When it comes to shopping for premium and branded goods in Tokyo, outlet stores are shopping destinations worth checking out. Location-wise, these malls may be less convenient compared to ones in central areas like Shinjuku or Ginza, but when it comes to price, outlet malls reward their shoppers handsomely with tax-free incentives, discounts, and other promos to make the trip worth it.
On top of bargains, another great quality of these shopping centers is the ambiance. Unlike department stores that get too crowded, most – if not all outlet malls are spacious places where you can also enjoy a nice stroll. Plan a shop ‘til you drop trip by taking your pick from this list of top outlet malls in and around Tokyo:
Tokyo Venus Outlet
Starting the list off is Tokyo Venus Outlet. Occupying the third floor of Odaiba’s Venus Fort Mall, this option is perfect for those who have limited time in Tokyo and hence, are very particular about easy access. It showcases a short but well-curated list of local and international brands that cater to a wide variety of fashion tastes. The mall is likewise known for its amazing European-inspired interiors to make the shopping trip here a more pleasurable experience.
Address: 1 Chome-3-15 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Access: 3 minute walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line
Mitsui Outlet Park Tama Minamiosawa
Mitsui is a popular chain of outlet malls in Japan and this branch in Minamiosawa is the largest one so far. Indeed, here, you can shop until you drop as you browse through a wide variety of stores selling fashion brands – both local and international, miscellaneous goods, lifestyle, outdoors, and sports shopping finds. Expect enticing discount offers that are hard to come by elsewhere, and as a deal sweetener, it is just 30 minutes by train from Shinjuku Station and offers various conveniences for all kinds of shoppers – great restaurant choices, strollers for rents, nursing rooms for mothers, and the like.
Address: 1-600 Minamiosawa, Hachioji, Tokyo
Access: 2 minute walk from Minami-osawa Station on the Keio Line from Shinjuku Station
Chiba Prefecture Area
Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu
A large outlet park with a fun seaside resort style atmosphere, Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu in Chiba is perfect for a day’s shopping excursion. It houses over 240 shops ranging from mainstream favorites to world-renowned luxury brands, a wonderful selection of restaurants including those that serve local Chiba specialties, and a number of fun attractions if shopping is not enough. It has a Kids Park, a rooftop viewing terrace, a 16-hole crazy golf course, and an entertainment area where shows and performances are sometimes staged. On top of all that, it is very easy to get to despite being located outside Tokyo. Direct highway buses can be boarded daily from either Tokyo or Shinjuku Stations.
Address: 3 Chome-1-1 Kanedahigashi, Kisarazu, Chiba
Access: 62 minutes by direct bus from Tokyo Station, or 45 minutes by direct bus from Shinjuku Station
Shisui Premium Outlet
Scheduling your outlet mall shopping trip just hours before flying out is totally possible because of Shishui Premium Outlet. This mall is just 15 minutes via a nonstop bus from Narita Airport, giving you a perfect excuse for giving in to those last minute bargains. It is very tourist-friendly with facilities like currency exchange centers and coin lockers even for large suitcases. A tip: Even if it’s just a short distance away from the airport, do not underestimate the time you need to shop around. With about 180 shops, you’d definitely want to stay longer and browse as much as you can!
Address: 2 Chome-4-1 Iizumi, Shisui, Inba, Chiba
Access: 50 minutes by direct bus from Tokyo Station
Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari
Another Mitsui Outlet Park in Chiba, this Makuhari branch can be easily reached via train from Tokyo and Ueno Stations in Central Tokyo. As to be expected from this popular chain of outlet malls, visitors are treated to a wide array of stores offering outlet discounts, tax-free shopping, or in the case of some stores, both.
Address: 2-6-1 Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba
Access: 30 minutes by direct bus from Tokyo Station
Kanagawa Prefecture Area
Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside
If visiting the nearby city of Yokohama is in your itinerary, might as well squeeze in outlet shopping in your to-do list. While an awesome roster of brands is a given, you can also look forward to a pleasant atmosphere with the mall grounds designed like a Western seaside boardwalk with a view of a marina. It has family-oriented facilities such as kids’ playground, baby cars, and nursing rooms. Summers here are much more fun as it is walking distance to a beach and outdoor tables are even set up for barbecue.
