We Found the Perfect Place to Shop for Home Essentials in Japan
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The Itoshima City in Japan is widely-known for its blue seas, beaches, and palm trees. However, there's a whole lot more that this place can offer. This includes an assortment of stores and cafés where you can buy various goods and even furniture for your home.
We checked out the Nijo and Fukae areas, in particular, and listed down the best shops to visit there. Scroll down to find out more!
Formerly a house, Hanatolife is located right in front of the ocean. A couple runs this shop, which sells goods and picture frames on the first floor. Meanwhile, on the second floor, you'll find a hair salon.
At the store, there are hundreds of picture frame samples that you can choose from. You can also order one based on your preferred size and have the shop frame the pictures or paintings that you bring in.
Tomoyuki Ishikawa, the shop owner, moved here from Yanagawa City in 2012 and opened this shop. Besides picture frames, they also sell household goods.
You can view the calm ocean from the shop.
Hanatolife is located at 390-2 Nijohamakubo, Itoshima City, Fukuoka and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on Mondays and second Sundays of the month. You may contact the shop at +81-92-325-1915 and the salon at +81-92-325-1916.
Hamming Joe offers a lot of 1960s antique furniture from Denmark and Northern Europe. These furniture pieces were chosen and bought from their respective countries by the owner himself.
The shop delivers anywhere in Japan for free and also does repair service starting at a price of ¥2,000.
On the first floor are Northern European pottery, while the second floor contains huge furniture. Sideboards, these days, are the most popular furniture.
On the left is Jens H. Quistgaard's Relief Cup and Saucer (¥4,536).
Hamming Joe is located at 179-1 Nijohamakubo, Itoshima City, Fukuoka and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily except on Wednesdays or the next day if it falls on a holiday. You may contact them at +81-92-325-3690.
Futatsubu is an office-café that was established by Motohiro Fukuda, a web media consultant. Goods from Odeco, which is a head turban brand run by his wife, and organic food are sold here.
Rice balls, made with organic rice and cooked in an earthenware pot, is a popular menu item at the café.
Accordion wooden furniture is used for the café's interior. There are also table seats available there.
Futatsubu is located at 1456 Nijofukae, Itoshima City, Fukuoka and is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays to Saturdays. You may contact them at +81-92-332-2362.
Oyatsu to Zakka, Kurasukoto
Oyatsu to Zakka, Kurasukoto is a café that serves sweets made from vegetables and fruits produced in Itoshima and Kyushu. The café opened last July 2018 and sells household items that the owner himself selected.
You can enjoy eating in the garden with your friends or participate in the workshops that the café holds.
The café's concept is a "slow life with children." Inside, you'll feel the warm and cozy ambiance.
The Strawberry Parfait (¥1,382) is handmade with strawberries produced in Itoshima and Karatsu. During the summer, you can also order shaved ice.
For the Donut Set (¥658), you can choose one donut and a drink. You can also have it for take-out if you like.
Oyatsu to Zakka, Kurasukoto is located at 2646-1 Nijofukae, Itosima City, Fukuoka and is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays to Mondays. During May to August months, it is open from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursdays to Mondays. You may contact them at +81-92-332-9302.
BLESS LEATHER is a shop that sells leather and items from New Zealand. They conduct workshops where you can make your original leather piece with letters engraved.
Aside from this, the shop's most popular goods are the customizable products, that let you choose the color and thickness of the leather.
The leather artists are a couple and make great goods.
BLESS LEATHER is located at 5450 Nijofukui, Itoshima City, Fukuoka and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Tuesdays. You may contact them at +81-92-338-8043.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kyushu Walker™ (05 April 2019)