New Chitose Airport is an airport that you will likely access if travelling to Hokkaido. This is the main airport of Japan’s northern-most prefecture and serves both local and international flights. Hokkaido is filled with various local gifts, of which many are exclusive. You may not have enough time to go looking for them while travelling but have no fear - New Chitose Airport has them all.
Glico’s amazing caramel biscuit
Glico is a name that you’ve definitely heard of before - it is one of Japan’s biggest snacks brand. Caramel Kitchen is a shop opened at New Chitose Airport by Glico and there are various souvenirs that your friends will definitely love.
There are 3 types of caramel available at Caramel Kitchen - almond, milk and butter flavour. It is recommended that you try the Caramel Biscuit, where crunchy biscuit tart and caramel are blended together.
キャラメルキッチン Caramel Kitchen
Crunchy chocolate from North Sugarbutter Tree
Sugarbutter Tree is a famous brand in Tokyo for their delicious snacks, and located in New Chitose Airport is the North Sugarbutter Tree branch.
Exclusive gifts are found in North Sugarbutter Tree, including the North Chocolate Sandwich (mixed nuts). White chocolate and nuts are sandwiched between two crunchy biscuits with pretty snow designs imprinted. They are not just delicious but also aesthetically pleasing and is the ideal souvenir from Hokkaido.
北のシュガーバターの木 North Sugarbutter Tree
Italy’s Crema Catalana in New Chitose Airport
Crema Catalana is a famous French confectionary which literally means “burnt cream”. At New Chitose Airport, you can enjoy Hokkaido’s impression of the Catalana - Sapporo Catalana - at the shop called Mirei Kashi.
The Sapporo Catalana has several flavours such as plain flavour and fruits flavour which includes strawberries, mango, apple and more. It melts in your mouth once eaten and has a unique flavour resembling ice cream and pudding.
みれい菓子 Mirei Kashi
Corn Chocolate - Hokkaido’s must-buy souvenir
The Corn Chocolate is one of Hokkaido’s most famous souvenirs. Delicious chocolate of various types such as white chocolate and milk chocolate are coated with crispy and sweet corn, giving it a unique taste. There are also seasonally exclusive flavours such as strawberries, melons and milk so you can purchase a different flavour even if you have tried them before!
The Corn Chocolate are sold in packets, which is great if you need to get many souvenirs. They are available in the souvenir shops in New Chitose Airport such as Sweets Blue Sky.
空スイーツ Blue Sky, Sweets Blue Sky
Baked Cheese Tart from Kinotoya
If you see a long queue in New Chitose Airport, high chances are that it belongs to Kinotoya, one of the confectionary store located there.
If you fail to find the store, trust your nose. The aroma of sweet cheese will lead you to Kinotoya which is most famous for the Baked Cheese Tart. Freshly baked cheese tart can be enjoyed if you want to savour them on the spot, but you can also get the frozen ones for souvenir purposes. The Baked Cheese Tart is fantastic both fresh and cold so do choose them as one of your souvenirs!
Exclusive chocolate gifts from Royce’
Royce’ Chocolate World in New Chitose Airport has a Bakery where you can enjoy original recipe such as the chocolate cream croissant and chocolate pie, blending freshly baked bread with marvellous Royce’ chocolate.
There are also plenty of exclusive gifts such as the “Ole”, one of the most popular ones which blends milk and cacao. Others include the Cheese Crisp, which has a fantastic symphony of cheese and chocolate with sesame. The expiry dates for these chocolate and crisps last about one month - slightly shorter than the cookies - so do take note of that when getting them as souvenirs!
Royce’ Chocolate World
Jaga Pokkuru VS Imo & Mame: Which is your choice?
Potato Farm is a shop located in New Chitose Airport that specialises in potato chips. There are two major brands in Potato Farm - the Jaga Pokkuru and Imo & Mame.
The Jaga Pokkuru is a famous souvenir and each customer is limited to a purchase of 5 packets only. It is a potato chip with great fragrance of potato and a slight tinge of salt. The Imo & Mame, on the other hand, is a new product from 2014 where potato and green peas are fried together. The fantastic blend of saltiness and sweet green peas is fantastic.
Love Soup Curry? You’ll love these
Sapporo is famous for its local dish Soup Curry, and many would likely depart from New Chitose Airport with the sadness of not being able to enjoy it anymore. Snack store Yoshimi has the solution for you.
The “Sapporo Senbei Karikari Mada aru?” is a curry flavoured snack that comes in two flavours - spicy curry flavour and shrimp flavour. The splendid blend of spiciness with curry will save you from your Soup Curry addiction.
Acclaimed Shiroi Koibito
Shiroi Koibito is arguably the most famous Hokkaido souvenir and it is likely that most readers have had them before. It is a snack where milk chocolate or white chocolate is sandwiched between two Lang de Chat cookies and is produced by Ishiya, one of the brands representing Hokkaido.
At Snow Shop, a souvenir store in New Chitose Airport, you can not only purchase the Shiroi Koibito but other gifts such as the Fumiya (right of the photo), a pie that blends Matcha green tea and chocolate together with butter.
石屋製菓 Ishiya Seika
Traditional Japanese snack Okaki from Kitakaro
The Okaki is a type of Japanese traditional sweets, a rice cracker. At Kitakaro New Chitose Airport branch, you can purchase the famous “Hokkaido Kaitaku Okaki”, which was the second most sold snack in Ana Festa, an airport shop chain which showcases famous products from Japan’s different regions.
Various flavours are available for the Hokkaido Kaitaku Okaki, including shrimp, scallop and seaweed. The Okaki comes in quantity so it is great for sharing with your friends!
スノーショップ到着売店 Snow Shop
The greatest pie in New Chitose Airport
Gift shops are one of the best places in airports to look for collaboration products with famous local brands. At Sky Shop Ogasawara, the gift shop in New Chitose Airport, you can enjoy an exclusive product made by the famous Hokkaido sweets brand Rokkatei, the Sakusaku Chitosehatsu. It is a crispy pie sandwiching a white-chocolate coated cheese cream - a unique and fantastic taste you cannot enjoy elsewhere.
スカイショップ小笠原 Skyshop Ogasawara
Looking for Japanese cuisine in New Chitose Airport?
Sashimi Sake no Marukame is a store that specialises in Sake (salmon fish) and was opened in 1935. The shop is most famous for the onigiri - Japanese rice balls - which is made with a simple recipe of just rice and salmon. Yet, the taste you can enjoy here is unlike any other onigiri. It is a recipe that has been delighting customers for over 80 years and you surely will be one of them too.
鮭の丸亀 Sake no Marukame
Freshly made potato chips from Calbee Plus
There are plenty of other snacks including those exclusive to New Chitose Airport which are perfect as souvenirs. Calbee Plus also has a potato chip factory that you can visit with reservation, so do check it out if you have time to spare!
Save the best for last
Choosing souvenirs can be the most fun yet painstaking part of a vacation. At New Chitose Airport, many choices are available and are all within the airport compound. Leaving all your souvenir shopping to the last day in Hokkaido is definitely something you can consider.
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