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Shopping In Fukuoka? Check Out Hakata's 6 Best Spots

Shopping In Fukuoka? Check Out Hakata's 6 Best Spots

Translated by Hilary Keyes

Written by Ai Yoneda

Fukuoka 2016.09.23 Bookmark

Hakata in Fukuoka is the largest business area in Kyushu where you will find many amazing shopping centers and famous department stores. Let's check them out!

Hakata in Fukuoka is the largest business area in Kyushu where you will find many amazing shopping centers and famous department stores. Let's check them out!

1. Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin Shop


Daimaru is a department store of longstanding that can be found across Japan. However, one of their many locations the largest by far is the one located in Hakata. This Daimaru consists of a main building and the east building Elgala, and is best known as an area with comparatively famous brand name shops.

This department store is very well-suited to non-Japanese shoppers.There is a duty-free counter on the 5th floor of Elgala and there are automatic foreign currency exchange machines where you can change US dollars, British pounds, Chinese yuan, Korean won, Taiwanese dollars, Hong Kong dollars, Singaporean dollars or Thai baht for Japanese yen. At the first floor information counter, there are also staff who speak English, Chinese, and Korean.

2. Canal City Hakata


Canal City Hakata is a large complex made up of shops, restaurants, an arcade, movie theater, playhouse, hotel and more - all within one facility.


Within this facility there is a canal and fountains, making it a very open, relaxing space. Near the waterways and fountains there are benches where you can sit down after a tiring day of shopping and enjoy the gorgeous atmosphere of the area. With so many shops other sights to see, you can easily spend an entire day just at Canal City. And, because there are so many varieties of shops to choose from, it's a great day out for the whole family.

There are also plenty of services available for overseas guests, such as a duty-free counter, free wi-fi, automatic foreign currency exchange machines and more. And, with their passport service if you show your passport at the time of purchase you will receive 10 percent off and can receive a special gift too.

3. Fukuoka PARCO


Fukuoka PARCO is a fashion mall meant for the teens and twenties crowd that has direct access from Tenjin Station on the Airport Line. Here you'll find limited time only concept cafes featuring popular characters and special Halloween and Christmas services, making this a great place to stop by all year long.

PARCO Fukuoka Store

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4. Tenjin Core


Tenjin Core is to Fukuoka what Shibuya 109 is to Tokyo: the home of gyaru or gal fashion, where you will only see the hottest, newest must-have clothes for girls in their teens to twenties. If you would like to learn more about Shibuya fashion, please check out this article.

There are two basement levels and eight floors above ground that have everything from popular fashion brands to general stores. If you are visiting from abroad, simply present your passport at the shop you are in at time of purchase and your shopping will be duty-free. If you want to have the newest and most popular fashion items, then Tenjin Core is definitely the place to go.

5. Hakata Hankyu


If you don't have a lot of time to shop or don't want to have to move too far, Hakata Hankyu is the best place to go. Hakata Hankyū is directly connected to Kyushu's largest terminal station, Hakata Station, making it very easy to find. Apparel, baby goods, sporting supplies, interior items, food products, you can find practically anything here.

There are many other great services available too, such as their duty-free documentation, private consultation service for non-Japanese customers, foreign currency exchange, free wi-fi and more.

6. Tenjin Underground Shopping Center - Connected to Tenjin Station


The Tenjin Underground Shopping Center (Tenjin Chikagai) runs 590 meters north to south and has about 150 different shops. Apparel, general goods, cosmetics, and cafes can all be found in this underground shopping space which makes it a perfect place to shop no matter what the weather outside is like.


There are many entrances and exits to these underground shops, making it very convenient to access when you're walking around town as well. Part of this shopping center is duty-free and the free wi-fi here does not require any registration, further making it a good place for visitors to Japan to check out. If you'd like to get some shopping done while in Kyushu, then please head to Hakata in Fukuoka!


Hakata Fukuoka Shopping Map

The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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