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|1||Wed||*Machida Tenmangu Garakuta Ichi (Machida Tenmangu Antique Fair) (18) Cancelled|
|4||Sat||*Asagaya Garakuta Ichi Antique Fair (23) Cancelled|
|*Kasai Shrine Antique Market (32)|
|5||Sun||*Antique Fair at Arai Yakushi Temple (19) Cancelled|
|*Antique Fair at Tomioka Hachiman Shrine in Fukagawa (30) Cancelled|
|*Antique Fair at Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku (34) Cancelled|
|11||Sat||*Antique Fair at Gokokuji Temple (33) Undecided|
|12||Sun||*Antique Fair at Tomioka Hachiman Shrine in Fukagawa (30) Cancelled|
|*Antique Fair at Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku (34) Cancelled|
|*Fussa Shichifukujin Antique Fair (28)|
|*Antique Fair at Fuda Tenjin in Chofu (1)Undecided|
|*Oedo Antique Market at Yurakucho (25) Cancelled|
|18||Sat||*Yamato Promenade Antique Fair (36) Cancelled|
|19||Sun||*Antique Fair at Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku (34) Cancelled|
|*Antique Fair at Ryukoji Temple near Enoshima (2) Undecided|
|25||Sat||*Antique Fair at Tsukinomiya Shrine in Urawa (6) Undecided|
|26||Sun||*Antique Fair at Nogi Shrine (35) Cancelled|
|*Antique Fair at Tomioka Hachiman Shrine in Fukagawa (30) Cancelled|
|*Antique Fair at Hanazono Shrine in Shinjuku (34) Cancelled|
|*Tama Antique Fair (38) Undecided|
|28||Tue||*Kawagoe Narita Fudoson Nomi-no-ichi (7) Undecided|
|*Antique Fair at Narita (42) Undecided|
|29||Wed||National Holiday (Day of Showa)|
|ANTIQUE FAIR AT NARITA in Chiba Prefecture (42) outdoor
| ANTIQUE FAIR AT NARITA in Chiba Prefecture outdoor
The fair is held every month on the 28th (but January). 7 a.m.-4 p.m. at a square in front of the main gate of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. Next fair will be April on 28 Undecided.
From November 2019 at Hanasaki-cho near JR Narita Station the same fair is held every month on the 1st Saturday except in January. Next Fair April 4. Cancelled
Shinshoji Temple of Narita is the time-honored one of the largest temple in Japan which has a history of over 1,000 years. Since the time of Edo period, the temple has attracted many believers. The convenient location to Narita International Airport allows visitors in transit to visit the temple. The temple has a strong relationship with the kabuki family Ichikawa and they are called "Narita-ya" as their house name. The first generation Ichikawa Danjuro hailed from Narita.
URL: Rakuichirakuza antiques
URL: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
Access: Narita Station on JR Sobu Line and Narita Line (15 minutes walk)
Telephone: 0476-22-2111 (Naritasan Shinjoji Temple)/ 0476-24-3232 (Narita Tourist Bureau)
|TOKYO ART CLUB (41) indoor
|TOKYO ART CLUB indoor
Tobi Shofudakai Market at Tokyo Art Club, July 6 and 7 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) in 2020, Admission: free
Soon after the Meiji Restoration in 1867, the art dealing gradually began to be active. In 1892, there was a grand auction held at a Japanese-style restaurant at Akasaka. Because of the inconvenience of renting the spaces for art auctions, we decided to purchase our own building when the Iseheiro Japanse-style restaurant at Ryogoku was for sale, and that was when the Tokyo Art CLub. Co., Ltd was establshed. Over one hundred years, Tokyo Art Club has been making substantial contribution to the cultural life of Japanese people by handing down the highest standard of art, and seeking new coming art. (quoted from Tokyo Art Club Home Page)
Address: 6-19-15 Shinbashi, Minato-ku
Access: Hamamatsucho Station on JR Yamanote Line/ Daimon Station on Toei Subway Asakusa Line and Oedo Line
|Kanda Jimbo-cho Furuhon Matsuri (Rare, Old and Used Books Festival) (43) outdoor
|Kanda Jimbo-cho Furuhon Matsuri (Rare, Old and Used Books Festival) outdoor
Oct. 25 through Nov. 4 in 2019
Jimbocho, Kanda, Chiyoda-ku
Jimbocho is known as a book town of Tokyo. The district is an academic area with lots of schools and colleges. Unique with Jimbocho is the concentration of large number of old and used bookstores. 160 shops deal with rare books, antique books, letters and documents, art books, science books, comics, foreign books, entertainment related books, etc. Genres sold are different by shops. 300,000 books are sold at bargain prices.
