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December 2014 Tokyo Area Antique Markets

DSC_1432Welcome to December 2014 Tokyo Area Antique Markets posting. Visit December 2014 Tokyo area antique markets for gifts for local friends, as well as, families overseas.  There are lots of curious and creative ways to use the treasures you find. The photo on the left is an antique lacquer container I use in the holiday season for candles (plate beneath the candles). The old temple bell below is used for Baby’s wooden blocks in the living room, and the old senbei (Japanese cracker) glass jar is now filled with holiday balls for the season. Find your own treasures, and use in your daily life.

If you are looking for another month’s Antique and Flea Markets click here.

Antique temple bell
Antique senbei glass jar

Happy Holiday Shopping!

**Please note most outside markets are usually cancelled when raining. Please double check info below at contact numbers/links to be 100% sure of details.

Good luck treasure hunting! Best Living Japan


December 2014 Tokyo Area Antique Markets

Wednesday, December 3rd

1. Kottou Antique Fair at Saitama Super Arena  – The Saitama Arena is a massive arena that can hold over 37,000 people. This Fair is held twice a year, and offers both western and Japanese antiques from hundred of sellers. I can not speak personally speak about this Fair since I have not yet attended, however, according to a friend it will take most of a day to see everything. If you are a serious antique collection this is a great all in one fair.

• Dates: Tuesday, December 2 & Wednesday, December 3
• Times: 11:00-17:00
• What is for sale: 50 sellers of Japanese antiques to toys and art
• Parking: no parking available
• Access: Saitama Shintoshin station (Keihin-Tohoku, Utsunomiya/Takasaki lines)
• Address: 8 Shintoshin, Chuo-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama
• Phone: 090-8814-5101 (Antique Fair Organiser)
• Website: www.saitama-arena.co.jp/e

Saturday, December 6th

2. Asagaya Garakuta Ichi Antique Fair — The fair is held every month on the first Saturday at Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine. The shrine is about a 10 min walk from the station.  Approximately 70 sellers set up their goods from kimonos to pottery at the large compound which has beautiful mature trees and grande buildings.

• Date: Saturday, December 6th
• Times: 9:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: approximately 70 sellers
• Parking: parking available at Shrine but come early
• Access: 10 min walk from Asagaya Station on JR Chuo-Sobu Line
• Address: Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine, 1-25-5 Asagaya-Kita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
• Phone: 03-3330-4824 (Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine)
• Website: http://www.shinmeiguu.com

3.Kasai Shrine Antique Fair –Every month on the first Saturday except January and November. Kasai-jinja Shrine, founded in 1185, is the birthplace of Kasai-Bayashi (Kasai festival music).  Also a major shrine for the 753 Children’s Celebrations in October and November.

• Date: Saturday, December 6th
• Times: 8:00 a.m. to 17:00 p.m.
• What is for sale: several dozen shops, main focus is on antiques like old art works and folk
• Parking: some available but fills up quickly
• Access: 7 minutes walk from Kanamachi Station on JR Joban Line
• Address: 6-10-5 Higashikanamachi, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo
• Phone number: 03-3607-4560  (Shrine # – Japanese language only)
• Website: http://homepage3.nifty.com/kasaijinja/ (Japanese language only)

Sunday, December 7th 

4. O-Edo Antique Market (International Forum, Yurakucho) – Held twice a month; 1st and 3rd Sundays. Is said to be the largest outdoor Antique market in Japan. Super central and convenient for people who live in down-town Tokyo. This is one of my favourite.

O-Edo Antique Market at the International Forum Best Living Japan • Date: Sunday, December 7th
• What is for sale: 250 sellers: 2/3 Japanese antiques and crafts and 1/3 other
• Parking: plenty of parking available
• Access: 1 min walk from Yurakucho Sta., 5 mins walk from Tokyo Sta.
• Address: 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku,Tokyo
• Website: www.antique-market.jp/eng/index.shtml

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5. Arai Yakushi Antique Fair  (Arai, Tokyo) – A good medium size sale northwest of Shinjuku, held the 1st Sunday of each month with the exception of January. The next market will be on November 2 with 50 to 80 shops.  The temple is dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai (the healing Buddha). The temple became popular when a prayer to the temple healed a serious eye disease of a daughter of the fifth Tokugawa shogun Ietada. Since then, Arai Yakushi has been believed by people as an eye-curing temple.

