Tag: Central Hokkaido
Cento Per Cento
(Avg. cost per person)
|Opening Hours||10:00 - 20:00|
|Notes||Italian restaurant, seating 110, no smoking, parking available,|
|The restaurant is located on the second floor of Joyful AK in Tonden. It's a 30 minute drive from central Sapporo. Drive south along Ishikari road and turn left at the Mega Donki store (across the road). For public transport, the closest station is a 36 minute walk away (Yurigahara JR station).
5 Chome-5-1 Tonden 8 Jo, Kita Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 002-0858
Cento Per Cento translates to 100% in Italian, and it is here you are definitely get all of your moneys worth. This is a hidden gem and is located on the second floor of Joyful AK. The food here is fantastic and at such an affordable price, it is definitely worth a visit if you are doing some shopping and feeling a little peckish. Joyful AK is a huge store that excels in building and construction goods and interior. The restaurant can be found up on the second floor and has plenty of seating for a busy shopping complex.
The menu here is great, in particular the lunch menu is a must. For such a decent price, you get some prosciutto and vegetables, then a delicious pizza base topped with ham, lettuce and drizzled in oil, and finally a pasta dish, with a coffee. All this for around ¥1000. Most of the food here is unbelievably under ¥1000. The sizes here also are perfect. You can find some great pizzas and pastas and desserts here. They also have a seasonal menu. Cento Per Cento is a must visit if you’re in the area!
|Opening Hours||9:00 - 20:00|
|Notes||Home improvement store, interior & exterior, pet store, supermarket, truck rental, large parking space, wheelchair access, gardening store, wheelchair access, credit card accepted|
|There are 9 Joyful AK stores in the Hokkaido area (though 2 of these are pet stores only). 5 of these are in Sapporo, with 1 being in the city of Obihiro, Ebetsu, Kitahiroshima, and Otofuke. Please see maps below and at the end of the article for access.|
For carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, interior decorators, gardeners and all round handymen and the DIY enthusiasts, Joyful AK is a builders paradise. This is THE store to find pretty much anything you need. The other stores that are popular is the Homac chain, but these stores (although more numerous) are on a much smaller scale. The Joyful AK stores are gigantic, and if you can’t find what you need at Homac, Joyful AK will have it. Many of the stores have a separate building specializing in outdoor goods, plus a pet store, and a restaurant or eatery. Joyful AK also have a supermarket area and shopping area.
There is ample parking at the Joyful stores with special parking for larger vehicles that can back up to the wood section. One of the pluses here too, is that you can hire a small truck for those with some serious bulk to buy and move. Not only can you find ample amounts of wood in any size, steel goods, piping, a huge selection of paints and stains, they also have every tool and machine you need for renovating and doing the odd jobs around the home. On the second floor they also have an ample furniture and interior section. When paying for your goods, they accept credit cards and why not take advantage of the special points card you can get at all Joyful AK stores. Joyful AK is second to none when it comes to home improvement!
Gyoza No Ohsho
(Avg. cost per person)
|¥500 - ¥1000|
|Opening Hours||*10:30 - 22:00
Store hours may vary depending on store
|Notes||Chinese restaurant, electronic payment, take out available|
|20 locations throughout Hokkaido. Can be found in every major city. Check map for locations.
Gyoza no Ohsho is a huge chain of Chinese restaurants throughout Japan. They boast having over 700 stores throughout the country. In Hokkaido there are 20 Gyoza no Ohsho stores with 11 of these being in the city of Sapporo. This chain has been running for an impressive past fifty years! Gyoza (also known as Jiaozi in China) is a Chinese dumpling which is a popular dish in Japan as well as Southeast Asia. Gyoza no Ohsho uses Japanese ingredients and take pride in their pursuit of freshness and quality. The dumplings are handmade by the chefs at each of their restaurants.
