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Shops

1. Antique Garage
The Antique Garage sells a broad assortment of antiques, most of which are imported from Europe, North America and Asia. Sometimes, in the rows of curios, you can even come across antique musical instruments. The store's name gives a fitting image. The interior of the store is often cluttered with lamps, tables, pieces of china and porcelain, glasses, and other odds and ends. But there are sometimes treasures mixed in with the more mundane pieces. You may even come across some of the distinctive Belle Epoque style furniture that was produced in Yokohama by "foreign" European or American craftsmen.
Address: 168 Yamashitacho Nishi-ku Yokohama City Kanagawa Prefecture 220-0007
Opening hours: 10am-8pm daily; closed Mon
Telephone: +81(0)45-681-6410
Neighbourhood: Nishi-ku
Nearest train: Ishikawacho Station- JR Negishi Line


2. K. Shimizu
K. Shimizu is a fascinating antique shop with elegant and expensive Western antiques in the historic and fashionable Motomachi shopping district. K. Shimizu features antiques imported from Europe and America, some of which may have been used in the homes of foreign residents on the Bluff above Motomachi. K. Shimizu has a fine collection of antique furniture, and Meiji-era lamps and lampshades. K. Shimizu also carries antique writing desks, secretaries, and bookcases. There is also a huge assortment of antique china, crystal and pewter.
Address: 1-31 Motomachi Naka-ku Yokohama City Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0861
Opening hours: 10am-8pm Tue-Fri; 10am-10pm Sat-Sun; closed Mon.
Telephone: +81(0)45-641-0918
Neighbourhood: Naka-ku
Nearest train: Ishikawacho Station-JR Negishi Line 


3. Sakai Kokodo
Sakai Kokodo is a wonderful antique gallery located on Yokohama's "Golden Half-Mile," Motomachi. Motomachi was the area where the first European and American families living in Yokohama were forced to settle. They established businesses along Motomachi and built many of their homes on the Bluff above.
Sakai Kokodo deals mainly in imported European and American antique furnishings. The shop's location in Yokohama's original foreign settlement lends an air of authenticity to the antiques and gives shoppers a sense that perhaps many of the antique items are from families of the original settlement. In addition to antique furniture, Sakai Kokodo carries Meiji-era lamps and lampshades, and a large assortment of china, porcelain, and crystal.
Address: 3-131Motomachi, Sakai Bldg 1F Naka-ku Yokohama City Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0861
Opening hours: 10am-8pm Tue-Sun; closed Mon.
Telephone: +81(0)45-321-7185
Neighbourhood: Naka-ku
Nearest train: Ishikawacho Station- JR Negishi Line


4. Hiroki
Confronted by a 1953 MG in the entranceway and a classic Harley within the store, you get the impression that the days when leather and furs were king are not gone. Along with the usual plethora of jackets, pants and shirts you can also find vests, bags, wallets and hats. Going back even further in time there is an old west corner devoted to cowboy apparel along with North American Indian jewelry and crafts. Be sure to check out the polar bear skin at the back!
11am-7pm Mon-Sat.
2-96 Motomachi
Naka ku
Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken
231-0861
Neighborhood: Naka-ku
Ishikawacho Station
+81-(0)45-681-1335 


Kyoto

1. Kitano Tenmangu
Dedicated to the spirit of Michizane, a ninth century scholar, Kitano Tenmangu or "Tenjin-san" is an extremely popular shrine with school children. They come by the coach-load from all over Japan to pray for success in school and university entrance exams. The large grounds also play host to a vast, popular flea market on the 25th of each month specializing in antiques, secondhand kimonos, furniture and even plants. Here you will encounter a real "Kyoto" experience. Come early, around 7.00am, for the best bargains. And do not forget to haggle!
Address: 931 Bakuro-cho Kamigyo-ku Kyoto 602-8386
Opening hours: 24 hours year round.
Telephone: +81 (0)75 461 0005
Neighbourhood: Kamigyo-ku
Nearest train: Imadegawa/ City Subway


2. Toji Temple Market
Held on the 21st of every month, Toji market attracts traders and bargain-hunters from all over Japan and abroad. A good place to find antique Japanese furniture as well as household items, clothes, plants, kimonos and just about everything in between. Be prepared to push and shove, so come early and bargain for the lowest prices. Cash only. There is also a smaller antiques-only market (Kyoto Toji Garakuta-ichi & Kobo-ichi) on the first Sunday of every month (Garakuta-ichi) and the 21 st day of each month (Kobo-ichi).
Address: 1 Kujo-cho Minami-ku Kyoto 601-8473
Opening hours: 7am-4pm
Telephone: +81 (0)75 672 6603
Neighbourhood: Minami-ku
Nearest train: Toji/ Kintetsu Line


3. Kyoto Morning Market
Set on the grounds of the fabulous Heian Shrine, the Kyoto Morning Market enables you to kill two birds with one stone: shop for souvenirs and enjoy the majestic splendor of one of Kyoto’s tourist attractions. The range of goods on sale here is impressive and ranges from locally grown fresh winter vegetables, through pickles and preservatives to rice crackers and candies, including some that you will find nowhere else on earth. You can also buy traditional handicrafts, ceramics and kimonos. Throughout the day, local artisans will be demonstrating their craft and other events will be staged.
start date: 2005-02-01
end date: 2005-02-28
9.30am-4pm 23-24 Feb.
Heian Jinja
Okazaki Nishitenno-cho, Sakyo-ku
Kyoto
606-8341
Neighborhood: Sakyo-ku
Higashiyama/Tozai Line
+81 (0)75 761 0221 


Shops


1. Antiques Furu Club
If you have got the time, drop in to this small, but fascinating, shop on the west side of Teramachi Street. Here you will find all manner of weird and wonderful antique clocks from many parts of the world: English, French, German, Chinese, Austrian and Japanese, to name but a few. Some English is spoken by the staff here to explain the intricacies of the merchandise.
Address: Teramachi Marutamachi sagaru Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 604-0995
Opening hours: 11am-6pm daily.
Telephone: +81 075 221 0082
Neighbourhood: Nakagyo-ku
Nearest train: Marutamachi/Keihan Line


2. Fujii Kei Shoten
Hina ningyo, the dolls exhibited in Japanese homes on Girls' Day, and musha ningyo, the boys' version, both new and old, are sold in this store on Nawate-dori in the antiques district. Be warned that some of the prices for the antique dolls can be high indeed, although they do make exquisite gifts. Apart from these items, netsuke (the carved toggles for purses) and kanzashi (hair ornaments) are also sold.
Address: Shinbashi Nawate dori Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605
Opening hours: 10am-8pm; closed Tue.
Telephone: +81 075 561 7863
Neighbourhood: Higashiyama-ku
Nearest train: Shijo/Keihan Line


