Bargain Guide – Fukuoka Golden Week 2015

Everybody knows that Golden Week is a great time to go shopping – but unless you read Japanese, you might be missing out on a lot of the deals. We’ve picked up and compiled a list of bargain promotions for over a dozen of Fukuoka’s large shopping facilities. We’ve done our best to be accurate, but if you’re concerned, check with the original websites to confirm details. Now- ready, steady, shop!

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MINA TENJIN GOLDEN WEEK FAIR 4.29 (Wed. & Hol.) ~ 5.10 (Sun.)
Special sales will be held at all shops including Uniqlo’s. Up to 50% off at some fashion shops! Also Muji recently began offering tax free service to visitors from overseas. So now there are three shops in Mina Tenjin that offer tax free service: Uniqlo, Matsumoto Kiyoshi and Muji.

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*Hakataza May Program “Takarazuka Yukigumi” – Panel Exhibition
Panels of Takarazuka Yukigumi’s program which will be on stage from May 2 to 25 at Hakataza.
Period: 4/24 (Fri.) ~ 5/10 (Sun.)
Place: 1F, next to Starbucks Coffee

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Mina Tejin
Address: 4-3-8 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Web: http://www.mina-tenjin.com/
Tel: 092-713-3711
Open: B1F & 8F 10:00~21:00
   1~7F 10:00~20:00 *Some exclusions

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CORE’S BIRTHDAY PRESENT 4.18 (Sat.) ~ 5.6 (Wed. & Hol.)
Any customer spending over ¥5,000 will be entered into a lucky draw. The first prize is a trip to Tokyo on first class flights and accommodations at the luxurious Conrad Tokyo Hotel. There are prizes for the runners up too!

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Tenjin Core
Address: 1-11-11 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
URL: http://www.tenjincore.com/
Tel: 092-721-8436
Open: B2F~6F & 8F: 10:00~20:00, 7F (Restaurans): 11:00~22:30 *Some exceptions

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VIVRE GO! GO! GOLDEN WEEK SALE 4.24 (Fri.) ~ 5.6 (Wed.)
Shops have special sale and novelty fair during the term. New shop opening and each has opening fair too.

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Tenjin Vivre
Address: 1-11-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Web: http://www.vivre-shop.jp/vivre/pc/store.php?SHOP=tenjin
Call: 092-711-1021
Open: 10:00〜20:30 / B1F 10:00〜21:00 *Some exclusions

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IMS GW FAIR 4.25 (Fri.) ~ 5.10 (Sun.)
35 shops will have a sale or give out novelty presents.
• Items 30~50% off
• Shops 10% off
• Novelty presents
• Limited items sales

*Yasuhiro Suzuki’s Exhibition “The Earth’s Neighbor / The Blackboard of Space” (translation)
Period: 4/25 (Sat.) ~ 5/17 (Sun.) 10:00~20:00
Place: Mitsubishi Jisho Artium (IMS 8F)
Fee: ¥400 / Students ¥300

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Tenjin IMS
Address: 1-7-11 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Web: http://www.ims.co.jp/
Tel: 092-733-2001
Open: Fashion / Beauty Floor: 10:00~20:00
Restaurants Floor: 11:00~23:00

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VIORO GOLDEN FAIR 4.25 (Sat.) ~ 5.6 (Wed. & Hol.)
Each shop has special attractions such as double points for member’s card holders or giving away novelty items. Meanwhile MI Card members get extra points at all shops in Vioro and becoming a member wins you a ¥2,000 coupon.

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Vioro
Address: 2-10-3 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Web:http://www.vioro.jp/
Tel: 092-771-1001
Open: Shops & Cafes: 11:00~21:00, 4F, 5F, 7F Restaurants & B1F Cafe: 11:00~23:00
7F Starbucks Coffee: 8:00~23:00

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SOLARIA PLAZA GRAND OPEN FAIR 4.25 (Sat.) ~ 5.10 (Sun.)
Solaria Plaza has been under refurbishment for two years for its largest renovation since it was first built. Finally, it’s second grand opening will take place on Apr 25. 33 brand new shops will open and all existing shops will have celebratory events such as sales and present giveaways.

