Held on a monthly basis, the Antique Fair at Gokokuji Temple gathers around 25-40 dealers selling principally Japanese products. Travelers who are looking for typical Japanese items to bring back home, generally have a great deal of fun at the Gokoku-Ji Antique Fair.
Generally speaking, a trip to a Japanese flea market offers a good opportunity to learn about a different culture and history. The Gokoku-Ji Antique Fair used to be very busy until recently, as the number of vendors and shoppers visiting the flea market, seems to have dropped over the past year.
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 WWII.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
Don’t be intimidated to negotiate with vendors when appropriate, but be kind. A good rule of thumb is to ask for a discount of 15-20 percent and hope to land at 10 percent off.
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