Setagaya Boroichi is back: the 430-year-old street market returns for another two days

Events - January 1st, 2014

If you missed out last month, fear not: the Setagaya Boroichi will be back again for two days of street food, great bargains and bustling crowds.

Held in a quiet residential area of Setagaya, the 430-year old flea market attracts ten of thousands of visitors each time, so get ready to push through the crowds for this one. Yet, it’s worth the trouble as you can find some treasures among the 700 vendor stalls, selling everything from pottery to old LP records (you remember them, right?). And pick up some food and drinks from the plentiful food stalls to keep you going: if you’re being particularly traditional, you should grab yourself a hot cup of amazake and a daikan mochi rice cake. Although it’s always crowded, you might have an easier time of it in January, as the weekday crowds could be a little thinner. The market takes place along Boroichi Dori, and it’s recommended to get off at Setagaya Station (see map) on the old-school Setagaya Line.

Setagaya Boroichi

When: Jan. 15 & 16

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Image: Nemo’s great uncle/Flickr