Around Tokyo: 鬼子母神 手作り (Kishibojin handmade market)

Every second sunday of the month is a craft market in the Kishibojin shrine in Zoshigaya. ( sometimes the day also varies but normally it happens during the second sunday of the month ) There are plenty of people who visit and even from 9am there are tons of people lining up to get into the craft market or to line up for the famous delicious bread that they sell here. The market starts at 9am and ends at 4pm and you can see tons of handmade crafts by locals around the area and you can also enjoy Japanese food while going around to look at the many things being sold.

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Small trinkets like gems and earrings

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Chimes and a famous omanju store behind with a very long line as well

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Handmade stamps! and you can even request them to make her to make stamps for you too!

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Glass made necklaces, brooches and rings

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Ceramics and more people

If you are into crafts heres a place that you would love, although it is a bit pricey. Nothing will be sold below ¥1000 except their postcards and the sort, but everything else will be very pricey even up to ¥20000.

How to get there: The easiest way is to ride the Tokyo Toden, or the streetcar in Tokyo and the only one left in service in Tokyo. Go down Kishibojinmae station and you will see a street full of big trees to the right as soon as you get down. Walk straight ahead as soon as you see this big white and black sign and you will not miss the big temple to the left.

There are so many interesting coffee shops around the area and a famous Melon Pan place, which I love. Since it is more “downtown” of Tokyo, not really but very quiet and one of the oldest towns around Tokyo. There are tons of places that you could visit such as one of the oldest sento (bath house) in Tokyo and the Zoshigaya Bochi (graveyard) where the famous graves of Lafcadio Hearn and Natsume Soseki are.

4 thoughts on “Around Tokyo: 鬼子母神 手作り (Kishibojin handmade market)

  1. iyassantos says:

    i’ll be going to Tokyo a couple of months from now. I hope to find necklaces with glass blings like that in your photo!

    your travel looks fun! 🙂 can’t wait to see Tokyo too!

    • thebackpackingballerina says:

      Thank you! 🙂 you should also try a few other places around Zoshigaya. They have a famous sento there and a famous cafe and graveyard with famous writers. Ill update you when i post that entry if you’d like. 🙂

  2. Emi says:

    I will be in Tokyo on 11/8/15. How can i be sure the market will be held? Sounds great! Are there other similar markets? Thanks.

    • thebackpackingballerina says:

      Hi Emi its only held on the last Sunday of the month so if its not the last sunday there wont be a market. As for other markets i know of one near Kagurazaka station but it doesn’t have as much choices as this market. This is still one of the best and biggest for me 🙂

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