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December 2, 2012

Fukuoka Vintage Shopping Guide

The ‘fukuoka vintage’ project started out as a way to keep track of new discoveries, but over time more effort was put into lovingly documenting the somewhat hidden but vibrant collection of vintage shops in Fukuoka City. There are more shops to be added over time as new discoveries are still being made. This guide was published in 2012, updated Oct, 2015. While most of the shops are still open and in the same location as listed below, I suggest checking websites before you go to avoid any disappointment.

update! I moved this guide over to tumblr in 2015. The tumblr includes extra photos, but the info is exactly the same as below

Vintage and antique Flea Markets in Fukuoka City
♡ Hakozaki Shrine Flea Market 1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka City
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This is the best flea market in Fukuoka, held regularly at the wonderful Hakozaki Shrine. Stalls, filled to the brim with trash and treasures, line the 1km approach to the shrine. No matter how many times I visit, I always want to go back when the next market date rolls around.

♡ Gokoku Jinja Nominoichi Flea Market
Gokoku Shrine, 1-1-1, Ropponmatsu, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
A little more upmarket than the Hakozaki Flea Market, but a great day out nonetheless. The stalls here lean less on the side of flea market, more on the side of well-curated imported antiques; Lots of the sellers also own shops in Fukuoka City. Still, it's a a lot of fun to browse this bustling, eclectic market and there are bargains to be had. Gokoku Shrine is really easy to access (right near Ohori Park) and work a visit on its own merit.

Vintage and antique shops in Fukuoka City
♡ European Vintage & Antique Pearl (パール) Toho Mansion dai-2, Yakuin 105, 3-10-12 Yakuin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City
opening hours: 12:00-20:30 (weekdays),12:00-20:00 (weekends)
tel. (お電話): 092-406-9907
Tucked away in a Yakuin alley you’ll find this absolute treasure trove of true vintage style. Focusing on quality and authenticity, the shop is full of imported vintage and antiques from the 1900s to the 1960s, but their specialty is 20s-50s classics. The women’s section has an array of beautiful dresses, delicately adorned knitwear, pretty hair pieces and lush coats. Guys can find clothes for a dapper gentleman - waistcoats, bow ties, top hats and more. PEARL is a sincere love letter to the past, stepping inside you’ll escape the modern world for a moment or two. 

♡ Grapefruit Moon / グレープフルーツムーン
5F Tenjin Vivre, 1丁目11−1 Tenjin, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka City
〒810-0001 福岡県福岡市中央区天神1丁目11-1 天神ビブレ 5F
opening hours (営業時間) : 10:00~20:30
tel. (お電話): 050-3803-9616
The first Kyushu branch of Tokyo-born vintage chain Grapefruit Moon opened mid-2013 inside VIVRE Tenjin. It's the 10th Grapefruit Moon store in Japan, with the flagship in Shimokitazawa, and eight others dotted across Honshu. They have a decent and varied range of vintage clothes and accessories for both men and women. Prices are rather high, and its location inside a shiny shopping mall like VIVRE takes away the magical feeling that you often get when exploring vintage shops, but it's a tightly run ship with good stock.

♡ SUPER SPINNS7F Tenjin Core, 1丁目-11-11 Tenjin, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0001
tel. (お電話): 092-721-1311
opening hours (営業時間) : 10:00~20:00
A little piece of Harajuku in Fukuoka. If you love the style seen in FRUiTS magazine and online street style Tokyo blogs, you are certain to find something to love in SPINNS. There are branches of this store across Japan, but it originated in Tokyo. Great selection of vintage clothes and accessories for guys and girls, plus loads of new stuff. Reasonable prices compared to other Fukuoka vintage shops.

opening hours (営業時間) : 10:00-21:00
tel. (お電話): 092-737-3911
Located inside the North Tenjin department store this two level Book Off Super Bazaar opened at the end of 2012. It's Kyushu's first Super Bazaar, with one floor (7F) dedicated to Book Off's typical range of secondhand books, DVDs, CDs, toys and games, and one amazing floor (6F) for used clothes. It is really good - big, and full of men's and women's stock. Divided into two halves - one side of the shop has generic brand used clothes and is cheap, the other side has designer clothing (Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs etc.), brand-name bags (LV, Chanel etc.), jewellery, watches and more. To illustrate the variation between the two sides of the store: I bought a necklace for ¥200 on one side, and a Comme des Garcons wool winter cape for ¥6,750 on the other side. The book floor is really fun to explore too.

