Tokyo Summer Bargain Sales 2013

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It’s never quite made sense to me why all the fashion stores start to dump their summer lines at the start of July when it suddenly gets hot. I always thought you had a sale to clear space for the next season’s stock of clothing.  Of course it’s not about inventory control, it’s all about the shopping. Without that feeling that you’re getting a bargain, you’re less likely to head out in this stinking heat and to shovel your hard earned cash over the counter.

Something to be aware of is that most retailers don’t like to telegraph their summer sale dates. While many of the listings below state a mid July close, many of them start straight up again with a ‘Summer Sale Part 2′. As is 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.

Ginza/Yurakucho/Nihonbashi

Mitsukoshi – Summer Clearance Sales
Wednesday, July 17th to Thursday, August 6th

Printemps Ginza – Summer Sale “The Bargain”
Monday, July 1st to Monday, July 15th

Daimaru – Clearance Sale
Monday, July 1st to Sunday, July 28th

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Shinjuku/Ikebukuro

Takashimaya – Summer 2013 Takashimaya Clearance
From June 28th

Keio Shinjuku – Keio Clearance
June 28th to July 31st

Isetan – Summer Clearance Sale
From Wednesday, July 17th

Seibu Ikebukuro – Seibu Summer Market, 20 to 50& OFF
Friday, June 28th to Thursday, July 11th

Parco Ikebukuro – Granba Sale
Thursday, July 4th to Sunday, July 21st

Shibuya

Shibuya Parco – PARCO Grand Bazaar  30 to 50% OFF
Thursday, July 4th to Sunday, July 21st

Shibuya Mark City -Mark City Clearance, Up to 70% OFF
Friday, July 5th to Wednesday, July 31st

Shibuya Hikarie ShinQs – Summer Clearance Sale
Monday, July 1st to Tuesday, July 16th

Omotesando Hills – SALE 2013 SUMMER
Monday, July 1st to Monday, July 15th

Laforet – 2013 Summer Laforet Grand Bazaar – Up to 90%OFF
Thursday, July 25th to Monday, July 29th

Roppongi/Akasaka

midtown-sales

Roppongi Hills – Summer Sale 2013
Monday, July 1st to Monday July 15th

Tokyo Midtown – Tokyo Midtown Sale
Friday, June 28th to Monday, July 15th

Odaiba

All the big shopping centers in Odaiba (Venus Fort, Aqua City Odaiba, Daiba City Tokyo Plaza, Decks Tokyo Beach) are combining for a sale they are calling “Odaibargain” .  The sale runs from Saturday 29th of June to Friday, July 12th. However, there will likely be ongoing sales at many of the chain stores within these centers after July 12th.

The Chain Gang

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.

Gap – Summer Sale
On sale until at least the end of July.

H&M – 50$ off summer items
June 19th through July

Zara – Summer/Spring Sale – Up to 70% OFF
July

Uniqlo – Summer Sale
July

GU – Summer Sale
Ends Friday, July 12th

Greg has been been searching for a cheaper way of doing things in and around Tokyo for more than 12 years. Greg's qualification for being a cheapo include walking up to an hour across Tokyo to save on the 160 yen subway fare and still having clothes in his dresser from 1998. When not searching for the izakaya with the cheapest beer in Japan, he develops web sites.