Fukuoka is shopping heaven. There are a variety of genres such as snacks, sweets, clothing, electronics and miscellaneous items, but there are both traditional Japanese items and modern items lined up. We will introduce 3 shopping areas that you should stop by while visiting Fukuoka.
Even if you say Hakata station shopping malls in brief, there are actually various shopping malls gathered together and it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say they are giant shopping malls. That name is “JR Hakata City”. It is a collection of the elements of “Buy, eat, play”, in a group of station building complexes. There is AMU Plaza Hakata and Hakata Hankyu by the Western Hakata Exit and by the Eastern Chikushi exit Hakata Deitos and AMU EST. There are other shopping facilities near Hakata exit such as Hakata Ichibangai, Ming, KITTE Hakata and JRJP Hakata. There are stores that are popular with visitors to Japan such as Marui, Tokyu Hands and 100 yen shop on one large floor, so you won’t get bored even in one whole day.
If there is a particular kind of food or brand of clothing you want to find in Japan, you want to search right up until the train departure time.
Canal City Hakata
In this area which is around 43,500 square metres, there are shopping malls, a cinema, a theatre, amusement facilities, and 2 hotels in the complex. In the center of the of this curved and colourful complex building, there is a 180m canal flowing and at certain intervals, there is a fountain show. There are some tourist areas around the facility, so it is convenient for taking a break, having a meal after sightseeing or as accommodation during your trip
A Shopping Paradise, Tenjin Area
The Tenjin area has various shopping malls standing close together, even the basement shopping area is filled with stores. The first time you visit here you may be unsure of where to go as there are so many stores. This time we have handpicked the best 3 shopping areas to introduce.
福岡PARCO (フクオカパルコ) FUKUOKA PARCO
PARCO has 210 stores in total combining the main building and the new building. They have fashion, miscellaneous goods, and food. One indispensable restaurant is “Hakata Motsunabe Oyama”, a specialty store for Motsu hot pot. And Imari beef hamburger “Kiwamiya” that you should eat even if you have to line up. If you want to eat Tonkotsu Ramen here, Ramen Jinanbo is popular.
- Name: Fukuoka PARCO
- Opening Hours: 10: 00-20: 30
- Address: 11-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
- Access: Directly connected to Municipal Subway Kūkō Line "Tenjin Station" West Exit / Exit 7, Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line "Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station" right by the North Exit ticket gate, Nishitetsu Bus bound for each direction, straight on the city expressway "Tenjin North".
Tenjin Underground Shopping Centre (Tenjin Chikagai)
This underground shopping mall that resembles a 19th-century European townscape is 590 metres in length. There are over 150 stores focusing on ladies fashion lined up on the two North and South streets. The shopping centre has a pathway directly connected to Tenjin Subway Station and major shopping buildings.
- Name: Tenjin Underground Shopping Centre
- Opening Hours: Shops 10: 00-20: 00, Restaurants 10: 00-21: 00
- Address: 11-2 Tenjin, Basement Floors 1,2,3, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka. 810-0001
- Access: Get off at Tenjin Station on the subway Kūkō line
Speaking of local gourmets in out of the way places, this shopping mall is directly connected to Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station. Of course, fashion, miscellaneous life necessities, restaurants, and large miscellaneous merchandise stores are also inside.
- Name: Solaria Stage
- Address: 2-11-3 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0001
- Access: About 3 minutes on foot from Tenjin Station on the subway Kūkō line
- Opening Hours: Shops 10: 00-20: 30, Restaurants 11: 00-22: 00 * Some open for business early and late at night