Toki Premium Outlets in Toki City, Gifu Prefecture is one of the biggest and best outlet shopping malls in Japan.
Photo: Japan Australia on FlickrIf the outlet looks familiar it is because it is part of a worldwide chain called Premium Outlets, which has outlets in many countries including The USA, Canada, Mexico, Malaysia, Korea and Japan.
The outlet mall is one of the biggest I’ve seen in Japan with more than 180 different brand shops and restaurants. They recently expanded adding an extra area, so we went along to check it out.
Leaving from home base in Gifu City it is a nice drive of around 90 minutes through the beautiful countryside and mountains of central Japan. The shops at the outlet mall open from 10 am, so there was plenty of parking when we arrived at 9:45 am. Parking is free as well which is an added bonus.
A good tip is to arrive just as the shops are opening up as you will beat the shopping rush of the afternoon and have fewer crowds to beat for the bargains. If you do arrive a little too early some of the coffee shops around the mall are open from 9:30 am, so just relax and enjoy a morning coffee to energise for the shopping ahead. The food court area is also open if you just want a warm place to sit and wait.
Photo: Japan Australia on FlickrWe spent around four hours looking around and checking out all the shops. We also took a short coffee break at Tully’s Coffee to recharge the batteries.
Toki Premium Outlets has all your favourite clothing brands such as Banana Republic, Diesel, GAP, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Forever 21. Outdoor brands like Coleman, Columbia, Timberland and Quicksilver. Sports brands like Nike, Adidas, Puma, Reebok, New Balance and Asics. You can find some real bargains here with many items around 50% of the regular price.
I especially like the large GAP and Nike outlet stores there. The Nike store is a good place to pick up shoes, and yes, they do stock large sizes which is good for me.
Photo: Japan Australia on FlickrIf you run out of money, don’t worry! There are three different ATM areas including a Seven-Eleven convenience store where you can easily replenish the funds.
I’m a keen photographer, so another favourite store of mine is the Nikon outlet store which has a large range of Nikon cameras and accessories.
If food is your thing, there are some pretty good restaurants and fast-food chains scattered around the outlet. A few of my favourites include Soup Stock Tokyo, Pizza-la, Bagel & Bagel and Mos Burger.
Toki Premium Outlets also has quite a few coffee shops and stores for the sweet tooth such as Tully’s Coffee, Doutor Coffee, Mos Café, Godiva, Lindt, Pastel, Cold Stone Creamery and 31 Ice Cream.
Families with young children will be able to rent strollers from the information center located within the food court. Simply fill in a short form and leave a deposit of ¥1000 which you will receive back upon return of the stroller. There are also two playgrounds located at the Maple Court and Family Court area of the outlet to cater for children. If that is not enough the kids will love the Lego Store which has a play area as well as a place to try your hand at building with some Lego blocks.
Toki Premium Outlets was designed was the image of the beautiful streets of Colorado, USA in mind, surrounded by the grand Rocky Mountains.
Photo: Japan Australia on FlickrIt certainly lives up to this image surrounded by breath-taking mountains visible from many locations throughout the outlet. At one viewing location you can see scenic views of the beautiful snow-capped Japan Alps in the distance and Mount Ontake on the border of Gifu and Nagano Prefectures.
After spending your yen at Toki Premium Outlets, make sure you also check out Toki City. The city and local area is famous for its Mino-yaki pottery and you can find many places around town that sell it. It makes a great souvenir from your visit.
There are also quite a few onsen hot springs located close to Toki, so you can relax and unwind after all the shopping and walking you have done.
Toki Premium Outlets is open from 10 am to 8 pm which is perfect for a shopping spree after work. The atmosphere is very relaxed and it is easy to navigate with many signs and maps located around the outlet mall.
Photo: Japan Australia on FlickrIf you are looking for a new place in central Japan to shop then pay Toki Premium Outlets a visit, you won’t be disappointed.
Address: 1-2 Tokigaoka, Toki-shi, Gifu Prefecture 509-5127
Hours: 10:00 am to 8:00 pm (restaurants & Seven-Eleven until 9:00 pm)
Closed: February 19, 2015 (third Thursday of February)
Website (in English): http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/
Toki Premium Outlets is located less than an hour away from Nagoya Station by train and a short shuttle bus. You can also catch a direct bus from Nagoya Meitetsu Bus Station or Sakae (Oasis 21 Bus Station) for ¥800 (one way).