Shop Till You Drop - 10 Best Shopping Malls in Hokkaido

By Sakina Kamrudeen | 27, Nov, 2017
Shop Till You Drop - 10 Best Shopping Malls in Hokkaido
When in Hokkaido, Japan, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands, and the country’s coldest region, shopping will surely drive away the cold and keep you warm and running! Hokkaido is known for its volcanoes, natural hot springs and ski areas. However, a popular answer to ‘what to do in Hokkaido?’, is also ‘shopping’. With its variety and range of retail outlets and shopping malls designed for the shopaholic - from high-end designer wear to affordable shopping malls, Hokkaido offers shoppers of varying budgets a super choice to shop till you drop.
 
One of the most popular cities is Sapporo where one is spoilt for choice of shopping malls and department stores. However, for those Muslim tourists going to other cities such as Asahikawa and Hakodate, there are some good shopping places here too.
 
 
So, while on your Halal friendly travel to Hokkaido, try out these 10 most famous shopping malls and enjoy an experience like no other!

 

1. Parco Shopping Center | Odori Shopping District | Sapporo

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Parco has 19 shopping centres across Japan. The Parco Sapporo shopping centre has close to 140 shops and eateries across floors B2 to the 8th. The range of goods and services are wide and varied, from lifestyle, cosmetics, accessories to clothing for men; women and children, and restaurants and cafes. The shopping centre also features stores by fashion brands like COMME Des GARÇONS, CABANE De ZUCCA and BAO BAO by ISSEY MIYAKE.

 
Address: 3 Chome Minami 2 Jōnishi, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 060-0062, Japan
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Shops: Monday - Friday, Sunday 10:00 am to 08:00 pm | Saturday 10:00 am to 08:30 pm
Restaurants: Monday – Sunday 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Starbucks Coffee Shop: Monday – Sunday 7:30 am to 11:00 pm
 
Public Transport Access:
  • a 3-minute walk from Odori Station *Subway Namboku Line, Tozai Line, Toho Line
  • a 1-minute walk from Shiden Nishi-yonchome Station
  • Directly connected to Pole Town Underground Shopping Mall
  • a 10-minute walk from Subway Namboku Line Sapporo Station

     

2. Mitsukoshi Shopping Complex | Odori Shopping District | Sapporo

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This is a long established Mitsukoti shopping complex in the famed Odori district of Sapporo. Offering a range of luxury goods from branded clothing to food, there is also a currency exchange available to Muslim travellers. The complete product range includes groceries, confectionary, cosmetics, Western and Japanese style clothing, jewellery, and home appliances. The Shopping Complex also offers a range of restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets serving various cuisines.

 
Address: Sapporo Central District, Minami 1 Nishi 3-8, Hokkaido
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Daily including Holidays: 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
Closed: January 1st and 2nd
 
Public Transport Access: 
 
Subway Odori Station Exit 12, 13
 
 

3. Mitsui Outlet Park | Sapporo Kita-Hiroshima


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The Mitsui Outlet Park is the largest outlet mall in the Hokkaido/Tohoku area which is famous for its global brands like Jimmy Choo, Michael Kors, United Arrows, Coach, Polo Ralph Lauren, and many more. There is a range of shopping for clothes, bags & shoes, watches and accessories, sports and outdoor, fashion goods to gourmet foods. There are also many restaurants and cafes, where shoppers can take a break and rest between the shopping marathon.
 
Free luggage storage lockers available for shoppers as well.

Address: 3-7-6 Omagari Saiwai-cho, Kitahiroshima City, Hokkaido
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Shops: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am to 08:00 pm
Restaurants: Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 09:00 pm (Last order varies by shop)
Food Court: Monday to Sunday 10:30 am to 09:00 pm (Last order 08:30 pm)
 
Public Transport Access:
 
Recommended Direct 50-minute bus from Sapporo Station
Recommended Direct 30-minute bus from New Chitose Airport
 
 

4. Paseo Shopping Mall | JR Sapporo Train Station


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The Paseo Mall is located right outside the JR Sapporo Train Station. Considered one of the oldest shopping centres in Sapporo, it is divided into the East and West sides of the Station. The Eastern side is filled with several floors of boutiques and designer clothing, accessories and other products, while the Western side has drugstores, cheap restaurants, and even tourist information on the ground floor. This is a must-visit mall while on your Halal trip to Hokkaido.