3. Kyoto Antiques Center
Located on the east side of swish Teramachi Street within a small row of antique stores with green awnings, Kyoto Antiques Center offers a wide selection of upmarket, quality antiques from around the world. Large ceramic pieces and jars, fine stone and wooden statues, Asian and European clocks and furniture plus a collection of jewelry and smaller artifacts.
Address: Teramachi Nijo agaru Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 604-0915
Opening hours: 10.30am-7pm; closed Tue.
Telephone: +81 075 222 0793
Neighbourhood: Nakagyo-ku
Nearest train: Shiyakushomae/ Tozai Line


4. Kyoto Bazaar
Items at the top end of the antiques trade are to be found in this shop on Teramachi Street. Tables, traditional Japanese chests of drawers (tansu), winged cupids, vases and beautiful lamps are a few of the items for sale. Attached to the shop there is a jewelry section with items such as brooches of lapis lazuli set in gold. A typical price for such an object is JPY338,000. The prices may be high, but the selection is superb.
Address: Teramachi Nijo agaru Nakagyo-ku Kyoto 604-0915
Opening hours: 11am-7pm daily.
Telephone: +81 075 231 7312
Neighbourhood: Nakagyo-ku
Nearest train: Shiyakushomae/Tozai Line


5. Yakata Antiques
An elegant wooden machiya (Kyoto town house) has been converted into the perfect venue for this fascinating antiques shop. What's more, it is situated near Shinmonzen in the very heart of Gion's antiques quarter. Beautiful Japanese statues, ceramics, scrolls and geisha artifacts, including exquisite inlaid combs and tea ceremony objects d'art, are found here in abundance. The high prices reflect the high quality and craftsmanship of the pieces on display. Come to browse and you will most certainly be tempted to buy a souvenir of your visit to the ancient capital of Japan.
Address: Shinmonzen agaru higashi gawa Yawate, Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605-0088
Opening hours: 11am-6pm daily.
Telephone: +81 075 533 1955
Neighbourhood: Higashiyama-ku
Nearest train: Sanjo/ Keihan Line


6. Yamazoe Tenkodo
One of the few items, if not the only item, of decorative two-dimensional art found in a traditional Japanese home is embodied in the form of the hanging scroll. This is placed in an alcove called the tokonoma in the main room of the house, where guests are received. The scrolls are often changed with the seasons, so most homes would have four or more. This shop sells painted scrolls ranging in price from inexpensive to very costly indeed. The best pieces are kept at the back of the store.
Address: Sanjo sagaru, Yamato-oji dori Higashiyama-ku Kyoto 605-0089
Opening hours: 10am-6pm; closed Wed.
Telephone: +81 075 561 3064
Neighbourhood: Higashiyama-ku
Nearest train: Sanjo/Keihan Line


7. Nostalgic
Here are all sorts of weird and wonderful bric-a-brac and antiques: from toy cars to clocks, plastic penguins to original 1950s metal trays with unusual advertising. These items make excellent gifts and, now that we have entered the new millennium, the investment-conscious may well find certain of these objets increase in value over the coming years. A great place to browse.
11am-midnight daily.
Fuyacho-Takoyakushi sagaru
Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto
604-8057
Neighborhood: Nakagyo-ku
Kawaramachi/Hankyu Line
+81 (0)75 256 0022 


8. Kikuo Shoten Bookshop
Kikuo Shoten booksellers are an academic and antiquarian outlet on the west side of Kawaramachi. They stock a wide variety of Japanese and foreign books in both paperback and hardback. Kikuo also publishes a catalog of its foreign books as many of these volumes are stored in a separate stock room at the rear of the small, crammed shop. Kikuo has an interesting selection of old editions of books on Japan, which could be collectors' items but prices are higher than overseas, though the proprietors are open to a spot of haggling.
10am-7pm daily.
Sanjob agaru Kawaramachi
Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto
604-8005
Neighborhood: Nakagyo-ku
Kawaramachi/ Hankyu Line
+81 075 231 7634
Fax: +81 075 255 4436
kikuo@sc4.so-net.ne.jp 


9. Ueda & Co. Ltd
With the increasing use of digital photography, we are seeing bargains in the old 35mm, APS and medium-format cameras in the secondhand market. Ueda is the place for this, though new camera equipment is also sold at competitive prices. This shop is located on Kawaramachi, just south of Sanjo arcade. Come to browse and you may very well end up buying.
10am-7.30pm daily.
Sanjo-Kawaramachi sagaru
Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto
604-8034
Neighborhood: Nakagyo-ku
Shiyakusho-mae/Tozai line
+81 (0)75 221 4888
Fax: +81 (0)75 221 5467


10. Arte
Arte has a little bit of everything to brighten up you and your home. There are English antiques plus fascinating and unusual jewelry and accessories from around the globe--Tuareg pendants from North Africa, Mon tribal embroidery from Thailand and a variety of other ethnic goods and tribal accessories.
11am-8pm; closed Wed.
1F Libertas Bldg. Kawaramachi
Oike higashi iru@Nakagyo-ku
Kyoto
604-0924
Neighborhood: Nakagyo-ku
Shiyakushomae/ Tozai Line
+81 075 257 4422


11. Blue Parrot
This shop with the unusual name is the place to come if you are looking for beautifully restored wooden furniture. While the prices would not be described as low, here you might find a rare piece in great condition.
The types of furniture to be found here include chairs from the Meiji period to the present day, racks, cabinets, chaise lounges, very interesting chests and tables. You can walk straight in from the street, there is no front door, and peruse the goods or watch the restorers at work.
Blue Parrot has a smaller sister shop (Blue Parrot 2, nearer Marutamachi Station/Keihan Line; tel. 075 761 8681) where the staff put some of the items on sale on the sidewalk.
11am-8pm; closed Wed.
Marutamachi dori Higashioji higashi iru
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606
Neighborhood: Sakyo-ku
Marutamachi/Keihan Line
+81 (0)75 771 8002


12. Golden Years Antiques & Recycle
Despite David Bowie's connections with the city of Kyoto, he has never visited Golden Years. If he had, he might have been interested in the traditional furniture, such as the tansu (Japanese chests of drawers), or mingei (Japanese folk craft) that is sold in this shop on the road to the Japan Baptist Hospital. All manner of things can be found here: dolls, antique baskets, vases, plates, badges, video recorders, secondhand books, kimono and silk items to name but a few.
English spoken.
Noon-7pm daily.
Kami Ikedacho 25-1
Sharuman Mansion, Kitashirakawa
Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
606-8287
Neighborhood: Sakyo-ku
Mototanaka/Eizan Line
+81 (0)75 721 8178
Fax: +81 (0)75 721 8178


