One of the largest bargain markets in Japan, “Boro-ichi” in the Setagaya Ward in Tokyo!

Boro-ichi bargain market is held 4 times a year along Boro-ichi street close to Setagaya station and Kamimachi station on the Tokyu Setagaya line. The market has a 439-year-old tradition! I’ll introduce some appealing points to “Boro-ichi”.

2017-01-06   Events, Tokyo,

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Boro-ichi is 439 years old this year
Boro-ichi is 439 years old this year

Boro-ichi history

Boro-ichi is designated as a Tokyo Metropolitan intangible folk cultural property.
The history of Boro-ichi at Setagaya’s root is Raku-ichi, and was acknowledged as a free trade market by the lord of Odawara castle in 1578. It is said that its purpose was to increase the economy of the area.

The Mansion of the rural intendant at Setagaya
There are many people in front of the Mansion of the rural intendant at Setagaya!

Raku-ichi began to disappear over time, however it continued to exist as a market for famers and villagers. After that, some people started to sell cheap clothing for farmers called Boro, and traditional Japanese sandals(草鞋) at the market(市). This is why people call the market, Boro-ichi.

Boro-ichi is held on the 15th & 16th of December and the 15th & 16th of January every year. Nowadays, over 700 shops sell antiques, commodity goods, toys, old books, clothing, as well as many other items. About 800,000 visitors come to this market.

A wide variety of ‘Japan blue’ tableware.
A wide variety of ‘Japan blue’ tableware.
Kimono is 1,000 yen!?
Kimono is 1,000 yen!?
You will find surprising products like Shinto & Buddhist altars for your home.
You will find surprising products like Shinto & Buddhist altars for your home.

Foreign tourists are also very welcome at Boro-ichi!

A family from Australia who came for sightseeing
A family from Australia who came for sightseeing
The father’s first time trying Octopus balls(たこ焼き)!
The father’s first time trying Octopus balls(たこ焼き)!

There are many foreign visitors at the market! This family said, “We have never seen such a big market! This market is so much fun!”

She was delighted to get Indigo-dyed cloth
She was delighted to get Indigo-dyed cloth

This woman bought a lot of Japanese cloth and a Kimono belt. She enjoyed shopping and said, “I’m going to make an original shawl with them! This Japanese cloth is so beautiful!”

The famous Japanese sweets, Daikan-mochi, at Boro-ichi
The famous Japanese sweets, Daikan-mochi, at Boro-ichi

Don’t forget to get a pack of Daikan-mochi!

Daikan-mochi, (700 yen/pack), is a local specialty that you can only get at this market! It’s rice cake and you can choose from Red bean paste(餡子), Soybean flour(黄な粉), and
Radish paste(からみ). There is a dine-in area close to the stalls where you will find free hot tea. Local people believe Daikan-mochi is lucky, it is so popular that you’ll probably have to wait in line to get it. Don’t miss it!

You’ll enjoy yourself, even if you just walk around Boro-ichi
You’ll enjoy yourself, even if you just walk around Boro-ichi

Boroichi’s schedule

The Next market will be open on Sun, 15th & Mon, 16th of January.
Boro-ichi is always crowded, so I recommend that you go on Monday morning. If you bring your kids, be careful not to lose them. Please try to decide on a meeting point for your family in advance, and dress warm.

Boro-ichi is open 4 days a year. Let’s find a limited time only bargain.

Places to go near Setagaya!
Discovering fascinating felines around Gotokuji, Tokyo’s ‘Maneki Neko Town’

See the parade of Samurai in the town associated with Yoshida Shoin!

Map

4-4-9-6 Setagaya, Setagaua-ku, Tokyo

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