Flea Markets & Antique Markets in Kyoto
There are several popular flea markets held in Kyoto every month. If you visit Kyoto on 15th, 21th or 25th, please try and visit one of the flea markets. This experience is one of the interesting things to do at temple or shrine in Kyoto. You might find something a nice souvenir or your favorite goods there.
#1. Toji Temple flea market (Kobo-ichi market)
The Toji temple flea market is held on the 21st of each month from the early morning until around 4pm. This flea market is one of three major markets in Kyoto. We called “Kobo-ichi market (弘法市)” in Japanese. The Toji temple is well worth a visit because it is one of UNESCO world heritage sites.
When you pass through a temple gate, this market is bustling with many peoples. There are between about 1,200 and 1,300 shops selling all kinds of goods, second hand goods, clothes, tools, sculptures, pottery, toys, foods, art works and antiques.
The Kobo-ichi market is also popular for many kinds of Kimono and Obi. How about trying to find Kimono which suits you here?
Even if you don’t buy anything, this flea market and temple is amazing experience! Please take some time to visit this beautiful temple and flea market!
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Toji Temple flea market (Kobo-ichi market)
Address: 1 Kujo-cho, Minami, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Access: 10 minutes walk from Kintetsu Line “Toji” station or 15 minutes walk from Hachijo exit of JR Kyoto station
Date: On 21st of every month
Opening Hours: 5:00am ~ 4:00pm
Website: Toji Temple
#2. Tenjin-san flea market
The Tenjin-san flea market is held on the 25th of each month in the early morning at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. We called “Tenjin-san (天神さん)” in Japanese. There are about 1,000 shops selling all kinds of goods, second hand goods, pottery, toys, foods and kimonos in and around the shrine.
This market is popular for antique goods, used kimonos and vintage kimonos. You can find kimonos for 500 yen to 1,000 yen in this market. Be sure to check the size before you buy, if you find beautiful kimono. There are also a variety of foods on sale, such as vegetables, fresh fruits and local fast foods. Its big flea market and looks like festival atmosphere.
The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is also famous for having 2,000 plum trees. You can enjoy many beautiful plum flowers in full bloom in February and March.
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Address: Bakuro-cho, Kamigyo ward, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Access: Kyoto city bus number #50 or #101 from Kyoto station to Kitano Tenmangu-mae stop
Date: On 25th of every month
Opening hours: 6:00am ~ 4:00pm
Website: Kitano Tenmangu Shrine
#3. Tezukuri-ichi (Handmade flea market)
The Tezukuri-ichi (Handmade flea market) held on 15th of every month at Chionji Temple. This handmade flea market is my favorite market. This market is one of Kyoto’s three major markets. It has about 350 shops that sell all handmade goods, crafts, clothes, accessories and delicious handmade foods.
The market not selling antique goods and secondhand goods, only they can selling original handmade goods.
You can see variety of young designer work and original work. I especially recommend nice bags and clothes made from old kimono fabric.
I like to see these handmade goods, talk with young designer and enjoy atmosphere at this flea market. It’s very fun looking around at many shops! There are nice cafes, bakery shops and restaurants around Chionji temple. I recommend you visit early morning because some popular goods are sold out quickly.
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Address: 103 Tanaka Monzenchō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto city, Kyoto
Access: 15 minutes walk from Keihan Line Demachiyanagi Station
Dates: On 15th of every month
Opening Hours: 8:00am ~ 4:00pm
Website: Chion Temple (Japanese)
#4. Kamigamo Tezukuri-ichi (Kamigamo Handicraft Market)
The Kamigamo shrine handmade flea Market is held on the fourth Sunday of each month in the world heritage site Kamigamo Shrine. About 250 shops that sell all handmade goods, crafts, clothes, accessories, bags and handmade foods like bread and sweets.
There are many trees, a nice creek and grass area in this shrine, so it is like walking through a forest, nice to walk around. Some peoples have picnics on the grass and children enjoy wading in the creek. The peaceful atmosphere in this market is such a relaxed mood.
The Kamigamo shrine is big shrine, but quiet and with amazing traditional architecture. It is a good place where you can relax and pleasant enjoy your time here. I recommend this flea market if you like nature.
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Address: 339 Kamigamo-Motoyama, Kita Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Access: Kyoto city Bus number #4 or #46 from Kyoto Station to Kamigamo-jinja-mae
Date: The fourth Sunday of every month
Opening Hours: 9:00am ~ 4:00pm
Website: Kamigamo Tezukuri-ichi (Japanese)