Popular Big 6 Japanese Antique Markets in Tokyo (2024)!

Image Picture of Japanese Antique Markets

From big to small scale, many Japanese antique markets and flea markets are held every month in Tokyo!

I have an official license of Japanese antique dealer and visited some of them.

I sometimes see people from overseas are checking and buying items.

Here I picked up 6 famous, big Japanese antique markets and flea markets in Tokyo!




Oedo Antique Market (大江戸骨董市)

Oedo Antique Market(大江戸骨董市) is actually not big but I think most famous market in Tokyo that I picked up here.

About 250 dealers sell their items.

You might think 250 is so many but it is the number they claim.
Several times I went to the market but I couldn’t see such many stores.
Plus, each store was small.

Still, good point is it is held every month while other Japanese antique markets held once or twice a year.

And it is held outside like flea market.
Easy-to-enjoy atmosphere for families, children and friends!

I remember I was checking Tsuba of Katana (Handguard of Japanese sword) although I didn’t buy after all last time.

As it is held every month, anytime you can go to this market!

Oedo Antique Market (大江戸骨董市)

Address
3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access
Yurakucho Station (JR/Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line)
Venue
Tokyo International Forum
Date
First and Third Sunday (Except for August)
Time
9:00-16:00
Entree Fee
Free
Website
https://www.antique-market.jp/english/

Tokyo Flea Market (東京蚤の市)

One of the biggest flea markets in Tokyo is this Tokyo Flea Market(東京蚤の市)!

If you wanna enjoy flea market outside with nature, this is the best place for you!

It is more like a festival and you can enjoy live-music by professional artists as well!

It’s not for professionals but rather for ordinary people.
Still, as so many items are sold from old to modern, there is certainly a chance you encounter with rare Japanese antiques.

I’ve been to this Showa Memorial Park several times before although it was just for a picinic and BBQ.

It was very big park and comfortable to walk while enjoying leaves of trees in four seasons

Tokyo Flea Market (東京蚤の市)

Address
3173 Midoricho, Tachikawa, Tokyo
Access
Nishi-tachikawa Station (JR Ōme Line)
Venue
Showa Memorial Park (Green Culture Zone Yume Hiroba(
Date
May 31 – June 2
Time
9:30-17:00
Entree Fee
2000 yen (Online Ticket is 1500 yen)
Website (Japanese)
https://tokyonominoichi.com/

Ariake Antique World (有明骨董ワールド)

This Ariake Antique World(有明骨董ワールド) is the biggest Japanese antique market not only in Tokyo but in all over Japan.

It is held 43 times before.

From Japanese antiques, old toys, museum pieces, to Japanese swords, you can find and purchase.

They provide free appraisals of antiques and even accepting traditional doll memorial services although voluntary payment is required.

I myself been to this market and there were so many stores with so many goods inside the hall.

Not only professionals but ordinary people can enjoy!

As it’s held inside, no need to worry about rain!

Ariake Antique World (有明骨董ワールド)

Address
3 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Access
Kokusai-Tenjijō Station (Rinkai Line)
Tokyo Big Sight Station (Yurikamome Line)
Venue
Tokyo Big Site (South Hall)
Date
July 12 – July 14
February 22 – February 24 (2025)
Time
10:00-17:00
Entree Fee
1000 yen (Online Coupon Ticket is 800 yen)
YouTube
https://youtu.be/K_2EZbTHKD4?si=q4TVGRda9iirQIH2
Website
https://kottouichi.com/en.html

Antique Grande (骨董グランデ)

About 250 stores from all over Japan come together at this Antique Grande(骨董グランデ).

You can see Japanese, Oriental, and Western antiques, fabrics, and antique sundries, etc.

I could see deep fans with deep knowledges from overseas also came to find what they were looking for.

They also provide repair or fixing service at the event

The atmosphere is like that of Ariake Antique World.
And its scale is big like Ariake Antique World.
Actually, it is held exactly at the same place, Tokyo Big Sight.

They say this year’s special exhibition is Autumn Sake Banquet.

A wide variety of rare sake cups, sake bottles,, glasses, etc. will be on display!

