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Books, Recycle Shops, and 100 Yen Stores

BOOKS

If you’re a voracious reader, you might find English print media options a bit difficult to track down in Japan.  There are actually quite a few bookstores throughout the prefecture but only those regularly frequented by English-speaking customers, offer products in English.  If you’re determined to find material in print, there are a few options in the city that may have what you’re looking for. Otherwise, ordering from online sources (Amazon) or getting a kindle (save the trees!) is your best bet for books.

RECOMMENDED STORES

Maruzen and/or Junkudo

(Formerly two separate companies, Junkudo has become a subsidiary company of Maruzen since 2009.)    

Maruzen is a book mecca.  Hands down one of the best options for finding English print media in the city.

Maruzen JR Hakata City

〒812-0012 福岡県福岡市博多区博多駅中央街1番1号(博多駅直結)8F

Store hours: 10:00 – 21:00

TEL: 092.413.5401

http://www.jrhakatacity.com/shop/maruzen/

Junkudo Tenjin MMT Building

This is a multi-floor bookstore located in the heart of Tenjin.  This store rivals the one in Hakata City for its impressive English reading section.  On the basement 1 level, you can also find the stationery section of Maruzen.  If you go one more floor down, there is Daiso the 100 yen store. 

〒810-0001福岡市中央区天神1-10-13 メディアモール天神B1~4F

Store hours: 10:00 – 21:00

TEL: 092.738.3322

http://www.junkudo.co.jp/tenpo/shop-fukuoka.html 

Kinokuniya

The Hakata Bus Terminal location stocks many English magazines and study materials. Come here for rare fashion publications.  Be forewarned that the selection is not extensive.

Kinokuniya Hakata Bus Terminal

福岡市博多区博多駅 中央街2-1博多バスターミナル6F

Store hours: 10:00 – 21:00

TEL: 092.434.3100

http://www.kinokuniya.co.jp/store/Fukuoka-Main-Store/

RECYCLE SHOPS

Recycle shops are everywhere in Japan.  Each store has a different focus for its inventory—some stock mostly furniture, or books.  Others stock clothing, housewares, sporting equipment, and some have a little bit of everything.  Stores tend to be very reminiscent of the American Salvation Army so take your safari hat and be prepared for a little digging.  However, unlike the used stores of America, you will regularly find things in mint if not brand new condition.  If you are privy to buying “slightly used” products, recycle shops can be true treasure troves.

There are recycle shops literally in every town no matter how big or small so be on the lookout for signposts featuring  “リサイケル  センター” (recycle center) or some variation thereof.  There are a few stores that have franchises throughout the prefecture (and country).  Be forewarned though, that chain stores tend to have higher prices than your local one-off.

RECOMMENDED STORES

Book Off

Books, games and gaming equipment, rental.  Locations throughout the prefecture.

Book Off Hakata

福岡県福岡市博多区博多駅前3-2-8住友生命ビル

Store Hours: 10:00 – 22:00

TEL: 092.436.2285

http://www.bookoff.co.jp/shop/shop20314.html

Hard Off & Off House

Clothing, shoes, furniture, housewares.  Locations throughout the prefecture.

Off House Hisayama

〒811-2502  福岡県糟屋郡久山町大字山田1075

Store Hours: 10:00 – 20:00

TEL: 092.931.6625

Website 

Eco Mall

Clothing, furniture, instruments, games and gaming equipment, sporting goods

Eco Mall Papilon Plaza Yoshizuka

福岡市博多区千代1丁目2-20

Store Hours: 10:00 – 21:00

TEL: 092.643.8525

http://www.ecomall.ne.jp/papi.html

Union 3

Consignment and designer men’s and women’s clothing and shoes.  There are 2 locations in Fukuoka city.

Daimyo Store 福岡県福岡市中央区大名1丁目10-20

Daimyo Store 2 福岡県福岡市中央区大名1丁目13-18

Store Hours: 10:00 – 22:00

TEL: 092.738.7080

http://www.union3.jp/store/index.html

 

100 YEN STORES

The 100yen stores of Japan are as infamous and heavenly as the perfect rib-eye steak but not nearly as elusive.  Unlike the dollar stores of America, 100 yen stores in Japan are like mecca for everyday goods.  They are generally clean, brightly lit and have an incredible array of products.  Daiso is the most popular and has the most locations, but there are others with products just as good.

RECOMMENDED STORES

Daiso

Household goods, cleaning supplies, dishes, snacks, cosmetics, arts and crafts AND MORE!

Daiso Hakata Bus Terminal  (博多バスターミナル店)
福岡県福岡市博多区博多駅中央街2-1博多バスターミナル店5F
TEL. 092-475-0100

http://www.daiso-sangyo.co.jp

Natural Kitchen (ナチュラル キッチン)

Kitchenware, dishes, home fragrance, linens

Natural Kitchen Tenjin Chikagai

福岡市中央区天神2丁目地下3号

Store Hours: 10:00-20:00

TEL: 092.712.4005

http://www.natural-kitchen.jp

 

*Note this is not an exhaustive list of stores in the Fukuoka city area.