Ohi Keibajo, also known as Ohi Racecourse or Tokyo City Flea Market, is a very popular flea market in Tokyo. As a matter of facts, it is the biggest of all flea markets in Tokyo held on a regular basis, and where flea market enthusiasts can find real bargains.
Hosted by the Tokyo citizens recycling society and held almost every week, Ohi Keibajo features around 600 booths and is technically more related to a US car boot sale, than to an antiques market. Therefore visitors should not expect to find traditional Japanese antiques like porcelain tableware, real vintage Kimonos, old furniture and traditional decor items like those sold at Shrines & temples flea markets.
Flea market merchants at the Ohi Keibajo mainly sell old worn out bric-a-brac, cookware, anime toys, clothes, video games, books, dvds, videos, rusty tools, watches, second hand clothes, bags, tools, knick knacks, old electronic and other assorted paraphernalia. Basically the same products one would find at a car boot sale in Europe or in the US, only with a Japanese flavour.
Ohi Keibajo can nonetheless be a true goldmine for travelers visiting Tokyo for the first time, and eager to discover the Japanese culture they were acquainted with through mangas and other TV shows.
All in all, with so many stalls you lose count of and prices as low as ¥100 for anything, Ohi Keibajo really puts all that shopping around Tokyo for thousands of yen into perspective.
Antiquing Tip Of The Day
Get to the flea market before sunrise. I have struck some of my biggest gold in the dark hours of the morning, so I don’t think twice about paying sometimes a $20 early-admission fee. You have to spend money to make money.
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