The sales held at the start of the year at Tokyo’s shopping malls are a fantastic way to get great deals on excellent products! They also offer popular “lucky bags”. This article introduces you to 10 recommended New Year’s sales in Tokyo!
Located just 20 minutes away from Haneda Airport by monorail or train, this is a large shopping mall that many foreign tourists visit. People love its sky motif ceiling and design that evokes the streets of Europe. During the New Year, its most popular feature is its “lucky bags”, which go on sale from 10:00 am on January 1st at each of its stores.
“Lucky bags” are bags which contain many items that would normally be much more expensive. For example, in the past, bags sold at VenusFort have contained items such as children’s clothes for 10,000 JPY (the contents equivalent to 30,000 JPY) and ladies' fashion brands for 10,000 JPY (the contents equivalent to 50,000 JPY). The “lucky bag” sales are held during the first 3 days of each year, so please come by and check out all the stores!
At the end of last year, the sales period was December 26, 2017 to January 25, 2018. It is expected to occur at around the same time this year.
2. DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
As it is a close 7-minute walk away from VenusFort, it is recommended to also visit DiverCity, which is home to around 160 stores, including the popular UNIQLO. UNIQLO is a clothing store that is well known for its lineup of reasonably-priced, trendy basics for all genders and ages. During its sale period, the prices will be even lower! Last year’s sale was from December 26, 2017 to January 8, 2018.
After your shopping, how about getting your blood flowing by trying various sports, such as futsal or darts at the Round One Stadium on the 7th floor? They also have sports for kids, so it might be a great idea to take your shopping-weary kids there.
3. Shinjuku MYLORD
Shinjuku MYLORD, home to a range of ladies' fashion stores, is well known for its evening time sales. In 2018, the restaurants will also offer great deals in the evenings, so you can easily enjoy both shopping and dining there!
Some recommended stores are ViS and ITS’DEMO. ViS sells reasonably-priced, trendy, and beautiful fashion. ITS’DEMO is a fun store selling a variety of cosmetics and miscellaneous goods, which are great for personal use or as souvenirs for friends.
If there’s a store that you want to purchase a lucky bag from, come early so you don’t miss out, as they normally begin their sales from 10:00 am on January 1st.
4. Roppongi Hills
Every year, a sale is held for about two weeks from January 1st at the luxurious Roppongi Hills. You can get up to 70% off at around 70 stores, and lucky bags go on sale from 11:00 am on January 1st.
If you decide to go to Roppongi Hills for their New Year’s sale, make sure to catch their New Year’s event being held from January 1st through 3rd. 2018 brought about many fun events filled with the New Year’s spirit, such as a wadaiko (Japanese drums) show, shishi-mai (lion dance), ladies in kimono playing the koto (Japanese harp), and even a kendama (Japanese cup-and-ball) competition. You’ll be able to experience the liveliness that the New Year brings to Japan in the big city.
5. Tokyo Solamachi
Attached to the TOKYO SKYTREE, Tokyo Solamachi is a shopping mall with an aquarium that is planning many New Year’s events for the entire family to enjoy. Its sale begins on January 1st and continues until the 31st. Note that on the first 3 days of the year (from January 1st to the 3rd), they will have a big limited-time sale across all stores!
Lucky bags are also sold in Tokyo Solamachi, but the unique thing about them is that they’re mostly food or beverage related. For example, the contents of the bag sold by the bakery Pompadour in 2018 for 1,080 JPY (incl. tax) was a loaf of sandwich bread and 5 snack breads, which was great value! The prices of the lucky bags are very cheap, so it’s easy to purchase many.
6. Urban Dock LaLaport Toyosu
Many families like to visit Urban Dock LaLaport Toyosu, which is located in the pleasant Tokyo Bay area. There are shops that are perfect for families, such as ladies’ fashion, men’s fashion, and kid’s fashion stores. The mall also features miscellaneous goods stores like Tokyu Hands, PLAZA, and MUJI, as well as many interior design and decoration shops, so it is highly recommended to those that like buying those kinds of goods. They hold a sale for about a week from January 1st each year.
After your shopping, how about trying some ice skating on their outdoor skate rink that is open only in the winter? You can enjoy it from the 2nd of January 2019. You can rent or purchase any supplies or equipment needed for skating there as well.
7. Seibu Ikebukuro Main Branch
Since Seibu is a department store and not a shopping mall, it sells various products, including a wide variety of clothes, for people of all ages. It also has a LOFT store, located on the 9th through 12th floors, which sells a wide variety of miscellaneous goods and cosmetics. LOFT is a great and convenient place for purchasing souvenirs, so please do try to visit!
While many other department stores are closed on January 1st, Seibu will start its sale then. During the 2018 sale, which was held until the 15th of January, it wasn’t uncommon to see 20% to 50% off on items. It is expected to be the same in 2019.
8. Ikebukuro Parco
In comparison to other department stores, PARCO is known for stocking lots of great items for young people. Ikebukuro Parco also has a wide variety of fashion brands for men and ladies that incorporate the latest trends. The PARCO Grand Bazaar in 2019 will be held from Tuesday, January 1st (national holiday) until Monday, January 14th (national holiday).
One interesting characteristic of Ikebukuro Parco is its abundance of anime (Japanese cartoon) and game character stores, such as A3 Store, EVANGELION Store Tokyo-01, THE Character SHOP, and so on. If you are interested in Japanese otaku culture, why not check out these stores?
9. Seibu Shibuya Branch
Like the Seibu Ikebukuro Main Branch, this is a department store carrying fashion for all ages. The sale in 2018 was held from January 1st to January 15th, so the same is expected for 2019.
The unique characteristic of the Seibu Shibuya branch is that in addition to the A and B buildings which focus on fashion, there is also the LOFT building, located from B1 floor to the 6th floor, and the Movida hall, which contains MUJI from the B1 floor to the 5th floor. You’ll find Café & Meal MUJI on the 2nd floor of this building. Fans of MUJI, popular for its simple design, can’t get enough of this cafe, where one can dine using MUJI tableware.
10. Laforet HARAJUKU
Harajuku is Tokyo’s source of youth culture and fashion, and Laforet HARAJUKU is its central presence. You can spot the latest fashion trends just by walking through the building and looking at the shop clerks’ fashion. It is especially recommended to check out the 1st floor and 1.5th floor to see the fashion brands that are driving the newest trends. If you are looking for men's fashion, head up to the 2.5th floor or the 3rd floor. By the way, stores carrying Harajuku’s unique lolita fashion are located on the B1.5 floor. It could be interesting, so take a peek!
The New Year’s sales begin each year on January 1st from 9:00 am and continue until January 3rd, with a Grand Bazaar held around the end of January. Tons of people will visit during this period, so it’ll be very lively!
The sales period is a great chance to get the items you want at a special discounted price! Get to know the unique characteristics of each hot spot and enjoy shopping at a discount.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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