Little TF felt kind of crummy last night, so the rest of the Iris Festival update will have to wait. In the meantime, bookmark this page right now. This is possibly the most valuable flea market information that I've ever come across!
Antique/Flea Markets in Tokyo & its Vicinity
TIC, Jan. 2010
Japanese pipes for sale at a flea market.
In case of rain, open-air antique/flea markets are usually cancelled.
Dates and hours are subject to change without notice.
Arai Yakushi Temple Add.: 5-3-5, Arai, Nakano-ku, Tokyo Access: 5 min. walk from Araiyakushi-mae Sta. on Seibu-Shinjuku Line or 15 min. walk from JR Nakano Sta. Dates: Antique Markets: 1st Sun. of Feb. - Dec., 5:00. to 15:30 .and 2nd Sun. of Jan. 9:00 to 16:00.(Temple festival or En-nichi: 8th, 18th, 28th day of each month, from around 10 am to dusk)
Nogi Shrine Add.: 8-11-27, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo Access: 1 min. walk from Nogizaka Sta. on Subway Chiyoda Line Dates: 2nd Sun. of the month except Nov., 8:00 to 15:00k URL:http://www.nogijinja.or.jp/
Yasukuni Shrine Add.: 3-1-1, Kudankita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: 3 min. walk from Kudanshita Sta. on Subway-Tozai Line or Toei Shinjuku Line Dates: Every Sun. of the month, 6:30 to 15:30.
Hanazono Shrine Add.: 5-17-3, Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo Access: 5 min, walk from Shinjuku 3-chome Sta. on Subway Marunouchi or Toei Shinjuku Line Dates: Every Sun., 6:00 to 15:00 (but not every Sun. in May because of "Reitai-sai" festival, nor in November because of "Tori-no-ichi" fair)
Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine Add.: 1-20-3, Tomioka, Koto-ku, Tokyo Access: 3 min. walk from Monzen-Nakacho Sta. or Kiba Sta., both on Subway Tozai Line Dates: 1st Sun (except Jan.), 2nd Sun. and 4th Sun (except 28th) of each month, 7:00 to 16:00
Myohoji Temple (about 100 dealers) Add.: 3-48-8, Horinouchi, Suginami-ku, Tokyo Access: 10 min. walk from Koenji Sta., JR or Subway Marunouchi Line Dates: Every 2nd and 3rd Sun. of each month, 7 am - 4 pm
Gokokuji Temple Add.: 5-40-1, Otsuka, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Access: 1 min. walk from Gokokuji Sta. on Subway Yurakucho Line Dates: 2nd Sat. of the month, 8:00 to 14:00
Oedo Antiques Fair (about 250 dealers. One of the largest open-air markets in Japan) Add.: Tokyo International Forum, 3-5-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Access: 1 min. walk from D5 Exit of Yurakucho Sta. on JR Yamanote Line or Subway Yurakucho Line Tel: 03-5805-1093 Dates: Every 1st & 3rd Sun. of the month, 9 am - 4 pm URL:http://www.antique-market.jp
Salvation Army Bazaar Add.: 2-21-2, Wada, Suginami-ku, Tokyo Tel: 03-3384-3769 (Kyuseigun Danshi Shakai Hoshi Center, English spoken but not always). Access: 15 min. walk from Nakano-fujimicho Sta. on Subway Marunouchi Line (near The Salvation Army Booth Memorial Hospital and a church) Dates: every Sat., 9 am - 2 pm (But it would be cancelled around year-end season).
Takahatafudo-gozare-ichi Add.: 733, Takahata, Hino-shi, Tokyo Access: 3 min. walk from Takahatafudo Sta. on Keio Line Dates: Every 3rd Sun. of the month, 7:00 to 16:00
ANTIQUE SHOPPING MALL
Antique Mall Ginza (One of the biggest antique stores in Japan) Tel: 03-3535-2115 Add.: 1-13-1, Davinci Bldg., Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo Access: 2 min. walk from Ginza 1-chome Sta. on Subway Yurakucho Line or 3 min. walk from Kyobashi Sta. on Subway Ginza Line Hours: 11 am - 7 pm, Closed on Wed. URL:http://www.antiques-jp.com/
Information courtesy of the Japan National Tourism Agency. Last updated in January of 2010. It's hard to find English tips on where to find these sales, so if you have a more recent link to information, please let me know!
Disclaimer: I do my best to make sure all my information is accurate. However, details may change or I may just be flat-out wrong. Please let me know if something needs a correction. Thank-you!