Invitation for the new stage of shopping– Information on newly opened stores2011.12.

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It is almost the end of 2011. There have been department stores and shopping malls that had their grand opening in this year. You cannot miss large suburban outlet malls that offer full line of products at a bargain price as well as the shopping districts such as Yurakucho in Tokyo and Osaka that are going through a rapid change in recent years and Fukuoka that is celebrating the opening of the entire Kyushu Shinkansen line. On this page, we bring together information on newly opened stores across Japan. Check it out and find information useful for your travel!

LUMINE Yurakucho(Tokyo)

Hot brand stores popular also in overseas get together! – LUMINE Yurakucho


LUMINE Yurakucho has opened on October 28, 2011 in Yurakucho, one of the Japan’s biggest commercial districts near Ginza, with its concept “Yurakucho comfy breeze – comfortable air is there, to relaxing “Yurakucho.” Centering on the floor for the fashionable clothing with individuality, LUMINE Yurakucho consist of a total of 107 shops including food shops convenient for lunch and for after work that are gathered on the same floor and shops for cosmetics, sundries, services, etc. In addition to the main stores found at LUMINE in other districts, a new category of business and hot stores that are opened in the district for the first time are found. The shops opened include the popular specialty store came from California “Ron Herman,” a women’s clothing store with sensitivity to the latest trends “PARIGOT” which entered the Kanto market for the first time, “WIRED CAFÉ<>FIT” whose new style of café and fitness club combined is much talked about. Each shop has special products or services offered only at LUMINE Yurakucho.
How about finding something that suits you at LUMINE Yurakucho where there are many brand stores that are popular also in overseas?

LUMINE Yurakucho

Address : 2-5-1, Yuraku-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone:03-6268-0730
Hours:Shopping floor 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Closed:Not regularly
Newly opened:October 28, 2011
Access:
15-min walk from JR “Tokyo” Station
3-min from JR Yamanote line “Tokyo” Station to “Yurakucho” Station, right outside the Station


Hankyu MEN'S TOKYO (Tokyo)

A department store exclusive for men with an unprecedented selection of products – Data on Hankyu MEN'S TOKYO.


On October 15, Hankyu MEN'S TOKYO, a department store exclusive for men was opened at a convenient location which is 3 minutes away from JR Yurakucho Station. Born from Yurakucho Hankyu, Hankyu MEN'S TOKYO is the first department store exclusive for men in Ginza area and the second one in Kanto. It gains attention also for having an unprecedented selection of products. Its feature is that each floor has different theme and brand stores or products relating to the theme are put together on the same floor making it easier to find what you are looking for. The huge department store with the total area of 11,000 square meters has everything from luxury brand name products to stationeries with style. Those who are fond of fashionable things will never get tired of spending time there all day. It is a Tokyo’s new landmark.
 The store information and the consumption tax exemption service are available in English and Chinese at the spacious information desk on the 1st floor which looks like a bar counter. And on the basement floor, you can relax reading English magazines at a cafe produced by the English informational magazine Monocle.

Hankyu MEN'S TOKYO

Address: 2-5-1, Yuraku-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Phone:03-6252-1381
Hours:Monday - Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.(Refresh court (8th floor): 11:00 a.m. -), Sunday & Holidays: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Closed:January 1
Reopened after renovation:October 15, 2011
Access:
15-min walk from JR “Tokyo” Station
3-min from JR Yamanote Line “Tokyo” Station to “Yurakucho” Station, right outside the Station


JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan(Osaka)

What are attractive are uniquely organized zones – JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan


JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan had its grand opening in May in the JR Osaka Station terminal building. There are no super luxurious brand stores. 30% of the entire sales floor is occupied by organized zones which the department store collects and organize the floor of their own accord. This composition of sales floor is not common to all department stores. Organized zones such as “Re-style” and “Isetan Girl” for women’s clothing and “Art Kaihoku” (liberated district for art) for art related products present the fashionability unique to Mitsukoshi Isetan. Many brands that entered the Kansai market for the first time are also found.
The featured services are the hands-on services such as free makeup products to try out on the spot (2 fl.), simulation golfing (8 fl.) and cigar tasting (8 fl.).
The large-scale renovation of Osaka Station started in 2004 and the station just had its grand-opening as Osaka Station City in May, 2011. JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan was opened as the Japan’s first department store that Isetan and Mitsukoshi merged together in the west side of North Gate Building in Osaka Station City. With this, the northern area of Osaka is getting more and more vibrant.

JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan

Address: 3-1-3, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka
Phone: 06-6457-1111
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.(2nd basement floor – 2nd floor: until 8:30 p.m., Eat paradise (10th floor): 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.)
Closed: Not regularly
Newly opened: May 3, 2011
Access: Directly JR “Osaka” Station


Takashimaya Osaka(Osaka)

Renewed and opened with the largest floor area in the Kinki region – Takashimaya Osaka Store


Having refurbished its image by changing the building appearance under the key words of “Tradition and Advancement, Conservation and Reproducing,” Osaka Takashimaya had its grand opening in March 2011 of this year. It is one of the largest department stores in Kansai. Especially, the cosmetics floor on the 1st floor in the east zone is one of the largest in Kansai and has about 80 brands. It boasts divers brand lineup including Japanese brands such as SHISEIDO and ALBION, foreign brands such as CHANEL and Dior and the natural cosmetics brands that are assembled in the section called “Belle Naturelle.” The luxurious zone on the 2nd floor in the east zone is also one of the biggest in Kansai and a wide selection of products, from brand stores such as Hermès and CHANEL to the section Takashimaya organizes of their own accord, is appealing. Men’s clothing occupies four floors in the west zone and a variety of brand name products from luxurious to contemporary are found.
Attendant interpreter service in English and Chinese is available at the information desk on the 1st floor at all times to accompany customers for shopping. And the tax exemption service is offered at the customer service counter on the 7th floor.

Takashimaya Osaka

Address : 5-1-5, Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka
Phone:06-6631-1101
Hours:10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.(Restaurant: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.)Closed on Jan 1
Reopened after renovation:March 3, 2011
Access:
15-min by Subway Midosuji line to “Shin-osaka” Station to “Namba” Station, 3-min walk from “Namba” Station


Hakata Hankyu(Fukuoka)

What are attractive are unique product lineups and various events – Hakata Hankyu


Hankyu Hakata was opened on March 3 as an anchor tenant of the JR Hakata Station terminal building which was renovated for the opening of the entire Kyushu Shinkansen line. HAKATA SISTERS where popular young fashion brand stores are gathered has an unique selection of products not only clothes but also shoes, bags, sundries and cosmetics and this unique floor is much talked about.
Hakata Hankyu has 17 event spaces for limited-time brand stores and over 20 COTO COTO STAGE for seminar under the theme of “school of living.” And events with various ideas are held day after day. It never loses the customers’ attention. The world’s first café produced in collaboration with a global trend leading magazine ELLE is on the 4th floor. You can enjoy what is on the menu that is conscious of beauty and health in the stylish space just like the one in a magazine. Magazines selected by ELLE are also sold at the cafe.
The consumption tax exemption service is available with the purchase of over 10,000 yen. And the attendant interpreter service in English, Chinese and Korean are available (but not all the time) at the information counter to accompany customers for shopping.

Hakata Hankyu

Address: 1-1, Chuo-gai, Hakata-eki, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-city, Fukuoka
Phone:092-461-1381
Hours:Basement floor - 4th floor: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., 5th floor –8th floor: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Closed:Open year-round
Newly opened:March 3, 2011
Access:Directly JR “Hakata” Station


CANAL CITY HAKATA East Building(Fukuoka)

With more well-known brand stores added, the entertainment complex gets busier – CANAL CITY HAKATA


