[2019 Edition] Top 11 Shopping Spots in Sapporo
Sapporo, the largest city in Hokkaido, is home to numerous complex facilities where you can enjoy shopping and lunch. With that, here are 11 recommended shopping spots in Sapporo.
Excellent Accessibility! Shopping Spots Directly Linked to Sapporo Station
Inside JR Tower, which is directly connected to JR Sapporo Station, you will find Sapporo Stellar Place, ESTA, Daimaru Sapporo Branch, Paseo and APIA. All these five shopping spots offer a wide array of stores, so you can go on a great shopping spree just by going around JR Tower! These are establishments that you can visit on various occasions and situations, such as taking a break from sightseeing or for last-minute shopping before you head home.
Sapporo Stellar Place
Sapporo Stellar Place is a shopping mall with superb accessibility, as it is directly linked to the South Exit of JR Sapporo Station. A supersized facility with more than 200 shops, it houses fashion, beauty, and household good shops, as well as restaurants, massage shops, beauty parlors, nail salons, and cinemas. There are shops for people of all ages, so you won't have any troubles shopping! If you go to Sapporo Stellar Place, you absolutely have to try Hokkaido cuisine at one of their many restaurants, such as Nemuro Hanamaru, a very popular kaiten-sushi (conveyor belt sushi) restaurant where you can dine on inexpensive yet hearty dishes, or Tokachi Butadon Ippin, where you can eat butadon (grilled pork rice bowl), one of the signature dishes of Hokkaido. If you want to savor delicious Hokkaido cuisine regardless of price, then you should check out Mikuni Sapporo, a French cuisine restaurant opened by the Hokkaido-native master chef Kiyomi Mikuni, or Mujika, which serves Hokkaido beer and dishes with simply prepared dishes. Head on over to Sapporo Stellar Place and enjoy Hokkaido cuisine!
ESTA, a shopping mall with direct access to Sapporo Station, offers a selection of items that are perfect for everyday use. You will find the electronics retail store BIC Camera from the 1st to the 4th floors, which can be quite convenient if you are looking for an electronic product for a souvenir. At the fashion and miscellaneous goods area on the 5th to the 8th floors, there are rows of famous shops that are absolute must-visits if you're in Japan, including fast fashion brands UNIQLO and GU, and miscellaneous goods stores such as LOFT. If you get hungry, you can relish in the flavors of famous ramen shops from all over Hokkaido that have gathered in the ramen theme park Sapporo Ramen Republic on the 10th floor. ESTA is exactly the right kind of shopping mall that leaves nothing to be desired.
Daimaru Sapporo Branch
Daimaru Sapporo is a department store that is directly linked to Sapporo Station, housing everything from designer brands to famous casual brands selling fashion, bags, accessories, and other high-quality items. Characterized by its feeling of openness, it is the kind of place that offers a play area on the 4th floor where clothes for babies and children are sold. Customers with children in tow will surely love that feature. At Hoppe Town, the food floor in the basement, you will get to taste the products of the finest shops from all over Japan, including Hokkaido’s signature chocolate brand Royce and the cheesecake band LeTAO. Customers can avail better deals by using the “5% special shopping coupon” that you can get from the information desk on the 1st floor by showing your passport (the coupon will only be given to foreigners who have been in Japan for a month or less).
Paseo is a shopping mall located right by Sapporo Station that is packed with rows of shops selling fashion and miscellaneous goods. You are bound to be amazed by the assortment of shops for women’s fashion. Famous fashion brands are lined up inside. There is particularly a wide range of brands that are famous among young women, so you'll be able to get your hands on Japan's currently trending, hot items! Aside from women’s fashion, you should also check out the shops carrying products that are unique to Japan, such as Donguri Republic, which sells character goods, and the variety store Hamamonyo, which sells Japanese-themed merchandise. Stop by Paseo if you want to buy items that you can only buy in Japan!
APIA is a shopping mall that is adjacent to Sapporo Station. It has rows of fashion-related stores inside, but there is a particularly extensive lineup of shops selling socks, such as Kutsushitaya, Tabio Men, and Tutuanna, as well as shoe brands, such as WA Oriental Traffic and Fitfit. It's a handy place to shop if you want to buy stylish accessories for your feet. This shopping mall is also characterized by its substantial selection of gourmet restaurants, as it is home to restaurants serving sushi, ramen, and other must-try dishes of Sapporo, as well as restaurant chains with branches nationwide. It's also a great place for light meals after shopping in other malls.
Go Out of Your Way to Visit Them! Shopping Spots Around Sapporo
One of the real pleasures of shopping while traveling is finding something that you can only find in that place you are visiting. The six spots below are places where you can have unique experiences and encounter quirky items that you wouldn't find anywhere else. Enjoy your travels by shopping in Sapporo!
