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May 2016 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets

Here is the May 2016 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets list. May is one of my favourite antique hunting months because the weather usually beautiful and the temples, shrines and parks are in full bloom. This May there are over 30 markets, so chances are you will find a treasure! If you are looking for a different month of Antique and Flea markets, check here.

**Please note most outside Tokyo antique and flea markets are usually cancelled when raining. Please double-check info below at contact numbers/links to be 100% sure of details. — Best Living Japan

Tokyo Antique and Flea MarketsMay 2016 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets

May 1st, Sunday

1 Machida Tenmangu Antique Fair (Machida) – Machida Tenmangu Garakuta Kotto-ichi (Antique Fair at Machida Tenmangu is held on the first of every month (exception in January and November to accommodate festivals).  This is a large fair with over 120 sellers operating from dawn to dusk, also a hearty bunch since the Fair is outside but not cancelled due to rain.

• Date: Sunday, May 1st, 2016
• Time: dawn to dusk
• What is for sale: 120 sellers with all genre of antiques
• Access: Machida Station on JR Yokohama Line and Odakyu Line (35 minutes by express train from Shinjuku Station)
• Address: 1-21-5 Haramachida, Machida-shi, Tokyo
• Phone: 042-722-2325  (Shrine # – Japanese language only)
• Website: n/a

2. Yasukuni Shrine Antique Fair  (Chiyoda-ku, 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 and is one of the most popular of Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets for travellers due to the central location.
• Date: Sunday, May 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29,  2016
• Time: 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

3. Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Antique Fair (Koto-ku, Tokyo) –  This shrine is the largest Hachiman shrine Tokyo Antique and Flea Marketsin Tokyo and was founded in 1627.  The Antique Fair is held most Sundays.  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, May 1, 8, 22 & 29, 2016
• Time: 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, Tokyotokyo antique markets
• Phone: 0276-38-3417  (organizer # – Japanese language only)
• Website: http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp (Shrine site, no English)

4. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo) – Hanazono Shrine is the largest shrine in Shinjuku district and is 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, May 1, 8, 15, 22,  2016
• Time: 9:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: between 25-30 sellers wide selection of antiques
• Parking: no
• Access: 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)

5. Arai Yakushi Antique Fair  (Nakano-ku, Tokyo) – A good medium size sale northwest of Shinjuku, held the 1st Sunday of each month with the exception of January. Depending on the month, 50 to 80 vendors participate in this market.  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, May 1, 2016
• Times: 6:00 to 15:30
• What is for sale: 50-80 sellers of Japanese antiques and housewares
• 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

Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets6. The Japantique Show (Shiba Koen, Prince Hotel, Minato-ku) – This annual show offers over 200 vendors of Japanese antiques. The items at this show are very high end and for serious collectors of Japanese art, coins, furniture and more. Unlike the shrine and flea market shows this one is very hard, if not impossible, to negotiate. I recommend attending just to see some of the most beautiful collectibles in one spot. A great place to learn before you start you own collection.

  • Date: Sunday, May 1st – Thursday, May 5th, 2016
  • Times: Sun, Tue, Wed 10:00 – 19:00, Mon closes at 18:00, Thurs closes at 17:00
  • What is for sale: 200 sellers of Japanese antiques
  • Parking: hotel parking available
  • Access: 2 min walk from the Akabanabashi station on the Oedo Line, 3 min walk from the Shiba Koen station on the Mita Line; 12 min walks from Tokyo Mono-rail Hamamatsucho, Oedo Line (exit A6) and Hibiya Line Kamiyacho station.
  • Address: The Prince Park Tower Tokyo, 4-8-1 Shiba Koen, Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • Phone: 03-5400-1111
  • Website: http://www.japantique.org/top_en.html 

May 2nd, Monday

7.  (Shiba Koen, Prince Hotel, Minato-ku) – see #6 above for details

May 3rd, Tuesday (National Holiday – Constitution Day)

8. The Japantique Show (Shiba Koen, Prince Hotel, Minato-ku) – see #6 above for details

9. Heiwajima Antique Show (Ota-ku) – A huge three-day inside antique fair is the largest of the Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets.  Not to be missed. There are over 280 vendors that have a huge selection of Japanese, Asian and  western antiques. This show only happens a few times a year, and the good stuff sells quickly. Great show just in time for holiday shopping.Heiwajima antique show

  • Date: Tues, Wed, Thurs, May 3, 4, 5, 2016
  • 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: yes, but not recommended (usually the wait is 1-2 hours)The Japantique Sho
  • Access:  Ryutsu-Center station on the Tokyo Monorail from JR Hamamatsu-cho station
  • Address: 6-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, TokyoTokyo Antique and Flea Markets
  • Phone: 03-5985-5101 (organiser Takeshi Antiques)
  • Website: http://www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/ENGLISH.html

