Of course, sightseeing is fun, but buying souvenirs is still very important!
The time of thinking about what to bring back home or what to buy for your friends and family is also a part of a trip.
We have gathered information on food that you would want to enjoy, and cosmetic items that you would want to use after going back home.
Enjoy lunch in a natural cafe, with special care given to keeping everything handmade. Spend a happy, relaxed time with this warm welcome.
The edge of the Yukanboshi river, surrounded by untouched forest. A slow cafe in an easy-going location, themed around handmade goods and food. The lunch menu includes pasta with ingredients that change by the season and day, a hamburger patty that draws repeat customers from far away, and so on. There’s also a big dessert menu, and several coffees, including the deep-roasted Fukuza Blend Coffee, which has a rich, sweet taste like chocolate. All of this is eaten with dishes from the Pottery Workshop Yuragi, where all of this was made by hand. The food and coffee are both made with great care. It can take a while, so you can spend that time browsing the goods sold around the store. Some of the exotic goods from overseas, as well as the one-of-a-kind works made by particular craftspeople, are must-sees.
Find a new kind of wine and take in the panorama of the Ishikari plains from the observatory.
The Maoi Freedom Hill Winery grows grapes and brews wine on the Maoi hills of Naganuma Town. The grapes are mostly improvements on crimson glory vine, including Himalaya, Mountain Sauvignon bred to cope with Naganuma’s harsh winters, Mountain Fredonia and so on. They also make wine with distinct flavours that can’t be found in other wineries. The direct sale shop is in the grape vineyard, and you can choose from a variety of over twenty including red, white, rose, sparkling, and cider. Apart from that, the winery plot has an observatory where you can experience the view of the nature-rich Maoi hills, which visitors to the store can be guided through. Get a sense of growth from watching the vineyards from the observatory, and enjoy the magnificent panorama view of the Ishikari plains.
The stand, operated by a farmer, always has fresh organic vegetables.
The Mieko Lake Park in Namporo Town is always filled with campers and people fishing for Japanese crucian carp, and next to it is the produce stand Minori. The manstays of the produce sold here are vegetables grown without pesticides or artificial fertiliser. Tomato, bell pepper, cabbage, zucchini, potato, watermelon and various herbs are just some of the vegetables and fruit you can buy here depending on the season. Apart from this, you can also buy quality eggs, and reduced-pesticide rice (only 1 batch of herbicide). A reliable store for people who want fresh, delicious, safe food. This will make searching for ingredients for the meal easy. Soft-serve and drinks are also on offer, so you can rest a while here.
A direct retail store that turns Hokkaido ingredients into original processed goods. Try and find something that suits you here.
NORTH FARM STOCK is a brand known for turning high-quality ingredients into original processed foods. It has many types of goods such as soups, confiture, dips, dressings, pickles, drinks and more, making it popular not just in Hokkaido but in shops that handle its goods around the country. Besides the taste, the simple but stylish packaging also catches the eye. This is the only direct retail store, set up in Iwamizawa City where the brand started, and the wide open store has enormous rows of products. You might want to make dinner to match something that catches your attention. There’s a cafe space where you can enjoy pancakes, tarts and other sweets, light meals, and soft-serve with a strong milk taste.
3 markets, eateries, fashion and sundry stores all line up here, in the heart of Ebetsu’s food culture and lifestyle.
ËBRI is a brick-built shopping facility making use of a pipe factory built in the Meiji era. With FOODxEVENTxMARCHe as its central concept, it was designed as a basepoint for building food culture and new lifestyles, and a place for local people to mingle. "Tonikaku" is a serious Japanese restaurant, offering meals where the beautiful techniques of the chef really shine. "EBEZZA" on the other hand is a pizzeria born in Ebetsu, Hokkaido, a town of bricks and wheat. Flour made in Ebetsu using 100% Hokkaido wheat makes up the dough, which is then loaded with local and Hokkaido-made ingredients, and baked into a delicious pizza in a wood stove built by an Ebetsu brickworker. After enjoying your lunch, you can shop at the marketplace and sundry stores as well.
