A vendor at the Farmer's Market in Aoyama



Weekend Farmer's Markets in Aoyama


Shop with the locals and taste the seasons of Japan at weekend farmer’s markets in Aoyama, Tokyo.

Fresh veggies
Enjoy the flavors and colors of the season at the farmer’s market.

Tokyo probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you’re craving some fresh, seasonal produce. But locals flock to the farmer’s market outside the United Nations University in Aoyama every Saturday and Sunday. People slowly wander through rows of tents bursting with colorful produce or freshly prepared goodies. They share small talk with the vendors while sipping coffee or juice from one of the drink stands.
The whitish-green bumpy veggies in the middle left crate are called goya.

While Tokyoites may be keen on some kale or funky heirloom tomatoes, you might be more interested in unfamiliar Japanese veggies. For example, you’re bound to see some long lumpy, bumpy veggies in green or white if you go during the summer months. Those are goya, a veggie native to Okinawa and well known for their bitter taste. Great source of vitamin C, too.
foodFood vendors come every weekend for hungry shoppers. (This little truck serves some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had in Japan.)

In addition to fruits and veggies, you can also find a variety of other goods such as domestic honeys, oils, and spices (great souvenir ideas!), pickled salads, breads and cookies. If you work up an appetite, there’s a rotating selection of foods available on any given weekend from Indian to Italian to Japanese. On my most recent trip, there were vendors selling pizza baked in a brick oven installed in the back of a van. There are also stands selling coffee, local beers, and juices.
vendorsJust some of the smiling faces at the farmer’s market.

You’ll also get a chance to meet the people whose labor of love it is to grow these veggies, keep bees, bake breads, and everything in between. Sporting big smiles, the vendors won’t hesitate to give tips on how best to enjoy the tastes of the seasons. There’s also a good chance they’ll share a bite or two with you.
olive oil and tomatoesSharing a laugh over tomatoes and olive oils.

If you plan on being in Tokyo on a weekend, set aside some time to stop by the farmer’s market for lunch and a chat, then pick up a snack for later as well as some unique souvenirs.

ice coffee
Fresh brewed ice coffee on tap.


Farmer’s Market @ UNU

5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

10:00am – 4:00pm every Saturday and Sunday

Approx. 5 min walk from exit B2 of Omotesando Station

Website (Japanese only)


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