Hokkaido

A shopping and gourmet tour to enjoy the best of central Hokkaido.

You will tour Sapporo city, the centre of Hokkaido which receives many tourists every year, the historical sight of the streets alongside Otaru Canal, the expanse of lavender fields of Furano and Biei, and Asahiyama Zoo which is one of the top zoos in Japan. This region not only has many popular tourist destination of overseas visitors but there is also a range of shopping facilities that offer tax free shopping. Visitors can also relish the mouthwatering seafood, Ramen and Jingisukan (Japanese mutton and vegetable dish) that are unique to Hokkaido.

A shopping and gourmet tour to enjoy the best of central Hokkaido.

Complete Process :Three days 2 nights
New Chitose Airport
Travel Time:About 40 min

BusBus:About 40 min

Mitsui Outlet Park Sapporo Kitahiroshimapic
 
Travel Time:About 40 min

BusBus:About 40 min

Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcadepic
 
Travel Time:About 10 min

WalkWalk:About 10 min

Odori Koen and the surrounding areapic
Travel Time:About 50 min

BusBus:About 50 min

inn Asarigawa Onsen Spapic
Travel Time:About 20 min

BusBus:About 20 min

Otaru Sakaimachi Street Shopping Arcadepic
 
Travel Time:About 180 min

BusBus:About 180 min

Furano Marchepic
 
Travel Time:About 20 min

BusBus:About 20 min

Farm Tomitapic
Travel Time:About 60 min

BusBus:About 60 min

inn Overnight stay in Furano
Travel Time:About 60 min

BusBus:About 60 min

Blue Pond (Aoi Ike)pic
Travel Time:About 30 min

BusBus:About 30 min

Shikisai No Okapic
Travel Time:About 70 min

BusBus:About 70 min

Asahikawa Heiwadori Kaimono Koenpic
 
Travel Time:About 30 min

BusBus:About 30 min

Asahikawa Zoopic
Travel Time:About 35 min

BusBus:About 35 min

Asahikawa Airport

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Introduction to Spots
Mitsui Outlet Park Sapporo Kitahiroshima
A large scale Outlet Park situated in a location of easy access from central Sapporo and New Chitose Airport. The outlet houses various brands ranging from international to domestic brands, brands new to Hokkaido, and also has a role of transmitting the food and culture of the region.
・Holiday: Open all year round
・Opening Times: Stores 10:00~20:00, Food Court 10:30~21:00 (last order is 20:30)、Restaurant 11:00~21:00 (the last order varies according to the restaurant)
・Location: 〒061-1278 3-7-6 Omagari Saiwai-cho, Kitahiroshima City, Hokkaido
・TEL: 011-377-3200
・Website: http://www.31op.com/sapporo/
Tanuki Koji Shopping Arcade
Tanukikoji is an approximately 900m-long arcade that runs east to west from Nishi-1-chome and ends at Nishi-7-chome with around 200 shops facing north and south all along the arcade in downtown Sapporo. Visitors can easily walk between Nishi-1-chome and ends at Nishi-7-chome just by window shopping. Since the arcade is covered it can be used regardless of the weather even during winter when the ground can get slippery. It has been designated as an “all day no entry for vehicles road”, it is a safe area for families with small children.
The arcade, is a blend of various shops not only on the ground floor but up above on the 2nd floor and also underground, from traditional shops with 100 year history to fashionable newly opened shops.
Odori Koen and the surrounding area
You will walk this central area of the city surrounded by local landmarks including the Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick Office), Odori Koen and the Sapporo Clock Tower.
Asarigawa Onsen Spa
Referred to as Otaru no Okuzashiki (inner room of Otaru), you will stay the night at the Asarigawa Onsen, known as the “Yuragi no Sato” which is popular as a place where visitors can thoroughly relax during their stay.
Otaru Sakaimachi Street Shopping Arcade
Otaru became famous across the country when a grass-roots movement that was against the landfill led the “Movement for Otaru Canal Preservation” started in 1966 and went on for about 10 years. On October 2nd, 2008, the Otaru Tourist City Declaration was issued by Otaru city, and tourism was positioned as one of the core industries. The focus became to pursue a “tourism that is suited to Otaru” that si citizen-oriented.
The “Otaru Sakaimachi Street Shopping Arcade Promotion Association” that is the hub of Otaru tourism is run by about 900 member stores who have stores along the 900m street.
It is not too much to say that every tourist that come to Otaru will visit the shopping arcade.
From glass ornaments to music boxes, confectionaries, sushi, historical buildings, shopping and eating out – there are so many shops to choose from that will ensure you a memorable stay in Otaru.
In recent years, increasingly more shops are able to comply with tax free shopping, enabling domestic and international travelers to enjoy their shopping.
Sakaimachi Street also has a Tourist Information Centre where services such as Otaru tourism guide, shopping guide, and any other services that the travelers may require are offered. English speaking staff is always available, offering services to visitors from within Japan and overseas.
The Sakaimachi Street Shopping Arcade aims to provide visitors with the “hospitality of Otaru” and ensure a “secure and safe” experience for anyone travelling to Otaru, so that they can take back with them fond memories of their stay in the region.
Various efforts are being made with the stance of “people are the banner to the shop” and not “things are the banner to the shop”.
We look forward to your visit to the Sakaimachi Street Shopping Arcadeduring your stay in Otaru. Create fond memories of Otaru in “Sakaimachi Street”!
For more details please visit the official website of the Otaru Sakaimachi Street Shopping Arcade Promotion Association.
Furano Marche
A space that offers Furano’s “farming and food” entertainment through delicious food that uses locally sourced ingredients. The facility also has a town information center “Information Frano” and serves a role as the town’s information transmission base.
Holiday: End of the year and the New Year (12/31 and 1/1), maintenance periods (the dates are different every year)
・Holidays: Year-end and New Year holidays (December 31 – January 1), period for maintenance
*(Holidays may defer each year)
・Opening Times: 9:00-19:00(GW, 6/13-9/23), 10:00-19:00 (other periods)
*May defer each year
・Location: 13-1 Saiwai-cho, Furano-shi, Hokkaido
・TEL: 0167-22-1001
・Fee: Free
Farm Tomita
Farm Tomita is famous for its magnificent fields of lavender and other various flowers. Anyone visitor will be healed by the soothing scent of lavender and forget about time passing away. In the winter lavenders can be enjoyed in the green house.
・Holiday: Open all year round
・Opening Times: 9:30 -17:00
・Location: Kisen Kita 15-go, Nakafurano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido
・TEL: 0167-39-3939
・Fee: Free (there are Shops and cafes in the facility)
・Website: http://www.farm-tomita.co.jp/
Blue Pond (Aoi Ike)
The pond is part of an erosion control system that was built of concrete blocks to prevent damage to Biei in case of an eruption by the nearby volcano. It is famous for magical scenery of its blue water and the withered trees.
・Holiday: No entry in bad weather
・Opening Times: Illumination is put on between November 7th, 2015 and January 24th, 2016 (17:00 ~ 21:00). Closed between Januray 24th and mid-April
・Location: Shirogane, Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
・TEL: 0166-92-4321 (Biei Economy and Cultural Development Bureau)
・Fee: Free
・Website: http://www.biei-hokkaido.jp/en/search/sightseeing/viewspot/000035.html
Shikisai No Oka
The panoramic flower gardens of Shikisai-no-oka provide spectacular views across fifteen hectares of land on Oka-no-machi Biei. It is a paradise of seasonal blossoms from spring through to autumn in which several dozen different species of flowers and grasses flourish.
・Holiday: None
・Opening Times: 9:00 – 17:00 (April and May, October), 8:30 – 18:00 (from June to September), 9:00 – 16:30 (November), 9:00 – 16:00 (from December to February of the next year), 9:00 – 16:30 (March)
・Location: Shinseidaisan, Biei-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
・TEL: 0166-95-2758
・Fee: Free
・Website: http://www.shikisainooka.jp/
Asahikawa Heiwadori Kaimono Koen
The shopping arcade is located along the pedestrian street that stretches about 1km from Asahikawa Station, with over 100 stores that range from restaurants to shops. A tax free shopping counter is available in Seibu Asahikawa.
[About the Tax Free Counter]

