10 Best Places for Shopping in Fukuoka
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If you’ve come to Japan to do some major shopping, then don’t sleep on Fukuoka. A shopping paradise like no other, we’ve put together a guide to all the major malls and markets you need to visit when you’re in this prefecture located in the northern part of Japan’s Kyushu island.
This massive European-inspired underground mall is located in the intersection of north and south downtown Tenjin. It’s easily accessible by train as it’s connected to the Tenjin subway station. We’re not joking when we say a day is not enough to sweep the 600-meter long shopping area. With over 150 shops, you’ll be lucky if you’ve still got pocket money after stepping into this shopping haven. A lot of the stores here offer the latest fashion from fashion capitals of the world: Tokyo, Paris, and New York.
Tenjin Chikagai is located at 2 Tenjin Chūō-ku, Fukuoka, Japan and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
If you’re looking for an alternative to fast fashion chains, you’ll find lots of shops in Tenjin Core that you’d normally see in the stylish district of Harajuku. With more choices for Japanese subcultures like Sweet and Gothic Lolita, Gyaru, and even Punk Rock fashion, Tenjin Core is your best bet for something unique.
Tenjin Core is located 1-11-11 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Japan and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The popular shopping spot is just a 10-minute walk from Hakata station and is a massive complex filled with a cinema, theater, arcade apart from its shopping mall. There’s a stage in the middle of Canal City that usually houses performances that shoppers can watch for free. Aside from the Canal Aqua Panorama Fountain show on most evenings, there is also a teamLab installation here. There’s tax-free shopping here, too, so don’t forget to bring your passport!
Canal City is located at 1-2 Sumiyoshi, Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. except on holidays.
Kawabata Shopping Arcade
Just a 9-minute walk from Canal City is Hakata’s oldest shopping arcade. You can duck into this 400-meter-long street that houses shops that sell a variety of things from traditional handicrafts and souvenirs to locally sourced treats. If you get hungry in the middle of shopping, there are also some restaurants that serve both Japanese fare like ramen and sushi and international cuisine like pizza and burgers.
Kawabata Shopping Arcade is located at 10 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Japan and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Hakata Riverain Mall
For a more sophisticated experience, head to Hakata Riverain Mall in Fukuoka’s Old Town. Right by Naka River, this mall has over 70 merchants that offer the finest designer merchandise. It has seven floors of fashion, homeware, and design. If you’re done shopping, you can also stop by the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum which is located in the same complex.
Hakata Riverain Mall is located at 3-1 Shimokawabatamachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, Japan and is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The multi-level department store is connected to Hakata station, so it’s very easy to go here. There’s an entire floor dedicated to shoes—from cute flats and classy heels to summery sandals. Make sure to familiarize yourself with Japanese shoe sizing (they use centimeters), so you won’t be confused when you pick your footwear. After shoe shopping, choose from several eating spots in the mall.
KITTE is located at 9-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka, Japan and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The multi-level facility accessible by subway or bus has 8 floors of fashion, lingerie, cosmetics, home goods, travel, hobby, and groceries. They’ve got Japanese brands such as BEAMS, Emoda, Francfranc and international designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Jill by Jill Stuart, Paul Smith, and more.
Parco is located at 2-11-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Iwataya is part of the Mitsukoshi group of stores. If you’re already familiar with the Mitsukoshi malls, you’ll know that Iwataya is a high-end department store with mostly luxury goods. You’ll find Gucci, Hermes, and Prada boutiques here. It goes without saying that you can avail of tax-free shopping here, so make sure to have your passport with you.
Iwataya is located at 2-5-35 Tenjin, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Japan and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For streetwear fans, this neighborhood in central Chuo Ward is a must-visit. With stores like Carhartt WIP, HOODS, Supreme, Bape, 24Karats, and more, you won’t run out of shops to disappear into. You’ll find that Fukuoka’s style is heavily influenced by hip-hop and vintage subcultures and Daimyo is the perfect place to experience that.
Daimyo is located between Tenjin and Akasaka stations. Store hours vary.
Whether you’re a casual anime fan or a serious toy collector, this huge shopping complex is a must-visit. Mandarake stocks collector’s items and possibly every imaginable model kit available. From comic books to video games to toys, this place has it all. Truly a Japanese animation fan’s dream place.
Mandarake is located at Grand Building, Daimyo 2-9-5, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka, Japan and is open daily from 12 n.n to 8 p.m.