Address: Kita 6 Jo Nishi 2 Chome, Kita-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido

 
Hours of Operation:
 
Shopping: Monday to Sunday 10:00 am to 09:00 pm
Restaurants and Cafés: Monday to Sunday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
(Note: Hours of Operation differ store to store)
 
Public Transport Access:

Directly connected to JR Sapporo Train Station:
36 minutes from New Chitose Airport JR Rapid (Airport)
80 minutes from Asahikawa Station Super Express (L Tokkyu Kamui)
28 minutes from Otaru Station JR Rapid (Airport)

Subway:
Directly connected to the Sapporo Station through the Nanboku Line and the Toho Line

Bus:
Directly connected to Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
Directly connected to JR Sapporo Station from the Sapporo Station North Exit Bus Terminal
1-minute walk to the Tokyu Department Store south side from the front of Sapporo Station

Taxi:
At both Sapporo Station South and North Exit

Private Vehicles:
Parking available for a fee
 
 
 

5. Sapporo Stellar Place | JR Sapporo Train Station

 
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The Southern half of Sapporo Station has several floors of shops with balconies which overlook an enclosed open-air piazza, with a movie theatre on the seventh floor. There are close to 220 stores offering goods and services for the entire family. Shops include clothes, cosmetics, health and beauty care, book and music stores, and restaurants and cafés that serve a variety of cuisines. All the popular fashion brands are also available.

Address: Kita 5 Jo Nishi 2 Chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo City, Hokkaido, Japan

 
Hours of Operation:
 
Shopping: Daily 10:00 am to 09:00 pm
Dining: Daily 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
 
(Note: Hours of Operation differ store to store)
 
Public Transport Access:
 
Directly connected to JR Sapporo Train Station:
36 minutes from New Chitose Airport JR Rapid (Airport)
80 minutes from Asahikawa Station Super Express (L Tokkyu Kamui)
28 minutes from Otaru Station JR Rapid (Airport)
 
Subway:
Directly connected to the Sapporo Station through the Nanboku Line and the Toho Line
 
Bus:
Directly connected to Sapporo Station Bus Terminal
Directly connected to JR Sapporo Station from the Sapporo Station North Exit Bus Terminal
1-minute walk to the Tokyu Department Store south side from the front of Sapporo Station
 
Taxi:
At both Sapporo Station South and North Exit
 
Private Vehicles:
Parking available for a fee
 
 

6. Daimaru Department Store | | JR Sapporo Train Station



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Located in the Southwest section of the Station, this is another building opposite to the ESTA, bordering the Sapporo Station’s outdoor plaza. The Daimaru is inundated with luxury brands such as Hermes, Bulgari, Tiffany’s, and Gucci to name a few together with gourmet sweet booths and food stands, fresh food stalls and a quality restaurant on the top-most floor. Special events are organized for seasonal celebrations and festivities that can be enjoyed by visitors.
 
The department store even has a prayer room for Muslim travellers, making it a must-visit mall during your Halal-friendly travel to Hokkaido.

Address: 4-7 Kitagojyo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
 
Hours of Operation:
Shopping: Daily 10:00 am to 09:00 pm
Dining: Daily 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Stores/Shops & Art Gallery: Daily 10:00 am to 08:00 pm
Daimaru Restaurant Area: Daily 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Temomin, UCC Café, Comfort Stationery, Office Supplies, Pokemon Center Sapporo: Daily 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Closed: January 1st
 
Public Transport Access:
Directly connected to JR Sapporo Train Station
 
 

7. Sapporo Factory | Sapporo



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The Sapporo factory located in the city, is a shopping mall separated into three main zones - Nijo and Sanjo areas in the mall sell clothes, footwear, home items, while the Renga area sells local handicrafts and souvenirs. Many consider the Sapporo Factory as one of the top Hokkaido shopping malls that is the ideal place to purchase uniquely Japanese goods.

