Top Tokyo Flea Markets

Selena Hoy

A cheapo’s paradise, flea markets in Tokyo are awesome for bargain-hunting. And there’s no shortage of them—you’ll find something happening in one of the city’s parks or parking lots just about every Saturday and Sunday, as well as some public holidays.

You can fork out wads of cash for fancy souvenirs at soulless stores, or you can riffle through the stalls at one of the flea markets below and find all sorts of awesome (and original) things for a fraction of the price. Keen on a secondhand kimono or yukata for just 1,000 yen? How about a tea ceremony bowl? Secondhand fashion (still seasons ahead of much of the rest of the world) for a few hundred yen? You can also find CDs and DVDs, books, vinyls, coffee presses, random military stuff and much more.

Here’s our pick of top Tokyo flea markets.

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Ohi Racecourse Flea Market

Also known as Tokyo City Flea Market, this is one of the biggest and most popular flea markets, with around 600 vendors. Unlike a lot of the other flea markets, it also has a regular schedule.

Where: Ohi Racetrack, Shinagawa (it’s near Oikeibajo Station).

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When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 9am-3pm

Cheapo Tip:

Say “ikura desu ka?” when you want to ask how much something is. If that’s the extent of your Japanese, smile and nod when they rattle off a reply in the vernacular.

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Mottainai Flea Market

A cool little flea market with a focus on secondhand clothes. The organizers hope to reduce wastefulness (mottainai) through their event. You can sometimes also find books, CDS and DVDs. If you’re looking to off-load some clothes of your own, you can do that at some of the venues—read more about clothes recycling here.

Where: It moves around Tokyo. The lion’s share of markets occur at the Ikebukuro Station West Park (that dodgy concrete area), and Akihabara UDX, with other markets at various parks.

When: 10am-4pm-ish, Saturdays or Sundays.

Cheapo Tip:

Say “Yasuku naranai? when you want to say, “Won’t you make it a bit cheaper?”

Shinjuku Mitsui Building Flea Market

Many hapless cheapos search for the famed Shinjuku Nomura Building Flea Market, but it seems to have stopped operating back in 2005. Luckily this one is still going. It’s not huge, but you can find some good deals.

Where: Shinjuku Mitsui Building, 55 Hiroba (near JR Shinjuku Station, West Exit).

When: Usually one weekend a month. 8:30am-3pm. Check the website for the schedule (in Japanese).

Cheapo Tip:

Say “Ni-ko kattara, waribiki arimasuka? when you want to say, “If I buy two, is there a discount?”

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Shinjuku Chuo Park Flea Market

This Tokyo flea market has around 200 vendors. Apparently good for “vintage” stuff. In between browsing the stalls, you can nip up to the top of the Tocho Buildings to see the (free!) view over Tokyo.

Where: The Mizu no Hiroba Square in Shinjuku Chuo Park, at the back of the Metropolitan Government Buildings (near Tochomae Station).

When: Around once every two months. Saturdays, 10-3pm.

Cheapo Tip:

Say “Ni hyaku en, dou desuka? when you want to say, “How about two hundred yen?”

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Cheapo Tip:

Say “Kibishii desune when you want to say, “You’re tough/strict” (you drive a hard bargain – say it with a smile!).

Heiwajima “Antique Fair”

Punted (by the organizers) as being the oldest and most famous antique fair in Japan. 280 dealers. Held five times a year.  They don’t only sell antiques—you can find much of the same kind of stuff as you would at a regular flea market.

Where: Ryutsu Center Building, 2F  (in front of Ryutsu-Center Station on the Monorail line).

When: 5 times a year. Held over three days each time. Check the website (in English!) for dates.

Cheapo Tip:

Say “Okane ga tarinai! and look sad when you want to say, “I don’t have enough money!”

Yoyogi Park Flea Market(s)

Yoyogi was long home to of Tokyo’s oldest and most hipster-ish flea markets. 800 vendors, all peddling second-hand goods – with lots of recycled fashion. But it seems they have stopped hosting them, or at least stopped publicizing them. Check Yoyogi Park’s schedule page (Japanese) for the next one, or risk just dropping by the park.

Yoyogi Park also hosts the Earth Day Market once a month or so (this is more reliable), where you can get organic produce, fair trade goods, tasty meals and handmade crafts.

Where: The paved space just across from the park itself, near the NHK buildings (near Harajuku Station).

