Daimyo: Fukuoka's Hip District

Is this Fukuoka's answer to Harajuku?

 By Elizabeth Wormald   Aug 7, 2013

Daimyo has to be one of my favourite places to go in Fukuoka. Located in the center of Chuo Ward, you will find this district super cool. Daimyo is bursting with trendy shops including big brands such as Nike and The North Face, but mainly consisting of original Japanese boutiques.

Daimyo is home to not only chic clothes and stylish twentysomethings, but it also contains a huge number of restaurants, bars, cafés and salons. At first I considered in the equivalent to Tokyo’s Harajuku, but on reflection it’s very different. The crowd here is a lot older, very rarely will you find hoards of Japanese schoolgirls roaming the streets. The style is completely different; it has Fukuoka’s flavour. Fukuoka is renowned for having a strong hip-hop and vintage culture and Daimyo is no exception. Daimyo’s is centered on the 20-35 year old audience, with a more mature and refined taste.

I think that Daimyo is the heart of Fukuoka, just a few minutes away from the major department stores of Tenjin and the Oyafuko-dori bar scene with its nearby yatai (food stalls). Daimyo is a very small area, but while working your way through the winding streets of Daimyo you are bound to discover a new favourite store or coffee shop. It’s a great way to discover hidden gems as there are hundreds of hidden shops, mysterious bars and exciting new fashions.

The café culture in Daimyo is similar to Europe, where people sit out on the street and chat. Daimyo is a great place to make new friends and make the city your own. Cosmopolitan Daimyo is what made me fall in love with Fukuoka. For an afternoon of people watching Daimyo is perfect, check out the stylish girls on a Saturday, or hit up a small bar on the weekend and see the hipsters flock to the streets wearing the week’s new exciting styles. For western bars, try Three Kings British Pub, Black Sheep, or Pub Morris. Infinity is one of the more happening clubs there, and you might end up at the Happy Cock at the end of a night out. I’d recommend a visit to Small Spaces for a quiet experience or just wander and see what you find.

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Tristan Scholze 2 years ago
For shopping, most of the stores in this area are classy and trendy boutiques. High quality clothes and service, but more expensive of course. You'll find a range of restaurants and bars to choose from, including a lot of nice, reasonably-priced places.
Lester Goh 2 years ago
I might be heading for Kyushu Univ. for exchange next year! This looks like a must go. Hows the prices though?
Jerome Lee 2 years ago
Hey Lester, I've been here before, and must say that it's definitely worth the time to come here! So so trendy. Prices are abit steep for brands like Comme des Garcons and Supreme, but I believe there are other cheap deals you can find as well. Just take some time to explore the entire area and I'm sure you'll find it great!
Jessica A Paje 2 years ago
An article that even my teenage son would find interesting. He's a big fan of all the streetwear brands you've captured in your photos. Time to check out Fukuoka! :-)
Hwee Woon Lim 2 years ago
Great article! I'm always interested in the cultures and styles of the Japanese people.
Olga Kaneda 2 years ago
It definetely resembles Harajuku!