Farm Tomita, Nakafurano, Hokkaido

26 Must-Buy Hokkaido Souvenirs

Farm Tomita, Nakafurano, Hokkaido

Headed toward Hokkaido and looking for something to bring back home? Take a look at our list of Hokkaido souvenirs to get some ideas!

Hokkaido Brown Bear Souvenir

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Hokkaido, the stunning northern island and largest prefecture of Japan, offers plenty of adventures for travellers. From breathtaking hiking trails and ski resorts to fantastic seafood, vivid fruit farms and hot spring hotels.

It’s always great to have something to remind you of your travels, especially when they’re as diverse as the experiences awaiting you in Hokkaido. Or, of course, simply bring home a local snack for your friends and family. The island provides many famous souvenirs and gifts, and we list the 26 best for you, right here.

Ainu Craft Souvenirs

Hokkaido Museum of Northern Peoples Abashiri

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The Ainu people are the indigenous inhabitants of northern Japan and parts of Russia. The Museum of Northern Peoples is located in Abashiri, a city on the northeastern coast of Hokkaido, and offers a great introduction to the culture of the Ainu people. At the museum shop, you’ll find handmade souvenirs that were created in cooperation with the local people.

Alternatively, if Abashiri is not on your itinerary, try the souvenir shop at the Ainu Museum Poroto Kotan on the southern coast.

Where: 〒093-0042 Hokkaido Prefecture, Abashiri, Shiomi, 309−1
Hours: 9:30 - 16:30
Website: Hoppohm

Wood Products

Chiemoku Sapporo

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Hokkaido is famous for its wood products, in part due to the Ainu culture. Wooden cups, plates and other table wear make for wonderful natural gifts or souvenirs. Another popular item is a carved wooden bear, a symbol of Hokkaido, sometimes holding a fish in its claws. One great place to find all of these is Chiemoku, a small and friendly crafts store in Sapporo.

Where: 〒064-0802 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Minami 2 Jōnishi, 23 Chome−1−27
Hours: 11:00 - 17:00, closed Mondays
Website: Chiemoku

Lavender Products

Farm Tomita, Nakafurano, Hokkaido

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Hokkaido is known for its scenic lavender fields which you can visit in summer. The scented flower is said to soothe the mind, whether it be in the form of oils, soaps or sachets. And all of these doubtlessly make great gifts.

One beautiful place you can find them is Farm Tomita in the Furano area in the center of the island. After visiting the vast colorful flower fields, head to the souvenir shop for the high-quality lavender products.

Where: 〒071-0704 Hokkaido Prefecture, Sorachi District, 中富良野町基線北15号
Hours: 8:30 - 17:00
Website: Farm Tomita

Melon Kuma

Melon Kuma

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Local mascots (yuru-kyara) are a big thing in Japan – some of them have even gained international fame (e.g. Kumamoto). They’re created to promote things like cities, famous buildings, restaurants or train lines, and each year one is voted the most popular at the annual Yuru-Kyara Grand Prix. Most of the mascots are as cute as they can get, but with the mascot for the Hokkaido city of Yubari the creators seem to have gone for another direction. Melon Kuma is a scary, wild bear with big fangs and a veiny melon head.

Got friends with a grim sense of humor? Why not get them a taste of the weird side of Japan. Merchandise articles of Melon Kuma like socks, plush toys or fridge magnets are available everywhere. You can find them at many souvenir shops all around the prefecture and at New Chitose Airport, but most items are found at the mascot’s birthplace Yubari.

Where: 〒068-0754 Hokkaido Prefecture, Yubari, Kaede, 33
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00   
Website: Yubariten

Nikka Whisky

Nikka Whisky

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A bit more than an hour west of Sapporo, there’s a historic whiskey distillery in Yoichi that was established in 1934, following a Scottish model. The high-quality whiskeys are some of the best in Japan; one of its 20-year-old single malts has won the World Whiskies Award in 2008.

There are various price levels, some are also sold at regular supermarkets throughout Japan.

Where: 〒046-0003 Hokkaidō, Yoichi-gun, Yoichi-chō, 余市町Kurokawachō, 7 Chome−7−6
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00
Website: Nikka Whisky Distillery

Jaga Pokkuru

Jaga Pokkuru

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Jaga Pokkuru is maybe one of the most famous snacks of Hokkaido. The potatoes used for the crispy sticks are grown in Hokkaido farms and covered with roasted Hokkaido salt – it’s a true local original.

Find them at the Calbee Plus store at New Chitose Airport, or at various souvenir stands around the prefecture. If you’re out of Hokkaido again and have missed the opportunity, you can get your hands on them at every major airport in Japan or at Tokyo Station (Calbee+ Store).

