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.
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 2022!
Shop by area:
- Store-wide clearance sale from Friday, July 1st
- Marronnier Gate Building 1, 2, 3 – Marronnier The Sale | From Friday, June 24th to Sunday, July 24th
- Daimaru – Clearance Sale | From Friday, July 31st
- Matsuya Ginza – Clearance Sale | From Friday, June 24th
- As in the case of Daimaru, the starting date varies per brand.
- Hibiya Chanter – The Chanter Bazaar | From Friday, July 1st to Monday, July 11th
- Tokyu Plaza Ginza – Tokyu Plaza The Sale | From Friday, July 1st to Sunday, July 31st
- Tokyo Midtown Hibiya – Summer Sale | From Friday, June 24th to Monday, July 18th
- Ginza Six – Summer Sale | From Friday, July 1st to Monday, July 18th
- Isetan – Summer Clearance Sale | From Friday, July 24th
- Takashimaya – From Friday, July 1st
- Lumine – Lumine the Bargain | From Thursday, July 14th to Wednesday, July 20th
- This applies not only to Shinjuku’s multiple Lumine branches, but also to the others in Ikebukuro, Tachikawa, Shibuya, Kita-Senju, Yurakucho, and more.
- Seibu Ikebukuro – From Friday, July 1st to Sunday, July 10th
- Parco Ikebukuro – Grand Bazaar (“Granba”) | From Friday, July 1st to Sunday, July 10th
- Other Parco branches in Tokyo (e.g. Shibuya) will also be having a Grand Bazaar for the same duration.
- Tobu Ikebukuro – From Friday, July 1st
- Sunshine City From Friday, June 24th to Sunday, July 31st
- Shibuya 109 — Summer Sale From Friday, June 1st to Monday, July 18th
- Tokyu Department Store — Summer Sale From Friday, July 1st to Sunday, July 31st
- Omotesando Hills — Summer Sale From Friday, July 1st to Monday, July 18th
- Miyashita Park — Miyashita Park Party Friday, June 17th to Sunday, July 10th
- Shibuya Scramble Square — Summer Sale Friday, June 10th to Monday, July 11th
- Tokyo Outlet Pop-up Store — Summer Sale Friday, June 24th to Monday, July 18th
- Laforet From Thursday, July 21st 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!
- Roppongi Hills — Sale From Friday, July 1st to Monday, July 18th
- If you’re lucky, you can get a discount of 70–80% off at this sale!
- Tokyo Midtown — Tokyo Midtown Sale From Friday, June 24th to Monday, July 18th
- Get discounts of up to 50% off at this summer sale.
- Tokyo Solamachi – Summer Sky Bargain From Friday, June 24th to Sunday, July 31st
- Matsuzakaya Ueno – Clearance Sale From Friday, July 1st
Odaiba and Toyosu
- Diver City Tokyo Plaza From Friday, June 24th
- LalaPort — Bargain Friday, July 1st to Sunday, July 10th
Chain shops in Tokyo
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.)
- Gap (online store) – Usually throughout July
- H&M (online store)- Usually throughout July
- Zara (online store) – Throughout July
- Uniqlo (online store) – Throughout July
- GU (online sale) – Usually until mid-July
And for year-round deals, check out our Tokyo outlet mall guide.
While we do our best to ensure it’s correct, information is subject to change. Post first published in July, 2019. Last updated in June, 2022 by Heidi Sarol.