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Costco and Mitsui Outlet Park in Iruma

The Costco near base is so similar to the American versions that frequent shoppers will already know their way around the store on their first visit. If you’re a Costco member in the states you may be able to transfer […]

The Costco near base is so similar to the American versions that frequent shoppers will already know their way around the store on their first visit. If you’re a Costco member in the states you may be able to transfer your membership to your Japanese address, so visit the membership counter inside the store on your first visit. (Do you know how to make a Japanese address from your APO box number? See the Japanese Postal Service post for instructions.)

Costco, for those who haven’t had the pleasure yet, is a worldwide bulk sale store with membership costing ¥4,400 per couple per year. Two guests can accompany members, so if you’re unsure about joining find a friend to tag along with at first. Depending on the item, prices may be less than on base. Costco Japan carries a variety of Japanese and International products including a lot of Kirkland Signature items that can be found at Costco in the US. Only Mastercard credit cards are accepted, however an ATM is available at the front of the store near the cash registers; Costco.co.jp

PARKING: Costco members may park free in the top of the Iruma Costco building. Costco parking hours are 9:30am-9pm while the store hours are 10am-8pm.

The outlet mall right next door to Costco contains name brand stores such as Coach, Columbia, Naturalizer, Reebok, Levis, Adidas, Diesel, and Banana Republic, etc. Forest Kitchen is the second story food court, while Forest Lounge on the ground floor has a Harrods tea and coffee outlet with a green tea counter across the aisle.

Outlet Mall PARKING: There is parking all around the mall for the Outlet Park; the first three hours are free weekdays while the first two hours are free on weekends. A minimum purchase of ¥3,000- from one store or  the same amount of combined receipts from the food court is required for an additional two hours of parking validation. 

DIRECTIONS: Follow this Google Pin, however the most direct route will be out the West or Terminal Gates. Turn right out the Terminal Gate onto Route 16, drive north toward Kawagoe. On the right will be a turn lane and sign for the Mitsui Outlet Park at 8.6km (depending on traffic, between 15 and 45 minutes).  3169-2 Miyadera, Iruma City, Saitama 358-0014, Japan. Tel. 04-2935-2200. GPS: 35.81082,139.37808. Teresa Negley, Ann Bowersox, Judiann Careylast updated July 2020.

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