May 4th, Wed (National Holiday – Green Day)

10. The Japantique Show (Shiba Koen, Prince Hotel, Minato-ku) – see #6 above for details

11. Heiwajima Antique Show (Ota-ku) – see #110 above for details

May 5th, Thurs (National Holiday – Children’s Day)

10. The Japantique Show (Shiba Koen, Prince Hotel, Minato-ku) – see #6 above for details

11. Heiwajima Antique Show (Ota-ku) – see #110 above for details

May 7th, Saturday

12. Asagaya Garakuta Ichi Antique Fair (Suginami-ku, Tokyo) — 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, May 7, 2016
• 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

13. Kasai Shrine Antique Fair (Katsushika-ku, Tokyo) 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, May 7, 2016
• 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)

May 8th, Sunday

14. Yasukuni Shrine Antique Fair  (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) – see # 2 above for details
15. Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Antique Fair (Koto-ku, Tokyo) – see # 3 above for detailsTokyo Antique and Flea Markets, May 2016 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets
16. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo) – see # 4 above for details

17. 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.

• Date: Sunday, May 8, 2016
• Time: 6:00 – 15:00
• What is for sale: 35 sellers of Japanese household items and crafts
• Parking: no
• Access: 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)

May 15th, Sunday

18. Yasukuni Shrine Antique Fair  (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) – see # 2 above for details

19. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo) – see # 4 above for details

20. 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 or are staying  in downtown Tokyo.
• Date: May, 15, 22, 2016
• Time: 9:00 to 16:00
• 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

21. 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, May 15, 2016
• 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/

May 21st, Saturday

22. 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, May 21st, 2016
• Time: 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

23. Gokokuji Antique Fair  (Bunkyo-ku, 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, that survived the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and W.W.II. Gokokuji is lovely neighbourhood and temple to visit. The market used to be very busy, however, the past year it seems to have really dropped in the number vendors and shoppers. Easy to get to and a nice Temple to see, but a little chancy on the line-up.

• Dates: Saturday, May 21st, 2016
• Time: 9:00 – 16:00
• What is for sale: 25-40 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)

 

May 22nd, Sunday

24. Yasukuni Shrine Antique Fair  (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) – see #2 above for details

25. O-Edo Antique Market (International Forum, Yurakucho) – see #20 above for details

26. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo) – see #4 above for details

27. Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Antique Fair (Koto-ku, Tokyo) – see #3 above for details

28. Antique Fair at Nogi Shrine (Roppongi, Tokyo) –  Although a smaller market with about 40 sellers, the quality of the selection is higher-end
Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets,May 2016 Tokyo Antique and Flea Marketscatering to the large number of foreign shoppers. The Nogi Shrine is also very interesting;  dedicated to General Maresuke Nogi (1840-1912). Nogi was a great soldier and a hero of the Meiji period. He commanded the Imperial Army and took Port Arthur from Russia in 1905 at the same time he lost both his sons in the combat. On the day of the funeral of Emperor Meiji in 1912, he and his wife took their lives.

  • Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
  • times: 9:00 to 15:00 p.m.
  •  what is for sale: 40 sellers: 2/3 Japanese antiques and crafts and 1/3 other
  • parking: none available
  •  train station: 3 min walk from Nogizaka sta. on the Chiyoda line
  •  address: 8-11-27 Akasaka, Minato-ku
  • website: http://www.nogijinja.or.jp  (Shrine website, Japanese language only)

29. 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 opened in 2002 by the members of Yaho Tenkai that has a high reputation as a group of antique dealers in this area. Visitors can relax and enjoy the antique fair that is held inside the quiet compound of the beautiful Shinto shrine that has long been revered as a guardian god of the area of Tachikawa.

• Date: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets

• Time: 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
• Access: 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)
May 28th, Saturday

 30. Kawagoe Antique Fair (Kawagoe, Saitama) – The Fair is held every month on the 28th. This fair is a very large event with over 100 sellers. There is everything from antique furniture to pottery and kimonos. A wonderful fair and definitely worth the 60-80 min trip. I recommend that you make a day of it and visit the old town of Kawagoe. The town of Kawagoe has 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, Tokyo Antique and Flea Marketswhich is a 20 min walk. One of my favourite Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets each month.  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: Saturday, May 28th, 2016
• 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
31. 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: Saturday, May 28th, 2016
• 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)

May 29th, Sunday

32. Yasukuni Shrine Antique Fair  (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) – see #2 above for details

33. Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Antique Fair (Koto-ku, Tokyo) – see #3 above for details

 

May 2016 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets

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May 2016 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets

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