A Cheapo\u2019s paradise, Tokyo flea markets are awesome places for bargain-hunting. And there\u2019s no shortage of them -- you\u2019ll 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\u00a0kimono\u00a0for just ? How about an antique\u00a0tea ceremony bowl? Secondhand\u00a0fashion (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, in no particular order, is our pick of top Tokyo flea markets to explore for mind-blowing bargains and good fun.\u00a0Note: the smaller markets can be a bit hit and miss\u2014buzzing one month, dead the next. Also, this post is peppered with cheapo tips -- keep an eye out for them! Jump to: Mottainai Flea Market Ohi Racecourse Flea Market (Tokyo City Flea Market) Shinjuku Central Park Flea Market Heiwajima Antiques Fair Yoyogi Park Markets "The Best Flea Market" Ajinomoto Stadium BIG Flea Market Tokyo Dome Jumbo Flea Market Machida Tenmangu Antique Fair Kawaii Flea Market Tokyo Romantic Market Handy Resources and Tips 1. 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\u00a0clothes recycling in Tokyo for more on that mission. Cheapo tip: Say\u00a0"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. 2. Ohi Racecourse Flea Market Also known as the Tokyo City Flea Market, the Ohi Racecourse Flea Market\u00a0is one of the\u00a0biggest and most popular markets, with 300\u2013600 vendors. Unlike a lot of the other Tokyo flea markets, it has a regular schedule. Cheapo tip: Say\u00a0"Chotto takai desu ne" when you want to say, "It's a bit expensive." 3. Shinjuku Chuo Park Flea Market This centrally-located Tokyo flea market has around 200 vendors and a reputation for \u201cvintage\u201d 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 are sporadic. Cheapo tip: Say\u00a0"Yasuku naranai?"\u00a0when 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. 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\u00a0antiques -- you can find much of the same kind of stuff as you would at regular Tokyo flea markets. Cheapo tip: Say\u00a0"Ni-ko kattara, waribiki arimasu ka?"\u00a0when 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\u2019s oldest and most hipster-ish monthly flea markets. 800 vendors, all peddling secondhand goods, with lots of recycled fashion. But since then, the schedule has became rather erratic and the scale smaller. You can always risk just dropping by the park\u00a0on a Sunday to see what you find, though. Cheapo tip: Say\u00a0"Ni hyaku en,\u00a0dou desu ka?"\u00a0when you want to say, "How about two hundred yen?" 6. \u00a0The "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. Cheapo tip: Say "Kore kudasai" when you want to say, "I'll take this one." 7. Ajinomoto Stadium BIG Flea Market This is indeed a big one, and a goodie too! Expect close to 800 (yep, you read that right)\u00a0stalls, selling everything from fresh organic veggies to handcrafts, previously-loved attire, toys, and antiques. There's a roughly entrance fee ( for early-bird admission at 8am), but if you make even one purchase, it's worth it. Cheapo tip: Say\u00a0"Kibishii desune"\u00a0when you want to say, "You're tough\/strict" (you drive a hard bargain -- say it with a smile!). 8. 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 on the grounds of a shrine, which is popular among students seeking a spot of divine intervention in their exams. Cheapo tip: Say\u00a0"Okane ga tarinai!"\u00a0and look sad when you want to say, "I don't have enough money!" 9. Kawaii Flea Market Translating to the "cute" flea market, this one is apparently aimed at women, with clothing, handmade and second-hand\u00a0kawaii stuff, and antiques on sale. Expect anywhere from 120 to 200 vendors. Most of the Kawaii markets are held in Nakano and Ikebukuro. Cheapo tip:\u00a0Say\u00a0"Chotto kangaemasu" when you want to say, "I'll think about it." 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." Worth dropping by if you're in Shibuya when it's on. 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. 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.\u00a0TRX (Tokyo Recycle) is another big site with great maps, calendars, and details on each market (also in Japanese).\u00a0This small\u00a0flea markets site\u00a0has a few different listings, and here's a good resource\u00a0for local flea markets with a focus on antiques. If you're into all things old, check out our\u00a0Guide 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\u00a0you're around in December\u2013January, don't miss the\u00a0Setagaya 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\u00a0markets often get canceled\u2014unless they are under cover or indoors (for example, the Ohi\u00a0Racecourse Flea Market\u00a0is 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\u2019t 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\u00a0Mini Guide to Tokyo Farmers Markets. While we do our best to ensure it's correct, information is subject to change. This post is regularly\u00a0updated. Last updated on October 11, 2022.