So you want to know about farmers markets in Tokyo? Come hither, cheapskate hipster, you’re in the right place. The city is no stranger to the current trend of fresh fruit, veggies and other farm produce being punted directly to the consumer; Tokyo has a wide range of options that are often cheaper than supermarkets. You can meet the makers of your food from Kanto, Tohoku and sometimes even further afield. Here are a few of the top Tokyo farmers markets worth checking out.
Farmer’s Market at UNU
This market, held at the United Nations University campus in Aoyama, is probably the most popular, well-known farmers market in Tokyo. You can expect around 40 vendors selling veggies plucked right out of the soil, mushrooms, handmade natto and much more. It happens every Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm.
Earth Day Market
Yoyogi Park hosts this farmers market once a month or so, depending on the weather. If it rains, it’s a no-go. There are usually more than 50 vendors flogging farm produce, tasty handmade goodies and crafts. Combine your visit with a stroll around the park and you’re looking at a good day out. The next one is coming up on September 25th.
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Market of the Sun
A farmers market with 100 or so stalls, selling everything from tomatoes to honey and edible gardens in little bags. Check Market of the Sun out between 10am and 5pm (April-September) and 10am to 4pm (October-March) on the second Saturday and Sunday of the month at Tsukishima Second Children’s Park, which is a short walk from Exit A4a or b of Kachidoki Station.
An awesome little farmers market that happens every Sunday. Get there between 10am and 5pm for your fix of seasonal veg, tea and other treats. Yebisu Marche is held at Ebisu Garden Place.
Fun fact: the market is part of Marche Japon, a government project to bridge the gap between food producers and consumers.
Tenoha, Wednesday’s Organic Market
Super stylish Daikanyama is now also host to a small regular organic market. 2 mins walk from Daikanyama station at Tenoha, there’s an outdoor organic farmers market every Wednesday. Don’t be put off by the boutique pricing common in most of Daikanyama, the organic vegetables are as reasonably priced as any other Tokyo based farmer’s market.
Other yen-worthy Tokyo farmers markets include the Koenji Market, held in front of the Za-Koenji Public Theatre from 11am-5pm on the third Saturday of the month, and the Yokohama Kitanaka Marche (affiliated with Market of the Sun), which happens between 10am and 4pm on the third Saturday and Sunday of the month, outside Basamichi Station. Take Exit 2.
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