Hanazono-Jinja Shrine – 花園神社青空骨董市

A flea market offering an interesting selection of antiques ranging from small furniture to collectibles like old coins

The Antique Fair at Hanazono Shrine is held every week and hosts between 25 and 30 flea market booths. This flea market offers an interesting selection of antiques ranging from small furniture to collectibles like old coins.

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.

The Antique Fair at Hanazono Shrine is located 3 minutes away by foot from Shinjuku-sanchome Sta. on the Marunouchi and Toei Shinjuku Subway Lines, and 7 minutes away from Shinjuku Sta. (East Exit) on the JR Yamanote and Chuo Lines.

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    2 reviews

    1. My advice is to get to Hanazono-Jinja Shrine early while there are still bargains to be had, but even near closing time there is something for any taste, and at prices well below anything you can find in mainstream stores. My husband bought a century old print of a geisha, and I bought a wood carving.

    2. You definitely need to sort through the junk, and perhaps nothing left is really ‘antique’, but has cultural significance at least. There are rolled up paintings, scripts, and other memorabilia. There was one couple selling kimonos and yukatas for women and men, and they even dressed a visitor, too. There were also rolls of kimono fabric for sale. Then the bells, masks, sculptures, bracelets and other odds and ends you’d expect at a flea market.

      If anything, the prices were slightly lower than other places I visited on my trip, especially when you’re not willing to spend hundreds of USD or tens of thousands of Yen on newer kimonos, and it can go up ten times as much for better quality pieces.

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