The Best Food Markets in Sapporo

Curb Market, Sapporo
Curb Market, Sapporo | © Liwei / Flickr
Dave Afshar

Sapporo is the largest city in Hokkaido, the northernmost region of Japan. Famous for its seafood, agricultural produce, and dairy farms, the region has come to be known as the “Kingdom of Food” among the Japanese. We take a look at the city’s various local markets.

1. Central Wholesale Market

Market, Restaurant, Seafood

Sapporo Central Wholesale Market
© MIKI Yoshihito / Flickr
The largest of its kind in Sapporo city, the Central Wholesale Market (also called the “Curb Market”) specializes in local seafood and produce. Featuring over 60 wholesale vendors and restaurants, almost everything here is locally caught or grown. Popular among both locals and visitors, the cost of most items is generally quite low and many shop owners are happy to provide free samples to potential customers. This is as fresh as seafood gets in Japan.

2. Nijo Market

Market, Street Food, Japanese

Sashimi Meal at Nijo Fish Market
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Nijo market is a great option for those who don’t have time to visit the Central Wholesale Market. Located within walking distance of the famous Odori Park and Susukino nightlife district, travelers on a tight schedule can experience one of Sapporo’s largest fresh seafood markets without having to leave the city’s downtown. The crabs and scallops here are a must try.

3. Sapporo Hakko Gakuen Farm Market

Market, School

Hokkaido’s main industry is farming and this charming farmer’s market is connected to Hakko Gakuen, an agricultural school that teaches students how to farm and cultivate crops. The market offers fresh vegetables, fruit, and dairy products and is open from morning until early evening. The soft serve ice cream is the most popular item at the market and a must try.

4. Sapporo Farmer’s Market

Market, Shrine

Given Hokkaido’s rich agricultural history, one would think that farmer’s markets would be easier to find. While daily outdoor markets may have been a staple of Sapporo a century ago, most of them have disappeared – with a few notable exceptions. The Sapporo Farmer’s Market is located right in front of the famous Hokkaido shrine, making it easy to find in spite of its small size. Open June through September on the 2nd Sunday of the month, this is a great option for anyone looking to buy fresh produce and support local farmers.

5. Sapporo Ramen Alley

5. Sapporo Ramen Alley
© MIKI Yoshihito / Flickr

Located near the famed red light district of Susukino, this narrow alleyway dates back to 1951 and is currently home to several unique ramen restaurants. It is said to be the birthplace of Hokkaido’s legendary miso ramen. The alley has become a popular tourist destination in recent years, but don’t let that deter you from visiting.

3 Chome-1 Minami 5 Jōnishi, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 064-0805

Sapporo Ramen. | © MIKI Yoshihito / Flickr

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