Friday, October 11, 2013

Tokyo Farmers Markets: Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th

Dried fruit vendor rocking it at the inaugural Market of the Sun.

As the typhoons wind down and the temperatures gradually sink it's time to bask in the glory of fall bounty: squash, chestnuts, togarashi (Japanese hot peppers), and some of the season's first rice. Sidle up to a table at one of these lovely markets and see what you can find to whip up a fall friendly dish or two. Apples, nashi (Japanese pears), and kaki (persimmons) are all rolling in as are pomegranates. Enjoy!

Market of the Sun
Saturday, October 12th and Sunday, October 13th
Tokyo's newest market is only steps away from Tsukiji and bills itself as the city's largest with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods as well as soaps, jewelry and heaps of food vendors. Feels a bit like the UN University Market but in a much smaller space.
10am - 5pm

Every Saturday and Sunday
A massive weekend affair that is great fun and features a variety of fruits and vegetables and prepared products from all over Japan. Plus, there's a most excellent selection of food trucks offering everything from salad to zingy curry to roast chicken to falafel!
10am to 4pm

Every Saturday
A first visit to this market was well worth the trek for the number of organic growers and getting to meet a Tokyo farmer from just down the tracks in Kokobunji!
10am to 2pm

Yurakucho Farmer's Market
Every Saturday and Sunday
Smaller than the UNU Market, Yurakacho features a particular region of Japan each week along with an excellent selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables. Growers from nearby Chiba, Kamakura, and Saitama are also on hand to help fill the larder.
11am to 5pm
Directions: Turn left out of Yurakacho station and cross the courtyard toward Tokyo Kouku Keitan. Look for the fun under the overhang!

Know of a market? Give me a shout and we'll add it to the list!

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