13. Konjyaku Nishimura
This is yet another one hundred year-old establishment selling cloth from a bygone age. Indeed, some of the indigo goods here are more than 300 hundred years old. Great souvenirs can be bought here in the form of ties, belts, purses or other accessories, which have been made up from antique textiles. Kimono and obi (the sash worn around the waist of a kimono) are also sold here.
English is spoken.
10am-6.30pm; closed Wed.
381 Moto-cho Yamato-oji higashi iru
Furumonzen dori Higashiyama-ku
Kyoto
605-0059
Neighborhood: Higashiyama-ku
Sanjo/Keihan Line
+81 075 561 1312


14. Kyoto Handicraft Center
One in eight tourists to Kyoto from overseas visits this six-story emporium, which opened in 1967. Many tour buses make a stop here. Overseas residents also find souvenirs here to give to friends and relatives, and it is easy to see why. A great range of goods is for sale: damascene, cloisonne, swords, kimonos, fans, Noh masks, antique and contemporary woodblock prints, lacquerware, pearls, pottery, cameras, books, dolls, multi-system video recorders, silk, kites and gold-leaf goods. There is even a handicraft school on the sixth floor. Free simple maps of the city are available. Ask at the information counter.
10am-7pm daily (Apr-Oct); 10am-5.30pm (Nov-Mar); closed 30 Dec-3 Jan.
Heian Jingu kita
Sakyo-ku
Kyoto
606-8323
Neighborhood: Sakyo-ku
Marutamachi/Keihan Line
+81 (0)75 761 5080
Fax: +81 (0)75 761 9281
khc@d1.dion.ne.jp 


15. Nakamura Chingire-Ten
Located in the heart of the Gion entertainment district, this is a fine place to wander into if you are interested in textiles. Besides the accessories such as ties, purses and handbags sold here, there is a selection of stenciled cotton bags and antique silk items, many of them hand-painted. The textiles are not only from Kyoto; they have been acquired by the Nakamura family from all parts of Japan for the last hundred years.
9am-8pm daily.
Sanjo minami-iru
Nawate dori
Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605
Neighborhood: Higashiyama-ku
Sanjo/Keihan Line
+81 075 561 4726


16. Tazawa Kobijutsu-Ten
In one of the areas where antique shops are in abundance, this shop specializes in glassware, especially from the Meiji period (1868-1912). In addition, there is a fine collection of Japanese ningyo (dolls), particularly from Kyoto, which are real collectors' items. The owner of the shop, Tazawasan, speaks English and will be glad to answer any of your questions concerning the antiques sold here.
11am-6.30pm daily.
Higashiyama dori nishi gawa
Sanjo sagaru, Higashiyama-ku
Kyoto, 605
Neighborhood: Higashiyama-ku
Higashiyama/Tozai Line
+81 075 561 3009


Nagasaki


Shops


1. Pure Circle Nagasaki Branch
This somewhat small, cluttered shop is a great place to get good deals on brand name clothing. Even if the clothes are used, most of them do not seem like it, and even if they do appear a little worn, the discounts are enough to make you look past the little flaws. Most of the brands on the racks here are ones that are usually difficult, if not impossible, to find in Nagasaki: Milk Boy, 20471120, Hysteric, and others.
12pm-7pm daily.
Sasano bldg. 1F
7-85 Motofuna
Nagasaki City
850-0035
O-hato
+81 (0)95 820 8202 


Nagoya

1. Osu Flea Market
Held rain or shine on the 18th and 28th of every month throughout the year, this market is fun to browse even without an intention to buy. You never know what you might find. It is a complete mishmash of genuine antiques and complete junk, fine art and kitsch, the truly useful and the totally frivolous. Most dealers are seasoned veterans, so real deals can be hard to find, but the occasional gem does shine through. Popular with international visitors looking for out-of-the-ordinary souvenirs. Nearby is the Osu shopping arcade with its own singular atmosphere.
Address: 2-21-47 Osu Naka-ku Nagoya Aichi 460-0011
Opening hours: early morning-early afternoon, 18th & 28th monthly.
Telephone: +81 (0)52 231-6535
Neighbourhood: Naka-ku
Nearest train: Osu Kannon Station


Shops

1. Good Will
There are a large number of computer shops within the Osu shopping district, and this is one of the more successful, with numerous, smaller specialized outlets in the area, as well as branch stores in other cities around Nagoya. The main store has a full range of new computers, peripherals, accessories, parts, software and books, and prices are comparable to other shops in the district (which are very cheap, indeed). Particularly interesting are the different, smaller outlets belonging to Good Will, all within a short walking distance, dedicated to specific products: used computers, used software, PC parts, Macs, etc.
Address: 3-18-21 Osu Naka-ku Nagoya Aichi 460-0011
Opening hours: 9am-8pm, daily
Telephone: +81 (0)52 249 3874
Nearest train: Osu Kannon Station
URL: http://www.goodwill.co.jp/


2. P-Can Fudge
This is a great (and cheap!) place to stay with your buddies. It has more of the feel of a hostel than a hotel. The hotel was built in 1972, and has community showers and baths for one. The rooms are small with limited amenities, but some can be connected to create triples (or however many people you want to secretly pile in). There is also an earthy restaurant which, like the hotel, is affordable. A coin laundry makes extended stays a little easier, too.
Address: Shin-imaike Bldg. 1F 3-33-8 Uchiyama, Chikusa-ku Nagoya Aichi 464-0850
Opening hours: 11am-8pm (closed Tue).
Telephone: +81 (0)52 731 3002
Nearest train: Imaike Station


3. Komehyo
One of Nagoya’s largest, oldest and most successful kaitori (buy and resell shops), Komehyo is currently doing a thriving business with the economy encouraging people to look for deals. A wide variety of brand goods, jewelry, accessories, cameras, computers, musical instruments, appliances, etc., both new and used, can be found here. Used items come with a trustworthy shop warranty, the length of which varies with the age and condition of the item.
disabled access.
10am-7pm, closed Wed.
3-25-31 Osu
Naka-ku
Nagoya, Aichi
460-0011
Osu Kannon Station
+81 (0)52 242 0088


Okinawa

1. The MCCS (Marine Corps Community Services) flea markets
Service members and their families sell everything from clothes to children's toys, to household items.
The MCCS flea markets are scheduled every weekend. The first flea market of the month is held at Camp Foster, the second one is at Camp Courtney, the third one is at Camp Kinser, and the flea market returns here to Courtney on the fourth weekend
Hours of operation are from 12 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Camp Foster and Camp Kinser, and from 7-10 a.m. on Camp Courtney. For more information about the flea market, please call 636-3569/3535.
www.mccsokinawa.com


