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Outlet Malls in Tokyo

La Fete Tama Minami Osawa

Styled in to be a little like Provence in South France (little bit of a stretch) this spacious mall is a nice place to spend a day shopping and sampling the restaurants and cafes. There is also a toho movie theater nearby. Has the usual mix of sports, outdoor, fashion, lifestyle goods, pets, furniture etc. The spacious environment and greenery of Minami Osawa make this a relaxing day out.

Grandberrry mall

Grenberry mall is quite large and although it is an outlet mall, it also includes all manner of shops, from pet stores and hairdressers, to lifestyle and fashion shops. This mall is divided into four zones; a family and family life themed zone, a fresh foods zone, an outlet mall zone, and a communication and entertainment zone.

Lala Port

Lala Port has continued to grow through successive additions since its inception in 1981. It is now home to more than 540 stores, including many brand name stores, fashion houses, movie theater etc. It is one of the largest shopping malls in Japan and is located just on the border of Tokyo in Chiba, Funabashi.

Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza

Fashion is the main focus for this outlet mall, although there is a little of something for everyone. There is an imax theater, bowling alley and there are plenty of restaurants to enjoy. In the vicinity there is also a ski field and a couple of Onsens to enjoy (Hoshino Onsen is recommended).

Premium Outlet Mall at Gotenba

This outlet mall is one of the more expansive shopping malls around and has views of Mt Fuji on a clear day. There is every manner of foreign and domestic fashion brand as well as lifestyle stores and some 20 fooderies. There is a large ferris wheel and a play area for the kids. This is a popular mall and can get very crowded on public holidays and at bargain times.

Mitsui Outlet Park Iruma

This large Outlet mall has over 200 shops, 180 of them outlet stores. The main focus is on fashion. There is everything from kids fashion, outdoor and sports fashion, to accesories and fashion magazines. 44 shops opened their first Japan outlet store here, so there is definitely value in taking a look.The food court has 11 shops. There are six restaurants and three cafes to choose from and you can even take your pet. There are also facilities for babies and you can rent a baby cart if you wish.

Outlet Park Makuhari

This outlet mall has over 90 stores, mainly fashion-focused. The mall is a fairly open planned two-storey complex and is easy to get around. There are more than 30 restaurants.

Factory Outlet Shopping

Outlet malls are a collection of several different outlet stores. They are often located on the outskirts of a larger metropolitan area where the land is plentiful and less expensive. The malls usually have some large “anchor” stores like you would find in a regular mall and a collection of other smaller retail outlet stores along with some fast food restaurants. You can usually find factory outlet stores offering clothing, shoes, and other smaller household items at outlet malls. If you want a wide selection of products without having to travel far from store to store, a factory outlet mall is a great choice for you.

A factory outlet store in a free-standing building is not as common as those found in outlet malls, but they offer equally good pricing. A common type of free-standing outlet is a furniture outlet. Often these types of outlets offer furniture from several different manufacturers although you can find some that offer a single manufacturer’s products. Sometimes the furniture offered at a factory outlet is of the “scratch and dent” variety. This means that it may have gotten a small mark during shipping or transporting but that it does not affect the overall performance of the piece in any way. You can also get mattresses at a factory outlet store. They are sometimes just discontinued or mismatched pieces that are in perfect condition.

With the increase in online shopping, it is natural that you would be able to find a factory outlet online. Many times these online outlet malls are connected with hundreds of different retailers so you are able to choose from many different products, styles and price ranges. The disadvantage of shopping at an online factory outlet is that you cannot see the product before you buy it and you have to get it shipped and wait for delivery. You can, however, look for free or inexpensive shipping. Make sure that you understand the return policy and agree with it before you buy anything.

The one thing that you really need to be aware of when you are doing any kind of outlet shopping is the regular retail price of whatever you are looking for. Sometimes the outlets have the best deals and sometimes they do not. It is possible that you can get a better deal at a discount store or even a department store if you shop at clearance sales and other special events.