Sun, May
08

Mottainai Flea Market

10:00am – 4:00pm
Free

As the name suggests, this little market is all about reducing waste and wastefulness — the perfect antidote to Tokyo’s shop-till-you-drop culture. It’s a good place to pick up snazzy secondhand clothes for cheap-cheap, as well as DVDs, CDs (remember those?), books, and other odds and ends.

Mostly private sellers lay out there wares on a tarp for inspection, and bargaining is definitely part of the game. Depending whether they have sold enough or have just had enough of selling, things usually wrap up earlier than the announced 4pm closing time. Most of the venues have restaurants and bars around for a well-deserved break after shopping.

The market moves around Tokyo, sometimes even over the same weekend. Check the location below. The time is usually 10am–4pm, give or take an hour or two.

Mottainai Flea Market upcoming dates and locations

May 8: Kichijoji Parco rooftop
May 15: Kichijoji Parco rooftop
May 22: Kichijoji Parco rooftop
May 28: Nakano Central Park
May 29: Nakano Central Park & Kichijoji Parco rooftop
June 5: Kichijoji Parco rooftop
June 12: Kichijoji Parco rooftop
June 19: Kichijoji Parco rooftop
June 26: Nakano Central Park & Kichijoji Parco rooftop

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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