Top 10 Shopping Malls In Japan - Updated 2021

shopping malls in japan

Japan is famous for its shrines and unique culture, but did you know that they also take shopping very seriously? In Japan, not only can you find the world’s leading labels, but you can also secure one-of-a-kind handcrafted items. Shopping can be a bit of a daunting experience if you don’t know where to go, so we decided to pull together a list of the best shopping malls in Japan. On a rainy day, no one wants to be walking around outside, so instead head indoors for a little bit of retail therapy. Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, daily items, or something unique and special, we’ve got you covered. Simply read on to discover the top shopping malls in Japan today.

1. Porta Kyoto

This underground shopping mall can be found directly under the Kyoto bus station. There are two main ‘wings’ to Porta Kyoto. The west wing has a focus on fashion, so you’ll see a number of clothes and accessories shops that cater to all genders. The main dining and restaurant area is connected to the west wing and is called Porta Dining. The east wing of porta is mainly dedicated to satisfying your food cravings with a number of specialist food stores. Also head to the east wing if you are hoping to buy some standard Japanese souvenirs.

Porta Kyoto

Address: 902, Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8216

Website: Porta Kyoto

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 10am - 8:30pm; Fri - Sat: 10am - 9pm

2. Yaesu Shopping Mall

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Directly connected to Tokyo Station, this popular mall has everything you need. Some of the stores offer a tax-free exemption on purchases, so be sure to take your passport with you. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout, and sales are posted on the mall website so you can easily see where to scout out a bargain. This is one of the largest malls in Japan, with over 100 shops selling everything from children’s clothes to household hold goods and everything in between. There are also 60 on-site restaurants, so when you need a break you can fill your tummy with some delicious food.

Yaesu Shopping Mall

Address: 2 Chome-1 Yaesu, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0028

Website: Yaesu Shopping Mall

Opening hours: 10am - 8pm (daily)

3. Shibuya Hikarie Mall

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With eight floors of dedicated shopping space and two floors of restaurants and cafes, you are totally spoilt for choice. You know you’re in Japan when the shopping mall offers not only standard lockers but also refrigerated lockers. So, if you want to buy some chocolates, we’d definitely recommend this mall because you can be safe in the knowledge that your chocolates won’t melt while you shop around. From the mall, you can also have direct access to Shibuya Station, making it easy and convenient to get to.

Shibuya Hikarie Mall

Address: 2 Chome-21-1 Shibuya, Shibuya City, Tokyo 150-8510

Website: Shibuya Hikarie Mall

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily)

4. Tokyo Solamachi

Located in Tokyo Skytree, this mall is part of a much larger complex. You can easily spend all day wandering around the mall and its connected areas. There are different departments, and items such as womenswear and souvenirs are allocated on a separate floor. Online, you can find an easy-to-read map. When its time for a rest, head to the East Yard of Solamachi and choose from 35 cafes and dining spots. There are two different types of tax redemption offered at some stores, and again, information is easily available online.

Tokyo Solamachi

Address: 1 Chome-1-2 Oshiage, Sumida City, Tokyo 131-0045

Website: Tokyo Solamachi

Opening hours: 10am - 9pm (daily)

5. Ginza Six

GINZA SIX Exterior view 2018
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This is one of the most popular malls in Japan. There are regular events, pop-up stores, sales, and even a rooftop garden. We’d recommend visiting the website, as you can easily search for different shops before you head to the hustle and bustle of the mall itself. There are technically 9 public floors, but you’ll see in the elevator that the numbers jump from the 6th floor to the 13th. The middle space is for offices. The top floor consists of restaurants and access to the rooftop garden, the largest public rooftop garden in the Ginza area.

Ginza Six

Address: 6 Chome-10-1 Ginza, Chuo City, Tokyo 104-0061

Website: Ginza Six

Opening hours: 10:30am - 8:30pm (daily)

6. Venus Fort Odaiba

Ever wondered what a medieval European village might look like if it was a shopping mall in Japan? To be honest, neither had we, but someone did, and so Venus Fort Odaiba was born. This unique shopping mall is an absolute must-see, not just for the novelty factor but also for excellent shopping opportunities. There are three well-organized levels so that you can find everything you need. Level one is dedicated to families and level two is for worldwide brands and cafes. Finally, level three is the outlet level where you can find some absolute bargains.

Venus Fort Odaiba

Address: 1 Chome-3-15 Aomi, Koto City, Tokyo 135-0064

Website: Venus Fort Odaiba

Opening hours: 11am - 9pm (daily)

7. Mitsui Outlet Park

This mall is just 23 minutes from Shinsaibashi and 18 minutes from Osaka Station, so it is easily reachable. It also boasts all of the most well-known brands, including Timberland, Adidas and Coach, to name just a few. The layout of this five-story building is famously designed in the shape of a lotus flower. Inside, you’ll also find a number of cafes and coffee shops alongside the outlets, so you have plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind during your shopping bonanza.

Mitsui Outlet Park

Address: 2 Chome-7-70 Mattaomiya, Tsurumi Ward, Osaka, 538-0031

Website: Mitsui Outlet Park

Opening hours: 11am - 8pm (daily)

8. Chitose Outlet Mall Rera

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Rera is Hokkaido’s largest outlet mall and is the ideal way to spend a rainy or snowy day. It is also only 10 minutes away from New Chitose Airport, so you can do some last-minute shopping here before you leave. There are many tax-free shops, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the mall. In total, there are about 140 on-site shops and restaurants to explore. There is a PDF map available to download online, but the mall is pretty easy to navigate.

Chitose Outlet Mall Rera

Address: 1 Chome-2-1 Kashiwadaiminami, Chitose, Hokkaido 066-8765

Website: Chitose Outlet Mall Rera

Opening hours: 10am - 7pm (daily)

9. Nakano Broadway

Broadway Arcade Nakano Tokyo
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If you want to get your geek on but have already explored Akhibara, then head to Nakano Broadway. This sprawling mall has everything that you could wish for, particularly if you’re an otaku. A lot of the stores on the third and fourth levels sell character merchandise. The second level is for clothes and general daily items. The first level is a marketplace where you can get all of your groceries and food goods for an excellent price. You may also want to walk along Nakano Sun Mall, which is a long, covered shopping corridor that leads to Nakano Broadway.

Nakano Broadway

Address: 5 Chome-52 Nakano, Nakano City, Tokyo 164-0001

Website: Nakano Broadway

10. Rinku Premium Outlets

Rinku premium outlets
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With a tag line of “always worth the visit”, we’d have to agree. With 210 stores, this popular outlet mall has something for everyone. Located just across the water from Kansai International Airport, it is an ideal location for some last-minute shopping. There are various sales and events throughout the year, but by far the most popular one is Premium Outlets Bargain Sale. This event takes place twice a year and lasts for just 10 days. If you’re a shopaholic, you’ll want to time your trip with the sale.

Rinku Premium Outlets

Address: 3-28, Rinku Ourai Minami, Izumisano-Shi, Osaka, Japan, RINKU, Osaka 598-0047

Website: Rinku Premium Outlets

Opening hours: Mar - Jan: 10am - 8pm; Feb: 10am - 7pm (daily)

Lets go on a shopping spree

These top shopping malls in Japan are just the tip of the iceberg! We’d happily show you a dozen more great shopping places to tick off everything on your wish list. But, for today we’ll stop here. Have you been to any of these malls? Be sure to leave a review and share your pictures with us on Instagram. Happy shopping in Japan!

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