Antique Grande (骨董グランデ)

Address
3 Chome-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Access
Kokusai-Tenjijō Station (Rinkai Line)
Tokyo Big Sight Station (Yurikamome Line)
Venue
Tokyo Big Site (West 3 Hall)
Date
April 12 – April 14
September 20 – September 22
Time
10:00-17:00
Entree Fee
1000 yen (Online Coupon Ticket is 800 yen)
YouTube (ANNnewsCH)
https://youtu.be/Si3jb1cemiw?si=slDVhIKqGuGalqEY
Website
https://antique-grande.com/indoor-antiques-event-at-tokyo-big-sight/

Setagaya Boro Flea Market (世田谷ボロ市)

If you wanna enjoy street stroll at the same time, this Setagaya Boro Flea Market(世田谷ボロ市) is highly recommended!

Setagaya Boro Flea Market has been around since 1578 and is now designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

I’ve been to this flea market about 5 years ago and it was very fun!
Streets were crowded with people.

I could find food stalls as well along the streets.
The atmosphere was like Japanese summer festival although no fireworks or Bon dancing there.

I think children can also enjoy the market like Tokyo Flea Market in Showa Memorial Park.

Setagaya Boro Flea Market (世田谷ボロ市)

Address
1 Setagaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Access
Setagaya Station (Setagaya Line)
Uemachi Station (Setagaya Line)
Venue
Boroichi Street and around area
Date
January 15 – January 16
December 15 – December 16
Time
9:00-20:00
Entree Fee
Free
YouTube
https://youtu.be/oeK5bkuf3Ig?si=5-irvXYFEDsz5kee
Website (Japanese)
https://www.city.setagaya.lg.jp/setagaya/001/003/d00125000.html

Heiwajima Antique Fair (平和島骨董市)

This Heiwajima Antique Fair(平和島骨董市) is the oldest Japanese antique fair in all over Japan.

It started in 1978 when Japanese antique had become a fad.

Over 150 professional dealers all over Japan come together and sell hundreds of thousands of items.

I’ve been to this fair once with my Japanese antique teacher.

I found that this is for professionals.
I have to say I wouldn’t have told which one is authentic and best buy without my teacher’s advice at the time.

If you want to see real Japanese antique world by professionals, this is the best place.

Of course, you can enjoy the fair even if you are not a professional as long as you are interested in Japanese old items.

Heiwajima Antique Fair (平和島骨董市)

Address
6-1-1 Heiwajima, Ota-ku, Tokyo
Access
Ryūtsū Center Station (Tokyo Monorail Haneda Airport Line)
Venue
Tokyo Ryutsu Center Building (Exhibition Hall ABCD)
Date
September 13 – September 15
December 6 – December 8
March 14 – March 16 (2025)
Time
10:00-17:00
Entree Fee
Free
YouTube
https://youtu.be/N5aHy-NaZlc?si=IM6kfrqgXtWz5IuV
Website
https://kottouichi.com/en.html

Schedule in Chronological order (2024)

Here are the each antique fair and flea market in 2024 in chronological order.

Easy to check and remember when to go!

  • First and Third Sunday (Except for August) : Oedo Antique Market
  • January 15 – January 16 : Setagaya Boro Flea Market
  • April 12 – April 14 : Antique Grande
  • May 31 – June 2 : Tokyo Flea Market
  • July 12 – July 14 : Ariake Antique World
  • September 13 – September 15 : Heiwajima Antique Fair
  • September 20 – September 22 : Antique Grande
  • December 6 – December 8 : Heiwajima Antique Fair
  • December 15 – December 16 : Setagaya Boro Flea Market

Summary

If you wanna enjoy casual atmosphere of flea markets freely, I recommend you Oedo Antique Market, Tokyo Flea Market and Setagaya Boro Flea Market.

For above markets, you can enjoy the markets with your friends and children, too.

If you are a serious buyer or wanna touch the deep professional world, I recommend you Ariake Antique World, Antique Grande and Heiwajima Antique Fair.

In those Japanese antique markets, your sense and ability to see through the real thing is judged.

As a business and half-hobby, I collect many things from modern anime items to old Japanese antiques such as ceramics and tsuba (Sword-guard).

Actually, you can purchase even old Japanese antiques online but it is difficult to judge only from the pictures online.

You need to touch, check from different angles to judge.
Plus, you can get real information by talking with the dealers.

If you have a chance to come visit Japan, why don’t you go to one of the markets?

It’ll be a rare experience and if you are lucky you might be able to find a treasure!

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