By Haruka Saijo
The Kawabata shopping arcade has been running since the mid-1950s and includes over 100 locally owned businesses crowded along the 400 meters long stretch of road. While the rest of Fukuoka City has been evolving at a rapid rate, the Kawabata shopping arcade has held on tight to its original roots and it is a fun place to visit for a little taste of nostalgia. If you do visit the arcade, you must try the famous Kawabata Zenzai. It's a sweet bean soup with lightly roasted mochi cakes in it.
One of the more recent attractions to come to the shopping arcade is Owl Family Hakata, a unique cafe that allows you to learn about and interact with different types of owls. The owls are rotated to ensure they all get enough rest and quiet time away from people and they take a turn being out in the open.
One thing you should know is Nakasu is known for its restaurants. You can find lots of hidden gems in the Nakasu area. Plan to come here a little bit hungry, and if you find a restaurant that interests you, just walk right in.
If you plan to explore Fukuoka's nightlife, Nakasu is a great location. The popular Canal City shopping mall is a short walk away. Stop by in the evening for a free projection mapping show. If street food is more your style, walk along the Nakasu River and try Fukuoka's famous Yatai. No matter what your style is, there is definitely something for everyone in Nakasu.
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