Toji Temple Flea Market has to be one of the few places on the planet where you can browse stacks of bargain used clothes and admire a UNESCO world heritage site at the same time.
The market on the 21 st of each month sees the area surrounding the temple transformed into a bustling bazaar of hundreds of stalls, with vendors selling everything from toys to ornaments and antiques.
Used clothes, particularly kimonos and kimono accessories, may be of particular interest to tourists.
Unlike the rest of Japan, a bit of good-mannered haggling is commonplace here. Most vendors will offer at least some discount if you ask politely.
Merchants begin to set out their wares in the early morning and stay until early evening at which point the market winds down.
After you’re finished browsing the stalls, the impressive Toji Temple is right next door. At 57 meters tall, the temple's pagoda is the highest in Japan, and one of the most recognisable symbols of the old imperial capital.
If you aren’t able to make the market on the 21st, a smaller antique market is held on the first Sunday of every month.
- (+82) 075-691-3325
- 1 Kujocho, Minami Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 601-8473
- The closest rail link to Toji Temple is Toji Station (Kintetsu Kyoto Line), with trains leaving from Trains leave from JR Kyoto Station. From Toji Station, here the market is a 3-minute walk away. The temple is also within easy walking distance of JR Kyoto Station. From the South Central exit, it can be reached in approximately 15 minutes.