Field-grown fresh vegetables line up on the shelves every day. You can try out harvesting, as well as making tofu or soba!
Yogo Farm is a JGAP certified farm that starts from building good soil, avoids using pesticides and artificial fertiliser as much as possible, and creates specially grown produce with a rich flavour. Vegetables are carefully harvested each day and taken to the store while still fresh. Yogo Farm’s produce stand passes these delicious vegetables to the region. Raw pasta, handmade miso, and tomato products are also sold in great numbers here. There are many original products too, like tomato daifuku, or fly honeysuckle daifuku. And finally, something you can only get here: Tomato soft-serve, as well as a barbecue corner you can stop by empty-handed to enjoy seasonal vegetables, as well as mutton and lamb barbecued in a pot. Apart from this, you can also apply to harvest vegetables from June through mid-September. We also accept reservations to try making tofu or soba.
A roadside station where you can feel the openness and surrounding nature, enjoying eye-catching Eniwa-made cosmetics and sundries, and savouring gourmet meals made with local ingredients
Road and riverside station Flower Road Eniwa sits at the intersection of the busy route 36, and the river that salmon climb up. The bright and wide-open interior lets you take in the surrounding flowers, greenery and river, and provides food and sundries unique to the local Eniwa area - it’s popular not only with tourists but with local people as well. The must-tries are the special curry at Pork Powder Snow Skillet Curry, made with Eniwa ranch pork; the Enipan bakery that makes over 40 breads from local ingredients; TEA STAND goasis which sells a selection of tapioca drinks and more, and Ra-no, a store which sells a selection of Eniwa-made natural soaps. The souvenir corner offers sweets made using Eniwa’s speciality, the Ebisu pumpkin!
Find lovely additions to your lifestyle from the Japanese tea lounge, as well as the sundries-and-furniture store
A 2-floor building along a train street, wide floors filled with charming lifestyle additions. The first floor is designed around just enjoying your interior, with kitchen and mealtable sundries, famous designer furniture, and goods with northern European design, all under "in ZONE with ACTUS"The second floor, "NATURIE STUDIO SUPPLY", offers a more atmospheric house interior, with furniture and sundries that use old wood and vintage iron. The same second floor has "JOHNSON’S TEA LOUNGE", where you can enjoy drinks, sweets, and light meals, as well as a gallery space with a variety of exhibitions. You’re sure to find things that fit your life and room just right.
A handmade soap shop, safe and gentle on the skin, with the workshop nextdoor
"SAVON de SIESTA" soap is made from carefully chosen ingredients according to the cold process method, said to be the oldest method. After 3 months of maturation, leaving glycerine used to retain moisture, it’s processed into soap that retains the best of the materials. It’s popular for remote shopping too, but the one direct sale location, "Siesta Labo", is right next to Atelier Morihico. The soap comes in classics such as plain, lavender and azuki beans, but also limited seasonal variants, skincare products, room fragrances and more. By seeing the production process in the adjoining workshop from the sales area, you can be even more sure of your purchase. Why not buy some as a gift to yourself or as a souvenir?
A specialist store with rows and rows of processed salmon goods, as well as rice balls and soft-serve
A store run directly by Satou Fishery, famous for its salmon. It’s along Route 231, with the old Ishikari river running behind it. The shop is lively and filled with people coming not just from nearby but from quite a distance too. It has many goods made from all sorts of marine produce as well as salmon, and some of it will last a while, so why not look for a souvenir? And the salt soft-serve definitely shouldn’t be missed. It tastes delicious. The "gourmet rice balls", meanwhile, are popular for their size, quality filling and just-so salting. Depending on the time it might be sold out, so be careful. The second floor has the "Old River"seafood restaurant overlooking the Ishikari river, where you can enjoy meals featuring seasonal seafood.
