Tokyo Winter Sales: 2016-2017 Roundup

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December and January are extremely busy months for most Japanese shops, as their winter sales attract lots of people looking to spend their year-end bonuses. The first three days after New Year are especially crazy, with huge crowds trying to make the most of the New Year sales and buying fukubukuro (lucky bags with random items from last year’s inventory). New Year shopping in Japan is serious business, almost like Black Friday in the US. And you thought that the Japanese New Year was simply marked by traditions such as watching the first sunrise, or visiting temples and shrines!

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Here’s a list of some department stores and malls holding winter sales. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all the department stores around Tokyo, and that some of these establishments may have multiple sales—a Christmas sale and then a New Year’s sale, or a part one then a part two. Also, many retailers do not post sale information on their websites, as they tend to make it “exclusive” to subscribers of their newsletters (merumaga, a contraction of “mail magazine”). Any information without an accompanying link was taken from an actual visit, or some compilations on Japanese websites. So bear in mind that the information here may be subject to change. The best way to confirm if a department store has an ongoing sale is to go and check it out.

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Fukubukuro frenzy around Shibuya 109. | Photo by Dan Dickinson used under CC

Another note: fukubukuro sales are only good until supplies last, so we’ve only mentioned start dates. It’s advisable to arrive early or, if possible, to pre-order in order to get a fukubukuro. They usually get sold out by lunch time! But even if your attempt to brave the New Year crowd to buy a fukubukuro ends up unsuccessful, you won’t necessarily leave empty-handed, as shops often have accompanying New Year bargains, so as not to disappoint those who made the effort to visit (and also to clear out stock).Tokyo Winter Sales

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Lastly, you may be wondering why the list focuses on department stores. But what about the electronics shops, sporting goods shops, and everything else, you ask? Online information on sales for other types of stores is even more difficult to find! Electronics shops like Bic Camera and Yodobashi Camera, as well as variety goods shops like Loft and Tokyu Hands, have sales too; just pay them a visit. You’ll see from the way the staff have their hands full that they offer good bargains as well.

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Ginza and Tokyo Station Vicinity

Mitsukoshi Ginza – Winter sale from Jan. 3 (Tuesday) onwards. Fukubukuro sale on Jan. 3 only. The online store also has a fukubukuro sale from 10 am on Jan. 2 to 10 am on Jan. 5.

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Printemps Ginza – Printemps will be operating under a new name in 2017, but before that, they will close for renovation from January to March 2017… so better hurry and buy from them while you can! Fukubukuro will be sold on December 30th (Friday), and there will be a clearance sale from Dec. 14 (Wednesday)-31 (Saturday).

Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi – Winter sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 10am onwards. Fukubukuro sale on Jan. 2 only. The online store also has a fukubukuro sale from 10 am on Jan. 2 (Monday) to 10 am on Jan. 5 (Thursday).

Matsuya Ginza Fukubukuro and winter sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 9:30am onwards.

Daimaru TokyoFukubukuro and winter sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 10am onwards.



Maru Building, Shin-Maru Building, and Marunouchi OAZOFukubukuro and winter sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), and winter sales from Jan. 2-9 (Monday-Monday).

Hibiya ChanterFukubukuro sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 11am onwards. There will also be another sale from January 2-9 (Monday-Monday).Tokyo Winter Sales

Shinjuku and Kichijoji

LumineFukubukuro sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 10:30am onwards, and another sale from Jan. 3-9 (Tuesday-Monday).

Keio ShinjukuFukubukuro and clearance sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 10am onwards.



Parco Kichijoji – Countdown sale from Dec. 26-31 (Monday-Saturday). Fukubukuro sale from Jan. 1 (Sunday), 10am. There will also be a grand bazaar (at all Parco branches, it seems), from Jan. 1-17 (Sunday-Tuesday).

TakashimayaFukubukuro and winter sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 10am onwards.

Isetan Shinjuku – Winter sale from Jan. 3 (Tuesday) onwards. Fukubukuro sale on Jan. 3 only. The online store also has a fukubukuro sale from 10 am on Jan. 3 (Tuesday) to 10 am on Jan. 5 (Thursday).

Marui Shinjuku Fukubukuro and winter sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 10am onwards.

Odakyu Shinjuku – Winter sale from Jan. 2 (Monday) onwards.

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Photo by Danny Choo used under CC

Ikebukuro

Seibu – Winter sale from Jan. 1-16 (Sunday-Monday), 10am onwards; fukubukuro sale from Jan. 1-3 (Sunday-Tuesday), also 10am onwards.

