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1255-1 Ogori-Shimogo, Yamaguchi, JP, 754-0002

  • Phone: (81) 83 974 2511
  • Fax: (81) 83 974 2512
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Ometosando is where one might find tourists and locals browsing the shelves of famous clothing brands and feasting on delicious food when in the city. The shopping arcade, on one hand, boasts designers like Armani and Dior and on the other it houses shops selling local handicrafts and souvenirs too. One can also observe artisans crafting wooden spatulas and scoops or shamoji, engraved with traditional designs. The scoops are believed to be pieces of good luck. While browsing you might even spot the biggest rice scoop in the world that occupies pride of place in the arcade. The scoop made of Zelkova wood, weighs around 2500 kilograms and is around 7.7 meters (25.2625 foot) long. Other hand-made utensils are also great for keepsakes.

Miyajima Omotesando Arcade
Miyajima, 739-0588

»Torius Hisayama

This sprawling shopping center is located just west of the Fukuoka City limits, in a rural town called Hisayama that many would probably not otherwise visit were it not for the center. This place has everything: a Virgin Cinema, a food court, outlet stores numbering in the dozens, a Costco, a garden center, an amusement arcade, and other miscellaneous shops. It is not hard to spend an entire day here. Many do! Torius Hisayama is only 30 minutes from Tenjin via the city expressway. Travel north and stay right when it branches toward Kasuya and the Kyushu Expressway. Pass under the expressway and stay left. At the intersection for 35, turn left and follow the road until you see the center.

1111 Yamada
Hisayama Town, 811-2502


This large shopping center, with an east, west and south wing (but no north wing!), is located in Western Hiroshima. It provides for a rather pleasant shopping experience thanks to the variety of tenants. The anchor store is the Tenmaya Department Store in the west wing. Here you will also find specialty stores, restaurants and even a drive-in movie complex. There is parking for 3,500 cars, and it is free for up to four hours for patrons.

2-26-1 Kusatsushin-machi
Hiroshima, 733-0834


Although this worldwide discount warehouse of everything you need (or do not need but buy anyway because it is so cheap) is not actually located in Fukuoka City, you can reach it more quickly than many destinations in the far west-end because of its proximity to the city expressway. From Tenjin it only takes 25 minutes. Take the city expressway north. It will branch right toward Kasuya and the Kyushu Expressway. After passing under the expressway, stay left, and turn left onto 35. This takes you there! This money will come back to you in the form of discounts, probably after your first visit. Open daily 10am onwards.

1152-1 Takayanagi, Hisayama-cho
Fukuoka, 811-2502

»Moto Ujina Guchi Flea Market

Just imagine the wonderful things you will find at a Japanese flea market! Old phonograph records and videotapes, local arts and crafts, used toys, watches and jewelry, uniquely Japanese clothing, kitchen items, video game software.... Of course, there is an abundance of junk as well as treasures. But the items can be quite unusual and make for great, inexpensive gifts. This particular flea market is one of the better-known ones in Hiroshima, characterized as a "family" flea market. That means there is stuff for everyone, and that the vendors could be anyone. Typically, 100-150 vendors are on hand.

Ujina-kaigan 2
Hiroshima, 734-0011


Located in the west end of the Shareo underground shopping mall, Jupiter is a cosmopolitan retailer and cherished link to the outside world for Hiroshima's long-term foreign residents. Though only a medium-sized store, Jupiter still manages to stock an impressive array of foodstuffs, drinks, beer, wine, cooking ingredients, spices, sweets, coffees and teas from around the world. Their most extensive selection is Mediterranean-oriented, but they also stock a respectable assortment of cheeses and deli meats, as well as having the best selection of Thai and Mexican ingredients in the city. Jupiter is well-staffed and most clerks speak basic English, and as an added bonus, gift-wrapping is free of charge. - Brent Katte

Ote-machi 1-chome


Everything from 500-milimeter zoom lenses, hermetically sealed storage cabinets, to disposable underwater cameras and point and shoots are available at Saeda. Camera bodies, and in particular lenses, by such famous Japanese makers as Nikon, Canon, Tamron and Sigma, can be a good deal compared to prices overseas. Availability is outstanding and cameras are on open display, where you can play to your heart's content; with little fear of sales pressure. Print developing here is quick, if pricey, while slide film is expensive and developing can take a day or more.

1-4 Otemachi 2-chome
Hiroshima, 730-0051

»Sun Mall

Five floors of boutiques stock fashion and lifestyle accessories necessary for young Japanese to hold their head high on Hondori and in the nightlife district around PARCO. A visit here provides insight into Japan's ever-changing pop culture scene. HMV shares the second floor with LB-03: Love, Power Soul and other club fashion boutiques. Girls Fantasy Loveboat Drugstore awaits those intrepid enough to enter its day-glow interior.

2-2-18 Kamiya-cho
Hiroshima, 730-0031

»Hondori Shopping Arcade

From Peace Memorial Park to PARCO department store, Hondori is Hiroshima's version of that ubiquitous city landmark, the covered shopping arcade. Fast food, boutiques, and department stores shelter under the high roof. By day, Hondori streams with shoppers and young people determined to flaunt Japan's reputation as a nation of conformists--by conforming closely to the counter-culture style. Hondori is also the place where office workers, students, and dropouts mingle. By night buskers and fortune-tellers set up in front of shuttered storefronts. Whether you go to shop or not, it is a great place to people-watch.

Hiroshima, 730-0035


This is not a souvenir store; it is more than that, with many local products that people buy not as gifts but for themselves. The shop is geared toward tourists, however, and if you are looking for a gift from your travels, this may very well be the right place to shop. The local products come from or are famous in central Honshu Island, of which Hiroshima is a part. Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake-omelet) packages, the famed manju (a kind of bean cake), and other edibles are among the more popular gifts.

6-8 Junggu
Hiroshima, 730-0035

»SOGO Department Store - Main Building

Every morning at 10am the clock above the main doors chimes "It's A Small World After All" and reveals dolls in costumes from around the world. Inside the store, highlights include the top floor Family Land, with indoor playground for kids and beer garden for adults. Japanese tableware and lacquerware on the seventh floor make useful souvenirs. This is also a good place to find Buddhist altar fittings, for religious or souvenir purposes. Service in English is available at the Information Desk.

6-27 Motomachi
Hiroshima, 730-8501


Kinokuniya's Hiroshima branch is located on the sixth floor of the SOGO Department Store, which makes it a convenient location for picking up a book or magazine before continuing on your bus or train journey. English reading material is located along one wall, near the down escalators. Kinokuniya carries an especially large stock of teenage fan club magazines, and is a popular destination for high school students after class hours.

6-27 Motomachi
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