• Date: Sunday December 7th
• Times: 6:00 to 15:30
• What is for sale: 50-80 sellers of Japanese antiques and house wares
• Parking: no parking available
• Access: Arai Yakushi Stn. on Seibu Shinjuku Line
• Address: 5-3-5 Arai, Nakano-ku,  Tokyo
• Phone: 03-3386-1355 (Arai Yakushi Temple, Japanese language only)
• Website: n/a

 6. Yasukuni Shrine Antique Fair  (Kudanshita, Tokyo) – Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine in Chiyoda, Tokyo. It was founded by Emperor Meiji and commemorates anyone who had died in service of the Empire of Japan.  Not the most impressive market, but entertaining if you are going to see Yasukuni Shrine.times: 9:00 a.m. to 16:00 p.m. It is held almost every Sunday.

• Date: Sunday December 7th
• Times: 8:00 to 15:30
• What is for sale: smaller market with 10-20 sellers with odds and ends
• Parking: no
• Access: 5 min walk from Kudanshita Sta (Tozai, Hanzomon,Toei Lines), 10 mins walk from Iidabashi Sta. (Jr Chuo Line)
• Address: 3-1-1 Kidankita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
• Phone: (03) 3261-8326  (Shrine # – Japanese language only)
• Website: http://www.yasukuni.or.jp/english/index.html

7. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku, Tokyo) – Hanazono Shrine is the largest shrine in Shinjuku district and has

Tokyo Area Antique Marketsbeen known as the guardian of Shinjuku. It was established during the Edo period.  Interesting selection of antiques from coins to some small furniture. The Antique Fair is held 2 to 3 times each month on Sundays.

• Date: Sunday, December 7th
• Times: 9:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: between 25-30 sellers wide selection of antiques
• Parking: no
• Train station: 3 min walk from Shinjuku-Sanchome Sta (Marunocuhi Line); 7 min walk from Shinjuku Sta. (Yamanote and Chuo Lines)
• Address: 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Tokyo
• Phone: 03-3209-5265  (Shrine # – Japanese language only)
• Website: http://www.hanazono-jinja.or.jp/mt/top/ (Shrine site, no English)

8. Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Antique Fair (Fukagawa, Tokyo) —  This shrine is the largest Hachiman shrine in Tokyo and was founded in 1627.  The Antique Fair is almost held each Sunday.  Good selection of Japanese antiques from plates to kimono. You should also check out the Edo Fukagawa museum if you attend this market; great little museum that has real size models of Edo period homes and businesses.

• Date: Sunday, December 7th
• Times: 8:00 to 15:30
• What is for sale: between 50-80 sellers wide selection of antiques
• Parking: no
• Access: 3 min walk from Monzen-Nakacho Sta (Tozai and Toei Ooedo Lines)
• Address: 1-20-3 Tomioka, Koto-ku, Tokyo
• Phone: 0276-38-3417  (organizer # – Japanese language only)
• Website: http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp (Shrine site, no English)

Fri-Sun, December 12, 13 & 14th

9. Heiwajima Antique Show – A huge three day inside antique fair. Not to be missed. There are over 280 vendors that have a huge selection of Japanese, Asian and  western antiques.
• Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 12, 13 and 14th
• Times: 10:00 – 17:00 (closes at 16:00 on last day; last time to enter each day is 15:00)
• What is for sale: 280 antique sellers
• Parking: no
• Access:  Ryutsu-Center station on 2rd stop on the Tokyo Monorail from JR Hamamatsu-cho station
• Address:6-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo
• Phone: 03-5985-5101 (organiser Takehi Antiques)
• Website: http://www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/ENGLISH.html

Saturday, December 13th 

10. Gokokuji Antique Fair  (Otsuka, Tokyo) – The Gokokuji Antique Fair is held every month on the second Saturday.  The Gokokuji Temple was built at the wish of Keishoin the mother of the fifth shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi in 1681. Its main hall is the oldest wooden temple building in Tokyo which survived the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and W.W.  Lovely neighbourhood and temple to visit. Busy market since it is in central Tokyo.