Sunshine City – Winter sale from Jan. 1 (Sunday), 10am onwards; fukubukuro sale from Jan. 1-3 (Sunday-Tuesday) only.

Parco and P’Parco (Parco’s annex) – Fukubukuro sale from Jan. 1 (Sunday), 10am; grand bazaar from Jan. 1-17 (Sunday-Tuesday).

Tokyu Hands – And now for a breather from the department stores that specialize in apparel and footwear: if household goods and quirky items are your thing, Tokyu Hands will have a year-end fukubukuro sale from Dec. 26-31 (Monday-Saturday), as well as a regular fukubukuro sale from Jan. 1 (Sunday).escalator-283448_1920

Shibuya, Harajuku, Omotesando, and Ebisu

Hikarie ShinQsFukubukuro sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 10am onwards.

Shibuya 109Fukubukuro sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 10am onwards; winter sale from January 2-11 (Monday-Wednesday) as well.

Laforet HarajukuFukubukuro sale from Jan. 1-3 (Sunday-Tuesday), starting at 9am on the 1st. They’re taking online reservations for fukubukuro until December 31 (Thursday).

Tokyu Department Store – Winter sale from Jan. 2-11 (Monday-Wednesday), 10am onwards.

Mitsukoshi Ebisu – Winter sale from Jan. 3 (Tuesday) onwards. Fukubukuro sale on Jan. 3 only. The online store also has a fukubukuro sale from 10 am on Jan. 2 (Monday) to 10 am on Jan. 5 (Thursday).

Roppongi and Akasaka

Roppongi HillsFukubukuro sale from Jan. 1-3 (Sunday-Tuesday); winter sale from Jan. 1-15 (Sunday-Sunday).

Tokyo Midtown Fukubukuro sale from Jan. 2-4 (Monday-Wednesday), 11am-9pm.

Odaiba

Venus FortFukubukuro sale from Jan. 1 (Friday), 10am onwards.

Aqua City Daiba – “Aqua the Bargain” year-end sale from Dec. 26 (Monday); fukubukuro sale from Jan. 1 (Sunday), 10am.

Diver City – Year-end/New Year clearance sale from Dec. 26 (Monday)-Jan. 9 (Monday).

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Photo by Danny Choo used under CC

Ueno and Asakusa

Marui Ueno Fukubukuro and winter sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 10am onwards.

Matsuya Asakusa – Winter clearance sale from Jan. 1 (Sunday).

Matsuzakaya UenoFukubukuro sale from Jan. 2 (Monday), 10am onwards.

Tokyo Sky Tree Town Solamachi – Fukubukuro sale from Jan. 1-3 (Sunday-Tuesday); winter sales from Jan. 1-5 (Sunday-Thursday) and Jan. 6-31 (Friday-Tuesday).

Other Areas of Tokyo

Mitsui Outlet Park Tama Minami-Osawa – Located in Hachioji, this outlet mall is having a year-end sale from Dec. 26-31 (Monday-Saturday), and a fukubukuro and winter sale from Jan. 1.

Mitsukoshi Tama Center – Winter sale from Jan. 3 (Tuesday) onwards. Fukubukuro sale on Jan. 3 only. The online store also has a fukubukuro sale from 10 am on Jan. 2 (Monday) to 10 am on Jan. 5 (Thursday).

Grandberry Mall – This mall in Machida will be closing in February, so it will have a year-end clearance sale from December 1-31 (Thursday-Saturday), and a fukubukuro and winter sale from Jan. 1 (Sunday), 9am onwards.

Granduo TachikawaFukubukuro and winter sale from Jan. 1 (Sunday), 10am onwards.

Don't forget to breathe after a long day of shopping and braving the sea of shoppers! Photo by Janne Moren, used under a Creative Commons license.
Don’t forget to breathe after a long day of shopping and braving the sea of shoppers! | Photo by Janne Moren used under CC





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6 Responses to “Tokyo Winter Sales: 2016-2017 Roundup”

  1. Anthony Gracia

    Where can the ‘inhale + exhale’ shops be found in Japan?

  2. I went to Japan for the New Year without realizing it was the sale season. I bought a lot but I wanted to buy more if it weren’t for luggage limitations 🙁

  3. Laura Haslam

    I’ve been waiting for this info all year! I arrive in Tokyo 30th December and am beyond excited! I am most looking forward to the LaForet and 109 winter sales 😀

  4. Damn! I missed this info! But still manage to nab some. Just pity that I missed out on some which can be preordered. Please post this again and I will keeping my eyes on it! Thanks for sharing, Tiffany!

  5. I think parco shibuya doesn’t exist anymore?


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