Tenjin Underground Mall is an underground shopping district that runs directly below Tenjin, the largest downtown area in Kyushu. It is loved by subway users and is also affectionately known as "Tenchika."
It opened in 1976 with tenants for fashion and gourmet food in an effort to incorporate the latest trends in Fukuoka. With the opening of the Nanakuma Subway Line in 2005, the distance will be extended.
Tenjin Underground Mall is characterized by a city design inspired by 19th century Europe. The floor is made of southern European-style cobblestones, and the ceiling is decorated with arabesque patterns.
There was a time when the underground shopping mall announcements were made in French as well as Japanese and English, but now out of consideration for tourists from Asia, guidance is mainly in Chinese and Korean.
Because the concept is "theater," the number of lights is intentionally kept low for an underground mall. This dimly lit and somewhat adult-like scene is a specialty of Tenjin.
During the Christmas season, taking advantage of the dimly lit environment, the ceiling is decorated with illuminations that resemble a starry sky, creating a magical atmosphere that is different from usual.
■ Basic information
Name: Tenjin Underground Mall
Address: 2nd basement, Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Nearest station: Fukuoka Municipal Subway Tenjin Station (directly connected)
Business hours: 10:00-20:00
Price: Free to walk around
Closed: None (varies by store)
Parking: Parking available in nearby parking lots
*Please check the website for detailed information.