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.
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