The Ichijo Building is one of two main buildings occupied by the Marui Imai department store in Sapporo. The other main building is the Odori Building which stands immediately to the north of the Ichijo Building and is directly connected to it by walkways at the B1 basement level and at the 5th and 7th floors. There is also a two-story Nishi Building which stands beside the Ichijo Building and which stocks only Louis Vuitton goods.
While the main focus of the Odori Building is on women’s clothing, cosmetics, and accessories, the Ichijo Building has a large men’s wear section spread across three floors, as well as furniture, interior goods, kimonos, watches, jewelry, and two floors of luxury brand boutiques. Marui Imai’s dining facilities are also concentrated in the Odori Building, although the Ichijo Building does have one café on its 2nd floor and a well-known soba noodle shop in its basement.
In this article we will introduce the highlights of the Ichijo Building. Please see our separate guide to the Odori Building for more details of that building.
Inside the Ichijo Buidling
Marui Imai’s Ichijo Building has 9 floors above ground and one basement level.
The B1 basement level has a flower shop, a nail salon which also sells manicure products, and a branch of the popular soba noodle restaurant chain Azumaya.
On the 1st floor you can find the luxury boutiques of several major international brands selling bags, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories. Brands on this floor include Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga.
The 2nd floor has more select fashion boutiques selling clothes, bags, and shoes. Brands on this floor include Dior, Fendi, and Valentino.
Men’s wear can be found from the 3rd to 5th floors.
On the 3rd floor you can find formal and business wear for men, including suits, coats, ties, shoes, and other accessories. Made-to-order suits are also available here. Brands on this floor include Brooks Brothers, Aquascutum, and D’Urban. This floor also has some travel goods.
The 4th floor has casual wear, underwear, sportswear, swimwear. Golfing goods and golf clothes are also available on this floor. Top brands on this floor are Barbour, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Lanvin Sport.
The 5th floor has a range of international luxury brands for men such as Dunhill, Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc, and Paul Smith. On this floor you can also find spectacles, sunglasses, men’s cosmetics, and cologne.
The 6th floor has bathroom and bedroom products such as towels, bedding, nightwear, and toiletries. Well-known brands on this floor are Kashwere for blankets and towels, Tempur for pillows, and Simmons mattress company. There is also a section on this floor dedicated to clothes and other products for the elderly.
On the 7th floor you can find furniture, tableware, curtains, carpets, and other interior goods. Points of interest on this floor are the Royal Copenhagen porcelain shop, and the Hokkaido Creators section which introduces the products of local artisans. Craft goods in this section can include glassware, ceramics, accessories, woodcrafts and bamboo products.
The 8th floor has watches, jewelry, traditional Japanese clothing and accessories, Buddhist altars and other Buddhist goods. There is also a watch repair and jewelry repair store on this floor.
On the 9th floor there is an E-spo store which sells the official merchandise of several local professional sports teams including Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters baseball team, Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo football team, and Levanga Hokkaido basketball team.
There is also a travel agency, spectacles store, and post office on this floor. As well as selling stamps, postcards, and other postage materials, this post office offers a full range of postal services and has a JP-Bank ATM which has English language guidance and accepts most major international bank cards.
Services & Facilities
Marui Imai’s Information Counter is located on the 1st floor of the Odori Building. Here you can pick up a multilingual brochure which has a floor guide for both the Odori and Ichijo buildings, with information on services, and tax refund procedures. A free Video Tablet Interpretation Service is also available at the 1st floor Information Counter. This service is available in the following languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Thai.
Overseas visitors can claim a tax refund on purchases over 5,000 yen if they bring their purchases, receipts, and passport to the Tax-Free Counter on the 9th floor of the Odori Building. The refund must be claimed on the same day of purchase.
Free Wi-Fi is available on the 1st floor, 2nd floor, and 8th floor of the Ichijo Building.
For a full list of services and facilities offered by Marui Imai, please see our article on the Odori Building.
Marui Imai Sapporo’s Ichijo Building is located directly to the south of the Marui Imai Odori Building. It is a 2-minute walk from Odori Subway Station which is served by the Namboku, Toho, and Tozai subway lines. It is also just 1 minute on foot from Odori Park and 2 minutes from Sapporo TV Tower.
Opening Hours: 10.30 – 19.30
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.