AEON Mall is a popular chain of malls in Japan. It's a convenient place for one-stop shopping although a lot of them are located in inconvenient locations. In Hamamatsu, there are three AEON Malls- AEON Irino, Ichino and Shitoro.
|This is AEON Mall Hineno. I'll update this with AEON Ichino's and Shitoro's pictures.|
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AEON Ichino has the most number of shops. It's also nearer from Hamamatsu Station than the other big one- AEON Shitoro. This is the best AEON Mall (in Hamamatsu) to shop during New Year's Sale for it has a wide selection of goods- shoes, bags, food, cosmetics, etc. If you're also shopping for home furniture and appliances, AEON Ichino has Nittori on the second floor. It has cheaper products than AEON's own home depot. Also, more big shops are located just outside AEON Ichino so you'll have more choices just in case you have not found anything you like at the mal
How to Get to AEON Ichino from Hamamatsu Station:
There's a bus from Hamamatsu Station that takes you directly on the doors of AEON Ichino. It takes about 30 to 40 minutes because of the traffic.
(I forgot the Bus Number, will be updating this once I checked.)
(More on places in Hamamatsu here)
AEON Shitoro is deceptively large. From the outside, it looks like a really big mall but half of it seems to be just parking space. Also, it is quite far from the station, almost an hour bus ride. It has a Gap store which Ichino does not have.
How to Get to AEON Shitoro from Hamamatsu Station:
Take the Number 20 bus from terminal Number 6 at the Hamamatsu Station. Some buses stop at AEON Shitoro's doors. Some would just stop at the nearest bus stop then you have to walk for 5 to 7 minutes.
AEON Irino is the closest to Hamamatsu Station but it is also the smallest with no individual shops. Grocery section on the first floor, department on the second and some other goods on the third. Even if it's small, they have a good selection of ladies's shoes and clothes so it's still worth a visit. (Not sure for men!)
How to Get to AEON Irino from Hamamatsu Station:
Take the Number 20 bus from terminal Number 6 at the Hamamatsu Station. (The same bus going to Shitoro.) Get off at the second bus stop just after Tsutaya and Mister Donut. Follow the AEON sign. It's a 3-minute walk.
If you would also shop regularly at AEON, get an AEON card where you can discounts.