1-7-11 Tenjin ,Chuo Ward
IMS (InterMedia Station) is a unique, octagon-shaped tower in the center of Tenjin. All 14 floors are extremely well-organized with a range of clothing, accessories and homewares, and there’s a hall structured in the center which extends from the second basement level to the eighth floor. There are great restaurants and cafes and some interesting services offered – various schools, an international information plaza, a massage parlor and more. What makes IMS truly special is that there’s always something happening, especially in the 9th floor IMS Hall event hall – small-scale live shows, dance shows, and art exhibitions just to name a few. The decorations in the main hall also change according to season and events, and there’s a beer garden on the rooftop during summer!
Shops: 113 shops, 20 restaurants
Size: 14 floors
Target age(s): From 20 to 40
Duty Free: Not available
☆ Docomo ( 5F)
☆ Tomorrowland (2F)
☆ United Arrows (3F)
☆ La Droguerie (6F)
This French yarn store, popular across the world, is perfect for craft enthusiasts! You’ll find a big range of products for knitting and sewing, such as lace, buttons, threads, and knitting wool in all the colors of the rainbow.
☆ Santa Maria (2F)
At this refined beauty store you’ll discover new scents from foreign countries, and be reminded of those you may have forgotten. Shampoo, soap and perfume are available in a wide variety of delectable scents.
☆ Shimamura Music (5F)
Japan’s popular Shimamura Music store showcases all kinds of high-quality musical instruments. Whether you’re a rock guitarist, classical violinist, or DJ, you’ll be able to find the equipment you’re after! There’s also sheet music and study books for everyone from beginner level to pro. You can also take an instrument for a test play in-store, ensuring you’ll choose your instrument with confidence.
☆ Cycle Shop Cross Country (4F)
As you may well notice, bikes are a popular means of transport here in Japan allowing independence whilst saving fuel and space. If you’re an interested cyclist then this specialist shop is well worth a visit.
This accessories store has something for everyone, even those on a budget. From flashy and loud to demure and discreet pieces, this shop caters for a range of ages and styles.
A spacious and relaxed cafe with an interesting atrium shaped roof. Greenery and trees makes for a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.
☆Unohana (12 F)
If you’re in the mood for some traditional Japanese cuisine, then this Okonomiyaki restaurant is a good place to refuel. Okonomiyaki (traditional Japanese savoury pancakes) are cooked on a hot grill in front of you, and you can select what you’d like to add.
☆Tagashira Chaho (B1)
A great spot for a quick tea break is this specialist green tea shop, available as drinks, or in cakes and ice-cream – you can also buy your own box which makes as great souvenir.
• ECC: Language School (10F)
• Music School (9F)
• International phone box (1F )
• ABC Cooking Studio ( B1 )
How to enjoy? If you’re just shopping, then you will probably need about two hours, but if you want to relax and enjoy some of the services on offer then you might want to reserve the best part of the afternoon. If around in the early evening you can enjoy a drink on the rooftop beer garden (summer only).
For Children: Asides from restaurants and the B2 Plaza store (where there are some toys for sale), IMS is not particularly a child-friendly mall.
For Men: There are menswear stores on almost every floor, but we recommend John Smedley for their high-end sweaters in an array of colours.
For Women: There are a variety of clothes stores, including a beautiful lingerie shop on the first basement level called Amphi Proche plus a range of services (massage, hairdressers, nail art and so on).
For Tourists: Rainbow Plaza (8F) is a must-visit information hub – staff speak English, Chinese, Korean and (of course!) Japanese. They have a range of publications and leaflets in multiple languages, plus a small library, and you can leave a message or an advertisement on their message board. if you seek a language exchange partner, students, or perhaps you want to arrange a homestay.
Vivre and Daimaru department store
Public transportation:Tenjin Subway Station (East Exit 6)
IMS (InterMedia Station)
Address: 1-7-11 Tenjin ,Chuo Ward,Fukuoka City,Fukuoka Prefecture 810-0001,Japan.
Open: 10:00~20:00 (shops) / 11:00~23:00 (restaurants)
Official website link: http://www.ims.co.jp/index.php
Originally written for Fukuoka Now June 2013.
NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy there is a possible of error and facility details may change. If you notice any errors or changes please contact us. This report was originally written in June of 2013.