Outlet malls offer items from both Japanese and foreign popular brands at reasonable prices, and they are the place to go for those who like shopping - there are good bargains for just about everybody! In this article, we have compiled a selection of 7 popular outlet malls in the area around Tokyo.
1. Venus Fort "Venus OUTLET"
"Venus OUTLET" is an outlet mall located within "Venus Fort," a theme park for women in Odaiba. It is nice to note that, since this is an indoor mall, you do not need to worry about the weather while you are shopping. The interior of the building is designed to recreate an European townscape of the 17th and 18th centuries and, despite being indoors, it will certainly make you feel as if you were strolling about in an European city. The square, where you will find a large fountain, is a popular place to take photographs. The ceiling is painted to depict the passage of time from the blue skies of daytime, to sunset, the night, and sunrise, which results in a romantic atmosphere. We also recommend this outlet as a date destination.
2. Grandberry Mall
Grandberry Mall is about a 36 minute train ride from Shibuya Station, which makes it very easily accessible, and it receives visits from both the locals and foreign travelers. It is divided in 4 areas, so if you are specifically looking for outlet shopping, then you should head to the Outlet Shops area, where you will find plenty of choice for fashion-related stores. The other 3 areas are respectively the Freshberry Market, where you will find groceries and restaurants, the Home-Life Garden, where a selection of daily items are on offer, and the Oasis Square, a movie theater. If you are already here to shop, make some time to watch a movie or grab a bite too.
3. Shisui Premium Outlet
This outlet mall is just a 10 minute car ride from Narita Airport. Since it is located near the airport, it offers plenty of useful services for foreign tourists, such as currency exchange, coin-operated lockers that can fit LL sized suitcases (500 JPY per locker), and cell phone charging stations (100 JPY for 30 min) among others. It is also easily accessible from the center of Tokyo, as there is a direct bus service from Tokyo Station. The food court in the mall is designed to look like an airport, and the actual flight information from Narita Airport is on display as well, so you can drop by and enjoy some shopping before leaving Japan.
4. Mitsui Outlet Park Tama Minami-Osawa
At Mitsui Outlet Park Tama Minami-Osawa you can enjoy shopping in a fashionable space that evokes the Provence of southern France. It is located very conveniently at a 30 minute train ride on the Keio Line from Shinjuku Station and, since it is located near many interchanges, it is also easily accessible by car. It offers a variety of stores that include domestic and international brands, shops selling miscellaneous goods, and outdoor sports brands. The mall features a nursing room and a kids room, and it also has strollers available for rent, which makes it very family-friendly. There is also a food court, so families can enjoy a whole day out here.
5. Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside
Mitsui Outlet Park Yokohama Bayside, inspired by the port town of Nantucket Island on the east coast of the US, is located on the coast, and it is characterized by a spacious and fashionable look and a beautiful view. This mall is popular among people of all generations, as it offers the options to enjoy shopping in a total of about 70 stores selling popular fashion, outdoor, and interior decoration brands, as well as the chance to indulge in a meal while enjoying the view of the port. It is not very big, but the fact that it is on the bayside provides it with an outstanding atmosphere - the yacht harbor extends right next to it enhancing the fashionable feeling of the facility. If you get tired of shopping, you can take a break to just look at the ocean.
6. Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu
Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu is known as a place where you can enjoy shopping in a spacious area lined with palm trees that feels like a Mediterranean resort. Here you will find not only clothing stores, but also a food court where you can enjoy popular local delicacies and grocery stores, so you can take your time to make the most out of your day of shopping. The mall is easily accessible directly by highway express buses that depart from major stations like Tokyo Station, Shinjuku Station, or Yokohama Station, and you can get to it in about 30 minutes from Haneda Airport too. Here you can definitely take your time to enjoy shopping to your heart's content.
7. Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari
Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari is located right in front of Kaihin Makuhari Station, at about a 30 minute ride by train on the JR Keiyo line from Tokyo. You can find other facilities like the "Makuhari Messe" event hall and "QVC Marine Field" nearby. This two storied open mall, which uses objects in the shapes of flowers and graphics to express "charm" and "gorgeousness," houses about 120 stores, including domestic and international fashion brands, sport & outdoor shops, and shops selling fashion-related miscellaneous goods. On the second floor there is an outdoor stage where music lives and other performances are regularly held, which makes the place attractive to children as well.
There are so many outlet malls in the area around Tokyo! This is your chance to buy items from popular brands at a low price. How about making some time in your sightseeing plans to go look for a bargain?