About Isetan Mitsukoshi Group

We are Isetan Mitsukoshi of Japan, an international department store group. The company had its humble beginnings from small kimono shops. Mitsukoshi's first store was founded in 1673, and Isetan was in 1886. Today, our Isetan Mitsukoshi department stores in Japan receive more than 200 million annual store visits, which is more than even the total population of Japan (127 million). We have more than 50 stores in countries all over the world. Based in Tokyo, Isetan has branches throughout cities as Kyoto, Shanghai, and Kuala Lumpur. All of our stores uphold our notion of hospitality, the importance of each moment we share with our customers, and perfection in the finest of details. At Isetan Mitsukoshi, you can discover the spirit of Japanese culture and the creation of the Japanese way of life. Welcome to Isetan Mitsukoshi, welcome to Japan.

The Heritage and Development of the Isetan Mitsukoshi Group

Edo
Era

1673

Mitsukoshi

Our founder Takatoshi Mitsui opened a kimono fabrics store called "Echigoya" in the first district of Edo Honcho (present day Tokyo), and introduced revolutionary business concepts such as "selling by cash-sale at fixed prices" and "selling by demand".

和服店「越后屋」
三井高利

1683

Mitsukoshi

The first to put forward the business philosophy of "selling by cash-sale at fixed prices", which is extremely common in today's society. Allowing kimonos that were once only for the wealthy to spread throughout society to people.

1704

Iwataya

Iwataya's predecessor was the medicine shop "Tatamiya," founded by the Nakamuta family ancestor Koemon Kawano in Daikumachi, Fukuoka.

Meiji
Era

1872

Marui-Imai

The founder of Marui-Imai, Toshichi Imai, opened a sundries store at the bridge of the Sosei River.

1886

Isetan

The Iseya Tanji Kimono Store was founded in Hatagocho, Kanda.

伊势屋丹治和服店

1904

Mitsukoshi

Department Store Declaration
The kimono fabric store Mitsukoshi began to increase the variety of products they sold, and declared themselves as a department store to the outside world in a new way.

百货商店宣言

Taisho
Era

1914

Mitsukoshi

The new Mitsukoshi Nihombashi Main Store had bronze lion statues at its entrance, elevators and Japan's first escalator are installed in the store.

三越日本桥总店

1916

Marui Imai

The Imai Department Store opens.

Showa
Era

1930

Mitsukoshi

Ginza Mitsukoshi opens.

1932

Mitsukoshi

The "Mitsukoshimae" subway station is built, it connects directly to the basement shopping area of the Nihombashi Mitsukoshi Main Store.

1933

Isetan

The Isetan Shinjuku Main Store opens

伊势丹新宿总店

1936

Iwataya

Kyushu's first department store connected to a subway station opens in Tenjin.

九州天神车站百货商店

1972

Isetan

The first Singapore branch is opened.
There are six branches in Singapore as of 2019.

新加坡分店

1975

Mitsukoshi

The first Mitsukoshi branch in Italy is opened in Rome.

意大利分店罗马三越

Heisei
Era

1990

Isetan

The first Malaysian branch is opened.
There are four branches in Malaysia as of 2019.

马来西亚分店

1991

Mitsukoshi

The first Shin Kong Mitsukoshi is opened in Taipei.

台北新光三越一号店

1992

Isetan

Bangkok Isetan opens its first branch in Thailand.

泰国分店曼谷伊势丹

1993

Isetan

The first Chinese branch opens.
There are four branches in China as of 2019.

伊势丹中国分店

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