Every month, there are three major flea markets held at Kyoto temples: Hyakumanben on the 15th at Chion-ji, Kobo-san on the 20th at Toji Temple, and Tenjin-san on the 25th at Kita no Tenmangu.
Hyakumanben is the smallest of the three but offers a wide variety of handmade jewelry, bags, clothing, and wonderful homemade breads and other food. Chion Temple is located just across the street from Kyoto University on Imadegawa Dori.
The temple grounds teems with visitors and bargaining on the non-food items is half of the fun.
Pictured above are handmade pouches that can be used for cell phones, a wallet, or more traditional items. Below are beads that can be strung together to create a necklace or bracelet.
Most of the prices ranged from 300 - 2,000 yen. The sellers/artists tended to be young creative women, though the woman who sold me a bag of kimchi has clearly seen many years of flea markets.
Buses #17 and 206 from Kyoto Station, buses 201, 31, 17, 17 from Shijo Kawaramachi. This open air market is held at Chion Temple across from Kyoto University on the 15th of the month, close to Demachiyanagi Station on the Keihan and Eiden lines.
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