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Tokyo Antique & Flea Markets – December 2016

December is a great month for holiday treasure hunting at 30 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets. Small teacups and plates, kimono fabric and old Japanese papers make great gifts for the holidays. If you are looking for something larger try the multi-day shows at the Saitama Arena and Heiwajima this month were there is usually a great selection of Tokyo Antique and Flea Marketsfurniture. If you are just in the outdoor market mood, the two-day Setagaya Boroichi is also a fun event for antiques and everyday goods. Hope you find that perfect gift for yourself or someone special. Happy Holidays from Sandra and Lauren

If you are looking for new items, try these great Japanese and Craft stores in Tokyo. If you are looking for another month of Tokyo Area Antique and Flea Markets check here. Have fun.

**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. — Best Living Japan

December 2016 Tokyo Antique & Flea Markets

December 1st, Thursday

1. Machida Tenmangu Antique Fair – Machida Tenmangu Garakuta Kotto-ichi (Antique Fair at Machida Tenmangu January 2015 Tokyo Area Antique and Flea MarketsShrine) 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: Thursday, December 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

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December 3rd, Saturday

2. Asagaya Garakuta Ichi Antique Fair (Suginami-ku) — 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 buildings.
• Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 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

December 4th, Sunday

3. 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 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, December 4th, 11th, 25th, 2016 (please check dates at website below, some weekends are cancelled)
• 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, Tokyo
• Phone: 0276-38-3417  (organizer # – Japanese language only)
• Website: http://www.tomiokahachimangu.or.jp (Shrine site, no English)

 

DSC_08284. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku, 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, December 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 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)

 

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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. 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, December 4th, 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

6. 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 downtown Tokyo. This is one of my favourites.
• Date: Sunday, December 4th, 18th, 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

 

Tuesday & Wednesday, December 6th & 7th

Saitama antique showKottou Antique Fair (Saitama Super Arena)  – The Saitama Arena is a massive arena that can hold over 37,000 people. This Fair is held twice a year (December and May), 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 & Wednesday, December 6 & 7, 2016
• Times: 11:00-17:00
• What is for sale: 50 sellers of Japanese antiques to toys and art
• Parking: Super Arena parking
• 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

December 9-11, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Heiwajima antique show9. Heiwajima Antique Show (Ota-ku) – 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. This show only happens a few times a year, and the good stuff sells quickly. Great show just in time for holiday shopping.
• Date: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, December 9th – 11th,  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: no
• Access:  Ryutsu-Center station on the Tokyo Monorail from JR Hamamatsu-cho station
• Address:6-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo
• Phone: 03-5985-5101 (organiser Takeshi Antiques)
• Website: http://www.kottouichi.com/heiwajima/ENGLISH.html

December 10th, Saturday

10. Heiwajima Antique Show (Ota-ku) – See #9 above

11. 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, 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, December 10th, 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)

December 11th, Sunday

12. Heiwajima Antique Show (Ota-ku) – See #9 above

13. 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, December 11th, 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)

14.  Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Antique Fair (Fukagawa, Tokyo) – See #3 above

15. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku, Tokyo) – See #4 above

 

December 15th & 16th, Thursday & Friday

16. 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. This event only happens twice a year December and January.
• Date: Tuesday and Wednesday, December 15-16th, 2016
• Time: 9am-9pm
• Address: 1-15 to 1-27 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
• Access: Kamimachi Station (Tokyu Setagaya line)

December 17th & 18th, Saturday & Sunday

17. Tokyo JUNK Show (Tokyo Show)

 

December 17th, Saturday

18. 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 17th, 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

 

December 18th, Sunday

19. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku, Tokyo) – See #4 above

20. O-Edo Antique Market (International Forum, Yurakucho) – See #6 above

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21. Ryukoji Temple Antique Fair (Tatsunokuchi near Enoshima, Kanagawa Prefecture) – If you are down in the Enoshima area this is a wonderful little antique market. Combine it with a trip to Enoshima for a day trip from Tokyo. You will find usually about 80 dealers that have some beautiful antiques to everyday “junk”.

• Date: Sunday, December 18th, 2016
• Times: 9:00  –  16:00
• What is for sale: about 80 vendors
• Parking: no
• Access: 3 min walk from Enoshima Station (Enoshima Electric Railway), 3 min walk from Shonan Station (Enoshima Shonan Monorail) or 15 min walk from Enoshima Station (Odakyu Enoshima Katase Line)
• Address: 3-13-37 Katase, Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture
• Phone:0466-25-7357 (temple number; Japanese language only)
• Website: (Temple website in Japanese only) http://ryukoji.jp/01info.html

22. 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.Tokyo Area Antique and Flea Markets
• Date: Sunday, December 18th, 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/

December 24th, Sunday

23. 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, December 24th, 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)

December 25th, Sunday

24. Hanazono Shrine Antique Fair (Shinjuku, Tokyo) – See #4 above

25. Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Antique Fair (Fukagawa, Tokyo) – See #3 above

26. Nogi Shrine Fair (Roppongi, Tokyo) – Although a smaller market with about 40 sellers, the quality of the Nogizaka Shrine & Antique Fair www.bestlivingjapan.comselection is higher-end catering 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.
 Date: Sunday, December 25th, 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)

27. 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, December 25th, 2016
• Time: 7:00 to 16:00
• What is for sale: 50 sellers of Japanese antiques to toys and artNogizaka Shrine & Antique Fair www.bestlivingjapan.com
• 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)

28. O-Edo Antique Market (Yoyogi, Tokyo) – Not to be mistaken for the O-edo market held at the International Forum in Yurakucho. This market is managed by the same organizer but in Yoyogi. Not only will you find a nice selection of antiques but also crafts and other homewares. Enjoy some wonderful shopping and then have a great lunch in Harajuku at Little Bird Restaurant or visit the Farmers Market over near Omotesando.

• Date: Sunday, December 25th, 2016
• Times: 9:00 – 16:00
• What is for sale: about 100 sellers of Japanese antiques and and crafts
• Parking: public paid parking on the street
• Access: Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote or Chiyoda Lines
• Address: Yoyogi Park
• Phone: 03-6407-6011 (Japanese language only)
• Website: www.antique-market.jp/english

December 28th, Wednesday

29. 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, 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).Japan Shrine Sale
• Date: Wednesday, December 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 min walk 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

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  1. I visited the Chion-ji Flea Market in Kyoto and enjoyed the handmade crafts. Is there any similar fair in Tokyo?

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