The “Japan Shopping Festival” has started on 1 December 2013 to encourage customers to travel across Japan and to shop in Tokyo and Kansai region, where the festival is held. Starting from 31 Jan 2014 (CNY), special “Japan Shopping Festival” activities for the foreign visitors will be held at Shinjuku and Ginza in Tokyo, and also in Osaka.
The list of special activities includes a major promotion at Shinjuku, which will be held between 31 January and 11 February. Stores in Shinjuku will be providing convenient and high-quality services to overseas visitors, and prospective participating stores will be department stores, large grocery stores, and electronics stores, the international press reports.
During this activity, 80,000 copies of the “Shinjuku Shopping Guide” in five different languages will be available for foreign tourists. Aside from that, they will receive a first-ever “Handsfree Shopping” service from temporary booths set up in the shopping area, while their bags will be delivered to their hotels within the day.
“Special Treats Day” at the Ginza Mitsukoshi Store is another specific activity organized during the Shopping Festival. CNY goody bags will be given out and prices of items are derived from a lucky number “8” which represents good fortune in Chinese.
On 1 February, a special tour to the Yebisu Beer Museum of Sapporo Breweries Limited will be organized. The tour is limited to just 20 participants who can enjoy high-grade fresh Yebisu Beer available in Japan exclusively, and who can also receive limited edition souvenirs.