Address: 5-2 Shiraho, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Access: 53 minutes by train from Tokyo Station to Shin-Sugita Station via JR Keihin-Tohoku & Negishi Line – From Shin-Sugita Station, transfer to the Yokohama Seaside Line bound for Torihama Station – From Torihama Station, 5 minute walk to Mitsui Outlet Park
Saitama Prefecture Area
Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma
Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma may be a little out of the way – an hour train and a bus ride from Shinjuku or Ikebukuro Station, but if you want to do some serious shopping, making the trip here is totally worth it. It is the next largest Mitsui Outlet Park in the region (next to Kisarazu) boasting of about 210 stores. Dominated by clothing boutiques, enjoy major discounts that can go as generous as 70% off!
Address: 3169-1 Miyadera, Iruma City, Saitama
Access: 39 minutes by train from Ikebukuro Station to Irumashi Station via Seibu-Ikebukuro Line – From Irumashi Station, 15 minute bus ride to Mitsui Outlet Park
Koshigaya Lake Town Outlet
Laketown Outlet is one of the three malls that make up the much larger Koshigaya Aeon Laketown, Japan’s first eco-shopping complex. It promises a relaxing shopping experience as it sits among a vast and verdant lakeside area spanning 224,000 sqm, promoting affinity for nature by means of eco-friendly design and practices. Expect scenic views and pedestrian-friendly promenades. In terms of shopping, the entire complex has over 700 stores, while Laketown Outlet, in particular, has around 140.
Address: 4-1-1 Laketown, Koshigaya-shi, Saitama
Access: 36 minutes by train from Tokyo Station to Minami-urawa Station via Keihin-Tohoku Line – From Minamu-urawa Station, transfer to the JR Musashino Line bound for Koshigaya-Laketown Station – From Koshigaya-Laketown Station, 10 minute walk to Koshigaya Laketown Outlet
Gotemba Premium Outlet
Gotemba Premium Outlet is perhaps Japan’s most popular outlet mall because on top of the deals that await here, there’s Mt. Fuji, too. It is located near the base of Japan’s most iconic mountain, which means, you can already combine the sightseeing with outlet shopping in one trip. Needless to say, Gotemba Premium Outlet has an attractive offering of around 200 branded shops, restaurants, a food court, and 50-meter high ferris wheel, too!
Address: 1312 Fukasawa, Gotenba, Shizuoka
Access: Direct bus service available in different pick up points in Tokyo (Shinjuku Station, Ikebukuro Station, Tokyo Station)
Sano Premium Outlet
Wide-open spaces, US east coast town setting, and around 180 stores to hunt for bargains – these are the things that merit a trip to Sano Premium Outlet in Tochigi. It is also just about 20 minutes drive from Ashikaga Flower Park, a destination famous for its magical display of wisteria trees and tunnels. So if your trip happens to be scheduled during the spring season, this outlet mall is highly recommended.
Address: 2058 Koena-cho, Sano-shi, Tochigi
Access: 80-90 minutes by bus from Shinjuku or Tokyo Stations to Sano New City Bus Terminal – From Sano New City Bus Terminal, 3 minute walk to Sano Premium Outlet
Nasu Garden Outlet
Nasu Outlet Garden is generous not just with shopping deals, but also with space. This resort-style outlet mall occupies 187,000 sqm with 148 stores to enjoy bargain-hunting. It is surrounded by nature and during winter time, the mall transforms into a magical wonderland with its festive lights and decorations.
Address: 184-7 Shionosaki, Nasushiobara, Tochigi
Access: 1 hour by train from Tokyo Station to JR Nasushiobara Station via Tohoku Shinkansen – From JR Nasushiobara Station, 8 minute shuttle bus (free) to Nasu Garden Outlet
Ami Premium Outlet
Ami Premium Outlet is a great choice if you want to go on a less touristy day trip from Tokyo. It is situated in the Ibaraki countryside, and nearby sights include the Ushiku Daibutsu – a 120-meter tall Buddha. The mall has 150 outlet stores selling premium label brands from clothing to house goods.
Address: 4-1-1 Yoshiwara, Ami, Inashiki, Ibaraki
Access: 1 hour by train from Ueno Station to Arakawaoki Station via JR Joban Line – From Arakawaoki Station, 20 minute bus ride to Ami Premium Outlet
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