Address: 4 Chome Kita 2 Johigashi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Shopping: Daily 10:00 am to 08:00 pm
Restaurant: Daily 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
(Note: Hours of Operation differ store to store)
 
Public Transport Access:
 
Subway:
3-minute walk from the Tozai Line "in front of bus centre" station from Exit 8
 
Bus:
Hokkaido Chuo Bus factory line "Sapporo factory"
 
Private Vehicles:
Parking available for a fee
 
 

8. Rera Chitose Outlet Mall | Chitose | Sapporo



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Chitose, where you would land if visiting Sapporo, is around an hour’s drive from the city. The Rera Chitose Outlet Mall is an open-air outlet mall and the largest in Hokkaido with more than 400 brands under one roof. There are more than 140 shops that offer goods ranging from clothes, shoes, sports goods, homeware and accessories. Special events are also regularly held at the Mall. The mall offers some great discounts as well. This would be the ideal place to visit on your return journey to the airport… just don’t lose track of time and miss your flight!

 
Address: 1-2-1 Kashiwadai-Minami, Chitose City, Hokkaido
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Daily 10:00 am to 07:00 pm
 
Public Transport Access:
 
From New Chitose Airport a free shuttle bus runs every 30 minutes and arrives in about 10 minutes
35 minutes from Sapporo Station by JR trains,
Close to Chitose Junction on the highway and the Tomakomai ferry platforms
 
 

9. Marui Imai | Sapporo Main Store



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One of Hokkaido's oldest department stores the Marui Imai has a variety of luxury brand of clothing and fashion accessories and also sells Hokkaido’s regional delicacies.

 
Address: Minami 1-jo, Nishi 2-Chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Daily 10:00 am to 07:00 pm Closed: January 1st
 
Public Transport Access:
 
Subway Odori Station Exit 20, 22 & 33
 
 

10. Aeon Stores and Malls | Asahikawa, Sapporo Hiraoka & Tomakomai



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Considered a favourite shopping stop in Japan with stores, malls and supermarkets spread across the country, the Aeon brand stores and malls in the Hokkaido Prefecture offer a wide range of good from clothing, accessories, home appliances, groceries and so much more to shoppers from all walks of life. The main malls in Hokkaido are in Asahikawa near the station, Sapporo Hiraoka & Tomakomai. The Aeon Malls would be a good place to look for unique Japanese souvenirs and gift items to buy while on your Halal trip in Hokkaido.
 
Hours of Operation:
 
Most of the stores and malls are open daily from 09:00 am to 09:00 pm. Some have different opening hours.
 
Public Transport Access:
 
Most of the Stores and Malls are close to Train Stations
 

Halal Food and Restaurants:

It is not clear if these restaurants and cafés in these malls offer Halal food. However, Japan is famous for its seafood and sushi. So, please check with the restaurants before placing an order on the Halal status of food items. However, Hokkaido does have a range of Halal restaurants situated in close proximity to their main attraction areas. Download the HalalTrip app to look for Halal food and restaurants.

Sakina has over 10 years of experience in the field of corporate communications; having worked for a leading Annual Report Production House dealing with top corporates of Sri Lanka and overseas, and later as the Group Communications Specialist for a Sri Lankan conglomerate for their overseas plantations business. She is well-versed in the production process of annual reports, sustainability reports, corporate videos and other corporate communication media. She also has experience in Social Media Marketing and works to increase and improve social media presence of corporates and small niche market businesses. Today, she works as a freelance writer and undertakes consultations on corporate communications and social media related projects. She enjoys writing for blogs on topics of interest.

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