Sogo Yokohama is a popular department store on the east side of Yokohama Station. Inside Sogo you will find ladies’ and men’s fashions, cosmetics, jewelry, furniture and interior goods, kid’s clothes and toys, arts and crafts, confectionery and groceries.
This department store has several boutiques selling well known global brands such as Chanel and Gucci and popular Japanese lifestyle stores Muji and Loft. There is also an art museum on the 6th floor.
Sogo Yokohama has 10 floors above ground and two basement levels. The main entrance to Sogo Yokohama is on the east side of the Porta shopping mall at the B2 level. To get there from Yokohama Station, take the East Exit directly into Porta. Sogo is straight ahead on the other side of the Porta shopping mall.
In this article we will introduce some of the highlights of this store.
Shopping at Sogo Yokohama
The B2 level contains Sogo’s food hall which has a full range of everyday groceries such as fish, meat, vegetables, fruit, baked goods, and drinks alongside Western, Japanese and Chinese delicatessens, and Japanese and Western confectionery stalls.
The B1 level has stores selling shoes, hats, bags, leather goods and assorted accessories.
The 1st floor is Sogo’s cosmetics center with boutiques including well-known brands Chanel, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Lancome, Jill Stuart, Christian Dior and Clinique.
On the 2nd floor you can find boutiques selling jewelry and luxury goods from international brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Cartier, Bulgari, Chanel and Gucci.
The 3rd floor has stores selling ladies fashion stores and handbags. Brands on this floor include Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Vivienne Westwood and Samantha Thavasa.
On the 4th floor there is more ladies’ fashion, ladies’ underwear, and formal wear. Jiyuku on this floor sells simple, elegant clothing for ladies in their 30s and 40s.
Casual and formal menswear and men’s accessories can be found on the 5th floor. Golfing clothes and equipment can also be found on this floor.
On the 6th floor you can find interior goods, furniture, bedding, arts and crafts, and traditional kimonos. Sogo Art Museum, which is also on the 6th floor, regularly hosts exhibitions of Japanese and international art.
The 7th floor is home to the popular lifestyle store Loft, the consumer goods store Muji and the Kinokuniya Bookstore.
Children’s clothes and toys can be found on the 8th floor. The 9th floor is a “Citizen Floor” and has a variety of local service centers.
Dining at Sogo Yokohama
The 10th floor is Sogo’s dining area. Here you can find a variety of restaurants serving Italian, French, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Taiwanese cuisines. Japanese restaurants on this floor serve sushi, yakiniku barbecue, soba and udon noodles, tempura and traditional Kyoto cuisine.
Sogo Yokohama has a rooftop garden with a children’s play area. A summertime beer garden is open for lunch and dinner on the rooftop between May and September.
Services & Facilities
There is an Information Desk just inside the main entrance on the B2 level where you can pick up a floor guide to the store. Temporary baggage storage facilities can be found at cloakrooms on the B2 level and the 2nd floor. There is also a Lost Property Counter on the 2nd floor and a 7-Bank ATM that accepts most major foreign bank cards. A World Currency Shop on the 6th floor provides currency exchange services between 10.00 and 18.00.
Foreign visitors are entitled to a tax-refund on goods purchased at Sogo Yokohama and get a refund by taking their purchases, receipts and passport to the Tax Refund Counter on the 1st floor. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout the department store.
Sogo Yokohama is open from 10.00 to 20.00.
Restaurants on the 10th floor are open from 11.00 to 22.00.
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.