Setagaya Boro-ichi: the oldest flea market in Tokyo

By Yoshi, January 23, 2011

“Setagaya Boro-ichi” (せたがやぼろいち) takes place in Setagaya
on 15th, 16th December and 15th, 16th January every year.

This market has taken place since 16th century and the oldest flea market in Tokyo. This area “Setagaya” was one of thriving area as a post station of a road between Kamakura and Edo (Tokyo). People started selling in front of an administrative institution called “Daikandokoro” (代官所). It is said that this is the beginning of this market.

This administrative institution still remain on this street, and there is a resource center on this premise and we can see this market’s history.




People have been sold everyday things, fish, veritables, cookware, used clothes etc. And still people sell antiques, kimono, good etc.
Ok, Let’s check goods on sale! :)

“Bonsai”, Japanese antiques

“Shinto” altar

“Kine” & “Usu” (mortar and pestle for making “Mochi”, rice cakes )

Traditional dolls and masks

And more! More pictures on facebook :)
Rice cakes called “Daikan-mochi” (だいかんもち, 代官餅) is a specialty of this flea market.
if you have good patience, please wait in a long queue to get it :)
Setagaya Boro-ichi
15th, 16th December & 15th, 16th January
From 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Near Oamimachi or Setagaya Station, Tokyu Setagaya line.