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Sapporo Shopping

Where to Shop in Sapporo

As in most large modern Japanese cities, shopping malls are the predominate choice of location for purchasing souvenirs and bargains. There is no such thing as a typical mall, however, and the range of items in many can be mind boggling. Happily, almost all malls have relaxation facilities with wheelchair access and a good restaurant or café is never hard to find. Sapporo has a lot of snow, so shoppers visiting during the winter will greatly benefit from the shelter and warmth of the city’s malls. Although most of the major department stores and underground shopping malls are located around Odori and Sapporo Station, shopping, dining and movies can be also be enjoyed under one roof at Sapporo Factory, located just east of the downtown area.

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100 Yen Shops

100 yen shops (‘hyaku en shop’ in Japanese) sell a wide range of products for 105 yen per item (100 yen plus 5% tax). This corresponds to roughly US$1 per item, making the shops veritable Aladdin’s caves for thrifty travelers. There are thousands of 100 yen shops across Japan, from multi-storey department setups to small corners in shopping malls. Market leader Daiso operates over 2,000 stores nationwide and pursues an aggressive expansion policy. By cleverly purchasing products in huge quantities and at big discounts from countries with low production and labour costs, 100 yen shops are able to offer an astonishing range of products at prices often below the products’ actual value.

  • Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Location: Daiso Chuo (South 2 West 2, Odori Station)
  • Type: Miscellaneous Products

Marui Imai

Giant-sized Marui Imai houses outlets selling everything from school uniforms to power tools to beds. Perhaps more of a ‘mall experience’ than a tangible shopping destination, it’s not to be missed. Smack-bang downtown you’re never far from the action in Marui Imai and if you are hungry there are plenty of food outlets. An interesting facility is the ability to mail purchased items home from the Post Office located on the 9th floor of the nearby Ichijo Building. Major credit cards accepted.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: 2-11, Minami-Ichijo-Nishi, Chuo-ku
  • Type: Miscellaneous Products
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Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade

The Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade, close to the Susukino train station, is amongst the largest and most historic malls in Sapporo, with more than 200 individual stores and a great and varied choice of eateries (think conveyer belt sushi). The unique take of this mall is that you will find old and traditional merchants selling kimonos, tea or incense side by side with modern stores specializing in computers and software or state-of -the-art electronics and digital cameras – all of which lends it a bazaar-like quality. Many items for sale here are even cheaper than in the 100 yen shops. Check out the Donki’s Store for strange merchandise. Plenty of games centres and coffee shops.

  • Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Minami 2 Nishi 6
  • Type: IT and cameras traditional Products
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Nijo Market

Nijo Ichiba is a famous 100-year-old fish market in the city centre. The market is located near the Tanuki Koji covered shopping street and is arranged into crowded alleyways. Here you’ll find over 50 different vendors selling everything from fresh fish and crabs to sea urchins to salmon roe to truly impressive giant Hokkaido crabs. The market also has hole-in-the-wall food stalls that serving the freshest food in the area where shoppers like to breakfast. Among the most popular menu items for starting the day here is uni ikura donburi – sea urchin and salmon eggs on rice. Nijo is also an excellent venue to buy seasonal fruits and even Japanese chocolate! Remember to bargain.

  • Opening Hours: 07:00 – 18:00 varies by store
  • Location: S3E1&2, Chūō-ku Susukino Entertainment District
  • Type: Food Products
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Sapporo Factory

Sapporo Factory is a multi-outlet commercial centre constructed on the former site of Sapporo Breweries. The complex includes shops, restaurants, a hotel and a fitness centre within the historic redbrick buildings. Nijo-kan and Sanjo-kan sell clothes, home furnishings and household goods, and Renga-kan has souvenirs and craft shops. Nishi-kan hosts the hotel and a conference hall while you’ll find a supermarket in Frontier-kan.  In the atrium, the centre-piece of the Factory complex, there’s a stage that can be viewed from corridors on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. On the fourth floor of Nijo-kan stands Sapporo Meissen Porcelain Museum.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00
  • Type: Miscellaneous Products
  • How to get there: From the Sapporo Seibu Honkan-minamiguchi bus stop, take the Higashi 88 Chuo Bus Factory Route and get off at the Factory-mae bus stop. Or walk five minutes from Exit 8 of Bus Center-mae Subway Station (Tozai Line).
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Parco

A multi-storey shopping complex downtown Sapporo, Parco is the quintessential Japanese shopping experience as it’s truly a one-stop destination. The first few floors are dedicated to ladies’ attire and cosmetics with a few coffee shops thrown in while the fifth and sixth floors retail men and children’s clothing. Western-style boutiques abound with labels such as Pour Les Hommes, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Comme des garcons alongside plenty of Japanese outlets with dubious names such as ‘Hysteric Mini’, ‘Smacky Glam’ and ‘Poker Face’ to keep you from wearing a poker face. And if you feel like a Starbucks latte or cappuccino then you’ll not have far to look. The seventh floor comprises a lifestyle centre while the wheelchair-friendly eighth floor is the place to go if you’re hungry as it houses eight restaurants.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 – 20:00 (20:30 Sat). Top Floor restaurants 10:00 – 24:00
  • Location: Minami ichijo-nishi 3 chome, Chuo-ku. Direct access to Odori Subway Station.
  • Type: Miscellaneous Products
  • Tel: +81 (0)11 214 2111
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Electrical Appliance Shops

Around Sapporo Station, there are three conveniently placed and large shops for household appliances, electronics, computers, cameras, brand-name goods, each offering tax-free prices if you take your passport along with you. So if you forget your computer power cable or are on the market for a camera these are the major retailers in Sapporo.

Yodobashi Camera

At Yodobashi you will find a number of excellent well-known electrical appliances and IT-goods, manufactured by many big name worldwide companies. The sales team is well trained, with a truly professional knowledge of the goods. Tax-free offers.

  • Opening Hours: 09:30 - 22:00
  • Location: N6 W5 1-22
  • Type: Electronics Products
  • Tel: +81 (0)11 808 1010
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Bic Camera

Bic is a big electronic chain store dealing in the latest type of electrical appliances, IT-related-goods, all at good prices. The camera section, along with the cell-phone counters and games displays are always crowded with clients. Tax-free offers. In the basement there’s a food-hall, a 100 yen-shop while the upper floors are for clothing, general goods, toys, baby goods, a pet shop and a craft shop.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Location: N5N2 ESTA 1 - 5th floor
  • Type: Cameras, cell phones and electronics Products
  • Tel: +81 (0)11 261 1111
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BEST (Best Denki)

BEST outlets are to be found all over Japan, with over 500 shops and 30 overseas outlets. This is truly one of Sapporo’s best stores for electronic appliances. You’ll usually find limited offers for sale for a day or a week and you’re sure to find a deal here.

  • Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00
  • Location: N6 W5 1-12
  • Type: Electronics Products
  • Tel: +81 (0)11 223 4147
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