Fukuoka PARCO - Enjoy Shopping, Local Cuisine and Great Souvenirs!
PARCO is a major Japanese fashion mall. In this article we focus on Fukuoka PARCO, the largest branch of this mall in Kyushu, highly appreciated by both the locals and the visitors from overseas.
PARCO is a popular Japanese fashion mall located in major cities of Japan such as Shibuya, Ikebukuro, Sapporo, Nagoya and others. They are known to carry the latest styles and trends in fashion among the Japanese. Today, we would like to introduce to you Fukuoka PARCO, located in Fukuoka, a city popular among many visitors from abroad.
What Is Fukuoka PARCO?
Fukuoka PARCO is a large fashion mall separated into the main building (B1 Floor - 8th Floor) and the annex (B2 Floor to 6th Floor). Aside from clothes, there are plenty of shops selling anime merchandise, food, and souvenirs that many visitors seek. The building itself is conveniently connected to the Seibu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station and the bus terminal. It is right in the heart of the Tenjin area and is in a great location for visitors to Japan who love to shop. In this article, we would like to introduce you to some shops inside Fukuoka PARCO that we highly recommend to visitors to Japan.
Nikusai Park MEAT Land
From beef, pork and chicken, you can find all types of meat at Nikusai Park Meatland - Nikuarashi. This restaurant located on the B1 floor of Fukuoka PARCO's main building is not only popular among the Japanese, but on certain days the shop may have more visitors from outside of Japan seeking various type of meat.
The dish popular among many customers from overseas is the "beef cutlet meal" (1,300 yen). It is a juicy piece of Japanese beef that is coated with a thin crust. The crispy crust that has been fried has pepper on it to bring out the great flavor of the red meat.
You can enjoy the cutlet with either wasabi, soy sauce or the onion flavored Japonais sauce.
On the metal plate, there is a heated stone to cook the rare meat to the right tenderness of your choice. Also, if the meat gets cold, you can reheat the meat right on the stone.
A unique dish that can only be found in Meatland is this "Hakata kae-burg meal" (1,200 yen). Savor the flavorful hamburg steak which uses Fukuoka's specialt - Itoshima pork. The tender meat without a strong pork scent makes it great for a delicious hamburg steak. The great part about this meal set is how you can ask for three kaedama hamburg steaks for free. Kaedama is a cultural term used when asking for additional noodles for Hakata ramen in Fukuoka. At Meatland, they apply the kaedama culture for additional hamburg steaks. While even one steak is quite filling, you can order up to three additional hamburg steaks for a satisfying meal. Customers can pick from a variety of sauces - demi-glace, Japonais, teriyaki, Japanese-style and garlic soy sauce - to flavor the hamburg steaks.
In addition, you can ask for a kaedama also in the case of karaage fried chicken!
Francfranc is a shop known for their cute kitchenware and small household items. This Japanese shop is a staple shopping spot for many visitors to Japan.
Bunny shaped rice scoopers, popsicle-shaped sponges, collaborative items with Disney and more! Many of these popular items can be found at Fukuoka PARCO.
The colorful Mickey kitchenware series is so popular that it's sold out at times.
With seasonal items such as drink servers for the summer or animal goods to decorate your home, items from Francfranc are suited for any customer.
"When it comes to souvenirs from Fukuoka, you will find everything here!" THE Tenjin is a shop that carries almost all the souvenirs that Fukuoka has to offer. From snacks such as Hakata-dori rimon to the Niwaka senbei, they have a vast selection of Fukuoka-only snacks and goods.
A specialty product of Fukuoka is the mentaiko. Here, many of the popular Japanese snacks have a Fukuoka twist and are sold with a mentaiko flavor. Read also: Make Personalized Mentaiko (Fish Roe) At Hakuhaku in Fukuoka!
Another popular specialty of Fukuoka is the famous ramen shop, Ichiran. Enjoy the flavors of Ichiran at home with the instant ramen version of the noodles.
You can also find Kumamon merchandise from the neighboring prefecture, Kumamoto!