Address: Kanda Jimboucho, Chuo-ku
Access: Ochanomizu Station on JR Chuo-Sobu Line, Ochanomizu Station on Subway Marunouchi Line, Shin Ochanomizu Station on Subway Chiyoda Line and Jimbocho Station on Toei Subway Mita Line and Toei Subway Shinjuku Line.
|ANTIQUE FAIR AT FUDA TENJIN SHRINE IN CHOFU outdoor (1)
|ANTIQUE FAIR AT FUDA TENJIN SHRINE IN CHOFU outdoor
The antique fair is held every month on the second Sunday at Fuda Tenjin Shrine in Chofu, western suburbs of Tokyo with about 50 shops. The next fair on April 12. Undecided
The shrine has moved to the present place from the place near the Tama River after a big flood in 1477. The shrine is the guarding shrine of Chofu.
Address: 1-8-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu City, Tokyo
Access: 10 minutes walk from Chofu Station on Keio Line
Telephone: 042-489-0022 (Fuda Tenjin Shrine)/ 090-6102-5656 (Nishiki-Do)
|ANTIQUE FAIR AT RYUKOJI TEMPLE AT TATSUNOKUCHI NEAR ENOSHIMA outdoor (2)
|ANTIQUE FAIR at RYUKOJI TEMPLE at TATSUNOKUCHI near ENOSHIMA outdoor
The antique fair is held every month on the 3rd Sunday at Ryukoji Temple at Tatsunokuchi near Enoshima, Kanagawa Prefecture. The next fair in April on 19 Undecided.
The antique fair is held at the famous Nichiren sect temple Ryukoji at Tatsunokuchi near Enoshima. Tatsunokuchi used to be the execution grounds during the Kamakura period (1185-1333) and Nichiren (1222-1282), founder of Nichiren sect buddhism in Japan, was almost beheaded here. Nichiren was abducted at night and brought here to be executed but their intent was failed - a luminous object shot across the sky, brightly illuminating the surroundings. Terrified, the soldiers called off the execution. This episode is known as Tatsunokuchi Persecution.
Time: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Map: Ryukoji Temple
Access: Enoshima Station on Enoshima Dentetsu Railway
Telephone: 090-2145-5510 (Seigado)/ 0466-25-7357 (Ryukoji Temple)
|ASAKUSA KONJAKU KIMONO FAIR indoor (3)
|ASAKUSA KONJAKU KIMONO FAIR indoor
Oct. 4,5 and 6 in 2019
Sangyo Boeki Center 4th Floor in Asakusa, Taito-ku
Selected 40 to 50 antique kimono dealers from throughout Japan are participating in the event.
Recycled kimono, antique kimono, old kimono cloths, bags, footwears, accessaries etc. are exhibited and sold on the spot.
Address: 2-6-5 Hanakawado, Taito-ku
Access: Near Nitenmon of Sensoji Temple Asakusa Station on Subway Ginza Line
Telephone: 042-789-6142 (Design Avenue)
|RECYCLE GALLERY NEWS indoor (4)
|RECYCLE GALLERY NEWS indoor
The group Recycle Gallery NEWS has fifteen recycle shops in and around Tokyo as of Oct. 2016. They are operated by WELL Company Ltd. in Igusa, Suginami Ward, Tokyo.
The company puts up the corporation purposes: 1. Business for the society. 2. Plan businesses for the satisfactions of the customers 3. Through business, aim to enhance skills and personality of workers and contribute in reducing environmental hazards.
The company buys and sells used items at the shops as well as on line.
Visiting three shops at Nishi Ogikubo, Karasuyama and Setagaya, my impression is they are strong at furniture and business is conscientious. Browsing items in the shops entertains the antique fans.
Time: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (closed on Jan. 1)
Recycle Gallery NEWS
|ANTIQUE MALL GINZA indoor (5)
|ANTIQUE MALL GINZA indoor
One of the biggest antique shops in Japan, Antique Mall Ginza, covers the three floors of the building in Ginza offering various quality antiques of the East and the West, Kimono, Obi, Netsuke, Japanese dolls, tansu furniture, jewelry, glassware, pottery, watch, tinplate toys, folk art. etc. This is a good place for hunting expensive but high quality antique items or enjoying your eyes seeing fine antiques and kimonos.