Osaka

Shops


1. Clip
This is not a store with music and related clothing. It is actually a casual clothing store that also sells records and CDs. The clothing is primarily casual, though very stylish and urban--and hence, particularly popular among young people. The music selection is not as expansive as Virgin, also located within the Hep Five shopping center, but the prices are comparable. And among the records, you might discover a few hard-to-find gems.
Address: Hep Five 6F 5-15 Kakuda-cho, Kita-ku Osaka 530-0017
Opening hours: 11am-9pm; closed 3rd Thu of every month.
Telephone: +81 (0)6 6366 3751
Nearest train: Osaka Station


2. DJ's Store
The owner is a DJ himself so you can be certain he knows what a "DJ store" should have: a fantastic selection of vinyl recordings, with rare and unusual records of unknown beats a necessity. In all, you will find about 2,500 records on the shelves, spanning the many genres. You can acquire some for under JPY1,000, while rarities will cost several thousand yen. Best of all, you can listen to the records before you buy them. If you have records to sell, the owner may buy them from you.
Address: 2-17-13 Nishi-shinsaibashi Chuo-ku Osaka 542-0086
Opening hours: 1pm-9pm daily.
Telephone: +81 (0)6 6213 3423
Nearest train: Shinsaibashi Station


3. HMV (Shinsaibashi)
Tower Records is considered by many the music superstore king in Japan, but HMV brings much doubt to that claim. The selection of CDs available is one of the largest in the city, with many sale prices on new releases. There are also numerous listening booths where you can listen to all the latest Japanese and Western renderings. The store also partners up with the highly popular FM Radio 802 every month and brings in a major artist. Another plus about HMV is that it is conveniently located in the OPA shopping complex in the Nishi-shinsaibashi area.
Address: OPA Shinsaibashi 8F 1-4-3 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku Osaka 542-0086
Opening hours: 11am-9pmThu-Tue.
Telephone: +81 (0)6 6258 3900
Nearest train: Shinsaibashi Station


4. Mandarake
With stores in most major cities across Japan, Mandarake has established itself as the leading comic-book and magazine warehouse in the country. This branch--Osaka's main branch--is like most others in major cities: enormous. There are literally dozens and dozens of rows of comic books--for men, women and children--magazines, posters and artwork. Serious collectors can also find some valuable pre-war items here as well, including antique toys. The staff are well informed and ready to help.
Address: 9-28 Doyama-cho Kita-ku Osaka 530-0027
Opening hours: 12pm-8pm daily.
Telephone: +81 (0)6 6363 7777
Nearest train: Osaka Station


5. Comfort
The head shop of four of almost the same name, all in the same area selling very new-looking second-hand designer clothes for about half the new price. The shop itself is a far cry from your usual grungy second-hand shop and is indistinguishable in terms of presentation, decor and service from any other designer clothing shop. It is definitely worth a look in before you go spending too much on something brand new.
Address: Avenue Shinsaibashi Building 4F 2-18-6 Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku Osaka 542-0086
Opening hours: 11am-8pm
Telephone: +81 (0)6 6211 4472
Nearest train: Shinsaibashi Station
URL: http://www.comfort-jp.com


6. Kind
Second-hand clothing stores are ubiquitous in Ame-mura, but this one stands above the rest--literally. It is three floors (the fourth is open during special sales!) of what most people prefer to call "recycled goods." Actually, most of the goods are as good as new, but simply did not sell elsewhere...or their origins are mysterious. Whatever the case, bags, shirts, skirts and more are cheap and sometimes radical in colors and design.
Address: it Bldg 1-3F 2-18-9 Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku Osaka 542-0086
Opening hours: 11am-8pm daily.
Telephone: +81 (0)6 6484 0123
Nearest train: Shinsaibashi Station 



Sapporo


Shops 

1. Mamegura
Probably one of the best souvenirs you could buy to take back from Japan is a kimono. New kimonos, however, are very expensive--beyond the budget of most travelers. Therefore, why not buy a used one? This wonderful old shop specializes in used kimonos and Japanese fabrics. It stocks a particularly wide range of kimonos for all occasions. The clothes stocked here may be used, but they are certainly not rags. In fact, some of them are in excellent condition and in many cases could pass for new. Prices start at JPY5,000 for kimonos and JPY200 for small pieces of fabric.
11am-6pm daily (closed irregularly).
Ikuei Bldg. 1F
Odori Nishi 14
Sapporo, Hokkaido
060-0042
Odori Station
+81 (0)11 272 6788


2. Maruzen Sapporo
Maruzen has the largest selection of foreign-language books, magazines and newspapers in Sapporo. It has an excellent range of dictionaries and language teaching materials--English, Japanese, French, German and Spanish, as well as some Asian languages--including tapes and language CDs. If you are looking for a book on Japan, then this is where to shop for it, as the selection is particularly broad. The section on English fiction and non-fiction is very impressive, while the German and French literature sections are somewhat smaller. The store also has a large selection of children’s books.
10am-7.30pm daily
3-8 Minami-Ichijo Nishi
Chuo-ku
Sapporo, Hokkaido
060-0061
+81 (0)11 241 7254
Fax: +81 (0)11 241 6015



Tokyo

1. Daichi
Why you might want to buy Chinese paraphernalia in Japan, I could not tell you. However, if you have no time to take a trip to Yokohama Chinatown, then Daichi has a large range of inexpensive bits and bobs. Silk pajamas are handy in a country where central heating is not considered a necessity, plus there are various toys, cane furniture and even tea and sweets. In fact, sit down, relax and enjoy a cup of Chinese tea within the shop itself.
Address: 3-16-26 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0032
Opening hours: 11am-11pm daily.
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3584 0725
Neighbourhood: Roppongi
Nearest train: Roppongi Station


2. Nogi Jinja Shrine
The shrine compound includes a fine example of Western architecture constructed during the Meiji period. It is famous as the site where General M. Nogi and his wife chose to kill themselves after the Meiji Emperor's death. The shrine was opened soon after this event but was destroyed during the 1945 bombings. Today the attractive garden on the grounds is the site of monthly flea markets. Admission: Free
Address: 8-11-27 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo 107-0052
Opening hours: Dawn-dusk daily
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3478 3001
Neighbourhood: Akasaka
Nearest train: Roppongi Station


3. Ameyoko
Ameyoko is a vibrant, bustling area that sells all sorts of consumer perishables as well as shoes and apparel. Here you can find everything from discounted Levi jeans to seaweed, hair cream to hats and quails' eggs to umbrellas. The market started up partly because it was near the terminus of Ueno Station, the stepping-off point for country folk coming to seek their fortune in the big city, and partly because it became the focus for black-market goods after the war. Ameyoko is a great place to feel the pulse of working-class Japan and to pick up some inexpensive and unusual items.
Address: Ueno 4-chome Taito-ku Tokyo 110-0005
Opening hours: 10am-8pm daily.
Telephone: +813 (0)3 3201 3331 (Tourist Information Office)
Neighbourhood: Ueno
Nearest train: Okachimachi or Ueno Stations


