In 2008, Fukuoka was chosen by London-based Monocle Magazine as the number one city for shopping in the world, based on the range of brands available, the ease of shopping, and the great atmosphere. The huge department stores in central Tenjin carry every product you can imagine, in stylish and comfortable surroundings. Right next door, the Daimyo and Imaizumi areas have a wealth of boutique shops, both brand name and otherwise, in a semi-pedestrian shopper’s wonderland. You can spend days browsing through second-hand clothing and record shops, or just wandering the back streets.
Tenjin is also home to one of the biggest electronics stores in Japan, Bic Camera, which has two giant locations within a few meters of each other. Together they house almost every piece of electronics known to man, at surprisingly cheap prices!
Nearby Canal City is a giant, amazingly designed shopping and entertainment centre, the place to go to find a Pokemon shop right next door to a kimono shop! And just beside it is the 1.5 kilometer-long Kawabata Shopping Arcade, a traditional shopping street that sells traditional gifts and other items.
Outlet malls on the outskirts of the city, such as Marinoa City, Aeon Mall Lucle, and Torius Hisayama, have shopping at great prices and frequent free shuttle buses.
Finally, if you’re shopping on a budget, the 100 yen stores scattered around town are guaranteed to please. They stock a massive range of high-quality items – you can practically furnish your house here!
Shopping in Fukuoka – Our Favourites
1. Canal City
Huge and very fun shopping center/entertainment complex. Amazing fountain shows, a Pokemon shop, live music, and more.
2. Daimaru department store
Huge range of shops, although at quite high prices. Check the underground supermarket for a whole meal's worth of tasters.
3. Iwataya department store
This huge department store (it covers two buildings!) has one of the best supermarkets in the basement, as well as a massive range of specialty shops.
4. Marinoa City outlet mall
A little out of the way, but this growing shopping center has loads of outlet stores at low prices, including a Muji store that regularly offers 500 yen clothes!
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