• Dates:December 13th, Saturday
• Times: 9:00 – 16:00
• What is for sale: 100 sellers of predominately Japanese products
• Parking: no
• Access:Gokokuji Station on Subway Yurakucho Line
• Address: 5-40-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku
• Phone: 03-3941-0764 (Shrine #, Japanese language only)
• Website:www.gokokuji.or.jp (Shrine website; Japanese language only)

Sunday, December 14th 

11. Fussa Shichifukujin Antique Fair (Fussa, Tokyo) –  The Fussa Antique Fair takes place at Kumagawa Shrine in Fussa every second Sunday. Kumagawa Shrine  is located about an hour outside of downtown Tokyo. The Shrine has a history of 1,200 years and its main hall which is believed to have been  built in 1597 is a designated tangible cultural asset of Tokyo.You can also see stone statues of all the seven gods of Shichifukujin (Seven Deities of Good Fortunes) inside the shrine compound.

• Dates: Sunday, December 14th
• Times: 6:00 – 15:00
• What is for sale: 35 sellers of Japanese household items and crafts
• Parking: no
• Train station: 10 min walk from Kumagawa Station on JR Itsukaichi Line from Haijima
• Address: Kumagawa Shrine, 658-1 Kumagawa, Fussa, Tokyo 197-0003
• Phone: 042-551-0720 (Kumagawa Shrine – Japanese language only)
• Website:www.gokokuji.or.jp (Shrine website; Japanese language only)

12. Yasukuni Shrine Antique Fair  (Kudanshita, Tokyo) – See details at #6 above

13. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku, Tokyo) – See details at #7 above

14. Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Antique Fair (Fukagawa, Tokyo) – See details at #8 above

Monday & Tuesday, December 15-16th

15. Setagaya Boroichi (Flea Market) – Over 700 stalls selling everything and the kitchen sink.  Get off at Setagaya station and walk Boroichi Dori to Kamimachi Station. Plan for 2-3 hours to see the entire street. Very crowded so not recommend for children. 

Dates: Monday and Tuesday, December 15-16th
Times: 9am-9pm
Address 1-15 to 1-27 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Transport Kamimachi Station (Tokyu Setagaya line)
Saturday, December 20th

16. Yamato Antique Fair (Yamato, Kanagawa) – The fair probably is the largest of its kind in the Kanto district. Yamato Promenade Antique Market was first introduced in 1998 to promote businesses of the city’s commercial district and the event has been supported by Yamato City and the chamber of commerce. Due to the size of the market and proximity to Yokohama this is a very popular market.

• Date: Saturday, December 20th
• Times: 6:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: 200 sellers
• Parking: no
• Access: 1 minute from Yamato Station on Odakyu Enoshima Line and Sotetsu Line
• Address: Yamato Promenade, Kanagawa
• Phone: 090-8856-9108 (headquarter)/ 090-2314-3646(Koshuya) Japanese language only
• Website: n/a
• Map:[wpgmza id=”32″]

Sunday, December 21st

17. Takahata Fudo Antique Fair  (Hino, Tokyo) – Takahata Fudo Temple, located in Hino City in the western suburbs of Tokyo, belongs to the Shingon Sect of Japanese Buddhism (more specifically Chizan division of Shingon Sect).  The temple is counted among the Kanto region’s three major temples dedicated to Fudo Myoo (Acala Vidyaraja). The temple includes a lot of cultural assets, some of which are designated as Important Cultural Assets.  In the hall of five-story pagoda there is Kobo Daishi (founder of Shingon sect) and 1000 Jizo Statues (sentai Jizoo).

• Date: Sunday, December 21st
• Times: 9:00  –  16:00
• What is for sale: 120 sellers
• Parking: yes, but fills up quickly
• Access: 5 min walk from Takahata Fudo Stn. on Keio Line
• Address: 733 Takahata,Hino-shi, Tōkyō-to
• Phone:042-591-0032 (Japanese language only)
• Website: http://www.takahatafudoson.or.jp/
• Map:[wpgmza id=”33″]

18. THE 48th JUNK SHOW (Toy Show) – details coming! please check back

19. O-Edo Antique Market (International Forum, Yurakucho)  – See info at #4 above.

20. Yasukuni Shrine Antique Fair  (Kudanshita, Tokyo) – See details at #6 above

21.  Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku, Tokyo) – See details at #7 above

Tuesday, December 23rd

22. Antique Fair at Tsukinomiya Shrine (Urawa, Saitama) — A very big antique show with over 150 sellers, heavily focused on traditional Japanese antiques and house goods. A bit of a hike from downtown Tokyo but worth the effort. The shrine does not have the traditional tori gate or protective lions, instead it has a pair of stone rabbits.  The shrine is called Tsuki Jinja in short by people of Urawa. “Tsuki” means the moon in Japan, and in the old days people believed a rabbit lived on the moon.

