Mitsukoshi, Ltd.
Industry Retail
Founded 1673 Edo Honmachi (Nihonbashi Hongokuchō, Chūō, Tokyo), Japan
Founder Mitsui Takatoshi
Headquarters 1-4-1 Nihonbashi-Muromachi, Chūō, Tokyo, Japan
Parent Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (100%)
The Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Nihonbashi section of Tokyo
Utagawa Hiroshige printed an Ukiyoe with Mt. 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

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) Echigoya (越後屋), selling kimonos. 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).



Stores managed by Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd.

Stores managed by other companies

Closed stores


The stores in Taiwan are named Shin Kong Mitsukoshi Department Store, 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

The first Mitsukoshi in Hong Kong was opened at 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay on 26 August 1981, which spanned 4 levels with 12000 sq meters. In 1988, the second store was opened in the Sun Arcade in Tsim Sha Tsui but it was closed down in 1995. In June 2006, Mitsukoshi Ltd. announced the closure of its Causeway Bay store on 17 September 2006 as well, due to the redevelopment of Hennessy Centre. The store was scheduled to relocate to another location in 2009, but Hong Kong Mitsukoshi has yet to re-open as of the end of 2013.

China (mainland)


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; Shinsegae; lit. New World).



Former stores in Europe

North America


  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. 1 2 Mitsukoshi to close six stores
  4. 1 2 (in Japanese, translation) lists only the London and Roma store remaining in Europe. It lists the Shanghai store.
  5. Mitsukoshi Cultural Representative Program
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