4. Oriental Bazaar
Oriental Bazaar is the place to go to when you want to return home bearing souvenirs of your trip to Japan. They have everything from yukata, or light kimonos, through bath towels to ceramics, paper products, chopsticks, kimonos, chinaware, T-shirts, books, stationery, T-shirts, lamps and flower vases. The English-speaking staff are quite willing to wrap things up and have them posted for you.
Address: 5-9-13 Jingu-mae Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001
Opening hours: 9.30am-6.30pm Fri-Wed.
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3400 3933
Neighbourhood: Shibuya
Nearest train: Meji-jingu Station


5. Iidabashi
Opening hours: 9.30am-5.00pm, 1st Saturday of the month. The market is cancelled in the event of rain.
Address: Central Plaza Shopping Centre, Ramla Square.
Nearest train: Iidabashi stop on the JR, Tozai or Yurakucho lines. 


6. Togo Shrine (Togo-no-Mori Nomi-no-ichi)
Opening hours: 9.30am-5.00pm, 1 st, 4th and 5th Sundays (5th Sunday in December excluded). The market is cancelled in the event of rain.
Address: Meiji Dori, Togo Shrine.
Nearest train: Harajuku stop on the JR line or Meijijingumae stop on the Chiyoda line. 


7. Arai Yakushi.
Opening hours: 9.30am-5.00pm, 1st Sunday of the month. The market is cancelled in the event of rain.
Nearest train: Arai Yakushi-mae stop on the Seibu Shinjuku line, heading west from Takadanobaba. 


8. Aoyama Oval Plaza Aozora Kotto-ichi
Address: Aoyama Oval Plaza
Opening hours: 3rd saturday every month
Nearest train: 1 min. walk from subway Omote-sando Sta. 


9. Kitano Temmangu Nomi-no-ichi
Address: Kitano Temmangu Shrine in Kyoto
Opening hours: on the 25th day of each month
Nearest train: 30 min. by bus from JR Kyoto Sta.


10. Harajuku Yoyogi Koen
Certainly the biggest in town with a non-stop flow of people and a festival-like Harajuku buzz. Takes place twice a month next to NHK Hall, across the street from the main park.
Address: Harajuku, Meijijingumae stns
Opening hours: 10am-4pm 


11. Koenji Flea Market
Latest place to join the flea market tour. Lots of families, so domestic items might be a good seller. Flexible schedule.
Address: Myohoji Temple, Higashi Koenji stn. Ten minute walk south along Kannana-dori.
Opening hours: 10am-4pm 


12. Asakusa Sumida Koen
A great place for a relaxing day by the river, this market has a very retro Shitamachi feel. Takes place once a month.
Where: Asakusa stn. Near Gosai bashi bridge by the river.
Hours: 10am-4pm 


13. Takadanobaba Nishidoyama Koen
Easily mistaken with Toyama Koen, so don't go to the wrong place.
Where: Takadanobaba stn. Take the Nishidoyama exit and walk towards Okubo alongside the Yamanote line.
Hours: 10am-4pm 


14. Shinjuku Nomura Bldg.
One of the more popular flea market in town due to easy access and abundance of stalls. Takes place once or twice a month.
Where: Shinjuku station west exit, 5 minute walk. Along Ome-kaido, before Shinjuku police station.
Hours: 10am-4pm 


15. Shinjuku Kabukicho Haidia
Younger crowds dominate this flea market in the heart of Shinjuku's entertainment district. Every first Saturday.
Where: Shinjuku stn. Behind the koban near Koma Stadium.
Hours: 11am-4pm 


16. Araike Jumbo Flea Market
The largest flea market around. You can drive there and turn your car into a stall. JY300 entrance fee. Once a month.
Where: Yurikamome monorail Ariake stn. (From Shimbashi stn.) Can't miss it.
Hours: 10am-4pm 


17. Odaiba Flea Market
Takes place in Fuji TV's Grand Stairwell. Lots of events and attractions in a dramatic location. Not a regular event, so go while you can.
Where: Yurikamome monorail Daiba stn. (From Shimbashi stn.)
Hours: 10am-4pm


18. Oedo Antique Fair
Held on every third Sunday of the month, Japan’s largest antique fair. Tokyo International Forum, free. Tel: 090-2635-4447. Nearest stn: Yurakucho. 


Shops

1. Kitazawa
Kitazawa is perhaps the best bookshop in all of the old bookseller's section of Jimbocho for tracking down English titles, both new and secondhand. Kitazawa has an awesome selection of books in English on the premises. The selection includes novels, travel guides, maps, cookbooks, children's books, and Japanese language guides. If you are looking for a new book that is not in stock Kitazawa can order it for you.
Address: 2-5 Kanda Jimbocho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0051
Opening hours: 10am-6pm Mon-Thu; (closed 1st and 3rd Monday each month).
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3291 0011
Neighbourhood: Kanda / Ochanomizu
Nearest train: Jimbocho Station


2. Rinrokaku Bookstore
Bunkyo-ku is home of the University of Japan -- the Japanese equivalent of Harvard. Appropriately, the Rinrokaku Bookstore specializes in academic and scholastic books on China and Japan. This shop is perhaps the best source in Tokyo for scholarly works on China. They have an extensive selection of new books on China from the U.S., Europe, Taiwan and the Peoples' Republic of China in English and several other languages. There is a large collection of old and rare books as well.
Address: 7-2-4 Hongo Bunkyo-ku Tokyo 113-0033
Opening hours: 9.30am-6.30pm Mon-Sat;
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3811 6555
Nearest train: Hongo San-chome


3. Sancho Shobo
This is a great source for rare and out-of-print books. Rare books in English are fairly scarce in Tokyo but if these are what you are looking for, a trip to Sancho Shobo could be worthwhile. For specific titles or authors, fax your requests to find out if the item is in stock, and ask for a price quote. A tip on shopping etiquette--while bargaining is very much an accepted practice throughout most of Asia, this is not so in Japan. If you want to bargain, be extremely polite and do not expect a large discount.
Address: 1-1 Kanda Jimbocho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0051
Opening hours: 9am-7pm Mon-Sat.
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3291 0453
Neighbourhood: Kanda / Ochanomizu
Nearest train: Jimbocho Station


4. Sanseido Bookstore
Jimbocho is famous for its old and rare bookshops, secondhand bookstores and printing companies. Each year, from October 30 to November 4, the Kanda Furuhon Matsuri, or "Kanda old book festival" celebrates Jimbocho as the bookstore capital of Japan. Sanseido Bookstore is located in the heart of this book capital. There is a vast selection of English titles, and those interested in photography will find a great collection of Japanese photo books.
Address: 1-1 Kanda Jimbocho Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0051
Opening hours: 10am-8pm Tues-Sun.
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3233 3312
Neighbourhood: Kanda / Ochanomizu
Nearest train: Jimbocho Station


