Nori Akashi, Public Relations Manager
Japan National Tourist Organization
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New York, New York – June 2, 2009 Tokyo is already a major shopping district, but visitors can also get lost in the backstreet of Tokyo in search of rare antiques. Japan's megalopolis is full of antiques and other items that wouldn't be found anywhere else. Located between Shinto shrines, temples and modern urban architecture, open-air flea markets reflect Tokyo's local life as well as culture and history.
Here are several recommendations for travelers looking for the best places to ‘antique' during their stay:
Antique Mall Ginza
Located in the epic shopping district of Tokyo, this mall specializes in antique items including books, furniture, kimonos, fabrics, pottery and jewelry. Accommodating over 200 stores, Antique Mall Ginza is one of the biggest in Asia. The mall is open from 11am to 7pm (Closed on Wednesdays).
Da Vinci Building, 1-13-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 2 minute walk from Ginza 1-chome Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line, or 3 minute walk from Kyobashi Station on the Ginza Subway Line
Oedo Antiques Fair
With about 250 dealers, the Oedo Antiques Fair is one of the largest open-air markets in Japan. The market articulates over 400 years of Edo (today's Tokyo) in antiques displayed by dealers. The market takes place on the first and third Sunday of the month from 9am to 4pm at the prominent convention facility of Tokyo International Forum (3-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo).
Access: 1 minute walk from Yurakucho Station on the JR Yamanote Line or Yurakucho Subway Line
Salvation Army Bazaar
This British-born philanthropy organization is very familiar in Japan for their charitable thrift store, open to public every Saturday from 9am to 2pm (Closed during year-end holidays and New Year holidays).
2-21-2 Wada, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
Access: 10 minute walk from Nakano-Fujimicho Station on the Marunouchi Subway Line
Although known more for pop culture in recent years, the Harajuku district is still one of the popular neighborhoods with antique markets. Here are some great places to check out:
On the first Sunday of the month from 5am to 3pm
1-5-3 jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Access: 3 minute walk from JR Harajuku Station or 5 minute walk from Meiji-Jingumae Station on Chiyoda Subway Line
On the second Sunday of the month (except November) from 6am to 3pm
8-11-27, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo ( www.nogijinja.or.jp Japanese only)
Second Sunday of the month (except for November) from 6am to 3pm
Access: 1 minute walk from Nogizaka Station on Chiyoda Subway Line.
During your next visit to Tokyo, make sure you visit some of these great shops for rare antiques.