If you are a shopaholic searching for a bargain or just need some retail therapy, I have just the place for you where you can fulfil all your shopping fantasies in one shop till you drop fun location.
Jazz Dream Nagashima, officially known as Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima is an outlet mall located in Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture, just a short distance away from Nagoya.
It is the biggest outlet mall in Japan and offers around 240 stores with world renowned foreign brands and the finest Japanese brands, as well as sporting and outdoor goods. There is a large selection and variety of products available and you can find some real bargains with prices 30-80% off regular retail prices.
Photo: Japan Australia on FlickrSome of the popular foreign brands include Banana Republic, Burberry, Coach, Diesel, GAP, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Paul Smith, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.
Sporting brands include Adidas, Asics, Nike, Puma, and Reebok.
Some of my favourite restaurants and cafes include Auntie Anne’s, Bagel & Bagel, Cold Stone Creamery, Godiva, Krispy Kreme and Starbucks Coffee.
Photo: Japan Australia on FlickrJazz Dream Nagashima has two food courts where you can indulge in some famous dishes from both Nagoya and Mie Prefecture.
If you run out of money, don’t worry! There are several ATM areas including two Seven-Eleven convenience stores where you can easily replenish the funds.
The outlet mall is designed with New Orleans themed streetscapes and with a jazz vibe in mind. There is a stage set up in the original part of the outlet which hosts various live shows and performances. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun with jazz music piped through the speaker system as you enjoy the shopping experience. It is quite an attractive looking location along the lines of Toki Premium Outlets in Gifu, which is modelled after the beautiful streets of Colorado in the USA.
Photo: Japan Australia on FlickrWe spent around 3 hours looking around and checking out the shops in a quick tour. We also had a quick pit stop at Auntie Anne’s to try their world famous pretzels and re-fuel. You could easily spend a whole day here exploring all the shops and eateries at a more leisurely pace.
After spending your dollars, or should I say yen at Jazz Dream Nagashima, there are plenty of other things to around town as well. Located right next door is the famed Nagashima Spa Land, one of the biggest amusements parks in Japan. The rollercoasters here are reputed to be the best in Western Japan with the park one of the most visited amusement parks in the world. There is also an Anpanman Museum and Nagashima Onsen Hot Springs.
Photo: Japan Australia on FlickrIf you don’t mind a short trip, check out Nabana no Sato, which is located close by. It is a theme park dedicated to flowers, famous for its seasonal flower shows, and one of the biggest and best winter illuminations in all of Japan that runs until May.
Photo: Japan Australia on FlickrJazz Dream Nagashima is a place you can enjoy all day long with plenty of fun for the whole family.
Mitsui Outlet Park Jazz Dream Nagashima
Address: 368 Urayasu, Nagashima-cho, Kuwana City, Mie Prefecture
Admission: Free (1000 yen for all-day parking which you receive back upon spending at least 3,000 yen at a single store)
Hours: 10:00 - 20:00 hours
Closed: January 26, 2016
Direct access by bus from Nagoya Station with the fastest bus taking around 50 minutes. If you are coming via train, Jazz Dream Nagashima is approximately 20 minutes by bus from Kuwana Station. You can reach Kuwana Station from the JR Kansai Line and Kintetsu Nagoya Line.