Discover Nagoya’s Flea Markets

Nagoya  offers a range of flea markets where you can find everything from antiques to fashion. Visiting these markets is not only a great shopping experience but also an opportunity to discover the vibrant diversity of the city. Here’s a guide to the must-visit flea markets in Nagoya:

Osu Kannon Temple Flea Market

Osu Kannon Temple was moved by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612. The current main temple was rebuilt in 1970. The Flea Market at Osu Kannon is held twice a month. It has around 60 stalls offering eclectic and unique wares. There is a kimono stall. Most vendors are seasoned veterans, but it’s worth having a keen eye to spot real deals. The Osu Shopping Arcade is nearby. The karage, roasted chicken, and pizza place are highly recommended.

  • Frequency: Held on the 18th and 28th of every month.
  • Features: A selection of antiques, art, and household items.
  • Experience: A unique opportunity to combine shopping with a spiritual visit to the temple.
  • Osu Kannon (google)
  • Website 

Oasis 21 Farmers Organic Morning Market

If you’re looking for fresh, organic produce such as potatoes, carrots, cabbages, or other fruits and vegetables, you might want to check out the farmers’ market at Oasis 21. Every Saturday morning, around 20 tables and stalls are set up in front of Starbucks, where you can find farmers and their family members selling their produce. Although you may not always find rare items such as kale, they always offer a variety of seasonal produce. Moreover, the farmers are very friendly, making the experience even more pleasant.

  • Oasis 21 Farmers Organic Morning Market
  • Held every Saturday from 8:30 – 11:30.
  • Oasis 21 (Google)

Mammoth Flea Market at Port Messe Nagoya

Nagoya hosts an annual flea market, which is one of the largest of its kind in Japan, attracting bargain hunters from all over. This mammoth market boasts over 1,500 sellers, making it a great place to spend the entire day. Visitors can enjoy a food corner with food trucks and a stage featuring various forms of entertainment.

  • When: Annually, October 7/8 2023
  • Entry Fee: ¥1100 for adults.
  • Booths: Approximately 4,000 booths offering over 1,500 sellers, a variety of goods, entertainment, and food options.
  • Goods: Specializes in secondhand electronics, fashion, and nostalgic Japanese toys.
  • Location: Port Messe 2-2 Kinjofuto, Minato Ward, Nagoya, Aichi 455-0848. Google Maps
  • Features:
  • Website

Higashi Betsuin Morning Market

Higashi Betsuin is a significant Buddhist temple belonging to the Jodo Shinshu sect. It spread the sect’s ideology in the Chubu region and is a hub for religious and cultural events. The temple features traditional Japanese temple designs with Jodo Shinshu elements. It hosts cultural festivals, educational programs, and a morning market.

  • Schedule: 8th, 18th, and 28th each month, 10:00 – 14:00.
  • Location: Higashi Betsuin Temple grounds.
  • Variety: Handicrafts, jewelry, clothes, decorations, and food items like bread, cakes, and lunch options.

Nittaiji Temple Market “Kobo Ennichi”

Nittai-Ji Temple was built in 1904 to house the ashes of the Gauthama Buddha, which were gifted to Japan by King Chulalongkorn of Thailand. The temple was named the “Japan-Thai Temple” to commemorate the friendly relations between the two countries. The temple is known for its 15-meter Gandala-style Taian Pagoda, which houses the relics given to Japan. On the 21st day of every month, Nittai-Ji Temple hosts a farmer’s market. Although not strictly an organic market, it is larger than the weekly market held at Oasis 21 and offers good deals on a wider variety of seasonal vegetables. You can get even better deals if you are willing to buy in larger volumes.

