Venus Fort, located at Odaiba, Tokyo, has just opened what is said to be the first outlet mall in Tokyo. A lot of people may know about the outlet malls at Gotenba and other places. I have been to a few, but always wondered why you had to travel so far to get to them. While now there in close distance, accessible by train.
Today in Shibuya it was a busy day with many shoppers around. I keep hearing about the economic downturn and how people aren’t buying products anymore, but going in a few stores and seeing the long queues at cash registers, it appears that not all retail outlets are suffering equally. Admittedly, Shibuya is not representative of the whole of Japan and this is just one economic microcosm. It is nice to see people out though helping to circulate cash in the system.
I just took a few photos today. With so many people out it was difficult to actually see much.
Do you prefer to shop in the city or visit an outlet mall? What are your favorite brands to find at the outlet mall?