5. Shinsendo Shoten
Shinsendo Shoten is another quality secondhand bookshop located in the book district in Jimbocho. Browsing through Shinsendo Shoten is like sifting through an old treasure chest. In addition to a broad selection of old books, the shop has all sorts of old photographs, picture postcards, albums, and maps for sale.
Address: Iwanami Annex 2F 2-3 Kanda Jimbocho, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0051
Opening hours: 10am-6.30pm Mon-Sat .
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3264 2780
Nearest train: Jimbocho Station


6. Hysteric Glamour
Believe the hype--Hysteric Glamour is really the coolest outlet for super trendy street fashions. However, be forewarned: Most items are body-clinging and all are loud. Famous for its use of Art Deco style women on bright T-shirts and really, really cute bunnies on powder pink/blue underwear-like garments, Hysteric Glamour is unbeatable at bringing together cartoons and fashion. It is a favorite all over Japan and now winging its way to Europe.
Address: 6-23-2 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001
Opening hours: 11am-8pm daily.
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3409 7227
Neighbourhood: Harajuku / Aoyama
Nearest train: Harajuku Station


7. Par Avion
Yet another of many recycled clothing stores. This particular one hand picks second-hand and remodelled clothing from LA stores. Each item is chosen for it's individual style rather than the label or brand. The store claims that the "worn in" look is much nicer than brand-new clothing and sells many original 50s and 60s trench coats and leather and suede jackets. If you are lucky, such selections may include much sought after Burberry and Aquascutum originals.
Address: 4-1-3 Minami Aoyama Minato-ku Tokyo
Opening hours: 12pm-8pm daily.
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3470 6536
Nearest train: Meijijingumae Station


8. Antique Life Jin
This is a small antique shop in Shimokitazawa which sells everything from imari yaki (porcelain) dishes, to Star Wars action figures. It is a great place to find those unique keepsakes, like Peko-chan lighters, or wildly designed shot glasses with Japanese characters. If you are looking for something classical or retro, this shop is worth digging through, offering positive proof that one person's junk is another person't treasure.
Address: 2-30-8 Kitazawa Setagaya-ku Tokyo 155-0031
Opening hours: 12pm-8pm daily
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3467 3066
Neighbourhood: Shimo-kitazawa
Nearest train: Shimokitazawa Station


9. Arte
This showroom is currently displaying a fine display of unusual glass lamps and various vases. Based in the United States, this is not the place to buy Japanese style antiques. Aiming its market at the Japanese, the styles here are mostly quite extravagant and very Western. Worth looking at however, since the quality of antiques is high and would be of interest to anyone keen on antiques in general.
Address: Roi Bldg 1F, Tokyo Showroom, 5-5-1 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo Japan 106-0032
Opening hours: 11am-8pm Daily
Telephone: +81(0)3 5410 2040
Neighbourhood: Roppongi
Nearest train: Roppongi Station


10. Cosmo
Nothing is in any particular order in this odd shop crammed full of import gifts and bric-б-brac. Items come from all over the world with only one thing in common, a certain Western antique style. There are ornaments of animals, flowers, figures; large umbrella stands; dolls; mirrors and even plastic flowers. Not a place to buy souvenirs, but possibly a place to buy gifts for Japanese friends.
Address: Roi Bldg 2F 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0032
Opening hours: 11am-8pm daily.
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3470 4891
Neighbourhood: Roppongi
Nearest train: Roppongi Station


11. Kei Mino
Kei Mino, which specializes in fine oriental art, is located on Koto-dori, or Antique Street, in the trendy Aoyama district. Exquisite paintings, silks, beautiful pottery, and statues and figurines grace the walls and fill the display cases. The location of this shop should give patrons a clue to the quality and price range of the art sold here. This is a shop for serious collectors of Oriental art.
Address: 5-11-1 Minami-Aoyama Minato-ku Tokyo 107-0062
Opening hours: 10am-7pm Tue-Sun.
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3400 9269
Neighbourhood: Harajuku / Aoyama
Nearest train: Omotesando Station


12. Le Marche
Le Marche displays a good selection of immaculate antique jewelry and watches, including names such as Tiffany. Although occasionally you may find a little laquerware, most of the selected items here are very Western, such as delicate gold-trimmed porcelain cups and saucers, unusual brass ornaments, as well as a few pieces of furniture.
Address: Roi Bldg 2F 5-5-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0032
Opening hours: 11am-8pm daily.
Telephone: +81 (0)3 3408 4415
Neighbourhood: Roppongi
Nearest train: Roppongi Station


13. Motoki Shoten
In Japan, where it is often lamented that the arts are disappearing, it is wonderful to see a young man taking the helm in the business of Japanese traditional antiques and crafts. Mr. Motoki, the owner of this neighborhood shop, is a maven when it comes to Japanese antiques and will gladly explain their history, and give you a good price in the exchange. Located just behind Inokashira Park, this small shop is a great place to find that wonderful tansu (Japanese chest) or table you have been looking for.
Address: 4-26-9 Inokashira Mitaka-shi Tokyo 180-0000
Opening hours: 10am-8pm daily.
Telephone: +81 (0)422 46 2353
Neighbourhood: Kichijoji
Nearest train: Kichijoji Station


14. Tori Tori
In 1995, the owner of Tori Tori opened a second-hand clothing store. Now she has changed direction and deals specifically in her favorite product--glassware, in particular old Japanese bottles, bowls and glasses. Products are randomly displayed and you simply have to browse. Sixties products and those with a retro look are popular and, if you are lucky, you can find a complete set. There are also various small celluloid and plastic items, mostly 60s and 70s in style. Soon Tori Tori will start selling larger interior goods and furniture, so it may be worth a re-visit.
Address: 3-8-9 Nishiogi Kita Suginami-ku Tokyo 167-0042
Opening hours: 1pm-8pm daily.
Telephone: +81 (0)3 5382 8409
Neighbourhood: Roppongi
Nearest train: Nishi Ogikubo Station


15. A/T
A/T prides itself on a unique selection of second-hand clothing and accessories from around the world. An enormous rail displaying jackets and skirts extends across one wall, while shelves containing accessories occupy another. Everything else rests folded on a long table in the center of the store. Oddly enough, A/T's other claim is to be the first distributor of the not so unique Ryman brand of stationery from the UK!
11am-8pm Mon-Fri; 10am-8pm Sat-Sun.
20-20 Daikanyamacho
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
150-0034
Neighborhood: Ebisu / Daikanyama
Daikanyama Station
+81 (0)3 5459 3810


