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Where to stay for the ultimate shopping experience in Japan

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High quality and exquisite design are just some reasons people love shopping in Japan. Whether it’s luxurious stylish fashion or cheap 100-yen shops, there’s something for every type of shopper. We’ve put together a guide to help you plan your next shopping trip to Japan, with tips on when to go and where to stay to maximise your shopping time in Japan. 

For more information about things to do in Japan, head here. To help you stay ahead of the crowd, make sure to check out our list of new hotels opening in Japan in 2020 for some stylish stays with a difference.

Japan Sale Seasons

Japan has two major sales in the calendar year: the Winter sale at year-end after Christmas, and the Summer Sale that starts from late June to August. While the Winter sale is great for picking up cold weather apparel at discounted prices for future winter holidays, the Summer sale is where Singaporeans will find more items and clothes suited for our tropical climate.

Japan hotels with convenient shopping access

Here are some of our favourite hotel picks with easy access to Japan’s major shopping districts.

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano

Hotel Metropolitan Nagano has an excellent location connected right to the JR Nagano Station, a convenient hub to the rest of Nagano and Japan. You won’t have to venture far for shopping and entertainment though – MIDORI Nagano shopping centre is connected to the JR station and right in front of the hotel is Don Quijote for affordable everyday needs.

Room rates range from 16,000-24,000 JPY (S$200-300) per night.

Karuizawa Prince Hotel East

The Karuizawa Prince Shopping Plaza is a massive outlet mall located in the middle of the forests of Nagano, one of the biggest in Japan with over 240 stores where you can easily spend the whole day shopping for discounted branded goods. The Karuizawa Prince Hotel East is conveniently located right next door and offers rooms with tranquil forest views, and activities like golf and forest bathing to partake in between your shopping sprees.

Room rates range from 34,000-60,000 JPY (S$430-760) per night.

Imperial Hotel Ginza

The Imperial Hotel Ginza has over 125 years of history and is one of the oldest hotels in Tokyo. Located a short walk from the main Ginza shopping stretch along Chuo Dori, it overlooks Hibiya Park and even has its own shopping arcade attached if you can’t get enough of shopping in the upmarket Ginza district, home to high end shopping malls like Matsuya, and Mitsukoshi, one of the oldest department stores in Japan.

Room rates range from 47,000- 363,000 JPY (S$600-4630) per night.

HOTEL CLAD Gotemba

Japan’s most scenic shopping experience can be found at Gotemba Premium Outlets located at the base of Mount Fuji. One of the largest premium malls in Japan, you can enjoy discounts at over 200 outlet stalls while taking in that picture-perfect view of the snow-capped Mount Fuji in the background. The newly opened hotel HOTEL CLAD is found on the same premises as the outlets and is the perfect place to retire to after a long day of shopping – one of its prized facilities is its Konohana no Yu, private hot springs with a view of Mount Fuji.

Room rates range from 9,000-30,000 JPY (S$110-390) per night.

Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE Osaka

Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE Osaka is located right in front of the JR Osaka Train Station in Umeda, one of the largest shopping districts in Osaka. Not only are you in the centre of Osaka’s transportation hub, you are barely a stone’s throw away from major shopping complexes like LINKS UMEDA, Hankyu Sanbangai, HEP FIVE and Grand Front Osaka.

Room rates range from 13,000-40,000 JPY (S$160-500) per night.

Hotel Granvia Osaka

Connected to Osaka Station City in the South Gate Building, you don’t have to step outside for  your shopping needs when you stay at the Hotel Granvia Osaka which has famous department store Daimaru and LUCUA Osaka located in the same building complex. 

Room rates range from 12,000-26,000 JPY (S$150-330) per night.

New Hotels in Japan Opening in 2020

Looking for a change of scene? Many new hotels have sprung up across Japan in 2020 in preparation for the influx of visitors coming for the Tokyo Olympics. Get first dibs and check out these new hotel properties before the crowds arrive in late July and early August.

Yokohama Tokyu REI Hotel

Yokohama Tokyu REI Hotel will be a valuable addition to the picturesque Minato Mirai 21 district, a waterfront area along Tokyo Bay. Besides having an iconic view including sights like the Landmark Tower and the Cosmo World Ferris Wheel, shopaholics will have easy access to shopping hotspots like Queen’s Square Yokohama, World Porters, Marine & Walk Yokohama, Motomachi and the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse.

Opens 7 April 2020. Room rates range from 16,000-20,000 JPY (S$200-250) per night.

The Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu

The Hotel Seiryu Kyoto Kiyomizu is a short walk from the famous Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto. It was built in grounds of the former Kiyomizu Elementary School and preserves much of the original design, offering spacious gardens and rooftop views alongside stylish rooms, including a fitness gym and three private baths. 

Opens 22 March 2020. Room Rates range from 136,000-320,000 JPY (S$1,700-4,000) per night.

Umekoji Potel Kyoto

Umekoji Potel has a picturesque location by the edge of Umekoji Park next to Kyoto Aquarium. It is just a short walk away from shopping areas located around the bustling JR Kyoto Station (Isetan, Porta Underground Shopping Complex, The Cube Shopping Mall) and Kawaramachi Shopping district (Daimaru, Marui, Takashimaya). After a long shopping day, make sure to check out the hotel’s unique features to let you experience Japan like a local, from an in-house Sento (a man-made public bath) to a Tachinomiya – a standing bar in a narrow alley where locals like to grab drinks and chat. 

Opens 2 June 2020. Room rates range from 19,000-25,000 JPY (S$240-320) per night.

Takarazuka Hotel

Takarazuka Hotel is the official hotel of the world-famous Takarazuka Revue, a Japanese all-female musical troupe with performances every day. Dating back to 1926, this historic hotel will be reopened in a new location in 2020, located just a short walk from the Hankyu Railway Tarazuka Station and right next to the Hankyu Tarazuka Department Store.

Re-opens 14 May 2020. Room rates range from 20,000-29,000 JPY (S$250-370) per night.

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