Tokyo flea markets are great places for bargain hunting. And there’s no shortage of them — you’ll find something happening almost every weekend and public holiday throughout the year.

Here is our pick of top Tokyo flea markets to explore for mind-blowing bargains, as well as a few tips to get the best prices. Some of the markets are at fixed locations, while others move around the city.

1. Mottainai Flea Market

A cool little flea market with a focus on secondhand clothes. The organizers hope to reduce wastefulness (mottainai, in Japanese) through their event and run it as part of a larger program to promote sustainability. You can sometimes find books, CDs, and DVDs.

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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.

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. 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 Tokyo flea markets, with 300–600 vendors each time. Unlike a lot of the other markets, it has a regular schedule.

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 iStock.com/tekinturkdogan

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 Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building to see the (free!) view over Tokyo. Be warned, the dates can be a bit sporadic.

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.

Shinjuku Chuo flea market Tokyo Japan
You could stumble across almost anything at a Tokyo flea market. | Photo by iStock.com/Marco_Piunti

4. Heiwajima Antiques Fair

Heiwajima Antiques Fair is advertised as being the oldest and most famous antique fair in Japan. It’s held five times a year and has around 280 dealers each time. They sell an impressive range of antiques, including Noh masks, tapestries, and kimono. Note: You are not allowed to film or take pictures inside the venue.

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

Something we picked up from the market.

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. Generally, the Yoyogi Park flea markets are now weekend events every few months. Check our event listings to keep up to date.

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

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6.  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.

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 iStock.com/Flaz81

7. Ajinomoto Stadium BIG Flea Market

This is indeed a big one, and a goodie too! Expect close to 800 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), but if you make even one purchase, it’s worth it.

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

8. Machida Tenmangu Antique Fair

A small 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 on the grounds of a shrine, which is popular among students seeking a spot of divine intervention in their exams.

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

Gotokuji Maneki neko
Lucky finds abound. | Photo by Lily Crossley-Baxter

9. Kawaii Flea Market

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

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

Flea market Japan Tokyo
While some of the smaller markets can be hit or miss, the flea markets that focus on antiques rarely disappoint. | Photo by iStock.com/akiyoko

10. Tokyo Romantic Market (Shibuya)

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.” It’s worth dropping by if you’re in Shibuya when it’s on.

Bonus: Tomioka Hachiman Shrine Antiques Market

Head over to the Monzennakacho neighborhood on the east side of Tokyo for the Sunday Tomioka Hachimangū antique and flea market.

This major shrine hosts a popular antique market which usually happens on the first, second, fourth, and fifth Sunday of each month. So basically every Sunday, other than the third one.

Pro tip: If you’d like help buying a discounted samurai sword, are a bit shy about haggling, or just want to be accompanied by a geisha guide while you browse, then book this private guide to show you around the Tomioka Hachiman Shrine Antiques Market.

Tokyo flea market FAQs

You ask, we answer.

What can I buy at a Tokyo flea market?

Keen on a previously loved kimono for just ¥1,000? How about an antique tea-ceremony bowl? Secondhand fashion for a few hundred yen? You can also find old-school CDs and DVDs, books, vinyls, coffee presses, random military stuff, and much, much more at Tokyo flea markets.

Only 10? Where can I find more 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 handy to bookmark and auto-translate. Additionally, 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 — from what to look out for, to where to buy them.

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

What’s the oldest flea market in Japan?

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

What happens if it rains? Or if it is too hot?

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 necessarily get canceled, it might just be one or two lonely vendors sticking it out.

What time do Tokyo flea markets start?

Things start early in secondhand land — many vendors call it a day and start packing up around lunchtime (even when the market is still officially open) — so get there early!

How can I recycle clothes in Japan?

If you’re looking to offload some clothes of your own, you can do that at some of the venues listed above. Read our article on clothes recycling in Tokyo for more on that mission.

Can you haggle at flea markets in Japan?

Haggling is not done very often in Japan, but it does happen at flea markets. Just do it gently — don’t be pushy. You can book a private guide for the Tomioka Hachiman Antiques Market — they can show you how to haggle in Japan.

While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. This post was first published in 2015 and is regularly updated. Last updated in March, 2024, by Alex Ziminski.

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