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New Year sales in Tokyo

Where to queue up for the best bargains to ring in 2018

Although the traditional hatsumode (first temple visit) is still on virtually every Japanese person's agenda during the New Year holidays, the start of the grand sales at stores across the country are a close second in terms of crowds. To help you decide on what day to queue up from the crack of dawn – this stuff isn't for the weak of heart, especially if you're looking to grab a fukubukuro – we've rounded up the starting dates for most of the major sales in Tokyo.  

Note: opening times refer to the first day – check individual store details for other dates.

Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Store
1/15

Mitsukoshi Nihonbashi Main Store

Mitsukoshi is Japan's oldest surviving department store chain, dating back to 1673, and this vast edifice is its flagship store.

Sales: from January 4 (Thursday)
Open: 10.30am

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Nihonbashi
Ginza Six
2/15

Ginza Six

Touted as the largest commercial complex in all of Ginza, this humongous structure sits on the Chuo-dori lot previously occupied by the Matsuzakaya department store.

Sales: January 2 (Tuesday) to January 21
Open: 10.30am

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Ginza
Ginza Mitsukoshi
3/15

Ginza Mitsukoshi

The oldest surviving department store chain in Japan (founded 1673), Mitsukoshi has its gargantuan flagship store in Nihonbashi, while this Ginza branch has everything you might ever need in (an upscale) life too.

Sales: from January 4 (Thursday)
Open: 10.30am

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Ginza
Isetan Shinjuku
4/15

Isetan Shinjuku

Recommended

Arguably the trendiest department store in Japan, Isetan Shinjuku is renowned for having its window displays created by leading artists and offers only the finest in food, clothing and homeware. 

Sales: from January 4 (Thursday)
Open: 10.30am

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Shinjuku
Takashimaya Nihonbashi/Shinjuku
5/15

Takashimaya Nihonbashi/Shinjuku

The Nihonbashi branch has menswear, womenswear, children's clothing, furniture and kimono spread across seven floors. The massive Shinjuku branch – Takashimaya Times Square – contains a host of boutiques and restaurants, plus a branch of hardware shop Tokyu Hands.

Sales: from January 2 (Tuesday), exact dates for the boutiques vary by brand
Open: 10am

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Nihonbashi
Seibu Ikebukuro Honten
6/15

Seibu Ikebukuro Honten

This big department store near the east exit of Ikebukuro Station carries fashion, food and homewares. It’s one of the busiest shops in Japan in terms of customers, and has a lot of popular in-store concessions such as Mujirushi Ryohin, Libro, Loft and Illumus. 

Sales: from January 1 (Monday) 
Open: 10am

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Ikebukuro
Seibu Shibuya
7/15

Seibu Shibuya

The Shibuya store is split into two buildings, Annexes A and B, which face each other across the street. Annex A sells mainly womenswear; Annex B menswear, children’s clothes and accessories. 

Sales: from January 1 (Monday)
Open: 10am

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Shibuya

Ikebukuro Parco

One of Parco's many Tokyo branches, this department store sells mainly men's and women's fashion, as well as beauty items.

Sales: January 1 (Monday) to January 17
Open: 10am

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Ikebukuro
Newoman
9/15

Newoman

With part of it spreading all the way inside Shinjuku Station around the New South exit, Newoman features not only plentiful shops, cafés and restaurants but also a full-scale concert hall/event space, a rooftop garden, a kindergarten and a clinic.

Sales: January 3 (Wednesday) to January 8
Open: 11am

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Shinjuku
Lumine Shinjuku
10/15

Lumine Shinjuku

Established in 1976, this shopping mall is connected to Shinjuku Station and targets mainly 20-something women with plenty of disposable income.

Sales: January 3 (Wednesday) to January 8
Open: 11am

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Shinjuku
Lumine Yurakucho
11/15

Lumine Yurakucho

Located next to the Sukiyabashi crossing in the Yurakucho-Ginza area, this mall is one of the most popular destinations for stylish gents and ladies working in the nearby offices. 

Sales: January 3 (Wednesday) to January 8
Open: 11am

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Yurakucho
Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku
12/15

Tokyu Plaza Omotesando Harajuku

Occupying a prime slab of Harajuku real estate, this ambitious development houses fashion shops like American Eagle Outfitters and The Shel'tter Tokyo in a complex crowned with a verdant public park – and a spectacular wall-of-mirrors entrance.

Sales: January 1 (Monday) to January 31
Open: 10am

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Harajuku
Roppongi Hills
13/15

Roppongi Hills

Recommended

Roppongi Hills is an entire mini city – with 200 shops and restaurants, the Grand Hyatt hotel, many private apartment buildings, a multiplex cinema, a TV studio and the colossal Mori Tower, which is topped by the excellent Mori Art Museum and Tokyo City View observation deck.

Sales: January 1 (Monday) to January 14
Open: 11am

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Roppongi
Omotesando Hills
14/15

Omotesando Hills

Opened in 2006, this shopping complex started out as the redevelopment of the Dojunkai Aoyama Apartments. Now one of the city's fanciest malls, it probably doesn't offer much for the frugal shopper.

Sales:
 January 1 (Monday) to January 14
Open: 11am

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Omotesando
Laforet Harajuku
15/15

Laforet Harajuku

One of teenage Tokyo’s hallowed sites, Laforet is located in the heart of Harajuku, on the corner of Omotesando and Meiji-dori; this multi-level emporium contains numerous small boutiques selling clothes and accessories aimed at young wearers of garish, eccentric fashion. 

Sales: January 25 (Thursday) to January 29
Open: 9am

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Harajuku

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