The New Chitose Airport is the aerial gateway to Hokkaido through which more than 20 million visitors pass each year and it is also the largest airport in Hokkaido. Since the terminal buildings were renovated in 2011, the airport has been transformed into a commercial complex hosting a wide array of new shopping and dining experiences. In addition, entertainment and relaxation facilities have also been added further adding to the attractions offered. Let’s take a closer look at these exciting new facilities in the terminals.
Shopping World on the second floor of the Domestic Terminal, Offers a wide selection of Hokkaido souvenirs
Shopping World is a spacious area in the departure lobby for domestic flights in Terminal 2. In addition to travel items, famous Hokkaido sweets and a variety of other goods are offered. The following is an introduction to some of the shops located there and what they offer.
Domestic Flights 2nd Floor Shopping World: Sky Shop Ogasawara
Here are two shops offering an excellent selection of Hokkaido products located in the spacious Center Plaza of the departure lobby for domestic flights. One is the Sky Shop Ogasawara which offers a selection of popular products manufactured in Hokkaido, such the famous Rokkatei brand which is famous throughout Hokkaido. This is the best place in the airport where you can sample and savor the Rokkatei Sakusaku Pie (180 yen each), pie shell that is filled with delicious cream after being ordered.
Manufacturers in Hokkaido actively seek to create new popular items, such as the Jagamorokoshi (777 yen for a box of 8) produced by the confectioner and boulangerie Morimoto. Hokkaido is famous for the sweet flavor of its corn and potatoes grown in Chitose. Corn is often served grilled and seasoned with soy sauce while potatoes are roasted and then slathered in butter. Jagamorokoshi is this combination of popular flavors served in a flake-form confection having a sweet, soy-flavored taste that is quite unique. Other popular treats are the Mero~na Burakku Sanda- (864 yen for a box of 12), offered only in summer, instant ramen packages of famous ramen shops, and Tokachi Ezo Pork Salami.
Domestic Flights 2nd Floor Shopping World: Snow Shop
The Snow Shop offers a broad selection of popular Hokkaido gift items manufactured by a number of Hokkaido brands and is also located in Shopping World. The Shiroi Koibito made by Ishiya Seika is very popular and limited edition items of it are offered here. Another popular item is its own original ramen which is highly acclaimed. The noodles are made with Hokkaido wheat, and the soup has a deep soy flavor seasoned with salmon shavings. This is the Shake Bushi Ramen (540 yen for 2 servings). There is also the Hotate Ramen (540 yen for 2 servings) that has a 100% salt-flavored soup made from Hokkaido scallops. The robot Pepper in front of the shop is also popular. When you speak to it, it will suggest the perfect item for you based on its diagnosis of your personality.
Domestic Flights 2nd Floor Shopping World: Dosanko-sanchoku Ichiba
As you go towards the International Flights connection facility from Shopping World you will see the Dosanko-sanchoku Ichiba (Hokkaido Products Direct Sales Market) which sells Hokkaido seafood and fresh products. In addition to such fresh seafood products as crab and salmon, fresh agricultural produce such as asparagus and potatoes are offered as is other Hokkaido food products such as processed cheese and ham. There is a corner where you can sample these items. This area has the feel of an actual street market.
Domestic Flights 2nd Floor Shopping World: Sweets Avenue
Sweets Avenue is a particularly popular part of the Shopping World housing such famous Hokkaido confectionery shops as Hanabatake Ranch, Royce, LeTAO, and Snaffle’s. The Ryugetsu Sanporoku Studio located here offers the famous Tokachi confection Ryugetsu as well as its famous Sanporoku Baumkuchen cake. The Sanporoku no Kowari, a set of 5 individually wrapped bite-sized pieces (from 600 yen), makes the perfect gift.
The Snow Brand Parlor is also located in Sweets Avenue. It specializes in dairy products, such as ice cream and cheese that are made exclusively with Hokkaido milk and only sold here. We recommend you try the New Chitose Airport Soft ice cream cone (390 yen). This is the only airport in Japan to house its own ice cream factory! Made with 100% Hokkaido milk and cream, the ice cream has a rich, sweet flavor that melts in your mouth and is available either in a cone or cup.
Enjoy the full flavor of Hokkaido / In the Gourmet World on the 3rd floor of the Domestic Terminal
The Gourmet World on the third floor of the Domestic Terminal is lined with dining facilities. Many of the famous eating establishments of Hokkaido have shops here offering specialties for which they are renowned such as seafood bowls, Genghis Khan, and soup curry. Butadon Meijin is one such shop. The main restaurant is located in the town of Shimizu in the Obihiro area. The standard Butadon, which comes with miso soup and pickles, (972 yen) is a succulent bowl of pan-fried carefully selected slices of pork loin on a bed of rice and covered with a secret thick, sweet, and spicy sauce.
The Aburi Cheese-don (1,242 yen), which comes with miso soup and pickles, is the most popular item on the menu here. The cheese and sauce are a perfect match on this broiled pork bowl.
Another popular item on the menu is the Nikumori Butadon (1,296 yen) that also comes with miso soup and pickles, containing a healthy portion of prime meat.
Domestic Flights 3rd Floor Gourmet World: Shiden-dori Shokudo Machi
One corner of Gourmet World is called the Shiden-dori Shokudo Machi offering different menus using the finest Hokkaido food ingredients. Its cobblestone street lined with old street lamps and shops reminiscent of food stalls harken back to an older time, the centerpiece of which is an old-fashioned streetcar. You can actually board it and look at the driver’s area. Offered in these shops are seafood bowls, soup curry, and there is even a bar. Here also is a Kantaro, a rotary sushi of the same fame as the one in Hakodate. It offers a wide selection of seafood with large portions of neta (seafood slices) served on smaller portions of shari (rice). Plates start from 162 yen. And as with a regular sushi shop, you can also order freely sushi of your preference. Kantaro is popular with foreign visitors as well as Japanese domestic travelers.
Domestic Flights 3rd Floor Gourmet World: Hokkaido Ramen Dojo
Another corner in the Gourmet World is the Hokkaido Ramen Dojo visited by many sightseers. These 10 shops include some which have been long established and others which are new, each being popular in its own right. The Sapporo Miso Ramen Senmon-ten Keyaki is one of these. The main shop, located in the Susukino district of Sapporo, is one of the oldest miso-style ramen shops. Naturally its Miso Ramen (870) is very popular. The soup is a blend of three types of miso that give it a rich, deep flavor. It is the true taste of Sapporo. Another favorite is Corn Butter Ramen (1,100 yen) which, as its name suggests, is a bowl of ramen topped with buttered corn. For crab lovers there is the Kanikani Ramen (1,500 yen) that is topped with crab meat.
Domestic Flights 3rd Floor Gourmet World: Food Court
The Food Court is between the Gourmet World and Sky Market on the opposite side. Trying to decide where and what to eat can be a time-consuming experience. When looking for something easier, the Food Court is the answer with its offering of different menus. Here there are 7 shops offering such selections as Genghis Khan, tonkatsu (pork cutlet), udon, Indian curry, and Korean cuisine. All share the same dining area. Moreover, the dining area offers an excellent view of planes landing and taking off while you enjoy your meal.
Hours: Domestic Terminal 6:20 AM - 11:00 PM; International Terminal 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Connection area, 6:20 AM - 11:00 PM
* Data current as of June 21, 2018
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