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Tosu Premium Outlets offers upscale outlet shopping with an impressive collection of designer and name brand outlet stores. Stores include Armani, BCBG, Tommy Hilfiger, Cole Haan, Sisley, and many more. At this outlet it difficult not to buy anything. A place where everyone can find something for themselves. Visit their website for a complete list of stores, sales & events and more.
This supermarket prides itself on being open all 24-hours. While there is a 24-hour Daiei store between Hawks Town and the Sawara-ku citizens' pool, it is not quite as nice or affordable as Makii. Neither is it as convenient for those in the Tenjin area. Among notable characteristics of this place is that is has a florist, a great bakery, Kyushu products, over 200 different kinds of cheese, and a great selection of the world's spices.
This strip may appeal to those who want a more mundane taste of life in Japan. Fruit and vegetable vendors, butchers and other shop owners call out greetings to local residents who weave among each other with their bags and children. During daylight hours, carts in the middle of the street sell homegrown flowers and native food items, the names of most of which you probably will not know. Shops along the strip are almost entirely privately owned, and sell everything from clothes to pottery. You may even want to simply find a place to sit and watch all the action as it transpires around you.
This new shopping center in the western suburbs of the city was financed, strangely, by Daiei, which also opened Hawks Town not but a few kilometers away. There are, at least, numerous differences between the two shopping centers. Marina Town was modeled after American malls. There is only one floor to speak of, and the entrances to all the stores are within the complex. The walkways are spacious and feature benches, trees, and small vendors. The mall has four major divisions for added convenience: Foods Town, Fashion Town, Home World Town, and Kid's Wonder Town. Besides these, there is a small food court, and other miscellaneous stores in the center of the mall. A plus for many shoppers is that parking is free and that the mall is open much later than most.
There are actually several Tsutaya chain stores around the city, but this is one of the larger ones, and the parking is free here. This Tsutaya is divided into three sections. One wing of the store is devoted to CDs, where there are several listening booths. Another wing is devoted to video and DVD rental. The selection is good, though new titles are hardly ever in, and you can only keep them for a night anyway (older titles are for a week). The third part of the store has shelves and shelves of magazines, many of them devoted to travel, and other literature.
This international food market has several locations around the city. The one featured here, in Momochi, is perhaps the newest and the largest, though not necessarily the most convenient. Since most of the items in this store are imported, the prices tend to run rather high, but if there is something you haven't been able to find at any other supermarket, then you may certainly be able to find it here. The selection of beer and wine is also fairly decent.
There is a Fukuoka brand line of clothing called Pheromone (yes that mysterious substance supposedly secreted to attract a mate) that has been incredibly popular among youth all across the country. Sa*kura is one of the few places where shoppers can get their hands on these items. Especially hard to find are selections in the jeans line, but there are about 20 available here. Shoes and accessories also line the shelves if you need something to match your new outfit. Do note that because (1) it is brand-name clothing and (2) very popular, you will be spending a decent sum of money.
You may find Cat Fish Records hard to find as it is hidden away on the second floor of a residential apartment building in Daimyo. It does, however, offer an outstanding selection of jazz on CD and vinyl. Blue Note reissues and other rare finds are the order of the day-this might be the best place to look for those rarities that you have always craved. If you love your jazz you will love this place.
Circus is a recently opened novelty shop, which sells a range of cheap gimmicks and souvenirs. Here you will find everything from joke t-shirts to squeeze-ball stress-busters, comedy sunglasses to lava lamps. Also on offer are cheap accessories, jewelry, dancing sunflowers and 101 other kinds of amazing tack that you may or may not wish to inflict on yourself and friends. This may be a good place if you are looking for small gifts and unusual birthday presents. It is closed only on 1st January.
You know the Air Jordan line: "It's gotta be the shoes". No. Here, it is the brand. Brand-name is big in Japan, and few brands rank higher in consumer consciousness than Nike. Given all this, it should not surprise you that this store is always busy. Part of that reason, though, is also because the selection is tremendous. This is, after all, an outlet store. Larger sized individuals may have trouble finding their sizes and will have to place an order. There just aren't that many huge people in Japan!
Gap is one of the most successful casual clothing businesses in the world, and certainly successful here in Japan as well. There are actually two in the city. The one featured here is located in Hawks Town, while the other is located on the 3rd floor of Mitsukoshi in Tenjin. Both have a section for adults and children. A store without sales is a store that will not last in Japan, and you can bet that when you go, something will be on sale, or that something you like will eventually go on sale if you have the patience to wait.
This is the American brand-name clothing store that first brought you overalls (or brought your grandparents overalls, it was so long ago). Overalls are still here, as are numerous other outfits and clothing items for children. This store is located within Hawks Town, and like the nearby Gap, has prices that are quite affordable. Keep an eye out for sales here; they are common and perhaps worth your while to wait for unless you aren't going to have another chance to come by.