Time: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (closed Wed and Dec. 29 to Jan. 2)
Address: 1-13-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku
Access: Ginza 1-chome Stationon Subway Yurakucho Line
|ANTIQUE FAIR AT TSUKINOMIYA SHRINE IN URAWA outdoor (6)
|ANTIQUE FAIR AT TSUKINOMIYA SHRINE IN URAWA outdoor
The market is held on the 4th Saturday every month at Tsukinomiya Park behind the Tsukinomiya Shrine in Urawa, Saitama Prefecture.
The fair in April on 25 Undecided, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with 180 shops. Admission is free.
The market centers on traditional folk utensils of Japan which is similar to Kawagoe Narita Fudoson Nomi-no-ichi and Heiwajima Antique Show.
The Tsukinomiya Shrine is close to JR Urawa Station and is a unique shrine. The shrine does not have "torii" which is a symbol of Japanese shrines and intead of a pair of "shishi dogs," it places a pair of stone rabbits for a reason that the shrine is called Tsuki Jinja in short by people of Urawa. "Tsuki" means the moon in Japanese and people believed a rabbit lives in the moon in old time.
Address: Tsukinomiya Shrine, 3-17 Kishicho, Urawa-ku, Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture
Access: Urawa Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line
|KAWAGOE NARITA FUDOSON NOMI-NO-ICHI outdoor (7)
|KAWAGOE NARITA FUDOSON NOMI-NO-ICHI outdoor
Kawagoe Narita Fudoson in Kawagoe, Saitama prefecture is one of many branch temples of Naritasan. The fair is held every month on the 28th from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. with about 100 shops April fair is Undecided.
The fair is a pretty large antique fair of this type which is held at temples and shrines with more than 100 shops. Items displayed and sold here are similar to the antique fair at Heiwajima which includes many traditional folk utensils. People can enjoy huge varieties looking around and finding old Japanese daily utensils.
Kawagoe Naritasan Nominoichi
Address: 9-2 Kubo-cho, Kawagoe City
Access: Walk - 17 minutes from Hon-kawagoe Station on Seibu Shinjuku Line/ 20 minutes from Kawagoe-shi Station on Tobu Tojo Line
Bus - Get off at Naritasan-mae Stop on Seibu Bus from Kawagoe Station East Exit/ Get off at Kita-in Bus Stop on Koedo Junkai Bus from Kawagoe Station on Tobu Tojo Line and JR Kawagoe Station
|ANTIQUES SHOW KAMATA indoor (8)
|ANTIQUES SHOW KAMATA indoor
Oct. 13,14 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and and 15 (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) in 2014
Ota-ku Sangyo Plaza at Kamata
The Antique Show Kamata is planned by the same promoter who holds Antique Show Asakusa. This is the first show held at this place. 100 shops display and sell western and oriental quality antiques. Also for those who want their antique items appraised by specialists, judgements are available and valuable things will be purchased by dealers. Dealers visit customers directly if they cannot come to the hall.
Address: 20-20-1 Chome, Minami Kamata, Ota-ku
Access: Keikyu Kamata Station on Keikyu Line
|O-Edo Antique Market at Yoyogi-Park outdoor (9)
|O-Edo Antique Market at Yoyogi-Park outdoor
The fair is held at Keyaki (zelkova) Namiki Area near JR Harajuku Station from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cancelled if it rains. Next fair is to be announced.
The market is new. It opened in September, 2012 with a concept "Antique-Art-Crafts." Under the concept, items at the market include not only antiques but also craft works, art works and handmade products. The environment the market is held is very nice comfortable and spacious. 3 minutes walk from the train stations.
The same name market still exists at Tokyo Forum in Yurakucho.
Access: Harajuku Station on JR Yananote Line or Yoyogi Koen Station on Subway Chiyoda Line
|The 23rd Yokohama Antiques Show indoor (10)
|The 23rd Yokohama Antiques Show indoor
May 31 (Fri), June 1 (Sat) and 2 (Sun) in 2013 at Yokohama Sangyo Boeki Hall, Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama.
Authentic 130 dealers from all over Japan exhibit and sell on the spot thousands of high quality Japanese, asian and western antique items at the indoor antique show.
The show attracts every year more than 10,000 visitors for three days. At a special corner, antique experts judge antique items brought by visitors free and consultions about purchases of the items by dealers are available.
Those who want experts and dealers visit their houses for judgement and selling antique items, please call 0120-756-510.
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Access: 3 minutes walk from Nihon Odori Station on Minato Mirai Line from Yokohama
Telephone: 03-5982-8810 and 090-8848-4147
|Kottou Antique Fair at Saitama Super Arena indoor (11)
|Kottou Antique Fair at Saitama Super Arena indoor
June 9 and 10 in 2020
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
The 30th indoor antique fair will be at the spacious Saitama Super Arena with 234 shops mainly from Kanto district, Japan. Japanese antique at 60% and western at 40% are displayed and sold on the spot.
