Tokyo has lots of flea markets, but one stands above all: the Yoyogi Flea Market, located conveniently close to Harajuku and Shibuya. The vendors are mostly young people, including many of the people we shoot at JAPANESE STREETS. They come to sell their own stuff. As a result, it’s almost all clothes and accessories, much of it pretty cool.
You can find anything from hand-made items to well-known brand names, and often at unbeatable prices. Deals that you will even find tough to find at Tokyo’s many used clothing stores. All these goodies attract lots of trendy customers, so the market is not only a good place to find some cool stuff, it is also the perfect place for people watching.
Started in 1981, the official name is actually Yoyogi Free Market. On a good day, you may count some 600 to 800 vendors, but on a slow day it can feel a bit lonely. Both the weather and the calendar make a big difference. If the market takes place on an extended week-end, such as during Golden Week (April 19 – May 5), the space tends to be fully booked.
Intended to happen monthly, the market’s schedule is actually a bit irregular. Make sure to regularly check the organizer’s site (in Japanese). It takes place between 9:00am and 4:00pm, but for the best stuff you have to be one of the early birds.
LISTS OF FLEA MARKETS IN TOKYO
All sites are in Japanese, so use Google Translate if you can’t read Japanese