If you want to dive into the Japanese culture while doing some shopping you should check out one (or more) of the regular markets going on in Nagoya.
No matter if you want to experience an antique market, farmers market, a handicraft market, or a temple fair (Ennichi), Nagoya has them all.
So check the list of markets in Nagoya below and find a market you want to visit!
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I haven’t visited all of them yet, but whenever I find the time I check one out because it is so much fun to do some shopping, and trying the delicious food (especially the food part).
Osu Kannon Antique Market
The antique market at Osu Kannon Temple is one of the most popular markets of its kind in Nagoya. Around 60 stalls are set up selling second-hand clothing like Kimono but also western clothes, tableware including beautiful western style teacups and Japanese style tea bowls.
You will find that tourists and locals alike frequent this market looking for a bargain, and it is a lot of fun so watch the interaction of sellers and potential customers around the stalls.
This popular market is held every 18th and 28th of the month, from morning until evening around the Osu Kannon.
Check it out while exploring the Osu Shopping Streets.
You could also join an Osu Street Food Walking Tour to learn about Osu and Nagoya while trying delicious street foods and learning about the food culture.
Check out the Osu Street Food Walking Tour.
Higashi Betsuin Morning Market
A bustling morning market selling handicrafts like jewelry, fashion, and decorations as well as countless food items such as freshly baked bread, cakes, and cookies, and delicious smelling lunch options.
The hundreds of stalls are spread around the temple grounds and there is something fascinating to discover at every single stall.
Higashi Betsuin Morning Market is held every 28th of the month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A perfect opportunity to arrive hungrily and try some of the delicious food items on offer.
Nayabashi Night Market
The Nayabashi Night Market is the perfect place to visit hungrily after a long day of sightseeing. Around 40 stalls greet you with delicious food like sausages, smoked cheese, popcorn, and freshly baked pizza.
My favorite was the Käsespätzle (egg pasta with cheese) and Schupfnudeln (potato pasta with sour cabbage and bacon) at a German stall called Suzumechan. And I wasn’t the only one enjoying their offers.
The majority of stalls set up, sell food in one form or another, but there are a couple of stalls selling handmade items like jewelry, handbags, and hats.
The market is located along the west side of the Hori River between Nayabashi Bridge and Nishikibashi Bridge. It takes place on the 4th Friday of each month starting from 4:00 p.m. and ending at 9:00 p.m.
A monthly market featuring handicrafts, workshops, and local produce from around the Moriyama ward in the north-east of Nagoya.
Handmade items include jewelry and decorations, workshops are mainly for children where they can make soap or try weaving.
Foods at the market include delicious looking cakes, curries, Chinese food and more.
The market was created by a Moriyama local who wants to share her love of Moriyama with the world. She also has a website where she introduces the Chubu region! Check out Chubridge.com.
The Moriya Marché is held at the Chanbarin, Kurikarafudo Temple every first Sunday of the month, except in January 2020.
Nittaiji Temple Market “Kobo Ennichi”
On the street leading from Kakuozan Station to Nittaiji Temple, a number of stalls are set up every month on the 21st. These stalls sell everything from delicious food, to bonsai trees, clothing, and art.
It is the perfect place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables as well.
Koshoji Temple Ennichi
Held on the 5th and 13th day of each month a temple fair is held at the Koshoji Temple in Yagoto. This is a very traditional kind of Ennichi with a vast number of stalls all around the temple grounds.
Yagoto Koshoji Marché
Also held at Koshoji Temple is a monthly market with booths selling handicrafts, foods, as well as fresh vegetables.
The focus of this market is fresh vegetables grown without pesticides, homemade bread and cakes without any additives and preservatives, as well as handmade items made from wood, fabric, and ceramics.
This market is held on the 21st of each month.
A weekend market held on the 3rd weekend of each month on the south side of Kanayama Station.
The focus here is on agricultural products and processed food. So, arrive hungrily and try some delicious food!
Kanayama Hatsuhi Ichi Marché
Another market held at the south exit of Kanayama Station is the Hatsuhi Ichi, celebrating the first day of the month.
The concept is the same for both Kanayama markets so check it out on either the first day or the 3rd weekend of each month.
Jiyugaoka Plaza Marché
The market in Juyugaoka was created to support the local community. Stalls offer freshly made foods like sweets and confectionary, as well as handcrafted items such as accessories.
The Jiyugaoka Plaza Marché is held on the second Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m on the east side of Jiyugaoka Station.
Meijo Park Tonarino Marché
A colorful market is held on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at the Meijo Park just north of Nagoya Castle.
This market has between 30 and 40 stalls, with a focus on restaurant cars but you will also find handmade crafts and fashion here. It is located next to the Tonarino shopping mall.
Mammoth Flea Market Z
This gigantic flea market is held once a year in November in Nagoya. It is one of the biggest markets of its kind in Japan and a true heaven for bargain hunters.
And with over 1500 sellers it is truly a mammoth of a flea market. With a food corner and food trucks as well as a stage with different forms of entertainment you can spend all day at the Mammoth Flea Market Z.
This flea market has an entry fee of 1000 yen.
Final Thoughts on Markets in Nagoya
I am sure there are many more markets in and around Nagoya but these seem to be the ones easily accessible and very interesting to me. I will keep adding whenever I discover a new market.
I did not include actual flea markets into the list, just because there are way too many of them, and I don’t know about the quality of these markets. And they are not necessarily occurring regularly.
If you visit during Christmas time in December you might also be interested in a Christmas Market or two. They are ‘European’ style but nice to get into the Christmas spirit. Find a list of Christmas Markets in Nagoya as well as other things to do in Nagoya for Christmas here.
The fact that you read to the end of this list tells me you enjoy shopping. And in that case, I would like to invite you to read my Nagoya Shopping Guide where you will find the best places for some serious (or casual) shopping in Nagoya.
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In love with Japan and its amazing food, Lena wants to share her passion with the world. That’s why she started Nagoya Foodie. To teach about Nagoya, her adoptive home online through blog posts and offline through unique food tours.