Access: Saitama Fuku Toshin Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line
Telephone: 090-88-45101 (Mr. Igarashi)
THE JUNK SHOW (Toy Show) indoor (12)
|JUNK SHOW (Toy Show) indoor
Next show will be on May 9 (Sat) and 10 (Sun) in 2020.
at Tokyo Science Museum in Kitanomaru Park
The Junk Show is a flea market gathering 100 dealers of the world, the influential and the most engaging of 50s 60s 70s design, fashion, architecture and art.
Admission: 1,000 yen
Place: Tokyo Science Museum
Address: 2-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku
Access: Takebashi Station on Subway Tozai Line
Telephone: 045-681-5856 (SACA)
|The Ajinomoto Stadium Antique Festa outdoor (13)
|The Ajinomoto Stadium Antique Festa outdoor
Aug. 9 (Tue) in 2016, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu
130 antique dealers of Japanese, American, western and kimono gather at the first Antique Festa at the Ajinomoto Soccer Stadium in Chofu.
As a recent trend of antique fairs of the metropolitan area, the events are moving to indoor buildings where the shows are not cancelled due to rains and largers space is available. The organizer plans to hold the event two times a year.
Access: Tobitakyu Station on Keio Line from Shinjuku
|The Yokohama Kottou World indoor (14)
|The Yokohama Kottou World indoor
Nov. 1 (Fri), 2 (Sat) and 3 (Sun) in 2019.
Pacifico Yokohama C Hall
12 noon-5 p.m. on 11th and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 12 and 13.
Reliable 250 dealers from throughout Japan display and sell on the spot more than 300,000 items of Japanese, oriental and western antiques and collectables at Pacifico Yokohama Hall C.
The event is one of the largest in scale indoor antique fair in Japan. It is held twice a year.
Yokohama Kottou World
Admission: 1,000 yen
Access: Sakuragicho Station on JR Keihin Tohoku Line/ Minato Mirai Station on Minato Minato Line from Yokohama
|Yokohama Konjaku (Past and Present) Kimono Ichi indoor (15)
|Yokohama Konjaku (Past and Present) Kimono Ichi indoor
Nov. 9, 10 and 11 in 2018, (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Event House
Selected 40 to 50 antique kimono dealers from throughout Japan participate in the event.
Recycled kimono, antique kimono, old kimono cloths, bags, footwears, etc. are exhibited and sold on the spot.
The building where the antique kimono fair is held is known as Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse which used to be the warehouses of the Yokohama Port. Today, the historical building is remodeled and houses shops, restaurants and used as an event hall.
Access: Sakuragicho Station on JR Negishi Line
Telephone 042-789-6142 (Design Avenue)
|Kottou Antique Fair at Yokohama Arena indoor (16)
|Kottou Antique Fair at Yokohama Arena indoor
Oct. 2 (Tue) and Oct. 3 (Wed) in 2012.
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
At Yokohama Arena, Shin Yokohama
The 27th indoor antique fair at the spacious Yokohama Arena is large in scale with 220 shops from all over Japan. The items are displayed and sold on the spot. Commodities include eastern as well as western articles.
Access: Shin Yokohama Station on JR Yokohama Line
|The Japantique Show indoor (17)
|The Japantique Show indoor
May 3 through 5 in 2020 from 10 a.m. at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo, Hamamatsucho, Minato-ku.
One of the largest and high quality antique exhibitions in Japan. This magnificent show is held every year from the end of April through the beginning of May at The Prince Park Tower Tokyo next to Tokyo Prince Hotel located near Zojoji Temple and Tokyo Tower.
Over 200 selected exhibitors display around 300,000 high class items comprising drawings, prints, sculptures, glassworks, coins, jewelry, pottery, lacquerware, folding screens and many others from all around the world.
Access: JR Yamanote Line Hamamatsucho Stn., Metropolitan Subway Asakusa Line Daimon Stn.,
Metropolitan Subway Mita Line Onarimon Stn.
Machida Tenmangu Garakuta Kotto-ichi outdoor (18)
|Machida Tenmangu Garakuta Kotto-ichi outdoor
The fair is cancelled for the time being due to the outbreak of the corona virus. Antique Fair at Machida Tenmangu Shrine is held on the first day of each month except January.
Machida is a big city located in the western suburbs of Tokyo with a population of over 400,000.