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*Receive 10 times the number of Nimoca points!
On the day of and the day after the grand opening, Nimoca card holders will receive 10 times the number of point on each purchase.
Period: 4/25 (Sat.), 26 (Sun.)

*A Visit by Nicolai Bergmann’s
The flower artist who supervised Solaria Plaza’s grand opening visual, Nicolai Bergmann, will be attending the opening ceremony on the 1st floor and his flower arrangement designs will be on display too.
Period: 4/25 (Sat.) 9:40~ (Opening Ceremony)

*Solaria Plaza x Nishitetsu Bus & Train Corroboration Campaign
• Tickets to Solaria Plaza
Each day, the first 500 visitors who use a Nimoca card (transportation IC card) will be given a Stick Croissant, from the new menu of The City Bakery.
Period: 4/25 (Sat.), 26 (Sun,) 10:00~
*each day limited to 500
Place: 1F Solaria Plaza

*Solaria Premium Highway Bus Ticket
Special bundle of a return highway bus ticket plus and a ¥1,000 shopping voucher, which after you scratch off, the voucher will be worth between ¥1,100~1,500!
Sale period: 4/25 (Sat.) ~ 7/26 (Sun.)

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Solaria Plaza
Address: 2-2-43 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Web: http://www.solariaplaza.com/pre/
Tel: 092-733-7777
Open: B1F~5F Fashion Floor: 10:00~21:00
1F Bar & Cafe: 7:00~24:00
B2F Food, Restaurant Floor: 10:00~23:00 *some exceptions
6F Restaurant Floor: 11:00~23:30

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IWATAYA MEN’S SUITS BARGAIN 4.29 (Wed. & Hol.) ~ 5.6 (Wed. & Hol.)
Iwataya will be having a sale on its British and imported suits ranges as well as on its seasonal and casual fashion. Elegant items at great prices.
Venue: 7F Honkan, Event Hall

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*Iwataya Golden Week Fest
Iwataya will be hosting several events for golden week including its ‘My Melody 40th Anniversary Fair’, and several handmade crafts workshops including sessions on bread making and pottery. Iwataya will also play host to many other smaller fair events.

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Iwataya
Address: 2-5-35 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Web: http://www.i.iwataya-mitsukoshi.co.jp/index.html
Tel: 092-721-1111
Open: 10:00~20:00

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DAIMARU LADIES’ SUMMER SHOES BAZAR 4/29 (Wed. & Hol.) ~ 5/7 (Thu.)
Popular annual ladies’ shoes bazar selling trendy, casual and comfortable shoes. Blanc Blue’s will also be having a sale. This is a chance to get new shoes before the high tourism season!
Venue: 8F Daimaru (Main) Exhibition Hall

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*Heidi, Girl of the Alps & Switzerland Exhibition
This exhibition will include animation materials of the world famous TV anime “Heidi, Girl of the Alps”, a photo exhibition of Switzerland and a photo exhibition of the the author of the story, Johanna Spyri’s, hometown. There will be a souvenir photo booth and a painting workshop. Heidi’s cafe corner will sell white bread modeled on the story. Various other items will also be on sale.
Period: 4/29 (Wed. & Hol.) ~ 5/10 (Sun.)
Venue: 8F Daimaru (Main) Exhibition Hall

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Daimaru Fukuoka Tenjin
Address: 1-4-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku
Web: http://www.daimaru.co.jp/fukuoka/
Tel: 092-712-8181
Open: 10:00~20:00 / Restaurants: 11:00~22:00

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LOFT GOLDEN RUSH 4.25 (Sat.) ~ 5.6 (Wed. & Hol.)
Seasonal items and clearance sale.