16. American Luxury
It seems that not only is there a current trend for recycled and remodeled clothing, but there is also a desire for such clothing to be imported from elsewhere. American Luxury, as the name suggests, has a large selection of clothing, accessories and interior goods all carefully chosen and imported from America. Remake brand names include Ann Linn and Burning Torch. With both interior goods and clothing, the shop itself is eclectically displayed, making it fun to look around.
11am-9pm daily.
Flags building 2F
3-37-1 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo
Neighborhood: Shinjuku
Shibuya Station
+81 (0)3 5366 5425


17. Garcia Marquez
There are some really cute recycled/ remodelled items of clothing here. A lot of Jane Perkins clothing is customised with different-colored soft fur trimmings and patterned ribbons. Skirts are made from soft vintage materials and jeans pockets are relined with bright 60s and 70s textiles. There is some imported recycled stock plus the Kaos brand of recycled material bags. Young and sweet in style, but still wearable and occasionally quite sexy in its cuteness.
12pm-9pm daily.
Cinnamon Oak building B1
Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
Neighborhood: Harajuku / Aoyama
Meijijingumae Station
+81 (0)3 5414 2288
webmastar@garcia-style.com
www.garcia-style.com  

18. Glamorous
Glamorous certainly is "glamorous" but not in the diamonds and rubies sense. More in the Glam Rock manner! Everything here is bright with a sixties or seventies aura about it. Customization of clothing includes old denim remade into skirts, trimmings added to T-shirts and accessories made from old materials. Perhaps some of the more unusual pieces are the 80s RUN DMC T-shirts trimmed with fringes!
Itis not everyone's cup of tea, but it certainly is fun clothing.
12-8pm daily.
Ottowa Heights Building 1F
5-50-3 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
Neighborhood: Harajuku / Aoyama
Meijijingumae Station
+81 (0)3 3499 1282


19. No. 44
No. 44 provides streetwise and classy ranges of recycled, customized clothing and accessories. Most items have a soft touch about them, whether in fabric or color. Specialties include skirts remade form Levi's 501s, soft-line skirts made from old silks and army trousers with added trimmings of rhinestones and rivets. There is also a selection of carefully chosen secondhand quality clothing. The best items include 1960s and 1970s Aquascutum and Burberry coats.
12pm-9pm Mon-Fri; 12pm-8pm Sat & Sun.
Bellwood Harajuku 1C
3-20-21 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
Meijijingumae Station
+81 (0)3 3475 4044

20. Ray Beams
Keeping up with a new trendy recycling movement, Ray Beams stocks customized secondhand and old clothing. However, unlike many other "recycle" stores, Ray Beams attempts to keep the loud "hippie" chic style away from its products. Instead, simple more neutral designs are made up from a mixture of old and new materials. The result is a more casual and comfortable range of clothing. The knitwear is particularly good and there are still some more eccentric items in the form of hand-painted and sequined T-shirts. There will soon be a range of imported recycle products from LA.
11am-8pm daily.
Shibuya-ku
3-24-7 Jingumae
Tokyo
Meijijingumae Station
+81 (0) 3 3478 5886


21. Reminiscence
The bright colors of the plastic accessories and familiar classical music will entice you into this retro heaven. There are racks of immaculately preserved second-hand leather jackets, airplane bags and "dead" stock, plus modified cowboy shirts and other 70s fashions. Funnily enough, despite the quality of the new items, do not be too surprised if the second-hand stuff costs more.
11am-8pm daily.
Kono Building 1F, 14-14 Udagawacho
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
150-0042
Neighborhood: Shibuya
Shibuya Station
+81 (0)3 5428 0120


22. Gannando Bookstore
When you're in the Jimbocho book district check out this wonderful old and rare bookshop. Gannando Bookstore is a specialty bookstore dedicated to old and antique books and magazines on China. There you'll find fascinating antique volumes and periodicals on China and Japan. Be sure to take a look at the rare magazines from Shanghai in the 1930s!
10am-8pm daily
2-13-1 Kanda-Jimbocho
Chiyoda-ku
Neighborhood: Kanda / Ochanomizu
+81 (0)3 3262 7233
Fax: +81 (0)3 3221 0627
www.gannando.com


23. Good Day Books
Look here to find what you are looking for from over 30,000 titles in English. They cover a variety of subjects from New Age to Japanese history. There is also an extensive collection of Japanese language textbooks and tapes, many of which are available used. This store is extremely popular with the English-speaking community in Tokyo because of the many aisles of used paperbacks.
11am-8pm Mon-Sat; 11am-6pm Sun.
1-11-2 Ebisu 3F.
Shibuya-ku
Tokyo
150-0013
Neighborhood: Ebisu / Daikanyama
+81 (0)3 5421 0957
goodday@gooddaybooks.com
www.gooddaybooks.com  

24. Isseido Booksellers (The)
Jimbocho, or 'old book town', gets its name from the 140 secondhand bookstores located in the Kanda area. There are also 30 bookstores specializing in new publications, and nearly 500 publishing houses. Many of Japan's foremost universities are located in this area. A trip to Jimbocho wouldn't be complete without a stop at Isseido Booksellers, known for an extensive collection of old and rare books and manuscripts. Browse for bargains or just to soak up the rich wealth of stored knowledge. English volumes as well as Japanese editions are on hand.
10am-6.30pm Mon-Sat.
1-7 Kanda, Jimbo-cho
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo
101-0051
Neighborhood: Kanda / Ochanomizu
Jimbocho Station
+81 (0)3 3292 0071


25. Isshindo Shoten
Isshindo Shoten is an inviting shop in the Jimbocho book district. The shop has a great collection of large, secondhand books on art and photography. This is the perfect place to search for your next supply of coffee-table books. There's also a general selection of books on Asia in Japanese and English.
10.30am-6.30pm Mon-Sat.
1-3 Kanda Jimbocho
Chiyoda-ku
Neighborhood: Kanda / Ochanomizu
+81 (0)3 3291 1300
Fax: +81 (0)3 3292 1363


26. Saruyama
When you step inside, you feel like you have walked into a private antique furniture exhibition. Saruyama-san, the owner, does indeed personally choose the furniture and ceramics he wants to sell. A former theater props artist and an active musician, he has a simple, traditional and unpretentious style. All the furniture is wooden and plain. Some is even slightly battered, giving these pieces a little extra character. Everything is also carefully and aesthetically displayed. The shop imparts a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
12pm-7pm daily.
1-4-1 Nishiogi Kita
Suginami-ku
Tokyo
167-0042
Nishi Ogikubo Station
+81 (0)3 3395 2729 