Where: 4 Chome Minami 3 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture 060-0063
Hours: 9:00 - 22:00
Website: Kobushiya Omiyage

Maruyama Zoo Instant Ramen

Maruyama Zoo Instant Ramen

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Instant ramen are available everywhere in Japan, but this is a special edition distributed by the Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo, inspired by the zoo’s famous polar bear. Ramen with a cute design and a delicious flavor – a great souvenir of both Hokkaido and Japan in general.

Where: 〒064-0959 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Miyagaoka, 3 Chome−1
Hours: 9:30 - 16:30
Website: Sapporo Maruyama Zoo

Sapporo Classic Beer

Sapporo Classic Beer

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This version of the popular Sapporo beer is only available in Hokkaido, where it’s brewed. Try to taste the difference with a can at any supermarket or as a draft pint at many bars and restaurants.

Yakitokibi

Sapporo Okaki Oh! Yakitokibi

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Sapporo Okaki Oh! Yakitokibi is a crispy snack made of grilled sweet corn. It’s instantly recognizable by the white and blue package with a bright yellow corn cob printed on it. Delicious!

Where: 4 Chome Minami 3 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture 060-0063
Hours: 9:00 - 22:00
Website: Kobushiya Omiyage

Siretoco Donuts

Siretoco Sky Sweets

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They might easily be the cutest donuts of Japan, and certainly a true Hokkaido original. Tiny bears are looking out the holes of these donuts, making it almost impossible to start eating them without any guilt. They’re made extra fluffy using only local Hokkaido milk.

Get your hands at them at New Chitose Airport’s own Siretoco shop. If you miss it, don’t despair; their popularity has brought Siretoco to open up a shop at Tokyo’s Ueno Station as well.

Where: 〒066-0012 北海道千歳市Bibi, 美々 新千歳空港ターミナルビル2階
Hours: 8:00 - 20:00
Website: Siretoco Sky Sweets

Hello Kitty Hokkaido Lavender

Hello Kitty Hokkaido

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Hello Kitty takes up the lavender theme on its regional special edition for Hokkaido. Get keychains, stickers, plush toys and much more at the Sanrio Gift Gate in Sapporo.

Where: 〒060-0005 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Kita 5 Jōnishi, 3 Chome, アピア内B1
Hours: 10:00 - 21:00
Website: Sanrio Gift Gate

Dried Scallops

Dried Scallops Hokkaido Snack

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Hokkaido is known for its fantastic seafood, so why not take some home as a gift? Dried scallops are a certain hit if you like the umami taste. You can buy them in bags just like potato chips, available at department stores in Sapporo, at the New Chitose Airport and at some fish markets, like the Hakodate Asaichi Morning Market.

Where: 〒040-0063 Hokkaidō, Hakodate-shi, 若松町Wakamatsuchō, 9−19
Hours: 5:00 - 14:00
Website: Hakodate Asaichi (Morning Market)

Kit Kat Hokkaido Melon

Kit Kat Hokkaido Melon

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The many special flavors of Kit Kat make Japan’s supply unlike any other country’s. Hokkaido has its own edition, naturally coming with a melon flavor, which is combined with mascarpone and a white chocolate covering. Find them at any international airport in Japan; at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido.

Bear Magnets

Bear Magnets Hokkaido

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Hokkaido has the largest brown bear population of Japan, and if you ever go hiking there you’ll notice the presence of warning signs and bear bell shops everywhere (which make for great souvenirs as well). While the big animal is feared for its dangerous force, it becomes clear quickly that it’s loved also, judging by the number of bear souvenirs available in almost any thinkable form, among others as the above mentioned Melon Kuma mascot. Get one for your fridge at souvenir shops throughout Hokkaido.

Snaffles Cheese Omelette

Snaffles Cheese Omelette

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Snaffles is a pastry company from Hakodate. Their signature snack is a very fluffy and cheesy cake, much like a soufflée – a good example of Hokkaido’s high-quality dairy products. Also, there’s a chocolate version that’s equally tasty. There are several stores in Hakodate and Sapporo to try them. Don’t miss it!

Where: 〒040-0063 Hokkaidō, Hakodate-shi, 若松町Wakamatsuchō, 18−2
Hours: 10:00 - 19:00, closed Wednesdays
Website: Snaffles

Yukiya Konko

Yukiya Konko

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Yukiya Konko cookies might remind of Oreos, but have their own distinct flavor, texture and shape. The small holes through which you can see the white cream imitate a star-filled night sky.

