata, hibachi, prints, used records, used clothes, more.
When: Every first, fourth and fifth Sunday
Nearest station: JR Harajuku, Chiyoda line, Meiji-Jingumae

Jinmeigu Antique Market
When: Every first Saturday
Nearest station: Asagaya, Chuo line, north exit

Kawagoe Antique Market
When: The 28th of every month
Nearest station: Kawagoe or Kawagoe-shi on Tobu Tojo or Saikyo lines

Nogi Antique Market
When: Second Sunday
Nearest station: Nogizaka, Chiyoda line

Urawa Antique Market
When: Fourth Saturday of every month
Nearest station: Urawa, Keihin Tohoku line

Edgy bag at Japanese temple market

Kimono material at Japanese temple market

BY DATE:

First Friday
Ohatsu Tenjin (Osaka)

First Saturday
Jinmeigu Antique Market (Kanto: Asagaya)

First Sunday
Suma-dera (Hyogo)
To-ji (Kyoto)
Togo Antique Market (Kanto: Harajuku)
Hanazono Shrine Antique Market (Kanto: Shinjuku)
Arai Yakushi (Kanto: Arai Yakushi)

Second Sunday
Nogi Antique Market (Kanto: Nogizaka)
Hanazono Shrine Antique Market (Kanto: Shinjuku)

Third Sunday
Takahata Fudo (Kanto: Takahata Fudo)
Hanazono Shrine Antique Market (Kanto: Shinjuku)

Fourth Saturday
Urawa Antique Market (Kanto: Urawa)

Fourth Sunday
Iwashimizu Hachimangu (Shiga)
Gokoku Jinja (Hyogo)
Togo Antique Market (Kanto: Harajuku)
Hanazono Shrine Antique Market (Kanto: Shinjuku)

Fifth Sunday
Togo Antique Market (Kanto: Harajuku)
Hanazono Shrine Antique Market (Kanto: Shinjuku)

8th of every month
Ikutama Jinja (Osaka)

15th of every month
Chion-ji (Kyoto)

21st of every month
Shintennoji Taishie (Osaka)
To-ji (Kyoto)

25th of every month
Domyo-ji Tenmangu (Osaka)
Kitano Tenmangu (Kyoto)
Fuda Tenjin (Kanto: Chofu)

28th of every month
Kawagoe Antique Market (Kanto: Kawagoe)

May 3-5; June 30, July 1, 2; Sept 15-17; Dec 22-24
Heiwajima Antique Festival (Kanto: Heiwajima)

Tourists at Japanese temple market

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Inspired by the stunningly creative street fashion that exploded on the streets of Tokyo and Osaka in the late 1990’s, photo-journalist Kjeld Duits launched JAPANESE STREETS in 2002. This makes JS one of the first fashion blogs on the net, and the very first to cover Japanese street fashion.

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Comment (日本語もOK)

Hi, just wondering if flea markets continue around november and december? Thanks so much, gee x

Georgie
Jun 27, 2011 (2343 days ago)

@Georgie: Yes, the temple markets are on all year long. Actually, there are even special year end and New Year markets. Highly recommended!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jun 27, 2011 (2343 days ago)

love your site, thanks!

rumlada
Jul 2, 2011 (2338 days ago)

I should mention, i’ll be in Japan later this month. Can’t wait to hit up flea markets!

rumlada
Jul 2, 2011 (2338 days ago)

@rumlada: Thanks, and enjoy your visit later this month!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jul 2, 2011 (2338 days ago)

These markets look really cool. I will try to find one when I am next in Japan. Thanks for the tips.

Wholesale Apparel
Jul 21, 2011 (2320 days ago)

i wish i could go

dominique
Aug 6, 2011 (2303 days ago)

makes me really want to go to Japan >.<

decimal
Aug 17, 2011 (2292 days ago)

Wow. We didn’t know that they have flea markets in Japan.

Louis Adroit
Oct 9, 2011 (2239 days ago)

Hello, have they contiuned to cancel the flea market at Togo Shrine in Harajuku? It always such a great market…..hoping they will bring it back. marcia

Marcia
Jan 23, 2012 (2133 days ago)

@Marcia: Yes, it was discontinued in December, 2009. Doesn’t look like it will be brought back. I think that eventually the markets at Nogi and Hanazono Shrines will close, too. They have very few vendors and visitors these days.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jan 23, 2012 (2133 days ago)

Hi, can anyone give me a website/email address/contact number for people selling vintage/antique obi/kimono?
I’m desperate to get hold of some for unusual yet beautiful fabric, but am in the UK and unable to travel.
Many Thanks for any help offered.
Amber.

Amber
Mar 29, 2013 (1703 days ago)

@Amber: You can purchase antique obi and kimono through our eBay affiliate store. ^^

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 29, 2013 (1702 days ago)

what are the best ones for selling brand new name brand outdoor apparel at great prices. I have an outdoor outlet store int eh states and a home in Tokyo. It would be great to bring boxes of name brand stuff to blow out at like 20 to 30% of what it costs in Japan. My store in the US always has an oversupply of small and xs sizes which would be perfect in Japan. Whenever Japanese customers come to my store they flip out and buy a lot. So let the mountain come to Mohammad.

gmann
Jun 10, 2013 (1630 days ago)

@gmann: I highly recommend doing that at the Yoyogi Flea Market, which is not on this list, but I recently wrote about it. Unfortunately, it is held irregularly, so you will need to contact the organizers to ask when the next one takes place. They also organize other flea markets you may want to try out. ^^ Good luck!

Kjeld Duits (author)
Jun 10, 2013 (1630 days ago)

I never hear this before. It’s the unique market in the world. I hope can visiting this place someday.

michelle
Mar 27, 2014 (1339 days ago)

@michelle: These temple markets are a lot of fun. I visit as often as I can.

Kjeld Duits (author)
Mar 28, 2014 (1338 days ago)

Hi I will be at the Atsugi Navy base till June 22nd I have to take a train . Can you help me find some markets close to us and the dates. I am hoping to find many adult women and some little girl Kimonos but I have a small budget.thanks in advance. I do not speak or read Japanese, I am a 60 yr old grandma.

Aniko Palko
May 6, 2015 (934 days ago)

@Aniko Palko: One market in the Kanto Region that I have personally visited and can recommend if you don’t have time to check out many is Takahata Fudo “Gozareichi” Antique Fair. It is held on the 3rd Sunday each month from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next fair will be on May 17th. There are about 120 vendors, including several selling kimono.

It is near Takahata Fudo Station on the Keio Line (Map).

By train from Atsugi you need to change trains three times and it takes about 70 minutes, but it is worth the trip. Check the train schedule with JORUDAN.

For other markets, I suggest you check this excellent list of antique markets in Kanto.

Have fun!

Kjeld Duits (author)
May 6, 2015 (934 days ago)

Hi… I will go to Japan 30sept-8oct this year.. do you have any suggestions which flea market I should go? Preferable near osaka.
Thanks!

Nita
May 20, 2015 (920 days ago)

Hi Kyeld,

Surprised to see you’re still in Japan or maybe i’m not so surprised!
Guess what: your flea markets sound great, but …… i’m interested
is selling- not in buying. How do i join the selling crew?
By the way: how’s your famdamily? Kai will graduate again, this
time from UC, Davis. He’ll be here around new year’s.
All the best!

Reinier Battenberg
Nov 6, 2016 (384 days ago)

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