  • Frequency: 21st of the month, 9:00 – 14:00.
  • Location: Street leading from Kakuozan Station to Nittaiji Temple. Nittai-Ji Temple (google)
  • Products: Food, Bonsai trees, clothing, art, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Koshoji Temple Ennichi

Koshoji Temple is an important Soto Zen Buddhist temple. The temple complex features traditional Japanese Buddhist architecture, and its garden embodies the Zen Buddhist principles of simplicity and harmony with nature. The temple provides a space for Zen meditation and spiritual practices and hosts cultural events and festivals throughout the year, serving as a community hub. On the 5th and 13th day of each month, a traditional temple fair is held at Koshoji Temple in Yagoto. The fair features many stalls around the temple grounds, making it an enjoyable and traditional Ennichi experience.

  • Schedule: 5th and 13th of the month, 10:00 – 15:00.
  • Location: Koshoji Temple in Yagoto. Kōshō-Ji Temple (google)
  • Type: Traditional Ennichi with various stalls around the temple grounds.
  • Website

Yagoto Koshoji Marche

Kōshō-Ji Temple was established in the 17th century by the beloved Tokugawa clan of Nagoya. The temple and the graveyard are located in the lush woodlands of Yagoto Hill. The temple complex is made up of wooden structures, including a five-story pagoda that was completed in 1808. Kōshō-Ji Temple hosts a monthly farmer’s market on the 21st of each month, similar to the one held at Nittai-Ji.

  • Date: 21st of the month, 10:00 a.m. – 15:00.
  • Location: Koshoji Temple grounds. Kōshō-Ji Temple (google)
  • Focus: Fresh vegetables, homemade bread, cakes, and handmade items.
  • Website 

Kanayama Marche

The market is held on the third weekend of every month, just outside the south exit of Kanayama General Station. Here, you can find various agricultural products and processed foods unique to the producers. Moreover, we sell products to support the reconstruction of the Tohoku disaster area. The surrounding area is filled with great shopping and dining options, making it a great place to visit.

  • When: 3rd weekend of the month, 10:00 – 16:00.
  • Location: South side of Kanayama Station.  Kanayama Station (Google)
  • Specialties: Agricultural products, convenience food.

Tsuitachi Ichi Marche

  • Frequency: 1st of the month, 10:00 – 16:00.
  • Location: South exit of Kanayama Station.  Kanayama Station (Google)
  • Concept: Similar to Kanayama Marche, focusing on a variety of products.

Jiyugaoka Plaza Marche

  • Timing: 2nd Saturday of the month, 10:00 – 16:00.
  • Location: East side of Jiyugaoka Station.  Jiyugaoka Station (Google)
  • Products: Freshly made foods and handcrafted items.

Meijo Park Tonarino Marche

Meijo Park Market is a colorful and exciting market located near Nagoya Castle in Japan. With 30 to 40 stalls, the market offers a diverse range of products, including handmade crafts and delicious food served from charming food trucks and stalls. The market is held outdoors in the spacious and green Meijo Park, providing a refreshing shopping and leisure experience.

  • Schedule: 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 10:00 – 16:00.
  • Location: Meijo Park, north of Nagoya Castle. Meijo Park (Google)
  • Attractions: 30-40 stalls with restaurant cars, handmade crafts, and fashion.

Creators Market

Are you looking for a unique shopping experience? Look no further than The Creator’s Market! This event allows visitors to connect directly with creators by exhibiting and selling original, handmade works. With a wide range of genres represented – including fashion, illustration, photography, art, food, furniture, and more – there’s something for everyone to discover at The Creator’s Market. Don’t miss out!

  • Dates: 17th and 18th of June and 10th and 11th of December 2023.
  • Location: Port Messe Minato Ward, Nagoya. Google Maps
  • Highlights: Over 2,000 booths with art, crafts, interior design, furniture, and a food court.
  • Website

Marche Nagoya

Marche Nagoya is a dedicated website that serves as a comprehensive guide to the various markets, or ‘marchés,’ in Nagoya, Japan. This website is an invaluable resource for both locals and tourists interested in exploring the vibrant market scene of Nagoya. Each market offers a unique glimpse into Nagoya’s local culture and lifestyle. Whether you’re a collector, a fashion enthusiast, or simply looking for a unique experience, Nagoya’s flea markets have something to offer for everyone.

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