A fairly large open-air antique market is held from dawn to sunset inside the compound of the shrine with about 120 shops - no postponement or cancelling because of rainy weather.
Address: 1-21-5 Haramachida, Machida City, Tokyo
Access: Machida Station on JR Yokohama Line and Odakyu Line (35 minutes by express train from Shinjuku Station)
Telephone: 090-3314-1994 (Kokune)/ 042-722-2325 (Machida Tenmangu Shrine)
|Antique Fair at Arai Yakushi Temple outdoor (19)
|Antique Fair at Arai Yakushi Temple outdoor
The antique fair at the temple in Nakano-ku is held on the first Sunday with 50 to 80 shops. except January. The fair in April on 5 is Cancelled
Arai Yakushi belongs to the Shingon sect of Japanese buddhism. The temple is dedicated to Yakushi Nyorai (the healing Buddha). Generally temples which enshrine the healing Buddha are called Yakushi (temple).
The formal name of the Arai Yakushi is Baishoin while it is more widely known as Arai Yakushi since it is located in Arai.
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.
Access: Arai Yakushi Stn. on Seibu Shinjuku Line
Telephone: 03-3386-1355 (Arai Yakushi Temple)
Antique Jumboree at Tokyo Big Sight (20)
|Antique Jamboree at Tokyo Big Sight indoor
Jan. 10,11 and 12 in 2020.
Admission: 1,000 yen
The Antique Jamboree is one of the largest indoor antique shows in Japan with 500 dealers.
The sale and exhibition at Antique Jamboree brings many antique dealers and attracts enthusiasts. Visitors can expect Japanese and western ceramics, crafts, historical objects, colletibles, toys etc. It is a great chance to browse through a huge collection of unique antiques.
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission: 1,000 yen (general) and 3,000 yen for early buyers.
Access: Kokusai Tenjijo Station on Yurikamome from Shinbashi and Rinkai Line.
|Antique Fair in Shinjuku (21)
|Antique Fair in Shinjuku indoor
Next fair will be on Dec. 24,25 and 26 in 2019 at Dai-ichi Seimei Building Space Seven Event Hall with 150 dealers.
This antique fair is very different from other fairs in Tokyo. It is modern, clean, fashionable, high class and enjoyable to browse. Western antiques overwhelms the east in numbers. Carefully chosen shops are nicely arranged to accomodate to the concept of this fair. The well organized fair gives happy feelings to the visitors.
Indoor type antique fairs are generally high in qualities. Probably because it costs money for them to borrow halls.
Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Access: Shinjuku Station on JR Yamanote Line, Chuo Line. 10 minutes walk.
Telephone: 090-3007-2568 (Antique Stage)
|Heiwajima Antique Fair (22)
|Heiwajima Antique Show indoor
The fair has the longest history as an indoor antique fair in Japan and the event is one of the largest of its kind. More than 250 antique dealers display thousands of items.
The fair is held five times a year in March, May, June, Sept. and Dec. Subject to change due to the outbreak of corona virus.
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nearest Stn. Ryutsu Center on Tokyo Monorail starting from Hamamatsucho
03-3767-2116 (Heiwajima Ryutsu Center)/ 03-5983-5101 (Kotto-ichi)
|Asagaya Garakutaichi Antique Fair (23)
| Asagaya Garakutaichi Antique Fair outdoor
The fair is held every month on the first Saturday at Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine. The shrine is located immediate distance from Asagaya train station, a large compound, big trees and the grand building of the shrine impress visitors. The next fair on April 4 Cancelled.
The recently rebuilt magnificent shrine follows ancient Japanese shrine building styles.
Commodities sold ranges from kimono to traditional Japanese household goods.
Access: Asagaya Station on JR Chuo-Sobu Line.
Telephone: 03-3330-4824 (Asagaya Shinmeigu Shrine)
|Asakusa Antiques Show (24)
|The Asakusa Antique Show indoor
Feb. 14,15 and 16 in 2020 at Sangyo Boeki Center, Hanakawado, Asakusa.
The indoor antique fair attracts every year about 20,000 visitors for three days. More than 100 authentic antique dealers display thousands of items of the east and the west. The venue is close to Sensoji Temple in Asakusa.
URL: Asakusa Antique Show
Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 2-6-5 Hanakawado, Taito-ku
Nearest Stn. Asakusa Station on Subway Ginza Line. 3 minutes walk.
Telephone: 03-5982-8810 and 03-3844-6151 (on the days)
|O-Edo Antique Market at International Forum in Yurakucho (25)
|O-Edo Antique Market outdoor
Tokyo Forum in Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku
Next market on April 12 is cancelled.