♡ Big Time福岡県福岡市中央区大名1-2-50 1~2F
opening hours: 11:30-21:00 (weekdays),11:00-21:00 (weekends)
tel. (お電話): 050-3821-0957
Originating in the Koenji and Shimokitazawa districts of Tokyo where vintage is king, this men’s and ladies imported vintage shop has expanded to have 6 stores in Japan including Fukuoka as of late January 2016. There are two floors to navigate: the ground level space is mostly vintage menswear, and upstairs you’ll find ladies retro and secondhand threads, accessories, shoes, jewellery and some homewares too. The pricing seems to be pretty fair for US imported vintage and the shop is really well organised and located in the heart of Daimyo.

♡ eureka1丁目14−18, Daimyō, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka City
open hours: 13:00-20:00
tel. (お電話): 092-176-1564
This tiny store is stocks a selection of vintage accessories and clothes for girls. They have a collection of beautifully kitschy jewellery, brooches and other accessories sourced in Europe and the US. The clothes are pretty too, with some great party dresses and vintage nightwear. Prices are a little high, but so is the quality and it's always fun to look! I got a sweet pink 60s hat here that I treasure. The shop exterior is covered in pearls.

♡ The Mondays
opening hours (営業時間) : 12:00~21:00
tel. (お電話): 092-791-3657
The owner here makes frequent trips to the US for stock. It's worth visiting just to see the shop interior, with stock arranged expertly and featuring a huge hanging fern as a centre-piece. The staff are really nice too.

♡ eight
open hours: 12:00-21:00
tel. (お電話): 092-714-5042
Right next door to The Mondays, this place is packed to the brim with dresses, coats, shoes, sparkly clip-on earrings, good vintage denim and lots more US-sourced vintage

♡ snug
opening hours (営業時間) : 12:00~20:00
tel. (お電話): 092-738-3877
On the main Daimyo drag up, a spiral staircase you’ll find this predominantly mens’ secondhand shop. What stood out to me was their selection of antique army and navy officers’ clothing items (war era undershirts etc.). You’ll find items here as far back as the ‘30s: a rarity in Fukuoka’s secondhand shops.

♡ パズル・P▲$$LE
1F 1-1-16 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0041
中央区大名1-1-16 Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka, Japan 810-0041
opening hours (営業時間) : 11:00~20:00
tel. (お電話): 092-791-2445
This sister store to Nesprit is packed to the brim with 80s and 90s gear - crazy knits, sequinned caps, loud patterns and acid wash to name a few. Fans of 90s hiphop style will love it!

♡ wizARTd (update: As of March 17th 2016, it looks like the shop is closed for renovations. May not be open if you visit)
1丁目14−5 Daimyō, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0041
〒810-0041福岡県福岡市中央区大名1-14-5 1F
tel. (お電話): 092-724-0628
A selection of new labels and US sourced vintage. Stocks such brands as Jeremy Scott, Boy London and more.

♡ MangKing Fung1-3-52 Daimyo, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0041
810-0041 福岡市中央区大名1-3-52
opening hours (営業時間) : 13:00~20:00
tel. (お電話): 092-741-5269
One of the most unique stores in Daimyo and one of my favourites. The shop owner has been running this tiny store since 1985, and it has undergone many changes in stock since opening. Since 2004, the owner has stocked a selection of used clothing and vintage remakes (which she creates herself). The shop space is a very small box with pastel pink walls and a pink Colonel Sanders stands out front.

♡ WHooPee(ウーピー)Used&ImportClothing1丁目3-5-2 Daimyo, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0041
opening hours (営業時間) : 12:00~20:00 *mon-fri / 11:00~20:00 *sat-sun
tel. (お電話): 092-725-2228
This mens' used and imported clothing store is down a side street in the middle of Daimyo. Next door is Mang King Fung, around the bend is a sweet antique shop.

tel. (お電話): 092-781-9610
opening hours (営業時間) :12:00~20:00
This tiny store is full of antiques and bric-a-brac, and you can find some great, cheap things there. I bought my softcream lamp there for a bargain. Check the map (just around the corner from Whoopee & Mang King Fung).