So, what makes these restaurants so popular? There are so many of these restaurants around that they are easy to find. In Hokkaido you can find a Gyoza No Ohsho in every major city (please see map below for further locations around Hokkaido). The prices here are really affordable and you get a lot for your buck. The gyoza here is good and you can get a large set meal from your pick of all your favorite Chinese dishes in Japan. They have fried rice, noodles and spicy soups just to name a few. For a cheap and easy Chinese lunch or meal, Gyoza No Ohsha is a good place to check out. The stores are noticeable for their large red signs out front.
Tokachi No Nagaya & Kita No Yatai
|Opening Hours||*17:00 - 24:00
Each bar has its own opening and closing times. Some stay open until 03:00
|Closed||*Depends on bar|
|Notes||Walking street with small bars and restaurants, toilets, smoking area, paid parking near the area.
|The street is a 7 minute walk north from the JR Obihiro station. From the airport it's 40 minutes to Obihiro Station Bus Terminal by city hotel patrol bus (¥1000 one way).
10-chome, Nishi 1 Jominami, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido
For a night out on the town in Obihiro most of the bars and restaurants are on the north side of Obihiro Station. Walking the streets you will come across Tokachi No Nagaya & Kitanoyatai. These narrow streets cover two blocks and seem to be one of the most popular areas for the locals. Lining the streets are around forty small bars, izakayas, and restaurants. They are all quite compact and can fit up to around twelve people (some even have standing space only). Each bar is unique and as you walk down the street you can see and hear the revelers enjoying a good night out on the town.
The compact shops at Kita no Yatai and Tokachi no Nagaya serve locally brewed sake and the food here is fantastic. You can find dishes made from the fresh produce of Tokachi. One of the great things about these bars is that they are open all year and can be enjoyed in any weather. They have covers to keep the warmth in winter and are opened out during the summer. There is a great atmosphere throughout the streets and is a great Japanese experience. These streets are a must see while in Obihiro and worth more than one visit to enjoy all the bars and restaurants!
(Avg. cost per person)
|Opening Hours||11:00 - 18:00|
|Notes||Pork bowl restaurant, seating 43, parking 21, no credit cards|
|Approximately 8 minutes by car from Obihiro Station on the JR Nemuro Main Line
〒080-0810 17-2-2, Higashi 10 Jominami, Obihiro-shi, Hokkaido
For those of you who enjoy a good pork dish, then ‘Butadon’ is a must try while in Japan. Butadon is pork simmered in a mildly sweet sauce served in a bowl on top of steaming white rice. Butadon is famous in Obihiro (central Hokkaido), and Butadon Tonta is one of the best pork restaurants in the city. The restaurant is slightly on the edge of the city centre by the large Satsunai River. It is a 30 minute walk from the centre of town, so going by car is the best means to get there. The pork here is full of flavor and succulent.
The menu here has only three main dishes but these are enough for any diner as they are all equally delicious. There is a basic pork loin bowl, a more succulent but fattier rose pork bowl, and lastly there is a fillet bowl which serves a more lean cut of pork. These dishes all come with a sauce which can be poured over the bowl and has a fantastic flavor. At the cash register, you can buy this fantastic sauce to take home with you. This restaurant is large and has plenty of parking. If you want to experience famous butadon, look no further than Butadon Tonta!
|Cost per night||¥3,500 - ¥8,000|
|Notes||Amenities in room, coin laundry, vending machines (soft drinks and alcohol), AED, smoking and non smoking rooms, dryer free, PC rental available, full air-conditioning, wheelchair access
|Locations||9 locations in Sapporo
2 locations in Asahikawa, Hakodate & Kushiro
1 location in Obihiro, Shiretoko, Kitami, Furano & Muroran
APA is a huge chain of hotels throughout Japan. They have hotels in over 400 locations, and in 47 regions of Japan. In Hokkaido, you can find an APA hotel in every major city. There are 20 hotels in Hokkaido. What makes the APA hotel so popular is its affordability. These hotels are 3 star budget hotels but are clean and convenient. Most of the hotels are near the main stations or near points of interest. They have restaurants on the premises, and all the amenities you need. If you are traveling on a budget, then these are great hotels to stay at. Some of the hotels have onsens (hot springs), for the weary traveller. For all locations throughout Hokkaido, please see the map at the bottom of the article.