• Dates: Tuesday, December 23rd
• Times: 7:00 to 15:30
• What is for sale: 150 sellers: heavy merchandise focus on traditional Japanese antiques and house goods
• Parking: public parking only
• Access: 3 min walk from Urawa station on the JR Keihan Tohoku Line
• Address: 3-17 Kishicho, Urawa-ku, Saitama
• Website:  http://ichigoichie.moo.jp/furusato.html (Japanese language only)
• Telephone: 048-875-5156 (Japanese language only)
• Map: [wpgmza id=“37″]

Sunday, December 28th

23. Kawagoe Antique Fair (Kawagoe, Saitama) — The Fair is held every month on the 28th. This fair is a very large event Tokyo Area Antique Marketswith over 100 sellers. There is everything from antique furniture, to pottery and kimonos. A wonderful fair and defiantly worth the 60-80 min trip. Recommend that you make a day of it and visit the old town of Kawagoe which includes a great main street with Edo houses and warehouses (now most holding cute stores), the Kawagoe Festival museum and candy lane. The Antique market is located  about 10-15 minute walk from Hon-Kawagoe station on the Seibu Shinjuku line. You can also take other trains to Kawagoe station, which is a 20 min walk. There is parking, but it tends to fill by early in the morning (arrive before 8 a.m. or wait 30-40 mins in line).

• Date: Sunday, December 28th
• Times: 5:00  to 16:00
• What is for sale: 100 sellers
• Parking: yes, but fills early, after which you must wait 30-40 mins to park
• Access: 17 minutes from Hon-kawagoe Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line/ 20 minutes from Kawagoe-shi Station on Tobu Tojo Line
• Address: 9-2 Kubo-cho, Kawagoe City
• Phone: 049-222-0173 Japanese language only
• Website: n/a
• Map: [wpgmza id=”44″]

24. Narita Fudoson Antique Fair (Narita, Chiba)—  Narita-san Shinshō-ji is a Shingon Buddhist temple located in central Narita, Chiba, UnknownJapan. It was founded in 940 by Kanchō Daisōjō, a disciple of Kōbō Daishi. Most people only think of Narita as the airport, but this lovely temple and market is definitely worth a visit.  The antique market is held on the 28th of each month.

• Date: Sunday, December 28th
• Times: 7:00  to 16:00
• What is for sale: 80 sellers
• Parking: yes, but fills early
• Access: 10 min walk from JR line, 60 mins from Tokyo
• Address: 1 Narita, Chiba 286-0023
• Phone: Nartia tourism office  0476-22-2102
• Website: http://www.nrtk.jp/news/kaiun_fudo/
• Map: [wpgmza id=”49″]

25. Tama Antique Fair (Tachikawa, Tokyo) – Tama Antique Fair is held at Suwa Shrine in Tachikawa on the 4th Sunday every month except for in August. The fair was opened in 2002 by the members of Yaho Tenkai which has a high reputation as a group of antique dealers in this area. Visitors can relax and enjoy the antique fair which is held inside the quiet compound of the beautiful shinto shrine which has long been revered as a guardian god of this ares of Tachikawa.

• Date: Sunday, December 28th
• Times: 7:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: 50 sellers of Japanese antiques to toys and art
• Parking: space for 80 cars but fills up early
• Train station: 10 minutes walk from the south exit of JR Tachikawa Station on Chuo Line.
• Address: 1-5-15 Shibasakicho, Tachikawa, Tokyo 190-0023
• Phone: 042-522-5806 (Tachikawa Suwa Shrine, Japanese language only)
• Website: http://www.suwajinja.or.jp/ (Shrine website)
• Map: [wpgmza id=”48″]


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