CANAL CITY HAKATA is a complex where there is a 180-meter long canal within its grounds. You can enjoy what is available in the facility as well as taking a walk. With the concept of “a theater in a city,” CANAL CITY HAKATA is a place where visitors will be performing as an actor at one occasion and will be watching a show as an audience at another occasion.
The complex is packed with a wide variety of facilities such as shopping mall, movie theater, theater, amusement facility, hotel and showroom. At the Sun Plaza Stage on the basement floor, shows and live music performed by performers from all over the world are held. The famous ramen shops from across Japan are all assembled the Ramen Stadium where visitors can experience the food culture of Japan and Hakata. They are captivating the visitors.
In CANAL CITY HAKATA, the east building was newly opened in September of this year with the total floor area of 17,480 square meters. Many well-known brands that are very popular both at home and abroad such as H&M, the first store in the Kyushu region; ZARA, one of the largest store in Japan; COLLECT POINT and UNIQLO have opened up the stores in this building. CANAL CITY HAKATA is gaining more and more attentions as a shopping complex. Winter sale stars from January 1, 2012.

CANAL CITY HAKATA

Address : 1-2, Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka-city, Fukuoka
Phone:092-282-2525
Shop Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Restaurant Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.(Some shops have different schedules.)
Closed:Open year-round
East Bldg. Newly opened: September 30, 2011
Access:10-min by Nishitetsu bus from “Hakata” Station to “Canal City Hakata-mae” Station, right outside the station


Outlet mall

Tons of good buys in the mall that looks like a theme park
An outlet mall is a type of shopping mall where shops that sell samples; grade B products meaning products that are slightly damaged in production or in transit; or out of season products at a lower price than the regular price are assembled. The first outlet mall came into being in 1980’s in the United States. The first outlet mall in Japan called RiSM was opened in Saitama Prefecture in 1993. Since then, the number of outlet malls is growing and now there are more than 30 of them across the nation. A new mall has come into being in 2011 too.

The size is the largest in Asia! – Lake Town OUTLET


Lake Town OUTLET is an outlet mall that was newly opened on April 29 of this year in the complex where other two facilities are: Lake Town KAZE centered on clothing shops and restaurants and Lake Town MORI. The combined floor area of the entire Lake Town is 245,223 square meters. Lake Town is gaining attention as one of the largest shopping center in Asia. What is appealing is not only the huge scale but also the location which is less than one hour from the center of Tokyo and a 7-minute walk from the nearest JR station Koshigaya Lake Town Station.
Lake Town OUTLET features ecologically friendly facilities and events that are held more than other outlet malls. What is popular among foreign tourists is a workshop in which visitors can experience painting on a saucer or learn how to wrap things with a furoshiki, a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth. The workshops are held by an Arita ware shop Kouransha. The fountain show held in summer at the lake and BMX Flatland which determines the King of Ground winner as well as the BMX Flatland World Circuit ranking held in Autumn were well received. As an event is held every week at the complex, it is fun to go with friends or family.

Enjoy with your family – MITSUI OUTLET PARK Kurashiki


MITSUI OUTLET PARK Kurashiki, which will open on December 1, is one of the largest outlet malls in the Chugoku region. Popular brand stores will be opened there. Total of 120 stores and a wide range of products from clothing to furniture as well as toys will be there. In the mall there is children’s favorite tree house, a fountain show with music called POP JET and devices such as “power generating floor,” that is, the picture on the monitor changes when power is generated by stepping on the floor. The entire family can have a good time there.
Located near the famous tourist attraction “the Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter” that offers the beautiful scenery of the streets with old Japanese architecture, it is convenient for sightseeing as well as shopping.

Outlet mall

Lake Town OUTLET
Address: 4-50, Higashi-cho, Koshigaya-city, Saitama
Phone: 048-940-0700
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.(Some restaurants are open until 9:30 p.m.)
Newly opened: April 29, 2011
Access: 31-min by JR Keihin Tohoku Line from “Tokyo” Station to “Minami-urawa” Station, 14-min by JR Musashino Line “Minami-urawa” Station to “Koshigaya Lake Town” Station, and about 10-min walk

MITSUI OUTLET PARK Kurashiki
Address: 12-3, Kotobuki-cho, Kurashiki-city, Okayama
Phone: 086-423-6500
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Closed: Not regularly
Newly opened: December 1, 2011
Access: 16-min by JR Sanyo Main Line from “Okayama” Station to ”Kurashiki” Station, 4-min walk from ”Kurashiki” Station

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