Kyushu Flea Market Autumn 2014 Guide

Autumn is high season for antique fairs/flea markets in Kyushu. Antique fairs used to be somewhat exclusive to dealers and connoisseurs. They enjoyed wheeling and dealing over the items as professionals. However, things change these days at antique flea markets. Not only antique fans but also families visit antique fairs as if they are enjoying a picnic. The items vendors sell vary articles from traditional curios to watches, plastic models, fishing gears, and fancy sundries. Some antique flea markets also offer food stalls, and fun events for children such as balloon twisting. How about strolling around one of these antique fairs?

Below are details on seven flea markets taking place around Kyushu this autumn.

Kosa Nomino Ichi
Now in its second year the festival will have more than 40 shops in the town’s shopping district for everybody to enjoy.

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• Oct. 5 (Sun.) 10:00~16:00
• Kosamachi Shotengai
• 096-234-0272 (Kosa-machi chamber of commerce)
• 11 Iwashita, Kosa-machi, Kamimashiki-gun (district), Kumamoto Pref.
http://cosanominoichi.wix.com/cosa

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Kazeno Ichiba ~ Hakozaki Jinja Nomino Ichi
One of the biggest flea markets in western Japan. More than 200 shops will display curios, previously owned clothes, antiques and many other things. Many people travel from far away to sell and buy products at this market.
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• Oct. 12 (Sun.), Nov. 9 (Sun.), Dec. 14 (Sun.) (three times) 09:00~15:00
• Hakozaki Shrine
• 070-5693-2221 (Modern Lovers)
• 1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka City
http://www.kottouichi.jp/hakozaki.htm

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Kotto & Nomino Ichi in Taku Seibyo
This flea market takes place inside the grounds of a Confucian temple in Taku. This is the first year for the market. Approximatively 50 shops from western Kyushu will sell all kinds of goods.

Taku Seibyo

• Oct. 26 (Sun.) 09:00~16:00
• Bussan Museum “Horai an” South side
• 0952-74-2502 (Taku City Tourism Association)
• 1837-1 Taku-machi, Taku City, Saga Pref.
http://taku-kankou.com/event/

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Tabisuru Nomino Ichi in Aso
This the eighth year of this event featuring 130 stalls from the local area and all over Kyushu. They’ll be selling antiques, miscellaneous goods, environment-friendly goods, as well as food and drinks.

Tabisuru

• Oct. 26 (Sun.) 9:00~15:00 (not cancelled in case of rain)
• Aso Jinja Sando (road in front of Aso Shrine)
• 090-6633-0559 (D-part)
• 3083-1 Ichinomiyamachi Miyaji, Aso city, Kumamoto Pref.
http://g-nominoichi.petit.cc/

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Saga Joka Akino Kotto Ichi (autumn antique fair under Saga castle)
This flea market has a very good reputation around Kyushu, and has more than 50 different art shops featuring many Japanese and Western style goods, including ceramics and porcelain.

Saga

• Nov. 1 (Sat.) ~ Nov. 3 (Mon.), 10:00~17:00
• Matsubara shrine compound
• 0952-22-7340 (Balloon Fiesta Committee)
• 2-10-43 Matsubara, Saga City, Saga Pref.
• http://www.city.saga.lg.jp/contents.jsp?id=42037

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Kurashikku Dori Meibutsu Otakarano Ichi
Antique shops near the Route 210 are so numerous it has been nickname “Kura (warehouse) shikku/classic” route. This flea market includes many of the most famous products and specialties that these shops have to offer. Many rare antiques and works of art can be seen, making it fun just to browse even if you cannot afford to purchase them. A charity auction will be held on afternoon of Oct. 9.

Otakara no ichi

• Nov. 8 (Sat.) ~ 9 (Sun.)
• 1340 Yoshii-machi, Ukiha City, Fukuoka Pref.
• 0943-76-3980 (Yoshii Branch, Ukiha City Tourism Association)
• http://welcome-ukiha.jp/event/?year=2014&month=11#sub_header

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Kyushu Kotto Matsuri (Kyushu antique fair)
A famous antique market festival that began in 1998.

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• Nov. 15 ~ 16
• Mizobe Gymnasium in Uwatoko Park
• 090-8411-3336
• 3391-102 Mizobechofumoto, Kirishima City, Kagoshima Pref. (Map)
http://kottoumaturi.web.fc2.com/

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Here is a list of other Flea Markets:

A-Z Kotto Ichi (A-Z antique fair)
• Oct. 11 ~ 12, Dec. 13 ~ 14
• Kirishima City, Kagoshima Pref.
• 090-5028-4186 (Honda-san)

Nichinan Kotto Ichi (Nichinan antique fair)
• Oct. 18 ~ 19, Dec. 20 ~ 21
• Nichinan City, Miyazaki Pref.
• 090-5296-8795 (Shio-no-michi)

Apia Kotto Ichi (Apia antique fair)
• Oct. 18 ~ 19, Dec. 20 ~ 21
• Shibushi City, Kagoshima Pref.
• 090-3072-0335 (Santanda-san)

Hyuga Kotto Nomino Ichi (Hyuga antique flea market)
• Oct. 25 ~ 26, Dec. 6 ~ 7
• Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Pref.
• 090-8418-3720 (Koun Do)

Minamikyushu Kotto Ichi (Minamikyushu antique fair)
• Nov. 29 ~ 30
• Ichikikushikino City, Kagoshima Pref.
• 090-3072-0335 (Santanda-san)

Aya Shusen-no-mori Kotto Nomino Ichi (Aya Shusen-no-mori antique flea market)
• Dec. 20 ~ 21
• Aya-cho, Miyazaki Pref.
• 0985-22-8815 (Kobijutsu Shino)

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