We visited some popular stores at AEON MALL



We visited some popular stores at AEON MALL


AEON MALL is a large chain of shopping malls all over Japan. Each mall houses comprehensive supermarket, specialty shops, food courts, etc. For the locals, an AEON MALL is a place to spend the weekends with their families. A surprising number of non-Japanese people use AEON MALL too. But what kind of stores are most popular?

You can find some introductions to popular items at the food department of AEON MALL Makuhari New City here

Let's visit AEON MALL Makuhari New City 

This time, we visited AEON MALL Makuhari New City in Chiba Prefecture. It takes about 30 minutes by train from Tokyo Station, with the nearest station being Kaihimmakuhari Station on the Keiyo Line. This district also accommodates foreign tourists visiting Makuhari Messe or Tokyo Disney Resort.

It takes about 20 minutes on foot from the station to AEON MALL Makuhari New City, so it’s probably better to take a public bus.
JR Kaihimmakuhari Station

1. JR Kaihimmakuhari Station

Bus stop 1

2. Bus stop number 3

Bus stop 2

3. Bus stop

Bus stop 3

4. Fare is 100 yen (165 yen by IC card)

Bus stop 4

5. Get off at the AEON Style exit

This is AEON MALL Makuhari New City. It’s so big that you cannot see the entire site in this picture. It’s the third-largest AEON MALL in Japan.
Exterior of AEON MALL Makuhari New City

The AEON MALL Makuhari New City can be broadly divided into 4 large malls. The Grand Mall houses premises such as supermarket, specialty shops, and movie theaters. The Pet Mall handles pet-related products. The Family Mall is a perfect place for families with children. The Active Mall is a home to a futsal park and Nojima, which is a mass merchandiser of home appliances.
Map of AEON MALL Makuhari New City layout

The four malls are all three stories, holding over 300 stores.
Inside AEON MALL Makuhari New City
Let's visit some stores popular with foreigners. 

Want to enjoy shopping for yourself? Head to the Grand Mall!!

Beauty comes from inside using FANCL products

The FANCL store is known for non-additive cosmetics, health foods, and supplements. Manufactured in Japan, its products have a safe, secure image and are also popular with foreign tourists.
Exterior of FANCL

The photo below shows some items popular with Chinese tourists. In the middle is a mild cleansing oil that has become staple among the Japanese as well. As health-consciousness grows, so too do sales of health supplements for various ages and genders (pictured at left below) and the HTC® collagen DX series (pictured at right below), which are often bought together by Chinese people seeking both internal and external beauty.
Popular items at FANCL

Location: Grand Mall, 1st floor / Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm / Tax-Free Shop

Need eyeglasses for any kind of purpose? Head to JINS

JINS eyeglass stores have also opened in China, Taiwan, and the United States. In addition to standard glasses, JINS stocks glasses that emphasize functionality, such as PC glasses designed to cut blue light and glasses to reduce exposure to pollen. Since all glasses are priced from 3,900 yen including the lens, you can easily purchase different sets for various purposes.
Inside the JINS store

These are JINS MOISTURE moisturizing glasses with water tanks attached. Water is stored in the tanks attached to each side of the lens frame, which moisturizes the eye area when evaporated through the tiny holes in the tanks. By matching the colors of the frame and tanks, the glasses appear natural like all other glasses.
No optical correction 3,900 yen (not including tax); with optical correction 5,900 yen (not including tax)

Location: Grand Mall, 3rd floor / Opening hours: 10 am to 10 pm / Tax-Free Shop

Enjoy time with family and friends at Family Mall

Spend some relaxing time with animals at Moff Animal Cafe

Moff Animal Cafe is a remarkable store that just opened in December 2016. Cafes where visitors can interact with small animals such as owls, hedgehogs, baby chicks, and meerkats have been extremely popular from the outset. The secret of its success is the unlimited drink bar priced at only 1,200 yen.
Inside Moff Animal Cafe

You can also have an owl sit on your arm. Sitting there, the owl feels unexpectedly heavy.
Have your photo taken with an owl

There are lots of cute little animals to spend some relaxing time with!
Moff animal cafe_Chicks coming to get fed