・Opening Times: 9:30 ~ 19:00
・Holiday: Open all year round
・Location: Miyashita-dori 8-chome, Asahikawa-shi (Seibu Asahikawa Building B: 1F)
・TEL: 0166-27-3958
Website: http://www.kaimonokouen.com/wp/wp-content/themes/ast/pdf/tax.pdf

[Stores Participating in the Tax Free Shopping]
1. Seibu Asahikawa (Department Store)
2. Salon de Rei (women’s apparel, accessories)
3. Kato Kamera Store (camera, photograph items, tobacco, cosmetics)
4. Line Hair (wigs)
5. Meguro Gofukuten (kimono)
6. Nakazato Megane (optician)
7. Shoes Shop Tokuno (shoes)
8. Akita-do (clocks, precious metal)
9. Maekawa Chaho (tea)
10. Machinaka Kouryukan (local produce)
11. Onishi Tokei-ten (clocks, precious metal)
Asahikawa Zoo
The zoo has become popular for its exhibits that enable visitors to see each animal's innate attributes and their unique abilities and movements, by developing a unique method to “showcase animals' natural behavior”. Popular attractions include the Orangutan Trapeze, where orangutans stroll above the ground during the summer. Also during the winter you can see the sight of the penguins walking around. There is something to learn and have fun all year round.
・Opening Times: 2015.11.11 (Wednesday) ~ 2016.4.7. (Thursday) 10:30~15:30
* Last admission 15:00
* Open till 20:30 between 2016.2.6 and 2.11 due to the Illumination in Snow Event. Last admission 20:00. 2016.4.29 (Fri) ~2016.10.15 (Sat), 9:30~17:15、2016.10.16 (Sun) ~2016.11.3 (Thurs) 9:30~16:30
* Last admission 16:00
* Open till 21:00 between 2016.8.9~8.15 due to the Open Evening Event. Last admission 20:00.
2016.11.11 (Fri) ~2017.4.9 (Sun) 10:30~15:30
* Last admission 15:00
・Holiday: 2015.12.30 (Wed) ~2016.1.1 (Fri), 2016.4.8 (Fri) ~4.28 (Thurs), 2016.11.4 (Fri) ~11.10 (Thurs), 2016.12.30 (Fri) 2017.1.1 (Sun)

・Location: Kuranuma, Higashi Asahikawa-cho, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido
・TEL: 0166-36-1104
・Price: Adult (high school students and above) JPY 820, Child ( junior high school students and under) JPY free
・Website: http://www5.city.asahikawa.hokkaido.jp/asahiyamazoo/