A market committed to freshly harvested vegetables and the safety of all the food you find
Next to Tappu-no-yu, or in other words, the loghouse-like building you can see next to the campsite is the Shinshinotsu produce market. Every morning, village farmers bring fresh vegetables in, and campers as well as people coming for the hot springs and others in the middle of their drives come to shop. Shinshinotsu village has always been devoted to farming and building up the soil. That means all the food is fresh, safe, and good for you. You might spot some rare vegetables you wouldn’t find in the supermarket, too. The morning after camping, why not drop by and look for something new? You could even pick up a tomato or something else that can be eaten as-is as a snack for the road.
A comfortable roadside station themed around northern Europe, a little ahead of the competition for souvenirs
"Winds of northern Europe: Roadside station Tobetsu" greets you with its big triangular roof, as the closest roadside station to Sapporo. Tobetsu town has close ties to Sweden, and entire residential distrincts with rows of houses made with Swedish designs. This roadside station, too, has northern Europe as its theme. The warm, spacious wooden atrium gives you space to relax on the northern European furniture, while the shop that carries local produce also sells northern European groceries. The furniture and toys in the kids’ corner is likewise from northern Europe, enough that you might almost forget you’re in Hokkaido. The other theme is food. A branch of Terzina, a popular Hokkaido restaurant, opened here, making Italian food from local farm and animal produce. Apart from this, you can also get soba, pork rice bowls, sweets, bread and all kinds of gourmet takeout.
A produce stand with a massive lineup of fresh and processed farm produce.
Don’t miss out on the ‘veggie-soft’ seasonal soft serve!
Ishikari might have an impression of mostly marine produce, but its farms have plenty to offer. JA Ishikari maintains this produce stand, which is sure to impress you with the power of Ishikari’s farming. Local people bring their daily harvests of vegetables, fruit and flowers every morning. Just looking at the fresh and colourful lineup is fun, and the processed products, from meats to jams, make for good souvenirs. One thing you shouldn’t miss out on is the ‘veggie-soft’. A soft-serve made with seasonal fruits and vegetables, it has a delicious juicy, milky flavour. Not only is it popular with locals, but some people come from quite a distance to have it. The fruits and vegetables used change with the season, so the flavour will always keep you guessing.
The view is a big part of this station’s appeal,
but it offers a chance to see the Ishikari region’s history and culture as well
Have a comfortable drive along Route 231, aiming for the Ishikari roadside station「Ai Road Atsuta」. An eye-catching three-storey building backed by the Sea of Japan. The merchandise corner has farm produce, processed seafood and seaweed, famous sweets, and goods from its sister cities Wajima City and Onna Village, Okinawa. For meals, you have a lot of options: Gelato made from local ingredients, a soba shop that makes a good herring soba, a restaurant with freshly baked bread and pizza, and another store with scallop curry and abalone curry. Besides this, you have a sushi shop popular for their herring-and-herring-roe battera (a type of sushi made with fish and a sheet of kelp pressed onto vinegary rice) and more. Additionally, there’s an entertainment area for children, as well as an exhibit and material area to help you learn about herring fishing and Ishikari’s history and culture. Finally, the view from the top floor observatory can’t be beaten. Take in the streets of Atsuda and the Sea of Japan in one incredible view! It’s also popular for its beautiful sunsets.
The delicious taste will remain in your memory! Please enjoy high-quality milk sweets unique to the directly managed store of a ranch.
"Machimura Farm Milk Garden" is a directly managed store of a long-standing ranch, "Machimura Farm″, which has a more than 100 year lasting history. The log-house style shop, which was made by reusing a cowshed, is in the area of a massive ranch of 165 hectares. The scenery of the shop standing in the snow is as cute as a picture book. There is an eating area on the second floor. You can enjoy sweets while viewing the snowy world. The most popular menu is the soft serve ice cream made from raw milk, which is delivered directly from the milk plant in the site. The milk richness and refreshing aftertaste of the soft serve ice cream made from extremely fresh ingredients is so impressive that you can't forget it! Although there are several shops of Machimura Farm all over Japan, Milk Garden has limited items that you can only buy / experience there as it's a directly managed store. Don't miss out! Rich and flavorful "Special Cheesecake" and "Tiramisu For Takeout″, using high-quality ingredients unique to a farm, and "Mini Donut″, which is a small-sized assortment of popular donut flavors, can be good souvenirs. Please also try the warm menu limited to winter such as fondue made with cheese that they are proud of.
