北菓楼 札幌本館Kitakaro Sapporo Honkan


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Architect Tadao Ando has led the renovation of Sapporo’s iconic historical building and transformed it to be a place for people to enjoy reading and lounging札幌の歴史的な建物が、建築家・安藤忠雄のデザインにより、北海道の絶品スイーツと共に美術鑑賞や読書を楽しめる市民の憩いの場として生まれ変わった。この洋館は、1926年に北海道で初の図書館として誕生した後、北海道で初の美術館となり、近年は非公開の公文書館となっていたが、2016年3月に、北海道砂川で生まれた菓子店「北菓楼」が長年夢見ていた札幌初の路面店としてオープンした。




北菓楼 札幌本館

Text: Ayumi Yakura
, together with amazing pastries. This western styled building was built as the first ever library in Hokkaido back in 1926 and after that it was used as the first ever art museum in Hokkaido. More recently, the building was occupied as the Public Record Office and was not open to the public. However the renowned pastry shop ‘Kitakaro’ has re-opened it to the public, as its long-awaited, first-ever, ground level store.

Many visitors take pictures with the beautiful stone built staircase, but the place has other unique features such as a giant order column, as well as the exterior walls that have preserved the original Sezession styles. If you look at the walls inside of the building, you can find the original red brick structure that is still supporting the whole building. When you look over to the renovated side of the building, you can find the white cross vault ceiling and the stained glass windows on the North side of the building, with a beautiful gradation of translucent to white that reminds of white birch forest or snow scape in the Northern land. In “Migishi Satellight” area of the building, you can enjoy the great paintings of Kotaro Migishi that get rotated to different ones, every season.

On the ground floor, you can buy the baumkuchen “Yosei no Mori (Forest of fairies)” and “Hokkaido Kaitaku Okaki” (Hokkaido pioneer rice crackers), as well as the cake you could only get at the original location in Sunagawa, Hokkaido. Last but not least, there are also the Sapporo store limited pastries. If you are looking for a more ‘nostalgic’ souvenir, you can try “Hokkaido Choritsu Toshokan” (Hokkaido Prefectural Library) which is a book-like looking box filled with caramel flavored chocolates and cookies, or the sachertorte “Yume gasane” (layered dreams). They also serve a limited amount of freshly made croissant cream puffs “Yume croissant” for 180 yen.

The upstairs cafe area will remind you that this place used to be used for salons and also as a library back in the days. You are free to pick up a book from the huge ceiling-high bookshelves that houses books related to Hokkaido. Such as books about Hokkaido’s nature or history, novels written by novelists from Hokkaido, also books about pastries and also some picture books. The back of the cafe area called ‘Memorial Room’ is a great place to stop by, together with the Sapporo Clock Tower, Former Hokkaido Government Office and Former Sapporo Court of Appeals to learn about the history of Sapporo from 1870s.

Kitakaro Sapporo Honkan
Address: 1-2 North 1 West 5, Chuo-ku, Sapporo
Business hours: 10:00 – 19:00 (Cafe is open from 10:00 – 18:00, the last order 17:30)
Tel: 0800-500-0318

Text: Ayumi Yakura
Translation: Mayuko Kubo

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