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Canal City Hakata (キャナルシティ博多) is a large shopping and entertainment complex in Fukuoka, Japan. Called the "city within the city," it boasts numerous attractions including shops; cafes; restaurants; a theater; game center; cinemas; two hotels; and a canal, which runs through the complex.[1]

Located adjacent to Fukuoka's entertainment district and between the commercial and retail core of the city, Canal City has become a tourist attraction and commercial success for Fukuoka. It is the largest private development in the history of Japan ($1.4 billion for 234,460 m2 (2.5-million sq. ft.)). It is built with a distinctive fanciful style, with many curving sculptures and fountains and city of Fukuoka hardly visible, to create an atmosphere like an oasis away from the rest of the town.[2]

Canal City Hakata is within a 10- to 15-minute walk from either Hakata Station or Tenjin Station.


With Canal City in business, areas around the complex began to see increased success as well. The nearby food markets, in decline and seeing little business, began to rebuild and rehire shops because of the foot traffic from Canal City.[3]


  Media related to Canal City Hakata at Wikimedia Commons

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Jerde-associated architectural projects in Japan:


  1. ^ "Canal City". Japan Guide. 2005-02-07. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  2. ^ "Canal City Hakata". A Weekly Dose of Architecture. Archived from the original on 2008-12-05. Retrieved 2008-11-25.
  3. ^ "Jerde: Canal City Hakata". Jerde. Archived from the original on 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2008-11-25.

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