From manga and anime to video games and idols, Kitakyushu aims to become Kyushu’s no. 1 destination for Japanese pop culture.
Aruaru City is a hub for all the latest trends from Japan, a center for shops specializing in Japanese subcultures.
From the basement floor to the 7th floor, you will find a range of shops stocking items relating to manga, anime, figures, cosplay, games, idols, and many others, not to mention an events space.
Aruaru City also hosts stage events featuring voice actors and idols, especially on weekends.
In 2014, Kitakyushu came into the limelight as a vibrant city for pop culture. For example, it organized the first ever Kitakyushu Pop Culture Festival, held at Aruaru City and Asano Ocean Breeze Park.
|Address||2-14-5 Asano, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City 802-0001|
|Opening hours||11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (Opening hours may differ at each store.)|
|Phone number||093-512-9566 (Aruaru City)|
|Access||A 2 minute-walk from JR Kokura Station Shinkansen Exit|