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*GW Lucky Draw
Anyone spending over ¥2,000 will be entered into Loft’s lucky draw. Prizes include coupons and sale items.
Period: 4/29 (wed.) ~ 5/5 (Tue. & Hol.), 6 (Wed. & Hol.)

*GW Events
Funassyi themed goods will be on sale alongside Hibiya Kadan’s pop-up shop and the artist group from Kyushu’s “Marini Monteany” exhibition. Schedule varies. Check website before visiting.

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Tenjin Loft
Address: 4-9-25 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku
Web: http://www.loft.co.jp/
Tel: 092-724-6210
Open: 10:00~20:00

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CANAL CITY HAKATA 19TH ANNIVERSARY SALE 4.24 (Fri.) ~ 5.6 (Wed. & Hol.)
To celebrate Canal City Hakata’s 19th anniversary, a 13 day sale will be held in shops including
• H&M: Some items 30~50% off
• MUJI: Some items 30% off
• Benetton: Buy 2 for 10% off, buy 3 for 20%off, etc.

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*Canal World Entertainment Fest
Performances such as dance, live music and live paining will take place everyday during the sale period at four stages and booths in Canal City.

• Stage Events
Comedy, dance and live music. 25 groups across 80 stages.
Period: 5/2 (Sat.) ~ 6 (Wed. & Hol.) 12:00~19:00
Venue: B1F Sun Plaza Stage, Star Court, 1F East Building
*Free
*Schedule depends on the artists

• Art Booth
Exhibitions of artists including Kazuhiko Ifuku and Mondo-kun.
Period: 5/2 (Sat.) ~ 6 (Wed. & Hol.) 12:00~19:00
Venue: B1F Moon Walk
*Schedule depends on artists

• Special Night Stage
Seven groups of performers including Chinese acrobats and a pantomime group will perform a special evening show once a day.
Period: 5/2 (Sat.) ~ 6 (Wed. & Hol.) 19:00~ *About 40~50 min.
Venue: B1F Sun Plaza Stage

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Canal City Hakata
Address: 1-2 Sumiyoshi, Hakata-ku
Web: http://canalcity.co.jp/
Tel: 092-282-2525
Open: Shops: 10:00~21:00
Restaurants: 10:00~21:00
*Some exceptions

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HAKATA HANKYU “EDO & TOKYO FAIR” 4.29 (Wed. & Hol.) ~ 5.5 (Tue. & Hol.)
Sushi, ramen, soba, popular sweets, and traditional crafts from Chikuchi and Asakusa, Tokyo will be on sale at 40 shops.
Venue: 8F Exhibition Hall

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*”Yowamushi Pedal” Original Picture Exhibition
This exhibition contains 300 original, hand drawn pictures from the popular manga “Yowamushi Pedal” which sells 13,000,000 comics annually. Limited goods will also be on sale.
Period: 4/22 (Wed.) ~ 5/5 (Tue. & Hol.) 10:00~20:00 *Last day: ~17:00
Venue: 7F Event Hall “Muse”
Admission: Adult: ¥800, US & HS: ¥600, JS ¥300, ~ES: Free
Official Website: http://yowapeda.gengaten.com

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Hakata Hankyu
Address: 1-1 Hakataeki-chuogai, Hakata-ku
Web: http://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/hakata/
Tel: 092-461-1381
Open: B~4F 10:00~21:00 / 5F~8F 10:00~20:00

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OUTLET LEISURE MARINOA 4.25 (Sat.) ~ 5.6 (Wed. & Hol.)
*Golden Fair
Sales of up to 80% at up to 130 shops selling Ladies’ and Men’s fashion, sports items, outdoor goods and Kid’s fashion.

