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Dining, Entertainment and more! A Close Look at the New Chitose Airport Terminal Building (Part 1 – Shopping & Gourmet)

Dining, Entertainment and more! A Close Look at the New Chitose Airport Terminal Building (Part 1 – Shopping & Gourmet)

Update: 12 July 2018

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

Domestic Flights 2nd Floor Shopping World: Sky Shop Ogasawara
Offering one of the widest selections of Rokkatei gift items

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.

The Rokkatei Sakusaku Pie (180 yen). Filled with 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.

Center Plaza off the 2nd floor domestic flights departure lobby

Domestic Flights 2nd Floor Shopping World: Snow Shop

Domestic Flights 2nd Floor Shopping World: Snow Shop
Ample selection of the famous Ishiya Seika Shiroi Koibito confection!

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.

The robot Pepper will answer your questions and make selections it thinks you would like
Original popular items. Shake Bushi Ramen is especially popular

Domestic Flights 2nd Floor Shopping World: Dosanko-sanchoku Ichiba

Domestic Flights 2nd Floor Shopping World: Dosanko-sanchoku Ichiba
Processed foods and gift items manufactured in Hokkaido

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

Domestic Flights 2nd Floor Shopping World: Sweets Avenue
The spacious Sweets Avenue located near the International Flights connection passage in the Shopping World on the 2nd floor of the Domestic Flights terminal

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.

Ryugetsu, a shop long established and well known for its confections made only with the best Hokkaido ingredients
Sanporoku Baumkuchen in its distinctive axe head shape. The mixture of milk and white chocolates resemble the bark of a birch tree

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.

Snow Brand Parlor popular for its ice cream
The New Chitose Airport Soft ice cream cone (390 yen) made in the factory in the airport

Enjoy the full flavor of Hokkaido / In the Gourmet World on the 3rd floor of the Domestic Terminal

Enjoy the full flavor of Hokkaido / In the Gourmet World on the 3rd floor of the Domestic Terminal
Butadon Meijin, located in Gourmet World on the 3rd floor of the Domestic Terminal, offers a selection of delicacies, famous in the Tokachi region, from its many stores throughout the prefecture

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.

Aburi Cheese-don (1,242 yen) that comes with miso soup and pickles. Hot, fried pork topped with melted natural cheese.

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.

Nikumori Butadon (1,296 yen) comes with miso soup and pickles. Thick slices of pork heaped on a bowl of rice

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

Domestic Flights 3rd Floor Gourmet World: Shiden-dori Shokudo Machi
Shiden-dori Shokudo Machi (Streetcar Road Diners) reproduces the retro atmosphere of a former time. Shops in this area serve seasonal dishes using the freshest ingredients Hokkaido has to offer

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.

Kantaro’s famous Kaiho Kobore Maki (594 yen). This sushi roll is topped with salmon roe, negitoro (minced tuna), and other types of seafood!
If you like tuna, try the Honmaguro Sanmi (918 yen) consisting of the three main types: otoro (fatty), chutoro (medium fatty), and akami (red meat)
You can watch the chefs prepare the sushi either for placing on the rotary or to your specification

Domestic Flights 3rd Floor Gourmet World: Hokkaido Ramen Dojo

Domestic Flights 3rd Floor Gourmet World: Hokkaido Ramen Dojo
10 shops of actual ones found throughout Hokkaido, popular with diners every day

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.

Miso Ramen (870 yen). A delightful combination of medium-thick noodles in a thick, rich miso soup – a bowl on the royal road of ramen
The Kani-iri Kitan no Zeitaku Ramen (1,500 yen), a bowl topped with luxurious crab meat
A view inside a shop after it has just opened. You can select a shop to visit after viewing its menu

Domestic Flights 3rd Floor Gourmet World: Food Court

Domestic Flights 3rd Floor Gourmet World: Food Court
The open food court. A good place from which to view the runways through the large windows

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

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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