Tokyo International Forum – 東京国際フォーラム会場

The largest outdoor Antique market in Japan, with more than 250 dealers selling a variety of traditional Japanese artifacts

Held twice a month, the Tokyo International Forum (also known as Oedo Antique Market), is said to be the largest outdoor Antique market in Japan. This flea market hosts up to 250 dealers, who sell a variety of traditional Japanese artifacts. It is therefore a great place to pick up items like antique padlocks, second hand Kimonos, trinkets, obis, dishes, fabrics, pottery, knick-knacks, and old furniture.

Super central, easily accessible by train and convenient for people who live or are staying in downtown Tokyo, the Oedo Antique Market at the Tokyo International Forum, makes for a great Sunday market for visitors looking for traditional or unusual Japanese goods. And even though there are definitely a lot more tourists than in the past, prices are still decent and many vendors speak a little English.

Talking about merchants, they will naturally bargain. But not excessively. Also the Oedo Antique Market at the Tokyo International Forum is best when visited early in the morning, as by about lunchtime it gets really crowded – visitors might even experience difficulties to find a place to eat, as all restaurants in the area are full around that time.

All in all, it is generally worth missing some of Tokyo’s more ‘done’ attractions to check this one out.

Antiquing Tip Of The Day

Collect things you love, that are authentic to you, and your house becomes your story.

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4 reviews

  1. This market sells antiques, crafts, knick-knacks, used items and all sorts of things you thought you didn’t need but can’t quite resist. I always enjoy the many pre-loved obi on sale for as low as 500 yen. They can be converted to beautiful table runners or bedspread accents. Lots of sellers and a fun and casual atmosphere. You never know what treasure you’ll unearth. Open alternate Sundays throughout the year.

  2. Great Sunday market if you’re looking for traditional or unusual Japanese goods. Both locations (Tokyo International Forum and Yoyogi Park) are easily accessible by train. There are definitely a lot more tourists than in the past, but prices are still decent and many vendors speak a little English. It’s a great place to pick up used kimono, obi, dishes, knick-knacks, furniture, etc.

  3. This market is large and has a lot of local Japanese artifacts, we purchased an antique padlock, a second hand Kimono and some trinkets, They will bargain but not excessively, by about lunchtime it got really crowded and we found it difficult to find a place to eat as all were full. If you like markets and they are hard to find in Tokyo this one is worth the effort

  4. If you’re a fan of teapots, antiquing and flea markets… this is definitely the place for you! Make sure you check the schedule ahead of time, as the market only runs a few Sundays a month. We managed to pick up a beautiful antique sake jug. Great for finding souvenirs that are a little bit unique.

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