The nostalgic, Hakata Kawabata Shopping Street is popular among foreign tourists!

Hello! It’s HIDE from “BURA BURA FUKUOKA”.
Today, I’d like to introduce you to an area called Kawabata. Tenjin is famous for it’s many of malls and buildings, Hakata is famous for the JR station, and Nakasu for it’s busy streets. You can get to Kawabata in about 10 minutes from the Hakata area. This shopping area consists of a nostalgic and modern feel.

Hakata Kawabata Shopping Street


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It’s a popular shopping street where you can enjoy a retro atmosphere!

Hakata Kawabata Shopping Street

There are about 100 stores; clothing stores, Buddhist altar shops, Japanese sweets shops, traditional crafts shops, and restaurants along this 400meter long street.

The guardian of Hakata, The Kushida Shrine, is located at the end of the street, and the Hakata Riverain, a large mall where Kabuki shows are performed, is close by. Events in the area are a spring market in March, The Hakata donyaku in May, The Hakata Gion Yamakasa in July, The Noryo Festival in August, The Hakata –no-kunchi in October, and The Seimon-barai in November. Stores in the area have recently been focusing on Japanese souvenirs, and many foreign tourists love to come and learn about the lifestyle of Japanese people.

Let me introduce some of the most popular shops.

 

A Banner
A banner in the Hakata language dialect

 

Interact with owls at Fukuro-no-mise!

Owls
Owls

Fukuro-no-mise is a great place where you can interact with owls. The price is 1,500 yen for an hour, including 1 drink.

 

【Fukuro-no-mise】

Address:4-211 Kamikawabata, Hakata ward, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture [Reservation is needed.]

(http://www.veltra.com/jp/japan/fukuoka/a/123387)

Hours:Tue-Fri 12:00~20:00, Weekends & National holidays 11:00~20:00 Closed on Mondays

The Exterior

 

You’ll love the fresh seafood at Seimon-barai!

The Exterior

It feels like a small aquarium! There are plenty of fish swimming in these pools, and you can even eat some of them if you’d like. The most popular is the Gomasaba-fish. Please also try some of the other kinds of fish caught in the Kyushu area. It’s best to make a reservation beforehand.

【Fisherman’s cooking at Seimon-barai】

Address: 5-107 Kamikawabata, Hakata ward, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture

Phone:092-281-5700 Hours:17:00~24:00 (last order at 23:00) Closed on Sundays

 The Pool

 

The Japanese paper shop, Tanaka Washi.

 Inside the shop
Inside the shop

Japanese paper, or ‘Washi’, is not just a paper to write something down on! This shop shows you a variety of ways to use Japanese paper, such as in origami, for a table cloth, for dolls, and in many others ways. The merchandise is affordable.

【Tanaka Washi】

Address:5-113 Kamikawabata, Hakata ward, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture

Phone:092-262-2797

Hours:9:30~18:00 Closed on Sundays and National holidays

Washi
Washi

 

It feels like you’re in Korea at, Kankoku hyakka Petit Korea!

The Exterior

The largest group of tourists who come to Fukuoka are Koreans. Fukuoka and Korea have a deep relationship in terms of history, and we often visit each other. You can buy some very cool accessories, Korean pop singer merchandise, Kimchi, sweets, yuzu tea and many other items. If they don’t have what you’re looking for, you can also special order it.

【Kankoku hyakka Petit Korea】

Address: 5 Kamikawabata, Hakata ward, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture

Phone:092-262-2877

Hours:11:30~19:30 No scheduled holidays

 Korean goodies

 

Curry Honpo’s grilled curry, the best curry you’ll try!

The Exterior

You’ll enjoy the heavenly smell of curry throughout this shop! Their curry is made with cheese, an egg on the top, grilled in the oven. This dish has been on their menu since 1950, and the shop is always busy around lunchtime.

 

【Curry Honpo】

Address: 6-135 Kamikawabata, Hakata ward, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture

Phone:092-262-0010

Hours:11:00~20:30(Las order 20:00) No scheduled holidays

 

 

Kawabata Zenzai Square is available only on weekends!

The shop

You can taste zenzai sweets only on weekends in the area where they display the Hachiban-yamakasa for the Gion festival throughout the year! It closed at one time, but re-opened, because their sweets were in such high demand.

 

【Kawabata Zenzai Square】

Address:10-254 Kamikawabata, Hakata ward, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture

Phone:092-281-6223

Hours:11:00~18:00 Closed on weekdays and National holidays.

※ It’s open everyday during the Gion festival (1st July to 14th July).

 zenzai

Yamakasa
The Yamakasa on display

 

Japanese baseball caps at Matsuda are very popular for some reason!

Baseball Caps

There are many amusing goods related to Hakata for sale, and the baseball cap is very popular among tourists. The popular ones are the “Niwaka-men” and “Hakata dialect” baseball caps. The one that resembles the armor of a famous samurai is also very popular.

 

【Matsuda】

Address:10-261 Kamikawabata, Hakata ward, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture

Phone:092-291-5889

Hours:10:00~19:00 

※10:30~18:00(National holidays) Closed on Sunday

 Baseball Caps

Get your fortune told for free at Hasegawa!

The Oracle

The famous Buddhist altar shop in Japan, Hasegawa, has an oracle inside where you can get your fortune told for free.

 

【Hasegawa】

Address: Hasegawa build. 12-192 Kamikawabata, Hakata ward, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture

Phone:0120-550-275

Hours:10:00~19:00 Closed on New Years

 The Fortune

 

To sum up, you should visit Hakata during the summer!

Yamakasa
Yamakasa

From July 1st to July 15th, the Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival takes place. There will be three Kazariyama floats on display, and you can experience the festive atmosphere that entertains everyone!

※ This article was contributed by “Bura Bura Fukuoka”. “Hakata machi aruki Bura Bura Fukuoka” offers historical experiences for foreign visitors in Japan, Foreign guides, arrangements for a Kimono wearing experience, and other services. For more details, please see  http://en.burabura-fukuoka.jp/ (Japanese, English and Chinese websites are available)

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I've started the Hakata City Walk business for foreign tourists since 2015 in Fukuoka prefecture. My dream is to transmit the appeals of Fukuoka and Kyushu where richly endowed with nature, history and culture to the world.

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Address Kamikawabata, Hakata city, Fukuoka Prefecture
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Access ・A 10 min walk from Hakata and Tenjin station
・Nakasugawa station
Phone 092-281-6223
Language Japanese
Website http://www.hakata.or.jp/ (Japanese Text Only)