*Flash Sales
Twice a day over a three day period there will be special 1 hour flash sales at 70 shops selling Ladies’ casual items and bags. Don’t miss this chance to get these items at the lowest prices!
Times: 5/3 (Sun.) ~ 5/5 (Tue. & Hol.) 11:00~12:00, 16:00~17:00

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*“Yo-kai Watch” Jibanyan Balloon Display
Come along to see this six meter high balloon in the shape of Jibanyan, the main character of the popular Japanese animation TV program “Yo-kai watch”.
Time: 4/25 (Sat.), 26 (Sun.) 10:00~18:00
Place: Outlet 3 Building
Admission: ¥200 (5 min.)
*This event is for 3-year-olds ~ JS
*Canceled if weather is bad

*“Yo-kai Watch” Photo Shoot & Handshake with Jibanyan
Meet Jibanyan and take a photo or shake your hand with him.
Period: 4/29 (Wed. & Hol.) 11:00~, 13:00~, 15:00~ (each slot lasts 30min.)
Place: Outlet 3 Building
Limited spaces: 100 groups per slot
*TIckets passed out 30 minutes before start time
*Free
*No character show
*Please use your own camera

*“Yo-kai Watch” Stamp Rally
Find eight Yo-kai Watch characters at different spots around Marinoa City and collect stamps from each of them. Collect all and receive a special certificate. Kids can enjoy this event during family shopping.
Period: 5/2 (Sat.) ~ 6 (Wed. & Hol.) 10:00~21:00 *Last entry: 20:00
Place: Outlet Ⅰ Building
Participant limit: 1,000 per day
*This event is for 3-year-olds ~ JS
*Free

*Only on Children’s Day! A Free Ride on the Ferris Wheel
On May 5, everyone can ride the “Sky Wheel” ferris wheel for free! Children, couples and families are all welcome on this 12-minute sky tour.
Period: 5/5 (Tue. & Hol.) 10:00~23:00 *Last ride: 22:45
*Canceled if weather is bad

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Marinoa City Fukuoka
Address: 2-12-30 Odo, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
Web: http://www.marinoacity.com/english/
Tel: 092-892-8700
Open: Shops: 10:00~21:00, Restaurants: 11:00~23:00

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RIVERWALK KITAKYUSHU’S 12TH ANNIVERSARY 4.4 (Sat.) ~ 5.11 (Mon.)
*Anniversary Sale
Riverwalk’s “Anniversary Sale” is held at about 80 shops over a 12 period. Spring and summer clothes are sold for up to 80% off. For the first five days (4/25~29), f-JOY Card members will receive five times the usual number of points on each purchase.

*Riva! Safari World
“Athletic World” returns, but this time with more. This year, “Safari World” allows visitors to pet, touch or take photos with camels, penguins and hedgehogs. “Athletics World” includes a “Bungee Trampoline”, “Water Trampoline”, “Trampoline” and “Kid’s Bike Circuit”.

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• Safari World
Period: 4/23 (Thu.) ~ 5/11 (Mon.) 10:00~17:00
Place: 1F Mystic Court
Admission: Adult (over 16) ¥700, Child ¥500

• Athletic World
Period: 4/4 (Sat. ), 5 (Sun.), 11 (Sat.), 12 (Sun.), 18 (Sat.), 19 (Sun.), 23 (Thu.) ~5/10 (Sun.) 10:00~17:00
* Bungee Trampoline and Trampoline are suspended from 23 (Thu.) to 28 (Tue.)
* Price may change depending on the available attractions.

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Riverwalk Kitakyushu
Address: 1-1-1 Muromachi, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu
Web: http://www.riverwalk.co.jp/index.php
Tel: 093-573-1500
Open: Shops 10:00~21:00, Restaurants 11:00~23:00, Amusements 10:00~24:00
*some exceptions

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Don’t forget to check out our Golden Week Event Guide and Dontaku Guide for even more things to do this Golden Week! Have a good Golden Week!

-Fukuoka Now

P.s. Have any other suggestions for things to do in Fukuoka during Golden Week? Please leave your comment below.

Originally written in Apr. 2015.
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NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was originally written in Apr. 2015.

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