Canal City Shopping Center
Canal City Shopping Center in Fukuoka City, Japan needs to be seen to be believed. The people in Fukuoka describe Canal City as a city itself, and they aren’t wrong. Take the biggest mall you’ve seen in the United States or England or anywhere and multiply that by three, and you’ll come close describing this behemoth shopping plaza. Sprawling through five city blocks and offering entrances all over the center of Hakata, a district of Fukuoka, this mall should have everything a local traveler and explorer could want for a break from exploring forests and temples. When I went to the mall, I was amazed at the abundance of western clothing stores and travel stores. It felt good to wear a clean set of clothes for once, and I even found a sturdy travel pack to carry some of the souvenir’s I’d picked up along the way. Finding decent Japanese arcades is difficult sometimes, but this shopping center has some of the best in the area, right next door to the biggest multiplex I had seen on my trip to Japan. For foreign movie goers, this is one of the best theaters to find subtitled Japanese and American films. The other commodity this shopping center offers in heavy amounts is food. Unlike the many department stores located around Japan, Canal City actually has restaurants and a food court located in its basement area. Surrounding these eateries is an underground shopping arcade offering the best in rare and interesting jewelry, costumes, toys, and even videos! This shopping arcade even connects to an even larger one via five minutes on the subway. The mall is even a short walk from some of the best hostels in Fukuoka City. I was easily able to spend an entire day at the Canal City Shopping Center, and while part of me was upset for spending so much time away from the wilderness, I was glad to take a break and this everything this monster of a mall had to offer.