Translated by Jay Issei Karslake
Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari! Only 40 minutes From Narita Airport
Written by k_yamamuro
Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari is an outlet park and duty-free shopping complex that underwent a massive renovation and reopened in summer 2015. It is easy to access both from the Narita and Haneda airports and most major stations in Tokyo
Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari is a shopping center that was opened in 2000 and underwent a full, large-scale renewal in July 2015. Easy to access both from the city, as well as from the Narita and Haneda airports, this is a shopping center you won't want to miss.
It's also close to Makuhari Messe, an international convention center, and is filled with duty-free shops, making it ideal for visitors from abroad. This is also the outlet park where a famous drugstore both in Japan and abroad opened its first outlet location. This is a very convenient place to stop if you want to get in some last minute shopping before leaving Japan too.
Just What Makes it Convenient for Tourists?!
It's a 30-minute train ride from Tokyo station, the entranceway for traveling in Japan. Located in a prime location that's one minute away from the south exit of Kaihin Makuhari station, it's also convenient to stop by here after your trip when you are on your way to the airport. Not just that but there are buses to Narita airport from Kaihin Makuhari that only take 40 minutes. It feels great to be able to go shopping even if it's right before you go back home.
* Narita Airport Terminal 1, 2, 3, Haneda airport Terminal 1, 2 all have direct buses running to and from the north exit of Kaihin Makuhari. Since the bus arrives in the north exit, please walk to the south exit after alighting.Here is the access map.
The best part of it all is that even though it's an outlet park, you can shop at duty-free prices! There are 80 duty-free shops here (as of December 2015). You're bound to find something you want.
*Please check here for a list of the duty free shops.
Don't worry if you run out of Japanese yen either; all major credit cards including Union Pay are accepted here, and there are even foreign currency exchange machines that accept Chinese yuan, Taiwanese and Hong Kong dollars, Korean won, Thai baht, Singaporean dollars, US dollars, and the Euro.
Also, to make shopping easier for those that don't speak Japanese, there is a free call center (0120-355-231) where they will meet your language needs in either English or Chinese. Not only that, but at the information desk there are iPads with a Smile Call feature, wherein patrons can speak with interpreters fluent in English, Chinese, and Korean. Free wi-fi is enabled throughout the facility too, making it convenient to use your own devices should you run into any problems as well.
Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari is a place that's set with transportation access, currency exchange, interpreting services, and internet service - this is a place where you can relax and enjoy shopping without worry.
Introducing Representative Stores
Now let's take a look at some of the shops that are especially popular among travelers.
Matsumoto Kiyoshi Outlet
Matsumo Kiyoshi, the popular drugstore opened its first outlet park branch in Japan at Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari.
With a focus on goods related to health and beauty as their main staple, Matsumoto Kiyoshi is filled with cosmetics and over the counter medicine that are extremely popular among travelers. They accept duty free sign ups too.
High performing Seiko watches are a Japanese brand whose popularity has remained constant and are particularly popular at Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari.
The outlet-only Seiko store is found on the first floor of B=SITE and is lined with rows of popular watches starting with the Lukia. It's of course duty free and has items being sold at bargain prices, making it a must see.
If you start to feel tired from shopping, take a breather at Maison Kayser, the popular shop with its charming station-facing terrace seats. First opened in Paris in 1996, Eric Kayser, the up-and-coming baker immediately became a chef to watch. Eric Kayser Japan is the combination bakery, cafe, and restaurant that was opened by Eric Kayser with his Japanese partner Shuichiro Kimura, who is the baker on hand.
All of the bread is made using natural yeast and high-quality butter and is prepared in the manner it is made in France, making it very delicious and quite fresh. This cafe and restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, with the lunch service having unlimited bread refills available. Please take the time to stop here and enjoy the delicious bread - you won't find anything like it anywhere else!
Photos courtesy of: Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari
Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari
Address: Chiba, Chiba, Mihama, Hibino 2-6-1
Hours: Shops 10:00-20:00, Restaurants 11:00-21:30 (Fri/Sat/Holidays to 22:00; varies by store) On Dec.31st, shops close at 18:00 and restaurants at 19:00.
Closed: No fixed dates
Credit Cards: Visa, Mastercard, JCB, AMEX, Union Pay, Diners (not available at all stores)
Other Languages: English, Chinese, Korean interpretation staff available through tablets
Nearest Station: Kahin Makuhari, JR Keiyo line
Access: 1-minute walk from South Exit
Prices: vary by store
Phone Number: +81-3-043-212-8200 (reception hours 10:00-20:00)
Website: Mitsui Outlet Park Makuhari