If Japan outlet shopping is not on your radar so far we hope to change this with this little overview. There is an amazing selection of designer fashion available in Japan outlets at amazing prizes if you know where to look.
Before we go deeper into the Japan outlet shopping scene however one word of advice: do not come to Japan if you are only interested in good deals for designer cloth shopping! The prices even in the outlets are way higher than in the United States or Europe. You can check out the outlet homepage for special sales but even than the price will only be comparable to a “normal” outlet price elsewhere.
If you are from Japan a flight to Europe for a nice 2 day shopping spree in Metzingen will probably break even after 2 or 3 outfits! In case you are already in Japan you should definitely check out some of the factory outlets we have listed in this article.
Japan outlets in the Tokyo area:
Unfortunately there is no real Tokyo factory outlet itself. There are some nice alternatives close to the capital:
Gotemba Premium outlets
In case you are interested in a broad variety of brands you should check out the Gotemba Premium Outlets. They are one of the largest Japan outlet malls and have more than 200 stores including high end designer fashion from Armani, Burberry, Coach, Dolce ＆ Gabbana, Gucci, Moschino, Yves Saint Laurent and many more.
They also have some shops you do not often see in outlets like like Bottega Veneta and Balenciaga. The detailed listing of all available stores is available on the homepage.
How to get there? The outlet is about 60 miles south of Tokyo, by car take the Tomei expressway until Gotemba, the address is 1312 Fukasawa, Gotemba-Shi, Shizuoka, Japan 412-0023. By train it is about 1½ to 2 hours to Gotemba station, you should try and take a direct train (e.g. starting from Shinjuku Station).
The times can be seen here. Once you are in Gotemba station take a taxi or use the shuttle bus leaving every 20 minutes (10, 30 and 50 every hour). Please be aware that the train is not using JR tracks all the way so if you are using the japan railway pass you need to pay a supplementary fee for the direct train.
Before going there check out the sales listed on the homepage. We also list some ongoping sales at the bottom of the article.
As mentioned the prices in the outlet are still quite high compared to e.g. the US so if you can try to go during the summer sales in June, the winter sales in November or the premium outlet special sales in August.
On a clear day you can also see the famous Mt. Fuji while you shop your heart out so it may be worthwhile to combine sightseeing with shopping if you make the trip from Tokyo. The Gotemba outlet even offers a tour package for this. Details can be found on the homepage, the price is 9500 Yen per person.
MITSUI OUTLET PARK Makuhari
A much closer Tokyo outlet is the MITSUI OUTLET PARK Makuhari (address 2-6-1, Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba-city, Chiba-prefecture). To go to this outlet by train go to Kaihin Makuhari Station. This Tokyo outlet mall is about a minute walk from the south exit. Opening hours are from 10:00h – 20:00h, the restaurant is open until 21:30h.
There are about 80 shops in this outlet but mainly focused on local brands with some american brands like Coach, Kate Spade, Nike and Adidas. If you are a tourist go to the information center on Rose Court 1F, show your passport and get some coupons for additional savings.
Outlet shopping in Narita:
Last but not least there is the Shisiu Premium Outlet in Narita (689 Iizumi Shisui-machi, Inba-gun, Chiba, Japan 285-0912) which is about 10 minutes by car from the airport.
By train go to JR Shisiu station or Keisei Shisiu station and then take the shuttle bus. The Narita outlet has about 120 stores and is perfect if you need to the airport anyway to spend some of the leftover Yen or just have a lot of time left till departure.
The stores are mainly focused on American brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Banana Republic, Gap and Coach as well as lokal Japanese brands. A detailed listing of the stores is available on the homepage.
Outlet Sales offers in Japan
In general the sales in the outlets are conservative compared to the deals you might get in the states. During the holiday season for example many stores offer free wrapping as a special enticement to go shopping. Shops that do provide a discount seldom offer more than 20% additional discount.
Current ongoing sales can be found in the list below. As mentioned there are some special outlet sales currently being offered in the holiday season:
- The Tokyo Gotemba outlets offer a “Christmas gift collection” sale. As stated the discounts are not as huge as in the US however serious shoppers can still save even more. Offers include for example a buy 3 or more get 30 percent off by Kate Spade. Dsquared2 still offers 20% discount when buying three or more items. Similar sales are available for the brands Timberland, Maison Martin Margiela, Jill Stuart, Furla, De Longhi and Ciaopanic.
- Overseas visitors in any Premium outlet in Japan can get a coupon book. Just present your passport at the reception to get some additional savings!
Let us know if you have made your own experiences while outlet shopping in Tokyo or Japan. Just leave a comment below, we love to hear your experiences!