Fukuoka is one of the biggest cities in the Kyushu region. Here are 5 popular shopping locations in the Tenjin and Sumiyoshi areas of Fukuoka.
IMS is easily recognizable with its gold, octagonal prism building. This shopping mall is divided into 4 sections: Shopping Zone, Communication Point, Hall & Culture, and Restaurant & Relax, where they also have an aesthetic salon and cafes. Additionally, there is a consultation office and information center for foreigners who live in Fukuoka, called Rainbow Plaza Fukuoka Yokatopia International Interaction Foundation, on the 8th floor. They communicate in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean. A foreign language magazine, "Rainbow", is available at the information center. This magazine has various helpful articles and information on Fukuoka, Japanese culture, and upcoming functions. This might be a great tool to make your sightseeing in Fukuoka more productive.
2. TENJIN CORE
TENJIN CORE is a very popular shopping mall with fashion stores beloved by young women that are targeted towards teens and people in their 20s looking for trendy clothes, accessories, shoes, and bags. They also have many men’s fashion stores, and the restaurant area on the 7th floor is very reasonably priced. The Japanese set meal available at Kisuitei Waraku can be enjoyed for 800 JPY to 1,200 JPY (excl. tax), and the popular Japanese-style pasta available at Yomenya Goemon is also recommended. TENJIN CORE is a fun and low-cost shopping mall, definitely worth a visit.
3. SOLARIA PLAZA
SOLARIA PLAZA is very close to Nishitetsu Fukuoka Tenjin Station. It is a building devoted to fashion-related stores with a hotel on the upper floors. It has many sophisticated boutiques, and is very popular for those seeking the latest fashion trends. There are also stylish kitchen goods and unique foods offered on the second basement floor. They have the famous deli DEAN & DELUCA of New York, and space to dine and enjoy a meal following your purchase. A tote bag with the DEAN & DELUCA logo was so popular that it was out of stock at one point. There are also various tax-free, fashionable kitchen goods, gathered from all over the world, available for purchase at 212 KITCHEN STORE.
4. CANAL CITY HAKATA
CANAL CITY HAKATA, where you could spend a whole day, is the biggest shopping center in the Kyushu region. There are about 200 stores available to satisfy men and women of all ages. Their homepage suggests ways to enjoy your time at the mall according to your situation, so customers will not be overwhelmed by their many options. They also have a dynamic and exciting fountain show every 30 min. at SUN PLAZA STAGE, and water is sprayed from the floors of SEA COURT and STAR COURT, where children who have gotten tired of shopping can play. It might be wise to bring a change of clothes and a towel if you plan to enjoy the waterworks, or you could simply buy them all at CANAL CITY.
5. Kawabata Shopping District
Kawabata Shopping District has about 100 stores distributed along a 400m street. There are various stores offering Hakata specialties like Hakata Ningyo, traditional confectioneries, and tonkotsu ramen. Every store is full of individuality and energy, and is enjoyable just to wander around. One thing which cannot be missed is Kawabata Zenzai Square. This is the only place where the props used in Hakata Gion Yamakasa, a famous Fukuoka festival, are exhibited. They also offer Kawabata Zenzai (sweet red bean soup with rice cake), which can be enjoyed while observing the festival’s historical props. Usually they are only open during the weekends, but they are open every day during the event seasons and during Yamakasa festivals (1st of July to 14th of July). Walking through the Kawabata Shopping District from Nakasu-Kawabata Station will lead to CANAL CITY HAKATA, so we recommend you tour these locations together.
Many of the stores in these shopping locations offer tax-free shopping for travelers. Inquire with staff to find out if the store supports tax-free sales, but please don’t forget to bring your passport as it will be required to claim this exemption.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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