Our last 1.5 days in Sapporo

March 7th, 2011

We arrived back in Sapporo in the afternoon on an empty stomach after a long train ride. We stopped by the hotel to drop our bags off and headed towards the Maruyama koen Station neighborhood to get some lunch at JetSet Cafe, famous for their Eggs Benedict and mid century modern furniture.

The first floor has a little lounge area and a gift shop.

We headed upstairs to find a seat near the window.

The elusive pancake in Japan.

Their logo is an Eero Aarnio ball chair!

The Eggs Benedict came with a side of fries, salad, and creamy pumpkin soup. It really hit the spot.

We headed down the street towards the Maruyama Park in search of “Sabita”. It can be a little difficult to spot but when you hit the park you need to immediately turn right. Down this small street past the American Embassy sits a beautiful 2 story modernist building that you can’t miss.

The interior is bright with white washed pine floors, there is even a cafe on the second floor (oh Hokkaido and your lovely cafes).

This is one of the nicest stores I have ever been to. It had pieces from many artisans I was familiar with and really admire, the types of artists that in many cases don’t ship their designs to customers outside of Japan. We took this opportunity to spend some wedding money and take home some really special pieces that we will enjoy for a very long time.

Of course it would be way too easy to just show them to you now, I think it would be fun to give these special pieces their own post.

Everything in the gallery was beautiful. We were especially taken by this ceramic dish that is then dipped in silver by Andou Masanobu.

Another series of dishes by Andou-san, we have already been working with him on bringing his work to our store!

A beautiful set of 3 nesting lacquer bowls.

Next stop was Cafe Morihiko, which was tricky to find! We walked around and around and finally realized we had been missing the street it was on all along – a lane way of sorts.

It was getting dark and cold outside, but it was warm and cozy in Morihiko.

There are little brass bells to let the server know you’re ready to order.

A cool flip menu.

In usual Morihiko fashion, beautiful ceramic mug and saucers with brass spoons and tiny milk pitcher.

We looked in the display cabinet and ordered this delicious cake to have with our coffee.

Evidence! Charcoal in a water pitcher, get your own at Mjolk.

tea cups and saucers in the walls.

Jacked up on coffee (we have no idea what we had, but it left Juli with heart palpitations and anxiety into the night), we headed up the road to Maruyama department store. Seems like all we do is drink coffee and shop!

Haraiso specializes in Japanese cloth and Furushiki, it’s the same owner as JetSet Cafe.

After shopping we stopped in at an Izakaya that was recommended by our hotel. We were a bit tired and wanted to keep things simple so we stuck with ordering skewered meats.

Pork with onions and side mustard.

Chicken yakitori.

King crab legs with edamame.

And our favorite, bacon wrapped asparagus.

During our last day in Sapporo we got up and decided we wanted to visit Cholon again and have some cheese toast and coffee for breakfast.

We were a little over confident and took a couple of wrong turns before consulting our map (we already thought we knew the city so well). We did manage to find Cholon.

It also gave us a chance to see the store one last time!

On our way back we noticed this cute little bakery.

It was a hip young bakery with all sorts of treats, we asked them what they recommended for us to try and they pointed to full loaves of bread. We weren’t just going to eat a loaf of bread (even though it looked delicious) so we opted for the rabbit shaped bun with custard filling. It was so warm, and so delicious.

The bakery is near Kusaka Koushi the leather artisan studio. We liked seeing the PH5 pendant hanging in the window.

Musica Hall Cafe was the last Cafe we visited in Sapporo. Located on the 3rd floor of the Choi building (Yuichiro Tadokoro cafe and live music venue), this cute cafe has guitars, and pianos set up for evening music performances.

They have a set lunch menu starting with salad.

They gave us a couple of feed sacks to keep our bags off the floor.

The one thing we always end up eating in Japan is Spaghetti with tomato sauce, it is always delicious.

And last but not least is this single scoop of ice cream.

The rest of the day we simply wandered around Sapporo. This impressive building is the former city hall which looks as if it was plucked from Toronto.

We do love Hokkaido, it was an amazing experience being on this trip.

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  1. Ooh, I love everything about that store (Sabita) from what I can see! Can’t wait to see what you got : )


    7 Mar 11 at 5:35 pm

  2. Maybe you can make a map with dots on where you went so I can use for inspiration for my next trip to Japan. Btw I left a rather long comment in your previous post, maybe you can please relply in the comment field? I hope you have time to do so. Thank you again for beautiful pictres and amazing inspiration!


    7 Mar 11 at 10:19 pm

  3. Sana: John was about to respond directly to you days ago and I think he got sidetracked…we’ll try to get to your questions soon!

    The problem with doing a map is that I don’t always remember where every place is! You just have to plug the address in google maps (preferably in Kanji), or ask your hotel, and learn to ask for help on the street (even they don’t know where anything is!). We did it and managed, and it’s a good way to see the city. Wallpaper City Guide for Sapporo IS KEY, as is the D & Department guide to Hokkaido which you can buy at D & Department when you arrive.


    9 Mar 11 at 10:17 pm

  4. We loved the Hokkaido from your photos too, cafe-hopping and shopping in select stores sound like my kind of travel. I’ll be sure to visit some of the places you posted when I go there.


    7 Mar 11 at 10:54 pm

  5. You’ll be pleased to know — there are finally proper pancakes in Tokyo, ready for your next visit! A Hawaiian breakfast place opened a branch in Harajuku. Lines are still a mile long but it’s gooooood. Anyway I love all your pics!!


    8 Mar 11 at 5:24 am

  6. Thank you so much both of you!


    12 Mar 11 at 1:00 am

  7. Why have you not made any comment about what’s going on in Japan? Are you just interested in the beautiful design, and not the community and people that produce this? It seems to be cold and unfeeling.


    14 Mar 11 at 7:54 am

  8. Dear Rachel, We have so many friends in Japan and it goes without saying the past few days have been extremely emotional for us. Sometimes we’re both too involved in our own world to comment on the blog, especially the first day of finding out what happened.

    The good news is we’ve managed to contact everyone we know, and they are all doing fine.

    John & Juli

    14 Mar 11 at 8:11 am

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