Tokyo Summer Sales

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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 for 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.

tokyo summer sales
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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 2019!

Pro tip: Online stores like Zozotown also have sales and you can pick up bargains all year round.


Ginza/Yurakucho/Nihonbashi

  • Mitsukoshi
    • Store-wide clearance sale from Friday, June 28th
    • Special Brand Bazaar from Wednesday, July 10th to Thursday, July 11th
    • Clearance sale for selected brands from Friday, July 12th to Monday, July 15th
  • Marronnier Gate Building 1 + 2 & 3Marronnier The Sale | From Friday, June 28th to Sunday, July 28th
  • DaimaruClearance Sale | From Friday, June 28th

    • While most items will go on sale from June 28h, the dates vary for others. Most will be on sale as long as supplies last.
  • Matsuya GinzaClearance Sale | From Friday, June 28th

    • As in the case of Daimaru, the starting date varies per brand.
  • Hibiya Chanter The Chanter Bazaar | From Friday, July 5th to Monday, July 15th
  • Tokyu Plaza Ginza – Tokyu Plaza The Sale | From Friday, June 28th to Monday, July 15th
  • Tokyo Midtown Hibiya – Summer Sale | From Friday, June 28th to Sunday, July 21st
  • Ginza Six – Summer Sale | From Friday, June 28th to Sunday, July 21st
  • Coredo Nihonbashi and Coredo Muromachi – Clearance Sale | From Thursday, July 12 to Wednesday, July 31

Shinjuku/Ikebukuro

  • Keio Shinjuku – Keio Big Bargain | From Friday, June 28th
  • Isetan – Summer Clearance Sale | From Friday, June 28th to Wednesday, July 24th
  • Takashimaya – From Friday, June 28th
  • Mylord – Last Chance Sale | From Saturday, July 6th to Wednesday, July 31st
  • OdakyuFrom Friday, June 28th
  • LumineLumine the Bargain | From Thursday, July 25th

    • This applies not only to Shinjuku’s multiple Lumine branches, but also to the others in Ikebukuro, Tachikawa, Shibuya, Kita-Senju, Yurakucho, and more.
Sales in Tokyo
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  • Parco Ikebukuro Grand Bazaar (“Granba”) | From Thursday, July 4th to Monday, July 15th

    • Other Parco branches in Tokyo (e.g. Ueno) will also be having a Grand Bazaar for the same duration.
  • Marui City Ikebukuro and Shinjuku Marui Final Sale | From Friday, June 28th

    • No, Marui shops are not closing down, despite the odd choice of name for this year’s summer sale. Other Marui branches in Tokyo – such as the Shibuya branch and the Ueno branch – will also be holding this sale around this time. The ending date varies per brand.

Shibuya and Harajuku

Shibuya
Photo by Joshua Damasio used under CC
  • Laforet – Laforet Grand Bazaar | From Thursday, July 25th to Monday, July 29th

    • 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 9:00 am-9:00 pm on the 25th, and 11:00am-9:00 pm from the 26th to the 30th.

Roppongi/Akasaka

midtown sales

  • Roppongi HillsFinal Sale | From Saturday, July 13th to Wednesday, July 31st

    • If you’re lucky, you can get a discount of 70-80% off at this sale!
  • Tokyo Midtown – Tokyo Midtown Sale | From Friday, June 28th to Sunday, July 21st

    • Get discounts of up to 50% off at this summer sale.

Ueno/Asakusa

  • Tokyo Solamachi – Summer Sky Bargain | From Friday, July 12th to Wednesday, July 31st

Odaiba

These shopping malls in the Odaiba area—all within walking distance of one another and near Tokyo Teleport Station and Daiba Station—are holding an “Odaibargain” sale from Monday, July 1st to Monday, July 15th.


The Chain Gang

Photo by Gregory Lane

 

Although a lot of the summer sales going on in Tokyo involve 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. (Don’t forget to check out their online stores as well; they usually have sales around the same time as the physical stores.)


And for year-round deals, check out our Tokyo outlet mall guide.

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Filed under: Fashion, Shopping
Tags: Bargain, Cheap Shopping, Clothes, Fashion, Featured, Online Shopping, Sale
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7 Responses to “Tokyo Summer Sales”

  1. Grace
    Grace July 8, 2013

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

  2. 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.

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

    • CheapoGreg August 30, 2013

      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.

  4. i’m planning to head to tokyo in october. are all the shops going to be selling only autumn/winter clothing? Where can i get summer clothing at affordable prices?

  5. Cheapo Editor
    Cheapo Editor June 29, 2014

    Hi po, you might be able to find some summer items in the bargain bins if the stores have them. Otherwise, your best bet is to try some of the second-hand stores.

  6. heloo Greg! (^o^) Thanks lots for e info! When does Keio Dept Store Sale end ? & also do you have info on Odakyu Dept Store Summer Sale start & end dates? Thanku!!


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