9 Top Tokyo Flea Markets for Bargain Hunting

Selena Hoy


A cheapo’s paradise, Tokyo flea markets are awesome places 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, throughout the year.

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 previously loved kimono for just ¥1,000? How about an antique 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, much more. #cheapowinning

Here’s our pick of top Tokyo flea markets to check out for mind-blowing bargains and good fun. This post is peppered with cheapo tips—keep an eye out for them!

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You can scoop cool stuff for your kitchen, for hardly any yen. | Photo by shuzo serikawa used under CC

1. Ohi Racecourse Flea Market

Also known as Tokyo City Flea Market, the Ohi Racecourse Flea Market is one of the biggest and most popular markets, with 300-600 vendors. Unlike a lot of the other Tokyo flea markets, it also has a regular schedule. See the video above for what to expect.

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Where: Ohi Racetrack, Shinagawa (near Oikeibajo Station).
When: Most, but not all, Saturdays and Sundays, 9am-3pm. Look for Tokyo City Flea Market in the schedule.

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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The Mottainai Flea Market is focused on reducing and reusing for the sake of the environment. | Photo by Dave Hill used under CC

2. 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 our article on clothes recycling in Tokyo for more on that mission.

Where: It moves around Tokyo. A lot of markets happen at Ikebukuro Station West Park (that dodgy concrete area) and Akihabara UDX, with others at various parks around the city.
When: 10am-4pm(ish), Saturdays or Sundays once a month or so. Check the schedule for the next one (use Google Translate if necessary).

Cheapo tip: Say “Yasuku naranai? when you want to say, “Won’t you make it a bit cheaper?” Don’t expect too much, though; Japan isn’t exactly a hub of hardcore haggling.

3. 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, the Shinjuku Mitsui Building Flea Market 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 arimasu ka? when you want to say, “If I buy two, is there a discount?”

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Tokyo flea markets are a good place to get budget gifts for folks back home. | Photo by shuzo serikawa used under CC

4. Shinjuku Chuo Park Flea Market

This Tokyo flea market has around 200 vendors and a reputation 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 (Central) Park, at the back of the Metropolitan Government Buildings (near Tochomae Station).
When: Around once every two months. Saturdays, 10-3pm. Check the flea market event page to see when you can expect the next one.



Cheapo tip: Say “Ni hyaku en, dou desu ka? when you want to say, “How about two hundred yen?”

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Quintessential Japanese autumn scene, anyone? | Photo by Andurihna used under CC

5. Heiwajima “Antiques Fair”

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

Where: Ryutsu Center Building, 2F  (in front of Ryutsu-Center Station on the Tokyo Monorail Line).
When: Five times a year. Held over three days each time. 10am-5pm. Check the Heiwajima Antiques Fair website (in English, yay!) for dates.

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

6. Yoyogi Park Flea Market(s)

Yoyogi was long home to one of Tokyo’s oldest and most hipster-ish flea markets. 800 vendors, all peddling secondhand 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 (in Japanese) for the (possible) 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, Fairtrade goods, tasty meals and handmade crafts. That’s usually on a Sunday, 10am-4pm.

Where: The paved space (events square) just across from the park itself, near the NHK buildings (close to Harajuku Station).
When: Sundays, usually once a month—in the case of Earth Day Market, anyway.

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

Tokyo Flea Market at Yoyogi Park
Yoyogi Park hosts the Earth Day Market once a month or so, and other flea markets irregularly. | Photo by Guilhem Vellut used under CC

7. Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market

This popular flea market can be found in and around the Intercity complex near Shinagawa Station most Sundays of the year. It’s easy to access, chock-full of everything from used clothing to kitchen utensils and electronics, partly sheltered in case of inclement weather, and surrounded by a slew of restaurants. Check out the Shinatatsu Ramen Street while you’re in the area.

Where: Intercity Complex, Shinagawa. The market is a few hundred meters from the Konan Exit of Shinagawa Station.
When: Most Sundays (excluding the latter half of August). 10am-4pm.

8.  The “Best Flea Market” (Yurakucho)

This market may not 100% live up to its name, but it’s well worth a visit nonetheless (it’s also sometimes just called the Tokyo International Forum Flea Market). You can expect over 200 vendors, flogging a range of goods as diverse as antiques and home arts and crafts.

Where: The square outside Tokyo International Forum, Yurakucho (1 minute from Yurakucho Station).
When: Usually one Sunday a month. 10am-4pm. You can check the schedule here (use a translation tool if necessary).

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Tokyo flea markets can be a treasure trove of antiques and other awesome finds. | Photo by Shuzo Serikawa used under CC

9. Yasukuni Shrine Flea Market

You may have heard of the small flea market held in the grounds of the controversial Yasukuni Shrine (that’s the one where some of Japan’s war criminals are enshrined). Choice of venue aside, the market is known as a good spot to find pottery and antiques. However, it is currently on hiatus; the market is expected to start up again in November 2019. In the meantime, you can learn more about the history of the shrine and explore the nearby Imperial Gardens on a short DIY walking tour.

Where: Yasukuni Shrine (five minutes from Kudanshita Station).
When: Weekends from November 2019.

Handy resources on Tokyo flea markets

Here’s a schedule for all sorts of flea markets in the Tokyo and Saitama areas. It’s in Japanese, but is super useful to bookmark and translate. TRX (Tokyo Recycle) is another big site with great maps, calendars, and details on each market (also in Japanese). This small flea markets site has a few different listings, and here’s a good resource for local flea markets with a focus on antiques.

If you’re into all things old, check out our Guide to Souvenir Antiques to see what’s on offer at some of the markets (as well as where else you can go for bargain finds). And if you’re around in December-January, don’t miss the Setagaya Boroichi—a designated cultural asset and a flea market that’s been going strong for over 400 years!

Note: If the weather is foul, Tokyo flea markets often get canceled—unless they are under cover or indoors (for example, the Ohi Racecourse Flea Market is outdoors but under cover, and continues in the case of light rain).

For other types of markets, have a look at our post on Tokyo Street Markets and our Mini Guide to Tokyo Farmers Markets.

This post is regularly updated. Last update by Carey Finn in November 2017.

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22 Responses to “9 Top Tokyo Flea Markets for Bargain Hunting”

  1. freddyf

    This site has fuller listings:

    http://www2j.biglobe.ne.jp/~tatuta/

    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
    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
        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.

      • THE REAL DEAL

        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!

      https://tokyocheapo.com/events/hanakawado-hakidaore-ichi-shoe-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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