BEAMS is a trendy fashion shop that carries clothes with a simple and basic design. The shop within Fukuoka PARCO is one of the largest BEAMS shops in the nation and is located on the first and second floors of the annex.
For visitors from abroad, we highly recommend the second floor. With a collection of many casual items, you can find T-shirts and sneakers that are easy to wear during your travels.
At BEAMS you will find a great selection of men's and women's clothes. For those customers who like boyish designs, the sister brand BEAMS BOY is also recommended.
W&E is a sportswear shop for ladies who seek to be both beautiful and healthy.
With a great variety of inner and outer wear, ladies who wish to enjoy sports while staying fashionable will surely find something that suits them here.
The selection of shoes offered here is highly recommended. You can find some stylish brands such as Onitsuka Tiger and Nike Air Lift.
On the third floor of the main building of Fukuoka PARCO customers can find the popular shoe brand, Onitsuka Tiger.
One of their best selling item is the slim, cool-looking Mexico model. Many people also come seeking other models along with items that are made in Japan.
There are many new models, such as this slip-on type sneaker that is being sold also overseas, for example in Thailand (since the summer of 2016). If you are looking for Japan exclusive items, a pair of Onitsuka Tiger shoes may be great to pick up at Fukuoka PARCO!
ONE PIECE Straw Hat Store Fukuoka Branch
©Eiichiro Oda / Shueisha / Fuji TV / Toei Animation "ONE PIECE" is a famous manga and anime that has a great number of fans Japan. With only five shops in the entire nation, in Fukuoka PARCO there is an official ONE PIECE merchandise shop, the ONE PIECE Straw Hat store Fukuoka Branch.
©Eiichiro Oda / Shueisha / Fuji TV / Toei Animation Inside the shop, you will find rows of ONE PIECE merchandise. There are also exclusive items that can only be found in this store!
©Eiichiro Oda / Shueisha / Fuji TV / Toei Animation Aside from shop limited goods, there is an area in the shop where you can find goods that can only be purchased at the Fukuoka branch. This is a must-go place for "ONE PIECE" fans!
©Eiichiro Oda / Shueisha / Fuji TV / Toei Animation
Find cute and fun characters from Japan and all around the world at Character Park! For those who like cute characters along with manga and anime, this shop is sure worth a stop.
Character goods inspired by "Doraemon", Ghibli, Sanrio and even the latest popular anime series "Osomatsu-san" can be found here.
A notable section in the shop is the Rilakkuma corner. Along with the popular plush items, you can also find Fukuoka exclusive products. The photo above shows a Rilakkuma plush with the popular Fukuoka souvenir, the "Niwaka Senbei" crackers. Something like this would be a memorable souvenir from your trip to Fukuoka.
Lily Brown is a clothing brand that incorporates styles from the 70's-80's with a contemporary twist.
With many branches overseas, at this shop customers can find special vintage items that can only be found in Japan. Items that were actually made in the 70's or 80's would be a very special purchase.
Kiwamiya is a popular hamburg steak specialty shop, while at Kiwamiya Gohan you can eat Japanese-style teishoku set meals. It is not unusual to see customers lining up outside, waiting for their turn to taste the delicious Japanese meat dishes.
The cooking scenes that can be seen here are amazing, giving one the feeling that they are watching an entertainment show!
We ordered their signature dish, the "Charcoal grilled Imari beef on an iron plate" (1,280 yen).
When we received the dish, we were surprised to see that the sliced meat was wrapped into a ball! The red meat of the Imari beef has its entire flavor trapped inside. The customer is the one who adds the finishing touch to the meat.
The meat is then grilled on top of a heated stone. The aroma of the roasted meat will whet your appetite. After cooking it to the right degree of tenderness, add some special sauce or ponzu vinegar and enjoy! This is a restaurant where you will surely have fun while enjoying your meal.
Fukuoka is a friendly city with many eating and shopping spots that conveniently located close to each other. When visiting this wonderful city in Kyushu, do consider stopping by Fukuoka PARCO, a great facility offering clothes, food, character goods and various other items in two buildings. This large facility with a wide variety of shops will surely satisfy your shopping needs. Why not visit Fukuoka PARCO on your next visit to Fukuoka city?