Markets in Japan 市場

Guide to the best markets around Japan

In Japan, flea markets and other jumble sales regularly take place around temples and sanctuaries. Not to mention, both here and elsewhere, the merchants of the four seasons.

People jostle each other at flea markets. Sellers often sell junk and second-hand goods, sometimes even antiques, and potential buyers do not hesitate to bargain. It's quite the jumble sale.

Kimonos, vintage objects, crockery and other trinkets accumulate on the stalls. Other stands usually serve drinks and sweet or savoury foods to the market-goers. A visit to these popular events is an opportunity for one to experience Japan just like the inhabitants of the archipelago.

There are also food markets, outside the cellars of department stores and supermarkets. The halls of the Toyosu fish market in Tokyo, formerly known as Tsukiji, demonstrate, just like others in the provinces, the demand for quality and freshness of the products that professionals value highly.


Japan's flea markets

  • Tokyo's best flea markets
  • Shitennoji Flea Market in Osaka
  • Toji Flea Market in Kyoto
  • Oedo Antique Market flea market in Tokyo
Marché Tsukiji

L'ancien marché au poisson de Tokyo Tsukiji

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Les Marchés au Japon

Crowds of people in a street, lined with shops, shop and cafe signs.


Voices calling out from behind their stalls, traders dealing with customers. The smell of fresh fish, spices and candy tempt passersby. Welcome to Ameyayokocho. 

Des vendeurs de poisson au marché Tsukiji.

Tsukiji fish market

The world's largest fish market has rehearsed for decades its frenetic and nourishing dance to frenzied “tuna” every night.

Le marché aux poissons de Kii-Katsuura

Kii-Katsuura fish market

Kii-Katsuura, also called Nachi-Katsuura, is a fishing port in Wakayama prefecture which owes its fame to its thermal springs but also to its fish market.

Ameyoko, la plus célèbre des street food de Tokyo

Ameyoko, Tokyo's most famous street food market

Located between Ueno and Okachimachi stations, Ameyoko is Tokyo's most prominent street food market.