Daimaru Fujii Central is a large department store in Sapporo which is almost entirely devoted to stationery, office supplies, and art supplies. This is a great place to shop for high quality pens, traditional Japanese paper, stationery printed with your favorite characters, and colorful gift wrapping supplies. The 4th floor, however, also has a lot of traditional Japanese goods and accessories which makes it a good place to shop for souvenirs.
Daimaru Fujii Central was founded by Fujii Senzo, a native of Shiga Prefecture, who moved to Sapporo in 1892 when he was 20 years old with nothing more than 5 yen. Making his living as an oil peddler he began to supplement this work by selling paper in 1893. Through hard work and determination he managed to expand his business and by 1906 he had built a store at the location where the current Daimaru Fujii Central now stands. By 1909 this was the number one stationery store in Sapporo, and today Daimaru Fuijii Central is the biggest stationery store in Hokkaido.
Inside Daimaru Fujii Central
The Daimaru Fujii Central store occupies the basement level and the first 4 floors of the Daimaru Fujii Central Building. There is also a gallery section on the 7th floor. The 5th and 6th floors of the building are occupied by offices and other businesses. Here are the highlights of the store.
The B1 basement level mainly stocks paper supplies of all kinds. This includes large format paper, printing paper, drawing paper, tracing paper, graph paper, decorative paper, and specialist paper for artists such as watercolor paper, woodblock print paper, and paper for Nihonga (Japanese style paintings). Traditional Japanese washi paper, origami paper, and paper for backing shoji sliding doors can also be found here. This floor also has a number of craft materials and tools, such as stickers, tape, scissors, paper punches, and scrapbook supplies.
Also on the B1 level is an old-fashioned coffee shop called Sabo Atelier which serves light meals, desserts, and fine roast coffee.
On the 1st floor you can find letter writing paper, envelopes, postcards, greeting cards, notepads, and letter sets. This floor also stocks wrapping paper, gift boxes, ribbons, tape, and other wrapping supplies.
The 2nd floor has every kind of writing instrument, from high quality fountain pens to ball point pens, calligraphy pens, and mechanical pencils. This floor also stocks a huge variety of office supplies, as well as some leather goods and accessories. Office supplies include printer paper, copy paper, files, notebooks, glue, scissors, calculators, shredders, clock card machines, and tape printers. The leather goods section includes wallets, bags, pen cases, and spectacle cases.
The 3rd floor stocks art, architecture, modelling, and design supplies, along with picture frames, and manga comic writing materials. This is a very colorful floor due to the huge range of paints, pastels, crayons, and colored pencils. Calligraphy supplies are also available on this floor.
The 4th floor is devoted to traditional Japanese goods. Here you can find a good range of incense and incense burners along with other related goods such as scented candles and aroma oils. This is also a good spot for souvenir hunting as you can find a variety of traditional arts and crafts, furoshiki wrapping cloths, Japanese hand towels, hanging scrolls, traditional toys, and other souvenirs.
Also on the 4th floor is a ramen noodle shop called Aji-no-Sanpei. This family-run shop has been going since 1954 and is rather famous as it is known as the originator of Sapporo-style miso ramen.
The 7th floor is a large gallery space that shows local art exhibitions, but it is also sometimes used as a classroom or meeting hall.
Information & Services
The Information desk on the 1st floor offers in-store information as well as advice on tax exemption procedures. Postage stamps, postcards and other postal materials are also available here and baby strollers and wheelchairs are available to borrow.
The following services are offered on each floor:
B1 floor: color or black & white copying, printing, laminating, and bookbinding services are available on this floor. Items that can be printed here include business cards, postcards, envelopes, letter sets, invitations, greeting cards, tickets, stickers, and original calendars.
1st floor: gift wrapping.
2nd floor: you can have your name embossed on leather goods, or engraved onto writing instruments such as fountain pens.
3rd floor: you can order original frames to your own specifications.
4th floor: you can have items such as envelopes, postcards, name plates, and certificates hand-written by a professional calligrapher. You can have also furoshiki that you buy on this floor wrapped in a special gift box.
The Daimaru Fujii Central Building is located a short walk to the south of Odori Park. It is a 2-minute walk from Odori Station on the Toho, Tozai, and Namboku subway lines. This is one of Sapporo’s major shopping districts and the Sapporo Parco and Mitsukoshi department stores are also nearby. Here is a map showing the location.
Open: 10.00 – 19.00
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.