The regular outdoor antique and flea markets of Tokyo and Kyoto, usually held at shrines and temples, are great fun to attend. You need to get there early for the best deals, but you’re likely to find some gorgeous secondhand kimono, satin-smooth lacquerware or rustic pottery, among a good deal of tat. Flea markets are great also for stocking up on inexpensive clothes and household items.

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