One of the largest open-air antique fair in Japan is held usually on the 1st and 3rd Sunday every month from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (cancelled if it rains).
More than 250 dealers from all over Japan sell precious items, historical objects, artworks, kimono etc.
Address: 3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku
Access: Yurakucho Station on JR Yamanote Line
| Antique Fair at Togo Shrine (26)
| Antique Fair at Togo Shrine outdoor
The fair at Harajuku, Shibuya-ku was one of the best and the most popular antique fair among foreigners in Tokyo. The fair used to be held on the first Sunday of each month with 90 shops from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. (cancelled if it rains). The Fair at Togo Shrine is suspended indefinitely.
Togo Shrine is dedicated to Japan's great military hero Admiral Heihachiro Togo who commanded the Imperial Navy and brought the victory to Japan in Russo-Japanese War destroying the Russian Baltic Fleet in 1905 at the Battle of Tsushima surprising the world.
Address: 1-5-3 Jingu-mae, Shibuya-ku.
Access: Harajuku Station on JR Yamanote Line, Jingu-mae Station on Subway Chiyoda Line.
Telephone: 03-3425-7965 (Mr. Shiina)
Kimono Stall at Harajuku (27)
| A KIMONO STALL AT HARAJUKU STREET outdoor
Secondhand kimono stall opens every week on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at the corner near Laforet Harajuku. A large amount of second hand kimonos are displayed and sold on the spot.
Not long before, all Japanese people men as well as women had kimonos. But today, a very few men have kimonos and women not in many. Today, Japanese women wear kimonos occasionally such as when they reach 20 years old and to attend the ceremonies of "Coming of Age Day"or at their weddings. Women's kimonos are very beautiful but they are very expensive too. Probably one set of kimono costs more than one million yen. Also, kimonos do not fit to modern life. It lacks functionalities and is not easy to move around.
For the above reasons or other, there are many second hand kimonos sold at the old clothes shops.
Access: Harajuku Station on JR Yamanote Line/ Meiji Jingu-mae Station on subway Chiyoda Line
|Fussa Shichifukujin Antique Fair outdoor (28)
| Fussa Shichifukujin Antique Fair outdoor
The fair takes place at Kumagawa Shrine in Fussa every second Sunday. Next fair will be on 12 in April.
Kumagawa Shrine has a history of 1,200 years and its main hall which is believed to be 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.
35 shops display and sell various kinds of traditional Japanese household goods as well as artistic items from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
URL Fussa Shichifukujin
Access: Kumagawa Station on JR Itsukaichi Line from Haijima. 10 minutes walk from the Kumagawa Station.
Telephone: 042-551-0720 (Kumagawa Shrine)
|Open-Air Antique Fair at Yasukuni Shrine outdoor (29)
|Open-Air Antique Fair at Yasukuni Shrine outdoor is held every Sunday from sunrise to sunset with about 100 dealers coming
from all over Japan. The fairs Oct. on 2,9 and 16. Oct. 16 became the last day of the antique fair at Yasukuni Shrine.
The antique fair at Yasukuni is largest of its kind which are held in temples and shrines in Tokyo. The long approach to the main hall of the shrine are crowded with people who are hunting "treasures."
Yasukuni Shrine is erected in memory of soldiers, sailors, and others who served the nation. Many visitors are seen on Sundays. They are mostly survivors of the war dead, veterans who come to meet their fallen comrades, sightseers, etc.
Surprising people are occasional sounds of bugles by a group of people who are reenacting marches of soldiers in uniforms of Imperial Army and Navy.
Address: 3-1-1 Kudan-Kita, Chiyoda-ku
Access: Kudanshita Station on Subways Tozai Line, Hanzomon Line and Toei Subway Shinjuku Line.
Telephone: 090-2723-0687 (Mr. Kanno)/ 03-3261-8326 (Yasukuni Shrine)
|Antique Fair at Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine (30)
|Antique Fair at Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine outdoor in Fukagawa, Koto-ku is held every month on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays
(except Dec. 27-Jan. 3) from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fairs cancelled for the time being due to the outbreak of corona virus.
Tomioka Hachimangu is the largest Hachiman shrine in Tokyo. It was founded in 1627. Hachiman enshrines the emperor Ojin (died in 310AD) who deified as the God of War. Tomioka Hachimanis festival in mid-August is counted as one of the three great festivals in Tokyo (see August page).