♡ Voila!
Apartment 201,東野第2, 2-4-20 Imaizumi, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0021
opening hours (営業時間) : 12:00~20:00 (closed Wed.)
tel. (お電話): 092-732-5053
This offbeat antique store is found on the second floor of an apartment in Imaizumi. It's full of furnishings and curios from the antique markets of France, Germany and other European countries. I love the owner/buyer's eye for strange and slightly creepy items - sad looking toys, Punch 'n Judy puppets, boxes of photographs of families from the 1920s, sacred heart paintings etc. Lots of inspiration for decorating your home.

♡ Babb
opening hours (営業時間) : 12:00~21:00 (closed Thu.)
tel. (お電話): 092-714-6923
A colourful and well curated selection of vintage items. Located along the Imaizumi vintage trail, at Babb you’ll be as impressed with the shop interior as with the numerous to-die-for vintage dresses and accessories.

♡ aura (アウラ)
福岡市中央区警固1-5-1 SKビル101
tel. (お電話): 092-716-1920
Next door to Babb is Aura: half-vintage clothing, half-antique shop. Notable for their selection of antique lamps, as well as a children’s section of vintage, plus any number of weird and wonderful homewares and a solid wall of clothes.

1F Shimizu BLD,1-17-21 Imaizumi,Chuo-ku,Fukuoka,
福岡県福岡市中央区今泉1-17-21 清水ビル102
tel. (お電話): 092-406-7969
Well soured but pricey mix of cool vintage and new pieces. Bright colours, exciting patterns, statement accessories and original items too. (photo borrowed from Underland website)

♡ Going Bellbo
4F Mountain House, 2丁目2-44 Daimyo, Chuo-ku Fukuoka City
福岡市中央区大名2丁目2-44マウンテンハウスⅡ 4F
opening hours (営業時間) : 13:00~19:00
tel. (お電話): 092-771-6070
You can have a good rummage around here, as the store is happily packed to the brim with 60s and 70s gear. Lots of weird and surprising items, along with some really sweet and nostalgic home-wares, accessories and clothing for both guys and gals.

♡ カラフルブティックモア (Colourful Boutique More)
1-8-24 Kusagae, Chūō-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0045
opening hours (営業時間) : 12:00~20:00 (closed wed.)
tel. (お電話): 092-791-7526
Hidden around the back streets of Ohori Park, this little shop is a dream come true for fans of the 60s and 70s. The colorful and beautifully curated store has a range of 60s/70s vintage clothing, as well as handmade accessories, zakka and more. The clothes are sourced from Europe, but there are locally designed items too. 

EXTRA! ♡ NishikaiganLocations all over Kyushu. Full shop list online:
This chain of Kyushu warehouse-sized used clothing stores is really, really good. It's real thrifting - a huge space with cheap, secondhand clothes crammed onto racks. No fancy visual merchandising, no guarantee you'll find a vintage treasure, but therein lies the magic. I've been to the ones in Imajuku, Yanagawa City and Hita City (Oita), and haven't once come away empty handed. Also a great place to buy secondhand kimono.

In the meantime, here is the full map for fukuoka vintage (a work in progress)

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  1. Hello,

    Thank you thank you for this guide! So cute, makes me very excited to visit!

    I'm going to be living in Imari for a short time soon, so this is so nice to have and look at before I go.


  2. Thank you very much for this guide! I was looking for second hand clothes and cool stores in Fukuoka (I went to the eco mall where I've found good clothes at good prices!), where I'm spending 1 week at this moment ^^

    Good photos and good descriptions, thanx again for all these informations.

  3. this is awesome! i'm visiting this weekend and can't wait to shop vintage: :D x

  4. Hey there. Tnx indeed for the post. R u still in Fukuoka? I recently moved in here, and been looking for some vintage stuff to add life to my boring dorm room. Do you know where I can get large wall posters or decors? Does any of these shops sell such posters? Would be thankful for the advice indeed. Tnx.


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