Discover Hidden Treasures at the Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto!
The Kyoto Antique Grand Fair is the top antique market in Western Japan. Around 30,000 visitors visit this large antique market during the three days it is held in search of rare treasures that cannot be found anywhere else! Antique lovers make sure not to miss this big event. Naturally, Share-K staff member Shiho would participate in the Antique Grand Fair held in October. This Share-K staff member provides an introduction of the Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto along with recommendations on how to enjoy it 120%!
Jump into the Kobo-san and Tenjin-san markets, specialty antique shops, Teramachi Street shopping, and the Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto. Even people new to the antique world will surely be connoisseurs by the end of this adventure! Appraise to your heart’s delight and get that special antique item that you will treasure. Your antique hunting adventure starts here!
Naturally you’ll see an abundance of ceramic wares, hanging scrolls, as well as an assortment of all sorts of antiques, such as Japanese-style chests and furniture and even Western vintage accessories and glass tableware.
Shiho’s expectations blossom as she sees all the people already at Takeda Station. She wonders if all the people at the station are also headed to the antique fair.
Fifteen minutes later the bus arrives at Pulse Plaza.
What kind of treasures are hidden, and what kinds of antiques await? Hearts are pounding!
Shiho at the entrance, posing with enthusiasm and ready to take on the antique fair.
Some shops are even using majestic folding screens as separators! These beautiful and stunning screens are large and feature golden backgrounds and detailed designs. They catch your eye and entice you with their beauty. It’s hard to look away.
Three great ways to enjoy the Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto brought to you by the Share-K staff members who have given it a visit. It is only held three times a year, so if you go, then go all out to enjoy every nook and cranny! We recommend following the following points to fully enjoy this antique fair.
This is the same thing we discussed in Part1 at the Kobo-san and Tenjin-san markets, and of course this is a fundamental rule for any market anywhere.
Likewise, if you are participating in the Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto, we highly recommend arriving as they open on Friday, their opening day.
It is located right in the middle of the first floor hall. When you can smell the delicious curry, you know you’re almost there.
After all, you cannot fight on an empty stomach. Nutrition comes first. So with that in mind, Shiho enjoys some udon noodles early on!
There is also plenty of variety available when ordering udon noodles, such as tempura udon as well as kitsune udon.
The cafeteria also offers a respite to those who would like to have a tea or coffee break. Coffee and black tea are also served, making a quick lunch break very convenient.
Shiho looks so happy with a big bowl of her favorite udon in front of her eyes!
It looks delicious!
Take a quick, efficient break at this cafeteria between antiquing.
The Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto not only has ceramics and lacquerware, but also hanging wall scrolls, Japanese swords, as well as Western antique collectables for your eyes to feast upon!
These are rare, valuable items that cannot be seen every day. Make sure to take a look even if you do not have any intention of purchasing it.
In the middle you can see keicho-koban from the era that saw the establishment of the Edo shogunate. These coins arranged here are emblematic of the shogunate itself.
You will find shops carrying Japanese swords dotted across the hall.
These are always especially popular with customers from outside of Japan. We recommend visiting these to see how they are grandly displayed, even if you do not purchase them.
This report has shown you a comprehensive view of antiquing in Kyoto, from the two big monthly antique markets Kobo-san and Tenji-san, while Share-K staff have shown specialty items as well as introduced Teramachi Street, the biggest art street in Kyoto, and lastly the biggest antique fair in Western Japan, the Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto.
The city and people of Kyoto value and embody not only what is new, but also what is wonderful about the past. This has been the theme of our reporting on the wonderful antiques of Kyoto.
Antiques are produced with care, treated and handed down with love, and are layered with memories from all the people who have owned them. That is what makes them so wonderful and special.
We hope that you will read this and step into an antique shop, fair, or market, become acquainted with other antique lovers, and discover the wonder of antiques. Immerse yourself in the world of antiques and enjoy their allure for yourself.