The shrine is strongly associated with sumo. During the Edo era, the shrine was the offical venue for sumo, and tournaments were held every spring and winter. The shrine is also proud of its "ichi-no-miya" mikoshi which is the biggest in Kanto and gorgeous - decorated with diamonds. Since the mikoshi is so heavy that it was only carried when it was brought in the shrine. The mikoshi is housed in the building and is displayed to visitors.
URL: Rakuichirakuza Antiques
URL: Tomioka Hachimangu Kottoichi
Address: 1-20-3 Tomioka, Koto-ku.
Access: Monzen Nakacho Station on Subway Tozai Line. Exit 1
Telephone: 03-3642-1315 (Tomioka Hachimangu)
|Shinobazu-no-Ike Antique Fair outdoor (31)
|Shinobazu-no-Ike Antique Fair outdoor
The next market will be from July 13-Aug. 12 in 2019 during the Ueno Summer Matsuri
Old magazines and netsuke at the fair attracts attentions of visitors. The magazines published during and before the WW II reflect the state of things and conditions of the society of the times very well.
Netsuke is a pendant or toggle, fastened to the end of a cord attached to a purse, tobacco pouch, etc. They are carved out of wood, ivory, deer-horn and various other materials. Netsuke are carved in all manner of designs embracing Japanese history, religion, flolk-lore, the domestic life of the people, animal, etc. Netsuke was popular among the plebian during the latter part of the 17the century in Edo period. Netsuke sold here are cheap ones made of wood. They are made in China.
URL: Ueno Park /Ueno Kanko Renmei
Address: Ueno Koen (Park), Taito-ku
Access: Ueno Station on JR Yamanote Line.
Telephone: 03-3833-0030 (Ueno Kanko Renmei)
|Open-Air Antique Fair at Kasai Shrine outdoor (32)
|Open-Air Antique Fair at Kasai Shrine outdoor
The fair is held every month on the first Saturday except January and November. Next fair in April on 4.(Subject to change due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.)
Kanamachi, Katsushika-ku from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Some say most antique shops or flea markets at temples and shrines only deal junks. That may be true but the things they sell are cheap and the values of antiques differ by the interest of people. Visiting Japanese shrines and temples and looking around antique stalls may be a fun.
URL: Kasai Jinja
Address: 6-10-5 Toganecho, Katsushika-ku
Access: 15 minutes walk from Kanamachi Station on JR Joban Line.
Telephone: 048-995-4840 (Ogasawara)/ 03-3607-4560 (Kasai Shrine)
|Antique Fair at Gokokuji Temple outdoor (33)
| Antique Fair at Gokokuji Temple outdoor
The fair is held every month on the second Saturday. The next fair in April on 11 is undecided. About 100 dealers open their stalls from early morning to 4 p.m.
Looking around stalls and finding different items from ones you use in your country will be a fun and a good way to learn about different cultures and histories. The picture in the right is Fukusuke - a popular toy (in old Japan) in the shape of a dwarf with a big head used as an ornament and often seen as a shop sign. It was believed to bring luck.
The 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. II. It is worth seeing.
URL: Gokokuji Kottoichi
Address: 5-40-1 Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku
Access: Gokokuji Station on Subway Yurakucho Line
Telephone: Contact 080-3697-9790/ Gokokuji 03-3941-0764
|Antique Fair at Hanazono Shrine outdoor (34)
| Antique Fair at Hanazono Shrine outdoor
is held every Sunday (except the days of the shrine festivals and Dec. 27-Jan. 3) from early morning to 4 p.m.
Fairs are cancelled for the time being due to the outbrek of corona virus.
Hanazono Shrine is the largest shrine in Shinjuku district and has been known as the guardian of Shinjuku. It was established during the Edo period. Today, the shrine is located near the red light district of Kabukicho. A feeling of out of place about the location of the shrine disappears when visitors enter the shrine compound - it is very quiet as other shrines are and does not fail to give people comforts.
Hanazono Aozora Kottoichi
Address: 5-17-3 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Access: 3 minutes walk from Shinjuku San-chome Station on Subway Marunouchi Line and 7 minutes walk from Shinjuku Station on JR Yamanote Line and Chuo Line.
Telephone: 03-3209-5265 (Hanazono Shrine)/ 090-2542-0291 (Nabemura)
|Antique Fair at Nogi Shrine outdoor (35)
|Antique Fair at Nogi Shrine outdoor
The fair is held every month on the fourth Sunday from early morning to 3:30 p.m. with about 40 dealers. For a reason dense population of foreigners in this area (Akasaka and Roppongi), foreign visitors are often seen at this antique fair. Next fair is undecided due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Nogi Shrine is 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 the Emperor Meiji in 1912, he and his wife took their lives.
