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Canal City Hakata

If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience in Fukuoka, look no further than Canal City Hakata.

By Elizabeth Sok

Constructed in 1996, this shopping complex meets entertainment zone seamlessly blends city with nature, accessible price points with luxury brands, and fun for the whole family with date nights. Located in the heart of Fukuoka City just a short walk or subway ride from Hakata station, Canal City Hakata offers visitors over two hundred shops, a movie theater, an arcade, dozens of restaurants, fountain shows and seasonal events.

The Shopping

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Photo by: iStock/ ben-bryant Shop to your heart’s content.

No matter what you’re in the market for, Canal City’s abundance of shops has you covered! Check out the bottommost floor for souvenir shops, including the deliciously buttery white bean-filled Torimon and packages of local ramen.

You’ll also find the shops of some of Japan’s most famous popular culture franchises, including Studio Ghibli and Sanrio’s Hello Kitty. Visitors looking for clothes will also find plenty of Japanese and international brands spread across several floors, while fans of home goods should check out Muji on the third floor of the North Building and Nitori on the fourth floor of the South Building for interior design, Japan style.

The Food

Photo by: iStock/ Artit_Wongpradu Sample the region’s finest ramen at one of the many shops on the fifth floor.

Canal City has a variety of food options that range from quick and easy take-out to fancier sit-down restaurants and lots of options in-between. Those looking for a quick bite will find plenty of sweets from Baskin Robbins to the crepes at Dipper Dan’s and savory bites of fried chicken on B1.

Grab some treats and find a bench facing the canal to enjoy the sights, sounds and flavors that Canal City has to offer. On the fifth floor is the popular Ramen Stadium, a one-stop shop with over half a dozen stalls and common eating spaces for our party to mix it up! Finally, head over to the Grand Hyatt Hotel for fancy restaurants, including Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, and trendy ones serving local foods, such as Itoshima Hello Brewery.

The Entertainment

Photo by: iStock/Nirad End your evening at Canal City with a spectacular fountain show.

In addition to shopping and food, Canal City has lots to entertain visitors of all ages. Try your hand at the arcades or catch the latest Japanese or Hollywood films at one of the thirteen screens at United Cinema. Keep an ear out for chimes playing on the overhead speakers throughout the complex, too. They signal the start of a fountain show complete with visuals and sounds in mere minutes.

How To Get There


By train

Take the Nanakuma Line and get off at Kushida Jinja-mae.


By bus

From Hakata station, take the Canal City Line bus from Bus Stop A. 

By foot

Exit Hakata station from the Hakata Exit and walk on Hakata Ekimae-dori for about seven minutes.

Where To Stay

Canal City Fukuoka Washington Hotel
  • 1-2-20 Sumiyoshi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0018 Japan
  • ¥11,305 - ¥44,308
  • 3.8/5 (5,408 reviews)
  • 0.0 km
Dormy Inn Premium Hakata Canal City-mae
  • 9-1 Giommachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0038 Japan
  • ¥19,333 - ¥23,513
  • 4.42/5 (1,464 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Nishitetsu Hotel Croom Hakata Gion Kushidajinjamae
  • 6-30 Giommachi, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0038 Japan
  • ¥14,000 - ¥38,000
  • 4.33/5 (267 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
En Hotel Hakata
  • 3-30-25 Hakataeki Mae, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0011 Japan
  • ¥8,040 - ¥15,795
  • 3.72/5 (176 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Mitsui Garden Hotel Fukuoka Gion
  • 2-8-15 Hakataeki Mae, Fukuoka-shi Hakata-ku, Fukuoka, 812-0011 Japan
  • ¥22,800 - ¥86,450
  • 4.28/5 (633 reviews)
  • 0.2 km

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