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Shopping Spots in Hokkaido Area

  • Sapporo Factory
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitanijouhigashi 4
    The Sapporo Factory has about 160 shops and facilities, which include a shopping center and all-weather entertainment. It was built on the site of the Kaitakushi Beer Brewery, which was the predecessor of Sapporo Beer, and used the red bricks from the building creating a historical feel. With limited edition items and one-of-a-kind stores, it is recommended for souvenir buying. There are also lots of ways to have fun, including a lush indoor garden, a cinema complex, and a beer hall.
  • Mitsui Outlet Park Sapporo Kitahiroshima
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Kitahiroshimashi Omagarisaiwaichou 3-7-6
    This is a large indoor outlet mall in Kitahiroshima City, Hokkaido. The facility has over 180 shops, selling not only fashion and household goods, but also local Hokkaido specialty souvenirs. There's also an enormous food court. The Elfin Court also hosts flea markets and other events, making it quite popular for family trips.
  • Nijo Fish Market
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Minamisanjouhigashi 1 from 2-chome
    The fish market is located in the center of Sapporo. With a continuous history since the Meiji period, it is still popular among locals as a kitchen. There are about 50 shops offering a wide range of goods, including fruit and souvenirs in addition to fresh seafood. The free samples that can be eaten at the shops are also fun. In the surrounding area, there are old-fashioned shops as well as new cafes and Italian and other stores, making it popular as a lively gourmet food spot.
  • Sapporo Central Wholesale Market Curb Market
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitajuichijounishi 21-chome 2-3
    This market is an outdoor market next to the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market located ten minutes from Sapporo Station by car. They get very fresh food from the Central Wholesale Market every day and sell them to the locals and visitors at very reasonable prices. There are around 60 shops and restaurants which include sushi, seafood bowls, ramen and oysters. They also provide next-day delivery for purchases within and outside Hokkaido, which is reassuring when choosing souvenirs.
  • Akarenga Terrace
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitanijounishi 4-1
    A total of 27 shops, mainly eating and drinking establishments, are housed within the red brick terrace at the side of the former main government building of the Hokkaido Prefectural Government Office (Red Brick Government building), a well-known tourist attraction. There are facilities such as a viewing gallery and an atrium terrace where you can get in touch with nature. Akarenga Terrace is situated five minutes on foot from JR Sapporo Station, two minutes on foot from the Sapporo Subway Station on the Namboku Line, and five minutes on foot from Odori Subway Station on the Namboku and Tozai Lines.
  • Daimaru Sapporo branch
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitagojounishi 4-7
    The main shop of a long-established department store originating in the Kinki district is conveniently located adjacent to the south exit of JR Sapporo Station. All nine floors from the basement to the eighth floor offer a range of items such as overseas leading brand fashion items to casual brands, food items, interior goods, cosmetics, restaurants, and so on. On the eighth floor is the “Pokemon Center Sapporo”, especially popular among children. “Hoppetown”, the underground food street, is stocked with special products of Hokkaido and a large selection of confectionary in addition to daily prepared dishes and fruits and vegetables.
  • Hakodate Morning Market
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Wakamatsuchou 9-19 (Hakodate morning market cooperatives Federation Secretariat)
    The Hakodate Asaichi (Morning Markets) are regarded as the face of Hakodate and it is said that the market began when nearby farmers began selling fruit and vegetables in 1945 after the war. After that the markets were moved several times until settling in the present location in 1956. The markets became even more popular with the addition of shops selling seafood such as crab and salmon with food and drink shops as well. Now about 5,000 people visit the market every day. It is best to visit as early in the morning as you can as popular items are sometimes sold out.
  • JR TOWER
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Sapporoshi Chuou-ku Kitagojounishi 2
    JR TOWER is a commercial complex that is directly connected to JR Sapporo Station. It consists of four shopping centers: “Apia,” “Esta,” “Paseo,” and “Sapporo Stella Place” in addition to Daimaru Sapporo, a cinema complex, an observation deck, Planis Hall, OFFICE PLAZA SAPPORO, and Hotel Nikko Sapporo. The city of Sapporo can be viewed from T38, the observation deck on the top 38th floor. The ramen theme park Sapporo Ramen Kyowakoku in “Esta” is also popular with tourists.
  • Main Building of the Otaru Music Box Museum
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Otarushi Sumiyoshichou 4-1
    This landmark of Otaru, the Otaru Music Box Museum is located on a corner of the Marchen Intersection of Otaru Sakaimachi street and Irifune street. Housed in a red brick structure built in 1912, this store displays music boxes collected from all over Japan and the world resplendent with a warm radiant atmosphere. The steam-powered clock by the entranceway announces the time every 15 minutes with a blast of steam and a melody. It is a popular photo opportunity spot.
  • Kitaichi Glass Sangokan (Emporium No. 3)
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    4.5
    104 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 7-26
    Kitaichi Glass Sangokan (Emporium No. 3) located a little south of the canal is a popular tourist attraction even in Otaru and is well known as a glassware store. It also contains retailers of original glass products such as colorful glasses and lamps as well as cafe bars where stained glass spreads across the ceiling. One of the popular shops is Kitaishi Hall which is lit by 167 oil lamps. Because you can order meals and confectionary in the shop, it is recommended as a place to have a break from sightseeing. This fantasy space that is just like entering the world of the movies is worth a visit.

    Kitaichi is a fairly large franchise with different shops across Otaru (could be elsewhere too). After the DIY sandblasting workshop in the morning, we dropped by this cafe. It was beautifully...