He was one of the greatest heroes of Japan until before the World War II. The residence of Gen. Nogi where he and his wife took their lives remains in good contions on the ground of the shrine.
URL: Nogi Jinja Kottoichi
Address: 8-11-27 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Access: Nogizaka Station on Subway Chiyoda Line (Exit 1)
Telephone: 0426-91-4687 (Mr. Takiguchi), 090-3315-4929 (on the day), 03-3478-3001 (Nogi Jinja Shrine)
|Yamato Promenade Antique Market outdoor (36)
| Yamato Promenade Antique Market outdoor
The fair is held on the third Saturday every month with more than 200 shops from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The next fair is cancelled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The fair probably is one of 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.
The city is close to Yokohama and many traders come from Kanagawa. Yamato is adjacent to Atsugi and they used to have many items from the U.S. Naval Station but not very much since the Sept. 11according to a trader.
Access: 0 minute from Yamato Station on Odakyu Enoshima Line and Sotetsu Line
Telephones: 090-8856-9108 (headquarter)/ 090-2314-3646 （Koshuya)
|Takahata Fudo "Gozareichi" Antique Fair outdoor (37)
|Takahata Fudo "Gozareichi" Antique Fair outdoor is held on the 3rd Sunday every month with about 120 shops from 7 a.m.
to 4 p.m. The next fair in March is cancelled.
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).
Takahata Fudo is a popular temple and on a fete day, every month on the 28th, the temple is crowded with visitors.
Access: Takahata Fudo Stn. on Keio Line
Telephone: 090-3314-1994 (Kokune) 042-591-0032 (Takahata Fudo Temple)
|Tama Antique Fair outdoor (38)
|Tama Antique Fair outdoor
The fair is held at Suwa Shrine in Tachikawa on the 4th Sunday every month but August. The next fair in April on 26 Undecided.
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. The fair takes place at Tachikawa Suwa Shrine in the south of JR Tachikawa Station from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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..
About 50 shops display and sell Japanese antiques, old books and magazines, kimonos, old toys and dolls, arts and more.
URL:Tachikawa Suwa Shrine
Access: 10 minutes walk from the south exit of JR Tachikawa Station on Chuo Line.
Telephone: 042-576-5753 (Chuodo)/042-522-5806 (Tachikawa Suwa Shrine)
Parking lot for 80 cars.
|Setagaya Boroichi (Flea Market) outdoor (39)
|Setagaya Boroichi (Flea Market) outdoor
The fair is held every year on the same days of the months on Dec. 15 and 16, and on Jan. 15 and 16.
Boroichi Dori (Street), 1-chome, Setagaya, Setagaya-ku
This is Setagaya's most famous traditional winter event. During the fair, Boroichi Dori (Street) is lined up with hundreds of stalls (as many as 750) featuring second-hand items, clothing, plants, and a variety of other goods. The event has a history of more than 400 years. In 1578, the Lord Hojo Ujimasa authorized a tax-free market at this place. At first, farmers brought old clothes, used furnitures, agricultural products, farming equipments, etc. Boro means rags in Japanese. People brought scraps of cloth which could be used for patching their clothes or for weaving the thongs used in waraji (straw sandals).
Along the street is a thatched-roofed Daikan Yashiki (residence of a local governor) which was built in 1727 by Oba Morimasa.
URL: Setagaya Boroichi
Time: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Access: Setagaya Station or Kamimachi Station on Tokyu Setagaya Line from Sangenjaya Station.
03-3429-1829 (Setagaya Boroichi Hozonkai - Heritage Association)
|KAPPABASHI DOUGU STREET indoor
Kappabashi Dougu Street is located in Tokyo's Taito City (ward), along the west side of Asakusa's entertainment district, and just midway between Ueno and Asakusa. At Kappabashi, one can find almost every kind of restaurant equipment imaginable. Along about 800 meters (nearly a half-mile) long street, there are over 170 shops which is Japan's largest shopping street devoted to kitchen implements. Though most of them are kitchen utensils shops, there are several good antique shops as well and are many shops trading traditional Japanese kitchen and table wares. It is worth visiting for antique fans. See also KAPPABASHI page for complete pictures.
Kappabashi Dori, Taito-ku
Normally, shops are opening from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon through Fri (Opening 90% on Saturday and 30% on Sundays and holidays)(closed Dec. 30 through Jan. 3)
Access: Tawaramachi Station on Subway Ginza Line/ Asakusa Station on Tsukuba Express
Telephone: 03-3844-1225 (Tokyo Kappabashi Dougu Street Promotion Union)
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