An underground shopping center with excellent access to subways
Underneath Hakata’s commercial district of Tenjin, the largest underground shopping area in Kyushu stretches for a distance of approximately 1km, consisting of 2 avenues each with a 590m span from north to south. There are up to 150 shops specializing in items such as fashion, cuisine, cosmetics and stationery with direct access to the two subway stations of Tenjin and Tenjin-Minami, and also Nishitetsu Fukuoka Train Station and Nishitetsu Tenjin Bus Center. It also has very convenient access to all of the famous department stores and large shopping centers. Even on rainy days, enjoy shopping without getting wet and make use of the free Wi-Fi. The underground center was designed with the motif of a 19th-century European street in mind, making use of iron, brick and stone. Also, the stained-glass windows, automaton clocks and the natural light pouring into the plaza create a calming underground space. Furthermore, there are plenty of barrier-free facilities to assist people such as elevators, escalators, Braille blocks and nursing rooms.
There is a rich selection of stores to make souvenir shopping ideal
For those who are looking for genuine kimono, there is the 65-year-old Suzunoya which provides beautiful kimono and Japanese dress articles of high quality. Also, at Itochu, which has a history of more than a century providing kimono footwear, you can purchase zori sandals that have been handcrafted by artisans. At Karankoron Kyoto, there is a selection of fine goods from the ancient capital such as cute modern bags and wallets of traditional Japanese design and fans so it’s perfect for souvenir shopping. It’s aimed for women in their 20s and 30s and focuses on the latest fashion trends in Japan. There is also Cosme Kitchen with its organic cosmetics from all over the world, and the drug store Matsumoto Kiyoshi which stocks all of the essentials ranging from medicine to Japanese brand cosmetics. The mall is also great for taking a break with all of its cafes and restaurants.