|Mitsui Outlet Park = MOP. For some reason I just think that's super adorable!!|
To be honest, I was a little skeptical about this place. I love shopping, and I love shopping even more so in Japan....but I feel like it's always really hard to find clothes for prices that I'd ever actually call a bargain. I am happy to say that I was quite wrong!!
Things that I really love about MOP Kisarazu so far:
|Look out for the bright orange balloons (with banners hanging from them that say "三井アウトレットパーク木更津") when you get off the highway!|
It also looks like they've expanded and cleaned up the local roads and they had a TON of parking, so we didn't have to wait long at all to get into the outlets!
Another thing I love about MOP Kisarazu: Shop selection!!! They had a lovely balance of Japanese brands and non-Japanese stuff! For example: ok they have the Nike outlet store here. Okay, they have it at Makuhari too - and for that matter, I can get stuff for much cheaper from the Nike outlet back home in the US. On the other hand, what I *can't* get in the US:
|Store hopping for Japanese fashion brands!!|
|This guy looked SO confused when he popped out of the store just in time to stare into my photo.|
|Wappa Chaya at the food court.|
|Seafood fresh from the Boso!|
We also made some new friends at the food court:
|Also located in the food court is the Chiba Tourist Information Center, aka the チーバくんプラザ!|
|...where we met the always adorable CHI-BA+KUN!|
|Nokotta-kun, from Kisarazu!|
|Perhaps our greatest discovery of the day: P-man!!!|
|@ the Mother Farm Cafe|
After our meal, we decided to brave the long line at the Mother Farm Cafe. Although I have yet to go, Mother Farm is a tourist attraction where you can go play with cows, sheep, etc., have barbecues, go strawberry or blueberry picking...they've extended their business to run these cafes! I only know of two now...the one here, at MOP Kisarazu, and the other one at the Lalaport Tokyo Bay shopping mall, but their soft serve is absolutely amazing. Since I am a sucker for limited edition things, I couldn't resist getting this "Boso Strawberry" parfait soft serve. It had vanilla soft serve topped with a mass of strawberries, with yogurt and chocolate crispies underneath, all in a giant waffle cone - and it was perfection. Apparently this is only available here at MOP Kisarazu, so come and get it!
|MOP Kisarazu at night.|
With our stomachs full and hands full of shopping bags, it was finally time to call it a night! I think we spent a good 5-6 hours at the outlets. It was interesting to see how much the crowds had cleared out in the evening...perhaps because most of the people we saw there that day were families with younger children? So if you are trying to avoid the crowds, it might be a good idea to avoid coming here during the day and try coming in the evenings instead.
MOP Kisarazu...I hope to be seeing you again sometime soon!
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