Sapporo Parco is a major department store in central Sapporo located in the busy shopping district to the south of Odori Park.
Parco has eight floors above ground and two basement levels. Here you can find clothes, cosmetics, bags, watches, jewelry, interior goods, beauty products, sports equipment, food, and souvenirs. There are a number of cafes dotted throughout the building where you can take a break from shopping, a cheap Food Court in the lower basement level, and a dining section with both Japanese and international restaurants on the top floor.
In this article we will introduce the highlights on each floor of this department store.
B2 Basement Level
The B2 level features a mixture of shops selling food cosmetics, bags, and accessories. The major stores on this level are Lush for bathroom and skincare products, Mary Quant for cosmetics, Wacoal for ladies’ lingerie, and Morihico & The Alternative for coffee beans. There is also a local souvenir shop on this level called “Gift Shop the Sapporo”.
The Food Court on this level has a number of cheap fast food and takeaway options including chai tea, curry, crepes, parfaits, sandwiches, rice balls, cheese corn dogs, and tapioca tea. This lower basement level is also Parco’s access point from the Pole Town underground shopping arcade.
B1 Basement Level
On the B1 level you can find bags, jewelry, watches. ladies’ and men’ fashions, traditional kimono and imported goods. The major stores on this level are Ginza Global Suit for order-made suits, Garnier for men’s formal and casual wear, Kingz for men’s bags, jewelry and accessories, and Union for men’s and ladies’ casual streetwear.
The 1st floor has men’s and ladies’ fashions, bags, jewelry, accessories and shoes. The highlights are Justin Davis brand silver accessories and jewelry, Adam et Rope’s sophisticated and comfortable fashions for ladies and men, Diana for ladies’ high quality shoes, Samantha Thavasa for ladies’ bags, and Onitsuka Tiger for high-fashion sneakers.
The second floor sells a mix of men’s and ladies fashions with major stores including the unique styles of Vivienne Westwood’s Red Label for ladies, Cabane de Zucca’s casual fashions for men and women in their 20s, Poker Face for designer glasses and sunglasses, and Italian fashion brand Diesel. On this floor you can also find a branch of Marks & Web which sells herbal, eco-friendly, skin, hair, and body care products, essential oils, candles, as well as everyday items for the bathroom, kitchen and laundry.
On the third floor among the regular fashion boutiques you can find ladies’ lingerie, swimwear, yoga clothes, a hair salon, and the Franc Franc furniture and home décor store. On this floor you can also find Kimono by Nadeshiko, a traditional clothing store with a modern twist where you can buy kimono, obi belts, footwear, bags, and accessories.
The 4th floor has hats, socks, underwear, and accessories. The stores to look out for are the Soccer Shop Kamo, the ABC-Mart sneaker shop, and JINS for reasonably priced spectacles and sunglasses.
5th & 6th floors
On the 5th floor you can find leather good’s stores, men’s fashions, and a branch of Nana’s Green Tea shop. The popular interior goods and lifestyle shop Muji has branches on both the 5th and 6th floors. On the 6th floor you can also find bedding, textiles, and some food products.
The 7th floor has a travel agency, massage clinic, interior goods store, and musical instrument shop. There is also an event space on this floor which holds occasional sales.
The 8th floor has Parco’s main dining section with restaurants serving classic Japanese dishes such as obanzai-style home cooking, tonkatsu pork cutlets, soba noodles, omuraisu rice-packed omelettes, and sushi. There are also Chinese and Korean restaurants and the international flavors of Yoshimi Kitchen which serves hamburger steaks, sandwiches, curry, and pasta dishes.
Services & Facilities
There is an Information Counter on the B2 level located by the elevators. Here you can make inquiries about the store and pick up a multilingual brochure with a floor guide written in English, Chinese and Korean. The floor guide lists all the tax free shops in Parco.
For customers who need guidance in their own language there is a free multilingual telephone interpreting service available in the following languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Russian, Vietnamese, Portuguese, and Spanish.
There is a 7-Bank ATM on the B2 level which has English language guidance and which accepts most major international bank cards.
Baby strollers are available to borrow by the 1st floor elevators.
There is a Play Area for small children on the 6th floor and also a Nursing Room where babies can be fed or have their diapers changed. A water heater for baby formula is available here.
Wheelchair accessible restrooms are available on the 8th floor.
There is a designated smoking room on the 8th floor.
Parco accepts the following credit cards for payment: VISA, Master Card, JCB, American Express, Discover, Diners Club International, and Union Pay. In some stores the Alipay and WeChat Pay systems are also accepted. The following prepaid IC cards can also be used: Kitaca, Suica, Pasmo, Toica, Manaca, Icoca, Sugoca, Hayaken, and Nimoca.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout Parco. To use it simply log on to the SSID: atParco. Wi-Fi is allotted in 60 minute periods and can be accessed three times in one day.
Tax Free Shopping
Certain stores in Parco offer tax-free shopping to overseas visitors. Look out for Tax Free signs in the shops or check your floor guide to see if a store offers this service. To buy goods tax free in a store offering that service you need to buy goods worth 5,000 yen or more (before tax), show your passport, and fill out a simple form. You will be charged the tax-free price at the time of purchase as well as a 1.1% service charge.
Parco is located a 2 minute walk south of Odori Station on the Namboku, Tozai, and Toho subway lines. It is also a 2 minute walk east from Nishi-Yon-Chome Station on the Sapporo Streetcar tramline. Parco is convenient for several other shopping facilities in the area. Parco’s B2 basement level opens onto the Pole Town shopping arcade which is one half of the Sapporo Chikagai underground shopping mall. Pole Town links Parco to Mitsukoshi Department Store to the north and to the Tanukikoji shopping street to the south. Pole Town also leads directly back to Odori Station, so on rainy days you can walk between all these shopping destinations and the subway station without getting wet.
Shopping: 10.00 – 20.00 (until 20.30 on Saturdays)
Dining (8th Floor): 11.00 – 21.00
Starbucks Coffee (1st Floor): 7.30 – 23.00
Article and original photos by Michael Lambe. All rights reserved.