Fukuoka

1. Book-off (& Ecomall)
Book Off is a used-bookstore chain with several locations around the city. This one, however, has opened an area--called Ecomall--devoted not only to used books but also to used anything. And by anything, we mean dining ware, musical instruments, bags and pocket books, electronic goods and anything that you can imagine somebody used to own but did not need anymore (or needed, except that they needed the money more). The area is quite large, so you should be able to find numerous things you can use.
Address: Within Papion Plaza 1-2-20 Chiyo Fukuoka City Fukuoka-ken 812-0044
Opening hours: 10am-8pm daily.
Telephone: +81-(0)92-6-8525
Nearest train: Chiyokencho-guchi
URL: http://www.bookoff.co.jp 


Shops 


1. Rug Machine
There are roughly three well-known stores in the Tenjin area that sell secondhand American clothing, but this is the only one that specializes in women's goods. Some of the items on the racks are quite ordinary T-shirts, priced around JPY1,500. Other items may include polo brand clothing for several thousand yen--not a deal, but certainly much cheaper than if you were to buy it new in a Japanese department store. There are also shoes and other accessories available for the thrifty shopper.
Address: 2-4-27-2F Imaizumi Chuo-ku Fukuoka City Fukuoka-ken 810-0021
Opening hours: Noon-8pm daily.
Telephone: +81-(0)92-732-7530
Nearest train: Tenjin


2. Hard to Find
Hard to Find is, as its name suggests, very hard to find. This shop, selling funky retro and secondhand clothing imported from Holland, is hidden away on the first floor of an unassuming apartment building in the backstreets of the Daimyo area.
If paisley shirts and secondhand Adidas tracksuits are your thing, you should definitely find the time to locate this shop. A selection of retro accessories and knick-knacks is also available (check out the hidden collection of rare and hard-to-find reggae discs).
How to get there: Hunt around the Daimyo area until you come to the Circus novelty gift shop (striking blue and yellow sign!). Hard to Find is located on the first floor of the apartment building opposite. You might want to call first and ask for directions!
disabled access.
Noon-8pm daily.
Toho Building 105
1-10-33 Daimyo, Chuo-ku
Fukuoka City, Fukuoka-ken
810-0041
Tenjin
+81-(0)92-722-2747 



Hiroshima


1. Hakushima Q Garden
A "shopping center" is the best general term for this collection of restaurants and small shops, though it somewhat resembles a market area, too. This is especially the case on the third Sunday of each month when it actually does turn into a marketplace; private vendors sell various kinds of wares from their stalls, and shoppers haggle and swarm. Otherwise, the pace is somewhat slow and relaxed, making for a pleasant shopping and dining experience.
Address: 14-15 Higashi-hakushimamachi Naka-ku Hiroshima 730-0004
Opening hours: Hours vary by shop and restaurant
Telephone: +81 (0)82 225 4956
Nearest train: Jyohoku


2. Maple Plaza
This place sells nothing but souvenirs--hundreds of them. The majority of those on the many racks and shelves are produced in Hiroshima. Most are very cheap, if sometimes gaudy. But for tourists or visitors with a limited budget, who are looking to buy a gift or souvenir, then this is definitely a place to try. On the fourth Saturday and Sunday of every month, there is also an open market with dozens of vendors and all their various wares.
Address: 4-10-2 Kannonshin-machi Nishi-ku Hiroshima 733-0036
Opening hours: 10am-6pm day
Telephone: +81 (0)82 234 1405
Nearest train: From Nishikannon-machi, take a taxi south


3. Niji Hiroba (Rainbow Plaza) Flea Market
Just imagine the wonderful things you will find at a Japanese flea market! Old phonograph records and videotapes, local arts and crafts, used toys, watches and jewelry, uniquely Japanese clothing, kitchen items, video game software.... Of course, there is an abundance of junk as well as treasures. But the items can be quite unusual and make for great, inexpensive gifts. This particular flea market is one of the better-known ones in Hiroshima, characterized as a "family" flea market. That means there is stuff for everyone, and that the vendors could be anyone. Typically, 100-150 vendors are on hand.
Address: Ujina-kaigan 2 Minami-ku Hiroshima 734-0011
Opening hours: 8am-3pm on the third Sunday each month
Telephone: +81 (0)90 3630 6252 (Information)
Nearest train: Kaigan-dori



Shops


1. Book Nook
Around the corner from the Hiroshima Kokusai Hotel is the Book Nook, one of Japan's few second-hand English bookstores.
Most visitors have not discovered this trove of travel, nonfiction, literary fiction, bestsellers, Japanese language-learning material and English teaching resources.
Prices are very reasonable, especially in comparison to new book prices in Japan. On Sundays, check out the JPY100 bin, located next to the front door.
Look for the street level sign advertising the OUTSIDER ZONE, a small independent language school with which the Book Nook shares space.
Address: Nakano Building #201 1-5-17 Kamiya-cho Hiroshima 730 0031
Opening hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat; 11am-5pm Sun.
Telephone: +81 082 244 8145
Nearest train: Kamiya-cho


2. Flash Back
What the Japanese call "antique" may not be quite the same as your definition, so be wary. The antique goods boasted about here are actually from 1950s-1970s America. There are about 500 different items on display, mostly furniture and household accessories. Many of the ordinary household items, such as an old electric radio and some clocks, still function. If you seem something you like, you may not want to wait around. The goods on display change every three months.
Address: 8-8 Hondori Naka-ku Hiroshima 730-0035
Opening hours: 11am-8pm; closed Wed
Telephone: +81 (0)82 244 7555
Nearest train: Hondori


3. Sun Mall
Five floors of boutiques stock fashion and lifestyle accessories necessary for young Japanese to hold their head high on Hondori and in the nightlife district around PARCO. A visit here provides insight into Japan's ever-changing pop culture scene. The Per Gramme Market sells retro fashion for JPY8 a gram. Sample prices include French dresses for JPY3,200 and work jackets for JPY4,000. HMV shares the second floor with LB-03: Love, Power Soul and other club fashion boutiques. Girls Fantasy Loveboat Drugstore awaits those intrepid enough to enter its day-glow interior.
10.30am-8pm daily
2-2-18 Kamiya-cho
Naka-ku
Hiroshima
730-0031
Kamiya-cho tram stop
+81 (0)82 245 6000


4. Danbara Kottoukan
Danbara's two floors of eclectic shops offer an intriguing array of secondhand and antique objects d'art and lifestyle accessories.
On the second floor, check out antique masks, ceramic dishes, sake cups, glassware, medals, watches, prints, books and other collectibles, along with military and police surplus. If your suitcase is already packed to the brim, but you still need a few presents, the first-floor textile shop would be a good place to find lightweight souvenirs.
10am-8pm daily
2-4-1 Danbara
Minami-ku
Hiroshima
732-0811
Danbara Obata-cho
+81 (0)82 263 1937



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