One of my favorite things about traveling is checking out different malls and shopping districts. So, naturally the first thing I wanted to see in Yokosuka was the mall everyone kept mentioning. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that not only was it right outside of base, it had six floors and a cinema inside it!
Daiei “Shoppers Plaza” has just about everything. There’s a food court with lots of quick goodies as well as a “Restaurant Park” where a shopper can sit down and have a meal. There’s a super market, furniture store, clothing shops, electronics, spas, a gym, arcades, and even a stage where live bands often play.
What makes Daiei, and most malls in Japan, different than traditional American malls is that it’s set up more like a department store. Rather than being self contained, each store takes up space in one big open area. It makes for a pretty overwhelming experience at first but is easy to get used to.
Daiei is a great place to hangout and browse, especially on days when the Yen rate is up!