Shopping in Kyūshū

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Shimabara Peninsula

    Inohara Kanamono-ten

    Dating from the 1850s and a registered cultural property, this busy, rustic blade shop is filled with incredible knives, hatchets, swords and even ninja shuriken (throwing stars), plus just about anything you might need for a Japanese kitchen – daikon (radish) graters, bamboo strainers, bentō boxes and more. An enthusiastic owner helps you make sense of it all. There's also a cafe, offering good Japanese curry (¥1000), sōmen (noodles; ¥680), dango (rice dumplings) and shaved ice (from ¥400), all made with fresh Shimabara water and using hand-sharpened blades.

  • Top ChoiceShopping in Beppu

    Chikugōgei Yamashō

    Opened in 1948 and recently renovated, this gallery feels like an intimate museum of Japanese bamboo art. Many of the works were made by well-known artists from around Beppu and range from sky-high-priced baskets for ikebana (flower arranging) to tableware and even shoehorns. It's the tan, stucco-front building just outside the Yayoi Arcade, across from Okinado.

  • Shopping in Fukuoka

    Hakata Japan

    Hakata is renowned for it weaving tradition, called Hakata-ori, and this chic shop, to the right as you enter Hakata Riverain mall, has been producing intricately woven Hakata-ori for generations. Originally supplying obi (kimono sashes), it now puts the fabrics to more modern uses including accessories. It also sells used kimono (not Hakata-ori) – still expensive but a fraction of the cost of a new one.

  • Shopping in Fukuoka

    Canal City

    Canal City is Fukuoka's biggest mall, boasting an eponymous artificial canal with illuminated fountain symphony, a multiplex cinema, a playhouse and about 250 boutiques (large tenants include Muji, H&M, Uniqlo and Sanrio), the Grand Hyatt and other hotels, bars and bistros, game arcades and Ramen Stadium. It was designed by Jon Jerde, who later created Tokyo's Roppongi Hills.

  • Shopping in Fukuoka

    Shōgetsudō

    White-faced clay ningyō (Hakata dolls) depicting women, children, samurai and geisha are a popular Fukuoka craft. This place has been selling them since 1940 and also offers doll-painting workshops (¥2560 to ¥3240, 10am to 4pm daily). There's not much English spoken, but the friendly shopkeepers make it work.

  • Shopping in Nagasaki

    Fukusaya

    Among the new restaurants sits this stalwart, in business since 1624, and a must for history buffs and those with a taste for Japanese sweets. Individually wrapped slices of castella (dense sponge cake) make great gifts.

  • Shopping in Fukuoka

    Okano Hakata Riverain

    This elegant shop offers obi, kimonos and accessories from business-card holders to handbags in the distinctive Hakata-ori style. None of it is cheap (silk obi start at around ¥10,000), but it's meant to last generations.

  • Shopping in Northern Kyūshū

    Karatsu Ware Federation Exhibition Hall

    Just outside Karatsu Station, this exhibition hall displays and sells local potters' work, with prices ranging from ¥500 to eye-watering. Potters have a display area and many have (Japanese only) info.

  • Shopping in Fukuoka

    Hakata Riverain

    Modern, multistorey mall with some 70 shops for fashion, homewares and design, plus restaurants and cafes. The Fukuoka Asian Art Museum is on the top floors.

  • Shopping in Fukuoka

    Mandarake

    The Fukuoka branch of Mandarake is Kyūshū's largest manga store, with two large floors of galleries of games, comic books, DVDs, costumes and merch – lots of merch.

  • Shopping in Kagoshima

    Amu Plaza

    At JR Kagoshima-Chūō Station, Amu Plaza has dozens of options for fashion and lifestyle, plus restaurants, a multiplex cinema and a Ferris wheel on the roof.

  • Shopping in Beppu

    You Me Town

    On the southeastern edge of the town centre, this hulking three-storey complex has anchor tenants like Uniqlo and Daiso. The ground floor features a giant supermarket and drugstore, and many casual restaurants serving sushi, ramen and shabu-shabu (thinly sliced meat cooked with vegetables in boiling water), and counters selling everything from ice cream to takoyaki (octopus dumplings).

  • Shopping in Beppu

    Oita Made Shop

    This tiny shop features products, food, liquor and crafts from Ōita Prefecture. Look for comestibles like jams, teas, spices, condiments and shōchū (strong distilled liquor), and unique crafts like richly wood-grained sandals, and pens and pencils made out of bamboo branches. It's at the northern entrance of the Sol Paseo Ginza Arcade.

  • Shopping in Fukuoka

    IMS Building

    The IMS building in Tenjin has prime skyline views from its 12th- and 13th-floor restaurants, including busy No No Budo. Nearby is Pietro Corte for Italian food, or head to Mrs Elizabeth Muffin in the basement food court for sweet muffins and free coffee refills.

  • Shopping in Nagasaki

    Hibakusha no Mise

    It's not that the snacks, candy, castella (dense sponge cake), toys and trinkets are so unique – or great, for that matter. It's that this gift shop adjacent to Peace Park donates its profits to hibakusha (atomic-bomb survivor) organisations.

  • Shopping in Kumamoto

    Kumamoto Prefectural Products Centre

    Operated by the prefecture, this shop offers an array of crafts and foods from across Kumamoto: shōchū (strong distilled alcohol), ceramics, plush toys and just about anything Kumamon.

  • Shopping in Fukuoka

    Junkudō Fukuoka

    Occupying five floors of the Media Mall building, this bookshop sells a wide selection, including foreign paperbacks. The basement level is stationery goods by Junkudō's partner Maruzen.

  • Shopping in Southern Kyūshū

    Makurazaki O-Sakana Centre

    About 20 vendors sell fish and related products in a market-like setting here. There are lots of free samples and interesting demos, such as katsuo-bushi (bonito flakes) being made.

  • Shopping in Kagoshima

    Kagoshima Brand Shop

    Shop here for local specialities: ceramics, wood crafts, tea, accessories, and lots of shōchū (distilled liquor). It's near Tenmonkan.

  • Shopping in Kumamoto

    Tsuruya Department Store

    A landmark department store near the intersection of the Kamitōri and Shimotōri Arcades. It has a special service desk for foreign visitors.