Tokyo Winter Sales: 2017-2018 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!

A New Year sale in Japan
A New Year sale in Japan | Photo by Emran Kassim used under CC

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).

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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.

Happy shopping, cheapos!

Tokyo Winter Sales

Ginza and Tokyo Station vicinity

Mitsukoshi Ginza – Winter clearance sale from Jan. 4 (Thursday) onwards. Fukubukuro sale on Jan. 3 (Wednesday). The online store will also have a long clearance sale from 10 am on Jan. 4 to 10 am on Feb. 28 (Wednesday).



Marronnier Gate (formerly Printemps Ginza) – Winter sale from Jan. 2-28 (Tuesday-Sunday).

Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi – Winter clearance sale from Jan. 4 (Thursday) onwards. Fukubukuro sale from Jan. 2 (Tuesday). The online store will also have a long clearance sale from 10 am on Jan. 4 to 10 am on Feb. 28 (Wednesday).


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

Daimaru Tokyo – Winter clearance sale and fukubukuro sale from Jan. 2 (Tuesday), 10:00 am onwards.

Maru Building, Shin-Maru Building, and Marunouchi OAZO – 2018 dates TBA as of this update.

Hibiya ChanterFukubukuro sale from Jan. 2 (Tuesday), 11:00 am onwards. Winter sale from Jan. 2-8 (Tuesday-Monday).

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Shinjuku and Kichijoji

Lumine – Lumine the Bargain winter sale from Jan. 3-8 (Wednesday-Monday).



Keio ShinjukuFukubukuro and winter sale from Jan. 2 (Tuesday).

Parco KichijojiFukubukuro sale from Jan. 2 (Tuesday), 10am. There will also be a grand bazaar at all Parco branches from Jan. 1-17 (Monday-Wednesday).

Takashimaya – 2018 dates TBA as of this update.

Isetan Shinjuku – Winter clearance sale from Jan. 4 (Thursday) onwards. Fukubukuro sale on Jan. 3 (Wednesday) only. The online store will also have a long clearance sale from 10 am on Jan. 4 to 10 am on Feb. 28 (Wednesday).

Marui Shinjuku – Sparkling Sale (up to 90% off on selected items ) from Jan. 2 (Tuesday).

Odakyu Shinjuku – Winter sale from Jan. 2 (Tuesday).

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Photo by Danny Choo used under CC

Ikebukuro

SeibuFukubukuro sale from Jan. 1-3 (Monday-Wednesday), 10am onwards.

Tobu – Countdown sale from Dec. 26-31 (Tuesday-Sunday); winter sale from Jan. 2-24 (Tuesday-Wednesday); fukubukuro sale from Dec. 26-Jan. 2 (Tuesday-Tuesday).

Sunshine City – Fukubukuro sale from Jan. 1 (Monday); winter sale from Jan. 1-21 (Monday-Sunday).

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

Lumine Fukubukuro sale from Jan. 2-3 (Tuesday-Wednesday); Lumine the Bargain winter sale from Jan. 3-8 (Wednesday-Monday).

Marui – Sparkling Sale (up to 90% off on selected items ) from Jan. 2 (Tuesday).

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Shibuya, Harajuku, Omotesando and Ebisu

Hikarie ShinQs – 2018 dates TBA as of this update.

Shibuya 109Fukubukuro sale from Jan. 2 (Tuesday), 10am onwards; winter sale from Jan. 2-31 (Tuesday-Wednesday).

Laforet HarajukuFukubukuro sale from Jan. 1-3 (Monday-Wednesday), starting at 9:00 am on the 1st. Winter sale from Jan. 1-7 (Monday-Sunday).

Tokyu Department Store – Winter sale from Jan. 2-10 (Tuesday-Wednesday); fukubukuro sale from Jan. 2-3 (Tuesday-Wednesday).

Mitsukoshi Ebisu – Winter clearance sale from Jan. 4 (Thursday) onwards. Fukubukuro sale on Jan. 3 (Wednesday) only. The online store will also have a long clearance sale from 10 am on Jan. 4 to 10 am on Feb. 28 (Wednesday).

Roppongi and Akasaka

Roppongi HillsFukubukuro sale from Jan. 1-3 (Monday-Wednesday); winter sale from Jan. 1-14 (Monday-Sunday).

Tokyo Midtown Fukubukuro sale from Jan. 2-4 (Tuesday-Thursday), 11am-9pm; winter sale from Jan. 2-21 (Tuesday-Sunday).

Odaiba

Venus FortFukubukuro sale from Jan. 1 -3 (Monday-Wednesday); winter sale from Dec. 26-Jan. 25 (Tuesday-Thursday).

Aqua City Daiba – Aqua the Bargain year-end sale from Dec. 26-Jan. 8 (Tuesday-Monday); fukubukuro sale from Jan. 1 (Monday).

Diver CityFukubukuro sale from Jan. 1 (Monday), 10:00 am; winter sale from Dec. 26-Jan. 8 (Tuesday-Monday).

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Photo by Danny Choo used under CC

Ueno and Asakusa

Marui Ueno – Sparkling Sale (up to 90% off on selected items) from Jan. 2 (Tuesday).

Matsuzakaya UenoFukubukuro sale from Jan. 2 (Tuesday), 10am onwards, until the 4th (Thursday). Winter clearance sale from Jan. 2.

Tokyo Sky Tree Town Solamachi – Fukubukuro sale from Jan. 1-3 (Monday-Wednesday); winter sales from Jan. 1-11 (Monday-Thursday).

Other areas of Tokyo

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

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).

Granduo TachikawaFukubukuro and winter sale from Jan. 1 (Monday).

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: 2017-2018 Roundup”

  1. Anthony Gracia January 2, 2015

    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 December 27, 2015

    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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