Where: 〒060-0004 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Kita 4 Jōnishi, 6丁目3−3
Hours: 10:00 - 19:30
Website: Rokkatei Sapporo

Sapporo Times Square

Sapporo Times Square

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The so-called Sapporo Times Square cakes have nothing to do with the New York City landmark, but are simply a deliciously sweet Hokkaido specialty. The sponge cakes with custard cream filling are available in various flavors and are sold at department stores in Sapporo, for example at Sapporo Mitsukoshi.

Where: 〒060-0061 Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Minami 1 Jonishi, 3 Chome−8
Hours: 10:00 - 19:00
Website: Mitsukoshi

Royce’ Pop Chocolate

Royce' Chocolate World Pops

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At New Chitose Airport, Royce’ Chocolate operates a large showroom/museum/factory, where visitors can get their hands on some special edition chocolates that are sold nowhere else in the world. These include the cute Pop Chocolate sticks in the shape of typical Hokkaido native animals.

Where: 〒066-0012 Hokkaido Prefecture, Chitose, Bibi, 新千歳空港連絡施設
Hours: 8:00 - 20:00
Website: Royce' Chocolate World

Sanporoku Baumkuchen

Ryugetsu Sanporoku Baumkuchen

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Ryugetsu is a sweets producer based in Obihiro, but has stores in Sapporo, Hakodate and Kushiro as well. Their Sanporoku cake is made to look like a piece of tree trunk with bark (a birch tree in the above image). Unlike a tree, though, it’s soft, fluffy, and absolutely delicious.

Where: 〒080-0010 北海道帯広市大通南8丁目15
Hours: 10:00 - 20:00
Website: Ryugetsu

Yoitomake

Yoitomake

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Yoitomake is a red, sweet berry roll cake, and all its ingredients are grown in Hokkaido. The sticky jam on the outside might make it hard to eat gracefully, but once you’ve taken a bite you won’t want to stop. The producer’s main store is on the coast near Tomakomai, but you can buy them at several stores in Sapporo or at New Chitose Airport as well.

Where: 〒063-0033 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Nishi-ku, Nishino 3 Jō, 3 Chome−2
Hours: 10:00 - 20:00
Website: Mitsuboshi Confectionary Shops

Marusei Butter Sandwich

Marusei Butter Sandwich

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The Marusei Butter Sandwich is a famous Hokkaido souvenir, and it’s the top seller of the confectionary company that produces it (Rokkatei). The red retro packaging is kept the way it was when the company only produced butter in 1905. The local soccer club of Obihiro is even named after the snack (Marusei FC).

Where: Rokkatei store list

Royce’ Potatochip Chocolate

Royce Potatochip Chocolate

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Ever dreamed of potato chips covered in chocolate? That’s exactly what this Hokkaido souvenir snack is, and it’s surprisingly delicious. The brand is called “Royce” and produces other chocolate products as well.

Where: 〒060-0005 Hokkaidō, Sapporo-shi, Chūō-ku, Kita 5 Jōnishi, 4 Chome (at Daimaru)
Hours: 10:00 - 20:00
Website: Royce' Shop Daimaru

Hokkaido Corn Chocolate

Hori Hokkaido Corn Chocolate

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Crispy corn snack covered in the finest Hokkaido chocolate. Choose between white, milk chocolate, strawberry and melon.

Where: 4 Chome Minami 3 Jonishi, Chuo Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture 060-0063
Hours: 9:00 - 22:00
Website: Kobushiya Omiyage

Wakasaimo

Wakasaimo

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Wakasaimo snacks look like potatoes, but aren’t. Instead, mashed beans are used to make it resemble baked yam, a vegetable similair to sweet potato. The crust is made crispy with a sugary soy sauce to delicious effect.

It’s a specialty from local products from the Lake Toya region of southwestern Hokkaido, but you can find it in Sapporo as well.

Where: 〒049-5721 Hokkaidō, Abuta-gun, Tōyako-chō, Tōyakoonsen, 144
Hours: 9:00 - 19:00
Website: Wakasaimo

Gokatteya Yokan

Gokatteya Yokan

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Gokatteya Yokan is a specialty from Hakodate with a prominent history. The sweet bean jelly dessert has been presented to the Emperor of Japan Hirohito in 1936 in Hakodate, and has become somewhat legendary after that. The packaging is cleverly designed so the fingers don’t get sticky while eating it.

Where: 〒043-0043 Hokkaidō, Hiyama-gun, Esashi-chō, Honchō, 38
Hours: 8:00 - 19:30
Website: Gokatteya

Rokkatei Strawberry Chocolate White

Rokkatei Strawberry Chocolate White

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Dried strawberries covered in finest white milk chocolate: a both aesthetic and delicious snack from Hokkaido.

Where: 〒060-0004 Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo, Chuo Ward, Kita 4 Jonishi, 6丁目3−3
Hours: 10:00 - 19:00
Website: Rokkatei Main Store Sapporo

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