Mar. 03, 2017 UPDATE

To-ji Kobo Market

- 弘法市 -
Period21st of every month
VenueTo-ji Temple
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A huge turnout! The monthly bargain-hunt
The To-ji Kobo Market is a market that takes place in To-ji, near To-ji Station on the Kintetsu Train Kyoto Line, on the 21st of every month. Although To-ji is most famous for its five-story pagoda, on this day every month, around 1000 textile and antique stores that sell items such as ceramic crockery and food stalls gather. Huge crowds of visitors gather as well. This is an event that has been loved by the people of Kyoto for over 700 years. Feel free to come and get a good deal on your favorite products or even just to enjoy a wander with no particular aim at all. You might just find an absolute bargain.
Antiques & Textiles
Antiques & Textiles
Here you can find many expertly-made ceramics, tea cups, and vases. If you're a little lost about what to choose, we recommend talking to the stall owner, though please be aware that they may not understand English. Prices vary, so you may be able to pick something up for as little as ‎¥500.
A Mish-Mash Of Products
A Mish-Mash Of Products
In addition to footwear, chopsticks, and watches, you can find many other curious items for sale here, including toys and even old records from bygone Japanese idols. How about picking up a little memento?
Chat To Stall Owners!
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Chat To Stall Owners!
Many of the people behind the stalls are also the people that made these products, so feel free to stop and give them your opinion or ask them about how it's made. Just be aware that many stall owners may have difficulty communicating in English.
Eat At An Outdoor Food Stall!
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Eat At An Outdoor Food Stall!
Take a break when you're tired of walking and head to one of the many outdoor food stalls in the food court to sample delicious dishes like yakisoba or oden. You can also grab a refreshing beer or other alcohol of your choice at some stalls.
Manner & Tips
- Manner & Tips -
Please handled the items carefully. Please put your trash away to dust boxes which are provided inside the area.
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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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There are two big flea markets in Kyoto held every month, one of them is Kitano Tenmangu's Tenjin-san and the other is this event, To-ji Temple's Kobo Market. The temple is only a 15-minute walk from Kyoto Station. Even when the flea market is held on weekdays as many as hundred thousand people visit the market. There are many different kinds of shops here so just looking is fun. There are many locals, but lately also many people from outside of Kyoto, so I wish you will also visit the market!
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To-ji Kobo Market / 弘法市
Phone +81 75-691-3325 (To-ji Temple)
Address 1, Kujocho, Minami-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 601-8473
Directions 10-minute walk from Kintetsu Line Kintetsu To-ji Station 15-minute walk from JR Line Kyoto Station.
Event time Approximately 5am - 4pm (around sunset)
Cancellations The market is open even during rainy weather, though some stalls may close.
Notes As the market becomes crowded with many people, please take care so as not to become separated from your party.
Price range
¥1,000 - ¥5,000
Credit cards Accepted by some stalls
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
There is not much guidance of the foreign language
Information Japanese only
Lanuages spoken Japanese only

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