The Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu in Chiba – Tokyo’s neighbouring prefecture across the bay – is the largest outlet mall easily accessible from the capital. Hop aboard the direct shuttle bus (the journey takes about 50 minutes) at Shinjuku or Tokyo Station and treat yourself to an extensive shopping spree.
The outlet park is designed to look like a resort and it houses Japanese and international luxury labels, covering fashion for men, women and kids, sportswear, kitchen equipment, homeware and more. Expect brands such as Diesel, Coach, Seiko, Armani, Le Creuset, Longchamp, Nike, Saint Laurent and Beams all usually discounted by 30 to 60 percent – and up to 80 percent during sales. Moreover, Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu features 17 shops that don’t exist in any other outlet malls in Japan, including Balmain, Belstaff, Mister Gentleman and Mulberry.
A recently completed extension has taken the total of stores for you to browse to 308. So it’s a good thing you can rest your feet (and perhaps assess the damage to your bank account) at the food court or the many restaurants and cafés onsite. If the 38 F&B options leave you indecisive, you can always head to the dependable Kaneko Hannosuke at the food court for its satisfying tendon (tempura over rice). Rest, refuel and get ready to go again.