Mitsukoshi, Japan's Historic High-End Shopping Mall, Will Finally Open in BGC This Year

If the Brits have Harrods, then the Japanese have Mitsukoshi. And soon, so will we.

It’s been four years since Mitsukoshi’s BGC branch was first announced, but the long wait will soon be over. Premier real estate developer Federal Land is only months away from opening the first-ever Mitsukoshi branch in the Philippines. 

The premium mall promises to blend traditional and modern Japanese culture to create an elegant setting for shoppers. If it’s anything like its sister branches in Ginza and Nihonbashi, then Filipino customers will be in for a treat. Mitsukoshi is known for its iconic sophisticated style that emphasizes minimalism and East Asian influences. The first store was opened in the 1600s when it only sold kimonos, but the department store has since evolved to open more than 30 stores from Milan to Manila. 

Ginza Mitsukoshi 


Located at 7th Avenue cor. 36th Street in Federal Land’s Grand Central Park community, Mitsukoshi BGC will cover 15,000 square meters across four floors, with each floor having its own organized theme.


Basement 1 will be the mall’s “depachika,” or the department store basement food haven. The theme will be a “Tasty Life,” in line with all the food choices, grocery options, and stalls that will occupy the floor. The Ground Floor will follow the theme “Beautiful Life,” and house a number of cosmetics, fashion, and lifestyle brands. Meanwhile, the Second Floor’s “Inspired Life” will highlight culinary options from Japan and beyond, and the Third Floor’s “Entertainment Life” theme will offer unique Japanese entertainment options.

Mitsukoshi BGC Food Court

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Japanese-inspired from top to bottom, Mitsukoshi will also be training its staff to embody the elevated Japanese version of hospitality called “omotenashi,” which refers to next-level mindfulness, thoughtfulness, and service. 

Mitsukoshi BGC will be located next to another Japanese-inspired building, The Seasons Residences condominium, also by Federal Land, Nomura Real Estate Development, and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings. 

The store was originally planned to open in 2021, but don’t fret as Mitsukoshi’s doors will open to the public before the new year. If you will ever need Japanese anything, Mitsukoshi will be the only place you need to go.

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