A food theme park where delicious foods from all over Hokkaido gather around
Hokkaido Loco FARM VILLIGE is located on the 1st floor of the shopping mall “Kitahiroshima Mitsui Outlet Park” where 175 stores are gathered in a store area of about 30,000 square meters. It is a “Food Theme Park” where delicious foods from all over Hokkaido are gathered. This market is specialized in Hokkaido local foods, and offers a wide variety of fresh “Food” of Hokkaido, which you can't find anywhere else such as freshly harvested vegetables, sweets freshly made in the workshop, fresh fish just landed in the morning, and freshly baked bread. Its quality is also credible as well as the rich varieties including original products.Therefore, there are more local customers than tourists. The product we particularly recommend is “Sea Urchin Soy Sauce”. Even though its price is 1200 yen per bottle, which is high, it has become a big hit product that were sold more than 100,000 in two years after it released. The rich flavor of sea urchin is addictive, and has become very popular. We would like you to try it with the meal of rice with a raw egg, by all means. In addition, the service of the fish store, and the taste of all its fish including dried fish are great and popular.
Three buildings that stand in a row on a massive site. The "gigantic complex bookstore" is beyond the level of an ordinary "bookstore".
The"gigantic complex bookstore"consists of three buildings of "Food", "Knowledge", and "Living" on the concept of "slow life in a rural city". 12 stores are in the food park, the"Food Building". There are a lot of famous restaurants where you can enjoy a variety of foods such as curry, tantan noodles, dim sum, and hamburgers as well as the Italian restaurant, "nodo", produced by Chef Hideki Horikawa, who is a leading person of Hokkaido's Italian cuisine. The"Knowledge Building", located in the center, has a massive amount of books. You can read almost all books before buying them while having coffee there as they apply to the "Book＆Café" style. There are power receptacles and free WiFi available in the work space on the 2nd floor. You can use the space for extensive purposes such as opening your laptop for working, or preparing theses / reports by utilizing many books in the bookstore. Books for kids and creative items are available in the"Living Building". The kid's book section has one of the largest space with a wide assortment of items in Hokkaido. There are shops such as "BørneLund", which sells imported toys useful for education of kids, a select shop of lighting and furniture, and a shop that sells outdoor goods and sportswear in the building. You don't get bored even if you spend all day in the theme park of books and living.
15 minutes by car from the airport.Delicious! Fun! You can enjoy your time with peace of mind in the comfortable space suitable for families
The first thing that surprises you is the richness of the food court. Gourmet foods that represent Hokkaido such as “Soup curry” and “Pork rice bowl” are certainly lined up. Even locals are enthusiastically into popular shops and restaurants such as "Milky Bell" that uses raw milk from “Hosozawa Farm” in the suburb of Chitose, and “Firewood kiln pizza studio Pizza Do” that uses local ingredients of Chitose thoroughly such as wheat, cheese, vegetables and meat for all of its menu. The ramen restaurant “Ezomen shinogonoiwazu”which was opened in 2019 is particularly recommended. The commitment and quality of its menu is beyond what we would expect from a roadside station food court. You can select from 3 types of soup, chicken, shrimps and oysters, and the side menu is also abundant. Going there just for this ramen is well worthy. Besides gourmet foods, there are also an interactive mapping where the image changes in response to motions, and a playground produced by the popular playground equipment brand, Bornelund. There are plenty of playground equipment outside to fully enjoy playing, so you won't get bored even if you stay for a long time. The souvenir section is also substantial. From summer to autumn, colorful, fresh vegetables are gathered at the farmers market from local farmers. “Salmon Hometown Chitose Aquarium”, which is located near Salmon Park Chitose is also recommended to visit. An artificial hatching and release project for salmon is being carried out in Chitose River which runs through the site. Salmon that have swum upstream are landed on "Indian Water Wheel” every autumn. It can reach 30,000 salmon a day when it's a lot.