  • Niseko Takahashi Dairy Farm, Milk Workshop
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Abuta-gun Niseko-machi Soga 888-1
    The Milk Workshop is a confectionary shop run by the Niseko Takahashi Dairy Farm. It sells confectionary that includes soft serve ice cream using fresh milk from the dairy farm directly next door and local 100% rice flour swiss rolls. The location is also attractive with a sense of openness from gazing at Mt. Yotei, which is a symbol of Niseko.
  • NAC Niseko Adventure Center
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Abutagunkucchanchou Yamada 179-53
    NAC Niseko Adventure Center is a facility where you can enjoy an array of outside activities in the great outdoors, including rafting and sea kayaking in summer and skiing and snowshoe activities in winter. It also has Japan’s largest climbing area. There is a selection of guides and lessons to accommodate various levels, so even beginners can feel reassured!

    I recently did an afternoon on the ducky with NAC. Pre-tour email correspondence was helpful and accurate. Staff at the centre were also friendly. My ducky (rafting but in a kayak) tour was great...

  • Ningle Terrace
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Furanoshi Nakagoryou
    Ningle Terrace is a shopping area located in the forest adjacent to the New Furano Prince Hotel. Ningle appears in the book of the same name written by So Kuramoto and refers to the 15 centimeter-tall character known as The Wise Man of the Forest who lived in the forests of Hokkaido in the past. The line of small cottages in the forest with a collection of a variety of craft shops is like getting lost in a picture book. During the day, you can enjoy bathing in the forest while after sunset you can walk the romantic forest paths which are illuminated.

    This little coffee shop is in the center of Ningle Terrace, next to the New Prince Hotel. It has seating both outside and inside, so you can visit during any season. I didn't have a chance to try...

  • Wakkanai Fukuko Market
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    3.5
    90 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Wakkanaishi Minato 1-6-28
    Wakkanai Fukuko Market started in 2007 and is the northernmost commercial complex in Japan. Located 20 minutes by car from Wakkanai Airport, there are souvenir shops, onsens and restaurants including the outdoor “Yatai” stall village called “Hatoba-Yokocho where you can eat gourmet foods from a wide range of genres ranging from ramen and yakitori to Russian food. You can also enjoy the Wakkanai Hot Spring “Minato no Yu”, an open-air hot spring on the second floor, and watch the ships on the busy ocean.

    Dropped by the market after the morning visit to the Cape Soya via public bus. It was a quiet afternoon and I managed to grab my lunch before the shop rest for lunch hours. Pick up a Wakkanai...

  • Washou Ichiba Market
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Kushiroshi Kuroganechou 13-25
    Washou Ichiba Market was built as a people’s kitchen in 1954 and is one of the most historic indoor markets in Kushiro. The name came from the lively calls of “Wasshoi, Wasshoi” as well as the expression “Trade with Harmony”. There are about 60 shops in the market which sell fresh fish, fruit, meat, snacks, tea and flowers. Also, there are sushi restaurants and cafes. Choosing your favorite seafood to make your own original seafood bowl (“Katte-don”) is also popular.
  • Hakodate Meijikan (Old Central Post Office)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Toyokawachou 11-17
    This building was built in 1911 to serve as the Hakodate Post Office. This archetypal red brick structure that has survived through war and fire now plays a role in telling the story of Hakodate’s history. The inside of the building has become a shopping mall, and in addition to shops carrying Hokkaido’s folk art and glassware there is also a workshop in which visitors can try sandblasting and crafting music boxes, making this a great place to search for souvenirs. It is about a 15-minute walk or a five-minute drive by car from Hakodate Station.
  • Otaru Taisho Glass Palace
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    4.0
    129 Reviews
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 1-1-8
    Approximately 15 minutes on foot from JR Otaru Station, this shop was repurposed from the historical Natori Takasaburo Store built in 1906. Inside the shop are displays of Japanese style glass works made in Otaru City which are available for purchase. Nearby are a series of shops including the Vidro-Kan with its collection of miniature glass and the Tonbo Tama-Kan that features a workshop to try out glass production.

    There are lots of workshops in other shops making marbles (10min), gluing glass on music boxes, sun catcher etc. But definitely book and try the hot work (making vase / cup) at 1200 degrees. Takes 40...

  • Trappistine Monastery Tenshien Shop
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Hakodateshi Kamiyunokawachou 346
    A 10-minute walk from the Trappistine Convent bus stop. This Trappist monastery is situated on a hill sandwiched between Mt. Hakodate and the city. The monastery was the first one erected for women in Japan when it was built in 1898. The site was originally used by an orphanage before it was destroyed in a storm. The monastery rebuilt on the site was also later lost in a fire. The current monastery was rebuilt in 1927 and is notable for its brick walls and semicircular windows. The monastery is adjoined by a museum, shop, and garden; the shop's French Madeleines cakes are popular souvenirs.
  • KanemoriYobutsu-kan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Hakodate-shi Suehirocho 13-9
  • Souvenir shop Kobushiya Otaru Branch
    Shopping
    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 5-29
    A Hokkaido souvenir shop located on Sakaimachidori Shopping Street in the center of Otaru. As well as Otaru, the shop has branches open in Sapporo and Hakodate too. All the branches have a wide selection of sweets and local sake from across Hokkaido, so it’s a great place to do all the souvenir shopping. All the classic confections like Shiroi Koibito, Rokkatei, Royce’, Jaga Pokkuru, and Hanabatake Bokujo are on sale. The shop has English and Chinese speaking staff making it easy for tourists to do their shopping. The stone exterior of the shop fits in nicely to the retro look of Otaru’s streets.

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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