Chicks coming to get fed

A hedgehog moving around in your hand

A hedgehog moving around in your hand

Parakeets landing freely on your hands and shoulders

Parakeets landing freely on your hands and shoulders

A little panda mouse

A little panda mouse

Moff animal cafe_ Brochures in English and Chinese

 Brochures in English and Chinese

Moff Animal Cafe
Location: Family Mall, 3rd floor / Opening hours 10 am to 8 pm (last admission 7 pm) / Admission fee (unlimited time): Junior high school students and over 1,000 yen (including tax); Children 4 years and over 600 yen (including tax); Children under 4 years free of charge / Free drink 200 yen (including tax)

Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us stock everything for babies and children

This joint store combines the specialty toy store Toys R Us, which carries toys and other items for children, with the Babies R Us specialty store for baby goods. With an abundance of fun products including toys, baby goods, kids’ items, and family supplies under one roof, this store makes one-stop shopping possible.
Exterior of Toys R Us

This store is well-stocked with various famous brands of toys such as LEGO®, Anpanman, Tomica and so on. We asked which items are most popular among foreign tourists.

 Merries paper diapers


Pigeon baby bottles


Anpanman themed toys


Educational toys


LEGO® blocks. such as the ninja-themed "Ninjago"

Toys "R" Us / Babies "R" Us
Location: Family Mall, 1st floor / Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm

If you’re a fan of characters like Hello Kitty and Gudetama, visit Sanrio Gift Gate

Whether you’re a kid or an adult, if you like Sanrio products, you should definitely stop by this store.
Exterior of Sanrio Gift Gate

Due to the back-to-school season approaching, at the moment the store stocks a full range of items such as stationery, bags, water bottles, etc.
Inside the Sanrio Gift Gate store
©2017 SANRIO(E)

Sanrio Gift Gate  
Location: Family Mall, 2nd floor / Opening hours: 10 am to 9 pm

AEON MALL Makuhari New City is home to many other great stores recommended for overseas tourists. 
Daiso 100 yen shop 

Daiso 100 yen shop 

UNIQLO store for casual fashion 

UNIQLO store for casual fashion 

Food court where discerning gourmets gather

Food court where discerning gourmets gather


Services offering peace of mind for overseas tourists

Because AEON MALL Makuhari New City is very large, tourists are encouraged to use the information center in case of any trouble. Foreign tourists often ask the location of bus stops or the best way to get to their hotels. For peace of mind, English assistance is always available, with Chinese and Korean language support also available on some days of the week.
Information center

You will see the “concierge” robot Pepper in and around various stores. Pepper can tell you about shops and bus information in English as well.

There are also AEON Bank ATMs which can provide foreign currency exchange and support China UnionPay cards.
Foreign currency exchange machine


You are sure to find a favorite store at AEON MALL

You might think of AEON MALL Makuhari New City as a shopping area for Japanese people, but there are more than 50 tax-free shops in the mall, and unlike department stores, tax-exemption procedures can be handled at each store, creating an environment where foreign tourists can shop with ease. 
Enjoy interacting with local residents as you shop at AEON MALL Makuhari New City.

You can find some introductions to popular items at the food department of AEON MALL Makuhari New City here


AEON MALL Makuhari New City
Address: Toyosuna 1-1, Mihama-ku, Chiba-shi, Chiba-ken 
Opening hours: 
Grand Mall specialty stores: 10 am to 10 pm
Family Mall/Active Mall/Pet Mall specialty stores: 10 am to 9 pm *Other stores may vary.
Days closed: None

※The article above is based on information correct at time of interview on January 30, 2017.
※Depending on each store’s inventory, some items may not be in stock. Please also be aware that there may be limited sales periods or items on sale only at certain stores.

Access: AEON MALL is approximately 7 minutes by bus from JR Kaihimmakuhari Station. Get off at the AEON Style entrance for the massive supermarket. Get off at the Tsutaya bookstore stop for various specialty stores such as the Tsutaya bookstore. Get off at the Family Mall stop for the Family Mall or Active Mall.

(1) From Kaihimmakuhari Station via Toyosuna Park, arriving at Family Mall (about 8 minutes)
(2) From Kaihimmakuhari Station via AEON Style entrance, arriving at Family Mall (about 10 minutes)
*Weekdays 6:20 am to 20:55 pm; Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays from 6:20 am to 11:50 pm
(3) From Shin-Narashino station via Grand Mall (about 7 minutes) to Messe Central/Kaihimmakuhari Station
(4) From Makuharihongo Station arriving at Family Mall (about 19 minutes)/Arriving at Kanda University of International Studies (about 22 minutes)
(5) Scenic loop route (about 40 minutes per loop)
※Only on Saturdays, Sundays & public holidays
※Required time may vary, depending on traffic conditions.


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