Paseo is a shopping center which is conveniently located inside the JR Sapporo Station building. Although it only occupies two floors, Paseo packs a lot of variety into a limited space having stores selling fashions for ladies and men; children’s clothing; cosmetics and medicine; accessories and jewelry; watches and eye-wear; bags, shoes, and lingerie; music and books.
The west side of this shopping mall also has a good mix of restaurants and cafes where you can find something reasonably priced and tasty to eat either before or after you embark on your journey.
Paseo has just two levels: on the 1st floor of the station building and on the B1 basement level. On the first floor there are two wings: Paseo West and Paseo East, and these are divided by the actual railway station. On the B1 level there are three wings: Paseo West, Paseo Central, and Paseo East. In this article we will look at some of the representative stores and eateries you can find throughout this mall.
The first floor of Paseo East is mostly occupied by fashion boutiques and accessory stores, but there is a bit more variety on the B1 level with health and beauty products, eye-wear, interior goods, and music. Here is a small selection of the stores you can find in this section.
Marc Jacobs is at the affordable end of luxury brands selling high fashion and accessories for ladies and is especially popular for its bags.
Sac’s Bar Jean sells a range of reasonably priced bags, wallets and accessories for ladies and men which are suitable for both formal and casual occasions.
Moussy is a ladies clothing brand selling creative, casual fashions for young women in their teens and twenties. This brand is particularly well-known for its high-quality denim goods.
Ainz & Tulpe is a Japanese drugstore stocking a variety of medications, cosmetics, skin-care and hair-care products. There is also a branch of the popular UK beauty products store The Body Shop in this section of Paseo.
Asics Walking sells casual and formal shoes for both men and women with a strong focus on comfort and support.
W Closet (pronounced “Double Closet”) sells good quality, everyday, feminine clothes at reasonable prices aimed at women in their 20s and 30s.
Ober Tashe sells inexpensive bags for ladies focusing on current trends and styles.
Park by One Way stocks pretty, fashionable, casual clothes for young women in their teens and early twenties.
Paseo Center is located directly beneath the railway station and only has a B1 level. The general content here is similar to Paseo East with several fashion and accessory stores, but also stores selling watches, shoes, eye-wear, interior goods, and health and beauty products. There are also a small number of coffee shops and dining spaces here where tired shoppers can take a break.
Yokoi Coffee is a relaxing space in which to enjoy high quality coffee, sandwiches and cakes.
Hokkaido Kurashi Hyakkaten is a craft and souvenir shop selling local products including food, drink, tableware, amenities, and stationery.
Kimono Hana sells and rents Japanese traditional clothing in colorful and contemporary styles.
Lee is a famous American brand of casual clothing for ladies, men, and kids which is especially known for its jeans but also stocks, shirts, t-shirts, jackets, pants, shorts, skirts and dresses.
Columbia is a sportswear store selling clothing, footwear and equipment for camping, hiking, mountain climbing, winter sports and other outdoor activities.
Paseo West (Paseo Dining)
Paseo West contains the main dining section of this shopping mall which is collectively called Paseo Dining. On the first floor you can find a small number of stores that are not food-related such as a convenience store and bookshop, as well as several restaurants and other stores selling food and drink products such as sweets, wines, and bread. The B1 level, however, is almost entirely occupied by restaurants and cafes. In addition to the restaurants listed below Paseo Dining also has Japanese restaurants serving okonomiyaki-style savory pancakes, Sapporo-style soup curry, and Japanese-style hamburger steaks (first floor); as well as restaurants serving French, Italian, Mexican, and Thai cuisine (B1 level).
Just inside the first floor of Paseo West is the authentic Irish pub O’Neil’s with friendly bar staff offering a warm welcome, Guinness and Kilkenny beer on tap, and a fine selection of traditional pub fare including roast beef sandwiches, fish and chips, and shepherd’s pie.
Hokkaido Shokuichiba Maruumiya is a casual izakaya-style restaurant specializing in fresh seafood and is particularly well-known for its crab dishes. This store also has some good all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-eat deals. Some private dining rooms are available.
Ezokko is a popular noodle shop specializing in Sapporo style ramen noodles. This is an easy-going, casual eatery where both solitary diners and groups can all feel comfortable.
Wako Tonkatsu is a well-known restaurant chain specializing in tonkatsu: deep-fried, crispy, breaded pork cutlets served with rice, miso soup, pickles, and shredded cabbage. Shrimp cutlets are also on the menu.
Tortilla Flat is a Spanish restaurant serving tapas dishes, paella, and ajillo style garlic stews. They also stock a broad selection of fine Spanish wines.
Facilities & Services
There are several useful facilities on the 1st floor of Paseo East.
There is an information counter on the 1st floor of Paseo East which is just inside the main entrance from the East Concourse of the station. Here you can make inquiries about the department store, pick up a brochure with a floor map, ask about lost property, report a lost child, borrow a pushchair for small children or borrow a wheelchair. The information counter is open between 10.00 and 21.00.
There is an ATM corner which is located behind the Moussy clothing store on the 1st floor of Paseo East. Here you can find a 7-Bank ATM which accepts most major international bank cards and has English guidance.
There is a Post Office branch on the same floor which is located in the far south-east corner of Paseo East. As well as offering the usual postal services such as selling stamps and sending postcards the Post Office also has Japan Post Bank ATMs which accept most major international bank cards and also have English guidance.
The following credit cards can be used throughout Paseo: VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Diner Club International, and JCB. Most of the stores in Paseo also accept the following prepaid IC cards for making payments: Kitaca, Suica, PASMO, toica, manaca, ICOCA, SUGOCA, nimoca and Nanaco. A small number of stores also accept the WeChat and Alipay payment systems.
Free Wi-Fi can be accessed in the area around the following locations:
IF Paseo East: Floral Bazar Claudia; Marc Jacobs; House of Rose.
IF Paseo West: Wakasaimo; Miyakoshiya Coffee; Creare Drug Store.
B1 Paseo East: Retro Girl; Tom’s Café.
B1 Paseo Center: Terminus Plaza.
B1 Paseo West: Ginza Lion.
In the B1 level free Wi-Fi can also be accessed in the East Avenue that runs between Paseo East and Paseo Center, and in the West Avenue that runs between Paseo Center and Paseo West.
To access the free Wi-Fi simply log on to the network name: JR_TOWER_FREE_WiFi and you will have free internet access for 30 minutes. No password is necessary, and you can log on 4 times a day.
Many stores in Paseo offer tax-free shopping for overseas customers who are carrying a passport if they spend over 5,000 yen on general goods or between 5,000 and 50,000 on consumable goods (such as food, drinks, cosmetics, and medicines). This exemption will save you having to pay the Japanese consumption tax which is 10% on most goods. Look for the Tax-Free Shop sign in each store to see if you can claim your tax back.
Paseo is one of five shopping malls which are located in and around the JR Sapporo Station building. This interconnected complex of commercial facilities is collectively called “JR Tower”. Paseo is located on the north side of the station building and connects directly with the Stellar Place department store on the south side and with the Daimaru department store which is located on the south-west side.
Shops: 10.00 – 21.00
Restaurants: 10.00 – 22.00
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.