17 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 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 these flea markets 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

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Here, in no particular order, is our pick of top Tokyo flea markets to explore for mind-blowing bargains and good fun. Note: the smaller markets can be a bit hit and miss—buzzing one month, dead the next. Also, 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 the 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 has a regular schedule. See the video below for what to expect.

 Ohi Racecourse Flea Market

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Dates:26th Oct–27th Oct, 2019

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.

The Mottainai Flea Market in Shimokitazawa
The Mottainai Flea Market is focused on reducing and reusing for the sake of the environment. | Photo by Chris Kirkland

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 and run it as part of a larger program to promote sustainability. You can sometimes find books, CDs and DVDs. Note: if you’re looking to offload 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.

 Mottainai Flea Market

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Dates:27th Oct–28th Oct, 2019

Cheapo tip: Say “Chotto takai desu ne” when you want to say, “It’s a bit expensive.”

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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

3. Shinjuku Chuo Park Flea Market

This centrally-located Tokyo flea market has around 200 vendors and a reputation for “vintage” stuff like antiques, previously-loved household items and other things considered old and interesting. In between browsing the stalls, you can nip up to the top of the Tocho Buildings to see the (free!) view over Tokyo.

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 Shinjuku Chuo Park Flea Market

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Dates:26th Oct, 2019

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.

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

4. 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.

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 Heiwajima Antiques Fair

Netsuke Antiques
Dates:6th Dec–8th Dec, 2019

Cheapo tip: Say “Ni-ko kattara, waribiki arimasu ka? when you want to say, “If I buy two, is there a discount?”

5. Yoyogi Park Flea Market(s)

Yoyogi was long home to one of Tokyo’s oldest and most hipster-ish monthly flea markets. 800 vendors, all peddling secondhand goods—with lots of recycled fashion. But the schedule has become rather erratic and the scale smaller. You can always risk just dropping by the park of a Sunday to see what you find, though.

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.

 Yoyogi Park Flea Market

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Dates:25th Jan, 2020
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

6. 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.

 Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market

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Dates:27th Oct, 2019

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

7.  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. If it happens, that is—the schedule has become rather, well, non-existent.

 "The Best Flea Market" (Yurakucho)

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Dates:27th Oct, 2019

Cheapo tip: Say “Kore kudasai” when you want to say, “I’ll take this one.”

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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

8. 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. After a lengthy hiatus, it has started up again. You can learn more about the history of the shrine and explore the nearby Imperial Gardens on a DIY walking tour.

Where: Yasukuni Shrine (five minutes from Kudanshita Station).
When: October 12, 2019 (10am – 3pm).

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Give yourself ample time to sift through the plastic heads and other finds. | Photo by Kikos used under CC

9. Ajinomoto Stadium BIG Flea Market

This is indeed a big one, and a goodie too! Expect close to 800 (yep, you read that right) stalls, selling everything from fresh organic veggies to handcrafts, previously-loved attire, toys and antiques. There’s a roughly ¥300 entrance fee (¥1,000 for early-bird admission at 8am), but if you make even one purchase, it’s worth it.

 Ajinomoto Stadium BIG Flea Market

Flea Market
Dates:Late Jun, 2020
Entry:¥300 – ¥1,000

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

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Early bargain-hunters get the worm. | Photo by Phad Pichetbovornkul used under CC

10. Tokyo Dome “Jumbo” Flea Market

A large indoor flea market featuring around 300 vendors. The schedule seems to have become somewhat erratic, but have a peek and pop by if it’s on when you’re in the mood for some shopping. It is a bit hard to tell what you will find here—anything really, ranging from used clothes and household goods (always) to more unusual items. You can make a day of it at Tokyo Dome, which is an entertainment complex with rides, restaurants, sporting events and all sorts of family stuff.

Where: Tokyo Dome City Prism Hall, near Korakuen Station.
When: One or two weekends a month, several times a year. 10am-4pm.

11. Machida Tenmangu Garakuta Kotto-ichi Market (Antique Fair)

A small-ish open-air flea market with 120 or so vendors. Vibey and popular, this is a good one to visit if you’re a fan of Japanese antiques. Expect vintage kimono, tableware, furniture and decor from decades past. The market is held in the grounds of a shrine, which is popular among students seeking a spot of divine intervention in their exams.

 Machida Tenmangu Antique Fair

Tsuba Antiques
Dates:5th Nov, 2019

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

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Lucky finds abound. | Photo by zenscablay used under CC

12. Kawaii Flea Market

Translating to the “cute” flea market, this one is apparently aimed at women, with clothing, handmade and second-hand kawaii stuff, and antiques on sale. Expect anywhere from 120 to 200 vendors. Most of the Kawaii markets are held in Nakano and Ikebukuro.

 Kawaii Flea Market

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Dates:3rd Nov, 2019

Cheapo tip: Say “Chotto kangaemasu” when you want to say, “I’ll think about it.”

