The metropolis of Fukuoka is typically crowded with people who have come from all over Kyushu to shop. New commercial complexes are always popping up, and you'll find all kinds of products, from fashion items to souvenirs and beyond. Fukuoka's shops cater for all budgets, too, so you can pick up everything from expensive luxury items to cheap bargains. This is the ideal place to shop in whichever way suits you.

    Local community-based shopping districts also thrive here. The many stores where you'll experience the humanity and hospitality of Hakata merchants give Fukuoka a uniquely festive vibe.

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    Canal City Hakata

    A huge commercial complex focused on entertainment

    Canal City Hakata is a leading large-scale commercial facility that stands as the face of Fukuoka City. Shopping facilities, a plaza featuring a stage, fountains, offices, and green neighborhoods are arranged along the canal, creating a pleasantly relaxing open space. Fountain shows and seasonal illuminations attract a great deal of attention.

    Canal City Hakata is also home to movie theaters, theaters, and amusement facilities catering to people of all ages. The well-equipped hotel facilities are convenient if you want to be based in the center of Fukuoka. Dining options are wide-ranging, including everything from restaurants service local delicacies to concept cafés.

    Location: 1-2 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0018, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)92-282-2525

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    Solaria Plaza

    A fashion building full of brands popular with young people

    With its stylish and fashionable vibe, SOLARIA PLAZA is a bustling commercial complex that attracts many young fashion-lovers. Adjacent to a major park and with excellent access by subway, train, and bus, it also makes for a convenient meeting place.

    While the fashion floor is of course very popular, the restaurant section is gaining attention for its excellent dining experience. The food section in the basement is also talked about for its high quality and great selection.

    Location: 2-2-43 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0001, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)570-017-733

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    Kawabatadori Shopping Arcade

    Rediscover Hakata culture in a good old shopping arcade

    Kawabata Shopping Arcade is the historic center of commerce in Hakata, linking the Kushida Shrine and the Gion Yamakasa festival traditions to the present day. Adjacent to Hakata Riverain and Canal City Hakata, this arcade forms a vast shopping zone in the city.

    It has a roof for all-weather shopping and a retro atmosphere and is lined with about 110 shops, ranging from long-established to popular franchise stores, some of which offer excellent souvenirs such as crafts and candies. Come during the festival season to experience this arcade at its liveliest.

    Location: 10 Kamikawabatamachi, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0026, Japan

    Phone: +81 (0)92-281-6223

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    Amu Plaza Hakata

    The building connected to Hakata Station is pure Kyushu

    Amu Plaza Hakata is JR Kyushu's signature facility, boasting a huge space with a shopping mall, restaurant area, movie theater complex, and rooftop garden. The illumination of the plaza is another highlight, particularly during Xmas, when many people come to admire Fukuoka's winter traditions.

    Many seasonal events and fairs are held here throughout the year. This is a vibrant place that fronts the Hakata Station commercial district, now appreciated by the public as one of city’s largest shopping destinations.

    Location: JR Hakata City, 1-1 Hakataekichuogai, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 812-0012, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)92-431-8484

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    Tenjin Underground Shopping Center

    Shop in a stylish space without having to worry about the weather

    The Tenjin Underground Shopping Center, with its corridors covering the entire basement of Tenjin, is designed with European-style ceilings, walls, floors, and plazas, and is a place to unwind in a calm, dimly lit space. The European-style restroom facilities, where attention to detail is evident everywhere, are also known for their cleanliness and ease of use.

    A wide variety of stores and restaurants offers a convenient shopping experience to suit all needs. Directly connected to the subway station and department stores, this is an excellent place for strolling and sightseeing even in rainy weather.

    Location: 2-chome Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0001, Japan

    Open: Daily from 5.30 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)92-711-1903

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    Iwataya

    A long-established department store focused on high quality

    Iwataya is a time-honoured department store based in Fukuoka. Having become a subsidiary of Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings, Iwataya is the talk of the town for its extensive lineup of luxury brand items. Locals love Iwataya for its brand power and prestige, which provide a seal of approval.

    The basement food section is particularly popular with the local population. Check out the exciting lineup of Japanese candies, side dishes, and other items that are unique to Fukuoka. Fish, seafood, and other produce are always fresh. There are also options for eating onsite.

    Location: 2-5-35 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-8680, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)92-721-1111

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    Shopping Town Shintencho

    Experience the spirit of traditional Hakata merchants

    Shopping Town Shintencho is a commercial district that was launched and developed by Hakata merchants shortly after World War II ended. The neighbourhood plays an active role in Fukuoka’s local Hakata Dontaku and Gion Yamakasa festivals. The Märchen Chime, a large clock tower, and the Shintencho Sun Dome, completed in 2006, are landmarks of the district.

    Lined with long-established specialist stores, this place brings out the old Hakata culture, which is quite different from the modern world of commerce. With its deep and interesting city atmosphere, this is a wonderful place to visit as a tourist.

    Location: 2-9 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0001, Japan

    Phone: +81 (0)92-741-8331

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    MARK IS Fukuoka Momochi

    Try a mix of shopping and dining while catching a baseball game

    MARK IS Fukuoka Momochi is a pretty fancy shopping mall directly attached to the Fukuoka PayPay Dome. With an open space from the entrance to the grand atrium of the stairwell, the mall has become a popular meeting spot. The deck leading from the pedestrian bridge on Yokatopia Street features a pleasant natural setting.

    It houses popular stores such as Nitori, Uniqlo, and Bic Camera, and the grocery store and food department stores are convenient for daily use. You’ll also find a movie theater, a videogame arcade, a food court, restaurants, and a playground for children.

    Location: 2-2-1 Jigyohama, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-8639, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)92-407-1345

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    Fukuoka PARCO

    Catch the latest trends from Tokyo without leaving Fukuoka

    Fukuoka PARCO is widely known as a trend-setting house of fashion, offering everything from fashionable clothing to character goods. With shops, cafés, and restaurants that are rare in Kyushu, as well as stores offering local delicacies, PARCO always has something new to offer visitors. The selection of unique items here will turn even the most level-headed of grown-ups into impulse buyers riding the wave of youth culture.

    The basement floor, which offers a wide selection of food items for takeout, is also a must-visit. Fukuoka PARCO is conveniently located right around the corner from the subway station, making it easy to hop in and out of other commercial facilities in the area.

    Location: 2-11-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0001, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8.30 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)92-235-7000

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    Marinoa City Fukuoka

    An outlet mall full of activities and events

    Marinoa City Fukuoka is an outlet mall conveniently located along the seaside in the western part of Fukuoka, about a 30-minute drive from the city centre. There are about 170 shops here offering outlet items at affordable prices. Even if you can’t find something in exactly the right size, there’s a remodelling store here to make adjustments for you.

    Marinoa City Fukuoka has an indoor experience facility called "NOBOLT" and a Ferris wheel for families to explore, making it an extremely popular sightseeing spot for more than just shopping. The food court, the garden, and the boardwalk are excellent places to eat or take a break.

    Location: 2-12-30 Odo, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture 819-0001, Japan

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +81 (0)92-892-8700

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