Aand back to day two again when we tried and failed to go to the Tokyo City Flea Market. This time though, it was actually open… what a relief!
We spent the entire day here actually. The market is huge! Its situated underneath, and outside of an carpark, which really helps in the hot sticky tokyo summer climate.
Tokyo City Flea Market
The market is located at the Oi Racecourse, which requires you to take two trains from Shinjuku station. We needed to change over at the airport terminal in order to reach this place. Once outside the Oikeibajo-Mae Station, take a left outside and walk straight. You will eventually see signs like this:
I love flea markets. The thrill of digging around for stuff that you find interesting or useful is what gets me. Coupled with street food in market stalls and im SOLD!
What amazed me about this flea market though (and flea markets in Japan in general) is the electronics that are being sold. What you would never see back home (In Australia anyway) are things like walkmans, MD players, laptops and computers, and video games like Wii’s, super nintendos, gameboys, the lot! I guess this has to do with the fact that there is so much electronics in Japan, and the turnover for the stuff is massive, leading to a huge second hand market. It was tempting to buy things like MD players just for the hell of it, but i had to keep reminding myself that i would have nothing to do with it at home.
Electronics aside, the place was a mecca for finding toys of all kinds. Some guy was selling boxes of Gundam assembly kits in pretty dusty condition. Alot of them looked pretty old.
This one was one of my favourite stalls. The guy had a whole corner selling Space Jam toys! Around Y1000 each!
Of course, in a long ass day we had to have snacks. Here is a chicken kebab, Japanese style 🙂
Back to Asakusa
Several purchases and hours later, we decided it was time to head back. The great thing about staying in Asakusa is the number of nearby restaurants just out the door. We settled on this place named Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu in one of the shopping streets nearby, as we were graving tempura.
The place has an English menu with pictures, so its super easy to order. The tempura is served a bit differently than I’m used to. Normally you get the tempura with a side of soy and radish dipping sauce. The tempura here is pre-dipped into a strong soy sauce and served with the rice in a bowl. Foods delicious, thats all thats important!
Summary of Places Visited:
Tokyo City Flea Market (Oi Racecourse)
1 140 0012, 1 Chome-6-26 Katsushima, Shinagawa, Tokyo 140-0012, Japan
Shitamachi Tendon Akimitsu
1-26-5 Asakusa | ROX3G, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture