Tokyo Summer Sales 2015

Tokyo summer sale
Pic by Shoko Muraguchi, used under a Creative Commons licence.

Every year, the closing of the rainy season marks the opening of Tokyo’s famous “end-of-summer” bargain sales—which, despite the name, happen before summer has even reached its peak. The Tokyo summer sales are a clever ploy to lure shoppers out from under their home air conditioners, a chance to score savings of around 30-50% on fashion and all sorts of other stuff, and a way for shops to clear their inventory.

One thing to be aware of is that most retailers don’t like to make much noise about their summer sale dates. While many of the listings below state a mid-July closing (or no closing), many of them start right up again with a “Summer Sale Part 2.” Also, as usual there are always lots of “Up to XX off” and other not so subtle ways to convince you you’re getting a better deal than you think.

Here’s when and where to go bargain hunting in summer 2015!

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Mitsukoshi - Summer Clearance Sale
From Wednesday, July 15th to Tuesday, July 28th

Check out their branches in Chiba, Ebisu, and Tama Center as well—they’re also having clearance sales from the 15th to the 28th! The Ginza and Nihombashi branches have English-language lists of the brands that will go on sale.

Printemps Ginza – Summer Sale “The Bargain”
From Wednesday, July 1st to Friday, July 10th

Printemps Ginza’s 2015 summer sale is notably shorter than last year’s, which ran from Friday, June 27th to Monday, July 13th. Better hurry and check it out before it ends! Although this is their main sale, they’re also having a sale on summer items such as sandals from July 2nd (Thursday) to the 14th (Tuesday).

Daimaru – Clearance Sale
Starts in late June (start date varies per brand or item)

Daimaru doesn’t have a unified clearance sale for the entire department store. For instance, some fashion brands and household items such as aprons already went on sale in late June, while other brands started to go on sale on July 1st. There are still a few brands set to have their own clearance sale on the 15th. No end dates were mentioned, so we suppose that the sale will go on as long as supply lasts. Catch it while you can; it’s not just women’s brands that are on sale, but men’s fashion, outdoor items, and household and living items as well!

Matsuya Ginza – Clearance Sale

Start date varies per brand

Some sales at Matsuya started as early as June, while others are yet to start, and will do so on the 15th.

Tokyo summer sale
Pic by [cipher], used under a Creative Commons licence.


Takashimaya – Summer 2015 Takashimaya Clearance
The start date varies depending on the brand or type of item.. While some have already begun, others will go on sale on the 8th (e.g. accessories, shoes, and handbags on the 2nd floor; men’s suits, ties, shoes and bags on the 6th floor; some baby clothes on the 9th floor), on the 15th (e.g. UV-protecting women’s gloves on the 1st floor), or even later.

Keio Shinjuku – Keio Clearance
From Wednesday, July 1st

Isetan – Summer Clearance Sale
From Wednesday, July 15th (some stores start on July 31st)

Lumine – Check the Bargain

From Friday, July 17th

This applies not only to Shinjuku’s multiple Lumine branches, but also to the others in Ikebukuro, Tachikawa, Shibuya, Kita-Senju, Yurakucho, and more.

Photo by Guilhem Vellut used under CC

Seibu Ikebukuro – Seibu Summer City (bargains at 20-50% off)
From Wednesday, July 1st to Tuesday, July 14th

Parco Ikebukuro – Grand Bazaar (“Granba”)
From Thursday, July 2nd to Monday, July 20th

Fans of the anime series Yowamushi Pedal might be interested to hear that Parco has a tie-up with it. Not only do the characters appear in promotional materials for the sale, but there will also be exclusive goods and a tie-up cafe in nicocafe on B2F of P’Parco, Parco Ikebukuro’s annex.

Marui City Ikebukuro/Shinjuku Marui - Sparkling Sale

Starts Wednesday, July 1st

Marui’s online shop is also holding a sale. Shipping on all items is free until July 20th. Unfortunately for our international readers, they only ship within Japan!

Tobu Ikebukuro – Clearance Sale

Starts Wednesday, July 15th

Sunshine City – Good Bargain

From Friday, June 26th to Sunday, July 12th

With about 90 shops participating, Sunshine City is where you can shop till you drop!


Photo by Joshua Damasio used under CC

Shibuya Parco – Grand Bazaar (“Granba”)
From Thursday, July 2nd to Monday, July 20th

The Yowamushi Pedal tie-up applies to most of Parco’s branches, and Shibuya is no exception. The only difference is that Shibuya doesn’t have a tie-up cafe.

Shibuya Mark City – Mark City Sale
From Thursday, July 2nd to Wednesday, July 15th

The first 3,000 shoppers to spend over 10,000 yen in a single purchase will get gift certificates worth 1,000 yen.

Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs – Summer Clearance

From Wednesday, July 8th to Wednesday, July 22nd

Omotesando Hills – Summer Sale 2015
From Friday, June 26th to Monday, July 20th

With about 50 shops participating, you can get bargains of up to 70% off.

Laforet – Laforet Grand Bazaar
From Thursday, July 23th to Monday, July 27th

While hugely popular, this sale is short and fleeting (and incredibly crowded, too), so make the most of it while it lasts! It runs from 9 am-9 pm each day.

Marui City Shibuya - Sparkling Sale

From Wednesday, July 1st


midtown sales

Roppongi HillsSummer Sale 2015
From Friday, June 26th to Friday, July 17th

Tokyo Midtown – Tokyo Midtown Sale
From Friday, June 26th to Friday, July 31st

Technically, this is a two-part sale, with the first part running from June 26th-July 14th, and the second running from July 15th-31st. You can get discounts of up to 50% off here.


Tokyo Solamachi – Summer Sky Bargain

From Thursday, June 26th to Thursday, July 9th

Matsuya Asakusa – Clearance Sale

Start date varies per brand (Starts July 1st, 8th, or 15th)

Matsuzakaya Ueno - Clearance Sale

Start date varies per brand

Marui Ueno - Sparkling Sale

From Wednesday, July 1st


Three of Odaiba’s large shopping centers  (Venus Fort, Aqua City Odaiba, and Diver City Tokyo Plaza) are having sales from Saturday, June 20th to Friday, July 17th. Last year, they and another mall, DECKS Tokyo Beach, combined to hold one big sale; however, this year, their sales are going by different names: Venus Fort Bargain, Aqua the Bargain (up to 80% off!), and, for Diver City, Gekiteki Summer Bargain (with about 90 participating shops and bargains as high as 70%).

And what about DECKS Tokyo Beach? It’s holding the DECKS Beach Sale from Saturday, June 20th to Sunday, July 12th, promising up to 80% off on discounts. Despite the name, their sale does not seem restricted to beachwear.

The Chain Gang

Photo by bfishadow used under CC

Although a lot of the places above are filled with the big chains, they tend to ignore what is going on around them. They also seem to be a lot cagier about revealing the exact start and end-of-sale periods. Based on previous years, here’s what we can tell you:

Gap – Summer Sale
Usually on until at least the end of July.

H&M – Summer Sale
2013’s sale ran from June 19th through July.

Zara – Summer/Spring Sale – Previously up to 70% OFF

Uniqlo – Summer Sale
July. The online store currently has an ongoing sale.

GU – Summer Sale
2014’s sale started in late June, but there’s an ongoing sale on its online store right now.

This post was first published on July 8th, 2013 and has been updated by Frances Maeda in 2014 and Tiffany Lim in 2015.

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  • Grace

    I’m totally going to check out some of these sales! Thanks!

  • Theo Lubbe

    Normal prices during the ‘sale’ period at the beginning of a season, inflated prices mid-season for all those shoppers who only realised into the season they have “nothing” to wear, with occasional ‘limited stock’ sales here and there.

    That’s always been how I’ve interpreted it, anyway – many clothes stores here in South Africa seem to do things that way. “Oh, we’re sorry, we’ve run out of stock of sale item x….”. Next day the sale for that item is finished, but it’s back in stock already.

  • Brian

    Are there equivalent sale periods for Fall, Winter and Spring?

    • CheapoGreg

      Summer and winter are the two big ones but yes, there are Fall and Spring sales as well. It all doesn’t make much sense to me – it’s about 34 degrees outside at the moment but if you go into any fashion store they’re full of jackets and sweaters at the moment.