Sapporo Central Wholesale Market Curb Market
The Sapporo Central Wholesale Market Curb Market is one of the shopping spots you can't miss out on when in Sapporo. Located about a 7-minute walk from Nijuyonken Station, this market is home to around 60 stores that include seafood stores, greengrocers, butchers, and liquor stores. Shouts from store staff calling out to customers can be heard echoing through the market from 6:00 am. It may overwhelm you at first, but most of the stores here offer free samples and allow haggling, so it's actually quite a fun experience communicating with the store staff as you shop. A lot of the seafood stores also have an eat-in area, so it's a great place where you can enjoy fresh seafood at reasonable prices. The market gets crowded at lunchtime and many stores close as soon as they run out of toppings or ingredients, so it's best to go in the morning. Aside from seafood, there are also stores where you can eat other Hokkaido dishes such as soup curry, ramen, and Genghis Khan. When you're finished shopping and eating, you can relax and freshen up by soaking in the bath at the public bathhouse Sakae-yu. It's located within the market and is open from 2:00 pm.
IKEUCHI is a department store that is located at the heart of Sapporo, just a short walk away from Odori Station. It is divided into two buildings – IKEUCHI GATE and IKEUCHI ZONE - that stand on opposite sides of the street. IKEUCHI GATE is home to stores selling casual and fashionable items, centering on outdoor and sports brands. There are a lot of stores selling items for both men and women, so it’s a great spot for dates, too. IKEUCHI GATE is also where you will find the model train store Popondetta, a haven for train lovers. If you get tired, go to Mori no Ma Cafe on the 4th floor to take a break. Inside this cafe, which emanates the warmth of a wooden interior, you can enjoy delicious coffee and meals.
Located at a site that is a 3-minute walk from the Bus Center-mae Station on the Tozai Line, Sapporo Factory is a complex facility with about 160 shops and restaurants, as well as a hotel. This massive facility is comprised of seven buildings, and is a famous shopping spot in Sapporo where you can have a full day of fun without getting bored! Given that it was built on the former site of Kaitakushi Beer Brewery, the first Japanese-owned beer brewery in Japan, it is only expected that one of the highlights of this facility is the Sapporo Kaitakushi Beer Brewery – Tour Hall. This hall is a place for the whole family, where you can learn about how beer is made and sample freshly brewed local beer. There are also shops where you can try making pottery and glassworks, so you can have fun doing various activities in between shopping. It is perfect for dates and family outings.
4chome Plaza, located at the intersection of Ekimae-dori and Minami 1-jo-dori, is a shopping spot that is directly connected to Odori Station. It has a lively atmosphere that's filled with unique shops, especially fashion shops that are popular with young women in their late teens and early 20s. There is a rich lineup of Japanese brands, so you'll discover the latest trends in Japanese fashion early on. The 5th floor is the floor catering to men’s fashion. Aside from fashion, there are also aesthetic salons and hair salons that you can easily visit before or after shopping. The 7th floor, which is called "Jiyu Hiroba”, is home to a list of unique stores selling body jewelry art, handmade jewelry, and miscellaneous items. It's a great place to find that special item!
Mitsui Outlet Park Sapporo Kitahiroshima
Located about 30 minutes by car from Sapporo Station or 30 minutes by bus from New Chitose Airport, Mitsui Outlet Park Sapporo Kitahiroshima is the largest outlet mall in Hokkaido. There are also shuttle buses running from various train stations; it takes about 50 minutes to get here by shuttle bus from Sapporo Station. This mall is characterized by its selection of stores offering items from a variety of genres and for people of all ages, ranging from popular international brands to local Hokkaido brands. Many tasty Hokkaido goods can be found at the food theme park Hokkaido Loco FARM VILLAGE. You can get fresh fish, vegetables, freshly made bread, and other items that you can't buy anywhere else. There is also a rich lineup of sweets, so it's the perfect place to look for souvenirs.
ODORI BISSE is a commercial complex that is directly connected to Odori Station. True to their concept of “Live the good life in the north with BISSE,” it is home to stores selling Hokkaido’s finest products that are only available at this establishment, like FARMER’S HERB, a shop directly run by an organic farm in Hokkaido, and Somes Saddle Sapporo, a store that sells leather products from the only harness maker in Japan. One of the biggest highlights of this establishment is the Sweets Shop & Cafe Floor on the 1st floor, which houses five popular shops from Hokkaido. It's a great place where some of the most popular shops, which even the local confectionery lovers adore, are gathered under one roof. The Tsukisamu Anpan Koshian (125 JPY (excl. tax)) from the Tsukisamu Anpan Honpo Honma Odori Branch is a local confectionery of Hokkaido that you won’t easily find in other parts of Japan, so it’s definitely worth trying!
There are plenty of spots in Sapporo where you can enjoy fashion, as well as delicious food. Make sure to fit in some shopping into your sightseeing schedule, and enjoy your time in Sapporo!
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