Sapporo's main shopping district is Tanuki Koji, where seven roads constitute a bustling network of shops. At the center, Lane 4 leads to the subway station which connects to a collection of underground shopping malls. Fashion boutiques are especially popular, and they sell everything from name-brand Western designs to traditional cotton or silk kimonos.
Wood carvings are another popular product in Hokkaido. Many of them are produced by the Ainu and take animal shapes like bears, deer and owls. These and other handmade items are available in the boutiques of Sapporo as well as in museum and hotel gift shops.
Paseo is near JR Sapporo Station and hosts more than 200 retail outlets. It is located underneath Sapporo train station and specializes in cutting-edge fashion. As one of the most accessible shopping complexes in downtown Sapporo, Paseo gets crowded during weekends and holidays.
Sapporo/S4 W4/Robinson Sapporo
Connected to Susukino subway station, Robinson Sapporo is anchored by Robinson department store, an excellent place to shop for international brands and well-known designer fashion. The grocery store in the basement is one of the best places in Hokkaido to shop for cheese and wine.
Sapporo/N2 E4/Sapporo Factory
Housed in a historic red-brick building, this shopping complex was originally the Sapporo brewery. Now it's a multi-story shopping complex with more than 150 stores dealing in fashion, household goods and toys. Other onsite attractions include a large movie theater and the Sapporo Meissen Porcelain Museum.
Sapporo/JR Tower/Stellar Place
Another collection of more than 150 shops, Stellar Place is a large shopping mall found inside JR Tower. It features well-known international brands in department stores and boutiques. A movie theater and the JR Tower Hotel are connected to the shopping area.
On the south side of Sapporo Station, Apia shopping complex also adjoins Stellar Place and Paseo. The entire complex is underground and hosts more than 100 shops, most of which are boutiques and gift shops.