Top ChoiceHomewares in Shimabara

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...

Top ChoiceArts & Crafts 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...

Clothing 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...

Shopping Centre 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,...

Arts & Crafts in Fukuoka


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...

Arts & Crafts in Miyazaki

Miyazaki Products Shop Konne

Across from a park, this place sells local wood crafts, clay haniwa (earthenware totems), lacquer and glassware, a small collection of traditional masks and dolls, plus lots of snacks and a wall of shōchū (strong...

Food in Nagasaki


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...

Clothing 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...

Gallery in Karatsu

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.

Mall 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.

Books in Fukuoka


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.

Mall 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.

Mall 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...

Gifts & Souvenirs 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...

Department Store 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...

Gifts & Souvenirs 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...

Arts & Crafts 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.

Books in Fukuoka

Junkudō Fukuoka

Occupying five floors of the Media Mall building, this bookshop sells a wide selection, including foreign paperbacks.

Market in Satsuma Peninsula

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.

Gifts & Souvenirs 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.