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A day of shopping at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo

Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo is a two-storey outlet mall that offers a wide selection of goods from domestic and international brands alike.

Kari Minobe

Kari Minobe

Published on 22 Jan, 12:00

Whenever I visit my parents in Japan, it has become our little ritual to go to the nearest outlet mall from our house – Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo - for retail therapy or even just for window shopping.

My mom and I decided to go to the outlet after lunch on a weekday in order to avoid the bigger crowds during the weekend. Despite visiting the outlet numerous times already, I always take a copy of the floor guide available at the entrance, so I can take note of stores I want to check out and maximize our time.

After all, the outlet has over 200 stores and it can get overwhelming if you don't plan ahead.

A day of shopping at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo

For our first stop, we went to Francfranc BAZAR, a Japanese furniture and home décor shop. I think I must have spent a good 30 minutes inside the store just browsing and daydreaming of replacing all our household items with Francfranc. From aesthetic mugs and comfy towels to functional goods, this shop is a must-stop whether you’re buying for yourself or looking for gifts for your loved ones.

Next was clothing! A personal favorite of mine is Zara and if you're lucky and have a keen eye, you can score good deals at their sale racks. Just make sure to check the items for damages before buying. We also stopped by INGNI and oneway 2nd, both of which had a great selection of the latest Japanese fashion.

Of course, a trip to the outlet is incomplete without going to Nike and Adidas. I managed to buy 2 pairs of shoes from Adidas this time for less than 10,000 JPY!

And for our last stop – Michael Kors. This is also a personal favorite because compared to other designer brands, their products do not break the bank as much. I have always found discounted items that made perfect gifts for my loved ones here. Also, this store is tax-free! Just present your passport when paying.

Before going home, we went to BUTTER & DEL’IMMO CAFÉ DINING to refuel our energy. I ordered their Soufflé Pancake Burgers Omi Beef & Cheese, which was as delicious as it looked. The Omi beef, a wagyu originating in Shiga, was heavenly, which should not come as a surprise since it is considered one of the three top brands of beef in Japan, along with Kobe beef and Matsusaka beef.

For 1,280JPY, you already get a burger, a salad and dessert!
For 1,280JPY, you already get a burger, a salad and dessert!

Truly a perfect way to end a shopping spree – with a happy heart and a full tummy.

A day of shopping at Mitsui Outlet Park Shiga Ryuo


Here are 5 tips to remember when visiting the outlet:

1. There are Wifi spots available for free within the facilities.

2. The outlet has a Call Center when you need an English-speaking operator. You may check the contact numbers on the floor guide or here.

3. There are no currency exchange machines available in the outlet so take that in mind if you’re planning to pay in cash. They do have ATM machines on the 1st floor Galleria within the South Mall and inside Family Mart. Most major credit cards are accepted in the shops, too.

4. Coin lockers are located by the Information Desk on the 1st floor of the South Mall.

5. About 100 shops in the outlet are tax-free if you present your passport at the payment counter so make sure to check those out! The tax-free shops are marked on the floor guide or you can check them out here.

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Kari Minobe

Kari Minobe

Hi, I'm a half-Japanese, kawaii-loving girl from the Philippines. In my free time, I juggle writing poetry, making art, and playing with my fur baby. I dream of traveling the world and moving to Japan permanently. But for now, I take pleasure in virtually sharing Japan's beauty and uniqueness.

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