KITA KITCHEN—Marui Imai Hokkaido Foods Specialty Shop
Department store-run specialty shop carrying famous Hokkaido products and seasonal delicacies
Kita Kitchen, operated by Marui Imai, a department store established in Hokkaido during the Meiji era, is a specialty shop located in Sapporo’s underground shopping street（Aurora Town） directly connected to Odori Station on the city’s subway lines. It carries a huge assortment of items made in Hokkaido. The shop’s buyers scout each region of Hokkaido in search of processed seafoods, rare delicacies, dairy products such as Hokkaido cheese and yogurt, fresh vegetables, as well as baked treats and confections that make perfect souvenirs. These are all offered together at Kita Kitchen, providing a fun place to shop for new and exciting products. Some of the products it carries can only be found on that particular day or time, like breads and seasonal delicacies which are sourced from local stores far away from Sapporo. For this reason, many Sapporo locals make sure to stop by regularly during a shopping excursion or after work. Be sure to check the shop out, as it carries many other unique and hidden gems in addition to the Hokkaido favorites that make great souvenirs.