When: Sundays, usually once a month … maybe.

Why all the uncertainty? The flea markets are run by a bunch of different groups and NPOs, so it can be confusing trying to figure out what’s going on, where. Also, if the weather is foul, the markets often get canceled unless they are under cover or indoors (for example, Ohi Keibajo is outdoor but under cover, and continues in the case of light rain). Your best bet is to check the websites (using Google Translate to help, if necessary) before making any plans!

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Handy Resources

This website has a schedule for flea markets in the Tokyo and Saitama areas.

TRX (Tokyo Recycle) is another big site with great maps, calendars, and details on each market.

This one and this one have less comprehensive schedules covering markets in the big parks.

And here’s a good one for antiques.

If you’re around in December-January, don’t miss Setagaya Boroichi—a designated cultural asset and a flea market that’s been going strong for over 400 years!

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This post is occasionally updated. Last update by Frances Maeda in April 2016.

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22 Responses to “Top Tokyo Flea Markets”

  1. freddyf

    This site has fuller listings:

    Your info about Yoyogi is incorrect – it’s still happening most weekends.

    • Do you know how to view this website in English?
      Thanks X

  2. Frances

    Thanks for commenting. That site is an invaluable resource, but it can be a little tricky to navigate. Do you know if the flea market at Yoyogi is the trendy second-hand fashion one? Or some other market?

    • freddyf

      It’s the one in the picture at the top of your article. Some weekends there are other things happening in that space (over the bridge from the main park, near the NHK studios), but they almost always manage to squeeze the flea market into a corner somewhere. As for trendy fashion, I’m too old and/or cheap to know what that is…there are certainly lots of clothes on sale.

      • Frances

        Thanks for the info, freddyf – will add that to the article when we next update it!

  3. Bianca March

    Is it considered appropriate to “haggle” and try to talk the prices down or will that be taken as disrespect?

    • CheapoGreg

      You can get discounts – especially late in the day, but ‘haggling’ which is more akin to arguing wouldn’t go down well. Being polite, trying to build a rapport and even being a bit cheeky will get you a long way in Japan.

      • Selena

        This is a late comment, but I am a flea market pro… have shopped at many but also had booths at a bunch of different ones. People ABSOLUTELY haggle. Of course, you should be nice. But haggling is de rigueur.

        • CheapoGreg

          I bow to your experience! I still think the attitude is really important. Doing it with a smile and trying to build a rapport is the best way to go.


        Stupid yob.

  4. any second hand market for cool sneakers?

    • Selena Hoy

      The clothing vendors often have shoes, and there are usually at least a couple of vendors exclusively selling shoes. The last Oi Keibajo market I went to had a vendor with hundreds of pairs of secondhand shoes, another couple of vendors with a bit less stock but still some selection.

    • CheapoGreg

      To add to Selena’s info, I just remembered this market!

      By the sound of it, the goods on sale might be more leather related, but it might be worth a look. Also might be severely lacking in ‘cool’!

  5. Do you know any Flea market on March 18 or 19 2015? it’s on a weekday =( not sure if there is any . thank you

  6. LoVingThePanda

    nice info! I’m going to Tokyo on mid April , will surely check the link for updated events. More language tip for bargain pls 🙂

  7. when and where is the next flea market , if anyone is having some sort of info plz share

  8. do you know any flea market for 3/20?

  9. Ked Seyer

    Has anyone here seen postage stamps in these flea markets, yeah?

    • Lorenzo Amato

      I saw a seller of stamps in Ōi Keibajō market, but didn’t get closer to examine them.

  10. the biggest flea market is yamato station flea market that i kno about but most of them are selling junk that has no resale value
    some dont like gaijin either they started yelling at me for haggling calling me gaijin and stuff some nice stuff there but your going to shell out too much for it
    your best bet is to go to stores that are going out of biz and get stuff at discount if you resell or stores that also sell used turn in stuff you can find great deals there for resale all the flea markets ive been to sell garbage jus sayin the only good thing i found are textiles but you got to make a connection

  11. actually your best bet for free stuff is craigs or sites that recirculate recycle goods they have used for free. the flea markets i have been too never have anything that you can get for a good sale, i think allot of them just go to estates and some old dude died and they clean out his house and hustle that and that is their business extremely rude to gaijin and trying to max as much as they can get not really an ideal situation

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