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While some of the smaller markets can be hit or miss, the flea markets that focus on antiques rarely disappoint. | Photo by shuzo serikawa used under CC

13. Tokyo Romantic Market

Held once a month on a Sunday, this flea market has around 100 stalls featuring Asian, Western and other “antiques and vintages”, as well as “handicrafts, fine art, folk art, folk tools, organic foods, flowers and more”. Worth dropping by if you’re in Shibuya when it’s on.

 Tokyo Romantic Flea Market

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Dates:10th Nov, 2019

14. Raw Tokyo

A super-rad farmers market that also features vintage clothes, crafts and other goods that scream “take me home with you!”. This event is an addition to the UNU Farmer’s Market, so you can get the best of both worlds.

 Raw Tokyo Flea Market

UNU Raw Tokyo Flea Market
Dates:2nd Nov–3rd Nov, 2019

15. Engawa Flea Market

A little monthly market with delicious things to eat. While you’ll always find the usual flea market items for sale, the main attractions on good days are the farm-fresh vegetables, craft coffee and other offerings from the food stalls—if they are there, that is! This market can be extremely quiet, particularly in the summer months, when there may be one yakisoba stand and a handful of people selling finds from the attic on tarps. It seems to be put on by the local neighborhood association, who are a really friendly bunch that staff the yakisoba stand.

Where: Ikebukuro Daini Park, next to the public library.
When: Usually every second Sunday of the month.

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You can find flea markets in Tokyo most weekends. | Photo by mali maeder used under CC

16. Tokyo Fetish Flea Market

If you are into fetish fashion, a goth queen or just want to outdo yourself on your next Halloween costume, you’ll be pleased to hear that Tokyo has a fetish flea market (of sorts). It is put on by a store in Harajuku called ForYourPleasure, and can best be described as a flea market corner with good deals on high-end secondhand fetish wear like leather and latex attire, accessories and other products. If you’re wanting to sell something, you can offer your goods here and the store will simply take a 30% cut of your profit.

Where: ForYourPleasure, 4-25-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Five minutes from Omotesando Station.
When: Every couple of months on a Saturday and Sunday, from 1pm-9pm. Check the store’s website for details.

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Go back to the barter system at the quarterly mega clothes swap and get a new wardrobe for free. | Photo by PurPura used under CC

17. Tokyo Mega Clothes Swap

Two Tokyo residents put on a mega clothes swap once per season, in collaboration with retailer H&M. The event always takes place at the lounge of Oakwood Midtown, a serviced residence in the Midtown Building in Roppongi. The swap originally started out for women only, but now also has a men’s and kid’s corner as it has steadily grown to 70+ participants.

While technically not a flea market, it follows the same principle of trying to create less waste, reuse and recycle. Participants can bring their unwanted clothes and take as many items in return as they want. Even those who bring nothing to swap are allowed to participate and sift through the piles of clothes for treasures. The event has a ¥2,000 participation fee, but you get two free drinks and free-for-all on the goods in return. The money is collected for charity. There are usually also short talks on topics like conscious consumption and sustainability.

Where: Oakwood Premier in the Midtown Building, connected to Roppongi Station.
When: On a Saturday from 2pm-5pm, once every three months. Check the website for details and sign up to the newsletter to get alerts for the next one.

What happened to the 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. Sadly, its successor, the Shinjuku Mitsui Building Flea Market, also wrapped up in mid-March, 2019.

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If you are looking for unique (and cheap!) Japanese ceramics, flea markets are your oyster. | Photo by perke used under CC

Handy resources and tips 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 auto-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 Japanese 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 iffy, 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 event of light rain). Many of the outdoor Tokyo flea markets are pretty dead during the summer months (especially July and August) due to the sometimes unbearable heat and humidity. While they don’t necessary get canceled, it might just be one or two lonely vendors sticking it out. Also, with flea markets, things start early and many vendors call it a day around lunchtime and start packing up, even though the market is still officially open, so get there early!

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

While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. This post is regularly updated. Last update by Carey Finn in August, 2019. Thanks to Mareike Dornhege for her assistance.

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Filed under: Fashion, Shopping, Things to do
Tags: Alternative Fashion, Antiques, Bargains, Cheap Fashion, Clothing, Eco-friendly, Flea Markets, Hipster, Kimono, Parks, Recycling, Secondhand, Sustainable, Used Goods, Vintage, Weekend, Yoyogi Park, Yukata
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22 Responses to “17 Tokyo Flea Markets for Bargain Hunting”

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    freddyf May 29, 2014

    This site has fuller listings:


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

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

  2. Frances
    Frances June 9, 2014

    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?

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      freddyf June 18, 2014

      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 June 19, 2014

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

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    Bianca March June 14, 2014

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

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      CheapoGreg June 14, 2014

      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.

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          CheapoGreg November 2, 2014

          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.

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        THE REAL DEAL June 19, 2016

        Stupid yob.

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    any second hand market for cool sneakers?

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      Selena Hoy November 22, 2014

      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.

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      CheapoGreg November 22, 2014

      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’!

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    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

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    LoVingThePanda February 26, 2015

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

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

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    do you know any flea market for 3/20?

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    Ked Seyer May 23, 2016

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

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      Lorenzo Amato August 7, 2016

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

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    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

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    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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