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  • Mitsukoshi, Ltd.
  • 株式会社三越
Founded1673; 348 years ago (1673)
Edo Honmachi (Nihonbashi Hongokuchō, Chūō, Tokyo), Japan
FounderMitsui Takatoshi
Headquarters1-4-1 Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan
ParentIsetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (100%)
Nihonbashi main branch
Utagawa Hiroshige designed an ukiyo-e print with Mount Fuji and Echigoya as landmarks. Echigoya is the former name of Mitsukoshi named after the former province of Echigo. The Mitsukoshi headquarters are located on the left side of the street.
Nihonbashi main branch interior

Mitsukoshi, Ltd. (株式会社三越, Kabushiki-gaisha Mitsukoshi) is an international department store chain with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. It is a subsidiary of Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings, which also owns the Isetan department store chain.


It was founded in 1673 with the yagō (shop name) Echigo-ya (越後屋), selling kimono. Ten years later in 1683, Echigoya took a new approach to marketing. Instead of selling by going door-to-door, they set up a store where buyers could purchase goods on the spot with cash. Mitsukoshimae Station on the Tokyo Metro is named after the adjacent Mitsukoshi department store.

Mitsukoshi is the root of Mitsui group. In the 1970s, Mitsukoshi bought the Oriental Nakamura department store in Nagoya and re-branded them as Mitsukoshi Nagoya.

Genichiro Inokuma designed the wrapping paper in white and red.[1]

In August 2007, it was announced that Mitsukoshi would merge into Isetan, a major department store in Japan.[2] Mitsukoshi TYO: 2779 was unlisted on March 26, 2008, and on April 1, it merged with Isetan under a joint holding company called Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (TYO: 3099).

On April 5, 2019, Mitsukoshi announced that it would further expand its Asian presence by having a Filipino branch established by 2021 at Bonifacio Global City, In Manila, Philippines.[3]



Courtesy bus for customers of Mitsukoshi's main store going to Tokyo station in 1932. Mitsukoshi was the first company to offer such a service in Japan.

Stores managed by Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd.[edit]

Stores managed by other companies[edit]

  • Sapporo Store (Chūō-ku, Sapporo) 札幌店 - Sapporo Mitsukoshi Ltd.
  • Sendai Store (Aoba-ku, Sendai) 仙台店 - Sendai Mitsukoshi Ltd.
  • Nagoya Sakae Main Branch (Naka-ku, Nagoya) 名古屋栄本店 - Nagoya Mitsukoshi Ltd.
  • Hoshigaoka Mitsukoshi (Chikusa-ku, Nagoya) 星ヶ丘三越 - Nagoya Mitsukoshi Ltd.
  • Hiroshima Mitsukoshi (Naka-ku, Hiroshima) 広島三越 - Hiroshima Mitsukoshi Ltd.
  • Takamatsu Mitsukoshi 高松三越 - Takamatsu Mitsukoshi Ltd.
  • Matsuyama Mitsukoshi 松山三越 - Matsuyama Mitsukoshi Ltd.
  • Fukuoka Mitsukoshi (Chūō-ku, Fukuoka) 福岡三越 - Iwataya Mitsukoshi Ltd.

Closed stores[edit]


The stores in Taiwan are named Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store [zh], a collaboration between the Shin Kong Group and Mitsukoshi. The first Shin Kong Mitsukoshi store opened at Nanjing Road in Taipei in 1991.

Hong Kong[edit]

The first Mitsukoshi in Hong Kong, covering 12000 sq meters on 4 levels, opened at 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay on 26 August 1981. A second store opened in 1988 in the Sun Arcade in Tsim Sha Tsui, but it closed in 1995. Mitsukoshi closed its original Causeway Bay store on 17 September 2006, due to the redevelopment of Hennessy Centre.[6]


Shin Kong Place in Suzhou, Jiangsu


In 1930, Mitsukoshi opened their department store (京城三越) in downtown Seoul. After the liberation of Korea and the defeat of Japan in 1945, Samsung took over this store and renamed it Shinsegae (신세계; lit. "New World").



  • Rome (Via Nazionale) Closed in 2021. The last store in Europe. [8]

Former stores in Europe[edit]

  • London (Piccadilly) - The London store opened in 1979 and closed in 2013.[9] It was a popular shopping destination for Japanese visitors, and also incorporated a restaurant. It was located on Lower Regent Street, alongside the Japan Centre (which has now relocated) and a small cluster of Japanese restaurants. At the end of June 2013 a large red poster was displayed in the window of Mitsukoshi London department store which read '34年間ありがとうございます Closing Down Sale' which means 'Thank you for 34 Years'.
  • The three German stores of Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich as well as the Milan shop closed in 2008 and 2009, the Paris shop closed in 2010 (and the Paris cultural center in 2011).[4][7]

North America[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2003-11-19. Retrieved 2013-04-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ 株式会社伊勢丹と株式会社三越との共同持株会社設立による 経営統合に関するお知らせ August 23, 2007 (in Japanese)
  3. ^ Town & Country Philippines (Apr 5, 2019). "LOOK: Mitsukoshi Mall in Manila Will Have "Japanese Quality" Food and Dining Options". Esquire. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b Mitsukoshi to close six stores
  5. ^ "三越恵比寿店 営業終了のお知らせ | 三越店舗情報". Retrieved 2021-04-28.
  6. ^ "Mitsukoshi pulls out of Hong Kong after 25-year run". 18 September 2006. Retrieved 7 April 2019 – via Japan Times Online.
  7. ^ a b (in Japanese, translation) lists only the London and Roma store remaining in Europe. It lists the Shanghai store.
  8. ^
  9. ^ Fran (1 September 2013). "London Mitsukoshi – End of an Era". Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  10. ^ Mitsukoshi Cultural Representative Program "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2007-01-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Mitsukoshi Opens Here". The New York Times. 16 March 1979. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  12. ^ Strom, Stephanie (19 June 1991). "Noted Japanese Retailer Plans Ritz Tower Store". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Isetan Mitsukoshi opening 1-week store in New York". Nikkei Asian Review. Retrieved 7 April 2019.

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