Kyoto Antique Fair｜京都アンティークフェアー
While enjoying the ancient capital city of Kyoto, the cultured visitor is bound to encounter an antique shop or two filled with interesting curios, vintage kimono, or traditional art that catches their attention. But did you know there is an event that brings together antique dealers from all over the country in one place for a fantastic three day bazaar?
The Kyoto Antique Fair, the largest antique fair in western Japan, is held three times a year at the Kyoto Pulse Plaza convention center south of Kyoto Station. In March, June, and October, over 350 dealers set up stalls at this event, which opened its doors for the 70th time in the spring of 2018.
There’s almost nothing you can’t find at the Kyoto Antique Fair! Many stalls specialize in a particular sort of item, such as kimono, pottery, woodblock prints, Buddhist relics, jewelry, artwork, or furniture, but some are an eclectic mix.
There’s also an international flavor to the fair, with some sellers dealing in antiques from Europe, America, Southeast Asia, and more.
Though you might be thinking antiques are outside your travel budget, the Kyoto Antique Fair has something for every wallet, with some items as affordable as only 500 or 1,000 yen. On the other side of the spectrum, you can also find lavish works of art made from rare materials and crafted by well-known artists that could set a potential buyer back millions of yen.
It all depends on what you’re looking for!
Make sure to schedule a stop by the Kyoto Antique Fair if you’re hoping to find some authentic antiques to take home with you! Even just walking around the sprawling two-story convention floor is a treat for the eyes… But we don’t think you’ll be able to visit and not end up opening your wallet for something compelling!
Things to See/Do
March 29th – April 1st: 10:00 – 17:00 (last day 10:00 – 16:00)
June 29th – July 1st: 10:00 – 17:00 (last day 10:00 – 16:00)
October 26th – 28th: 10:00 – 17:00 (last day 10:00 – 16:00)
- General Admission: Free
- 10:00 – 17:00 (last day 10:00 – 16:00)