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Great relationships are formed in Sapporo’s unique climate

It has been a year since we last visited Sapporo. We’ve come again during a severely cold winter, however this time our visit coincided with the Sapporo Snow Festival and the town was alive with energy, giving us a slightly different taste of the city.

That said, our excitement and enthusiasm for these lively Sapporo streets was almost nothing compared to that of the city’s sharehouse situation. The amount of non-Japanese we passed walking around Sapporo did surprised us, although judging by the all of the party photos decorating the walls of the sharehouses, it seems as though all of the sharemates are having the time of their lives. The staff managing these houses have no trouble communicating in English and treat it as a natural part of their job, and seeing this I could only feel that a broad, global community will come to be cultivated very quickly.

The properties we called upon were all alive with fighting spirit, we have high hopes and expectations for each one. One house was created by renovating an entire building, and another house has incorporated share office facilities in the building managed by both the tenants and a company together. There were also houses nestled in places with heavy snow, and the diversity amongst them all are quite fascinating.

With that said, let us move on to a short introduction on each of these houses!

   
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Top class sharehouse occupying an entire building 「WagayaMaruyama

Wagaya Maruyama opened January this year in the popular Mayuyama area, with the common area taking up the whole 2F and private rooms on the 3F~8F.

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Here is the living and dining area where sharemates gather. With its space and playful design you will feel as if you are sitting in a cafe.

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The kitchen is great for enjoying a meal, and by placing tall stools at the counter you can recreate a bar environment with the above spotlights helping to set the mood.

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Rooms range in size from 7~12㎡. The 12㎡ room has plenty of space to arrange furniture and not feel too crowded. (image: model room)

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The windows are large and outside you see a great view of Odori Park.

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With its logo scrawled largely on the outside, you can tell this place is not your regular building from quite far away. We’re very excited to see what kind of community grows here in the future.

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Complete with a genuine theatre room in the basement 「Wagaya Gakuen Mae

Next up is another house in the Wagaya series handled by the company Full Commission. It opened in March last year and is equipped with a very appealing theatre room in the basement.

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手作り感が程よく残っている中で、映画館の雰囲気をぐっと高めているアイテムがこの座席。実際に映画館で使用されていたものを譲り受けて、取り付けたのだそう。

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The living room is quite compact in size, however downstairs is not only a theatre room, but also a place where sharemates can come together and mingle.

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Next to the living room is the dining area with an island kitchen.

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During parties everyone gathers around in the kitchen to eat, drink and chat.

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The private rooms have plenty of space for a single occupant. The house is located a 5-minute walk from Gakuen-Mae station and from the rooftop tenants can enjoy firework displays and BBQs in summer.

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Rural landscapes and natural views stretch beyond the windows at「Sapporo Nishi Farmhouse Sharehouse: megumi House

The great thing about this place is that you can experience nature and have access to an abundance of fresh vegetables all the while still technically living in the city. This is a place we would definitely recommend to those of you seeking a lifestyle among the marvels of nature. There is also a ski slope a 10 minute drive away, making it perfect for those wanting to enjoy winter sports.

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The wood stove acts not just a heater, but also plays a main role in the interior design.

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This Mac computer is quite prominent in an otherwise nostalgic room, and is available for tenants to use as they please.

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A field of pure white lays beyond the window on a day in February.

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Room 101. You can maintain privacy and spend time by yourself in your own private room, this one with 14㎡ of space.

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Only at this house can you eat your fill of meals prepared with fresh Hokkaido fish and vegetables.

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1F chocolate cafe and 2F share office complex 「Sharehouse BUIE Odori Koen

Lastly we take a peek inside a next-generation sharehouse. This house is located on the 3rd and 4th floors, with the 2F being a share office run by the same company, MASSIVE SAPPORO.

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Colorful wallpaper and artwork hung at every turn stands out in the living room.

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Private rooms are of a simple, easy-to-arrange design.

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Just the other day a Chocolate & Cafe shop opened up on the 1F.

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The share office. While share office locations are slowly increasing on Tokyo, the concept has come to Hokkaido and will perhaps secure a place in the local culture in the future to come.

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A shot of two users hard at work. Casual conversations like these may just lead to your next great business venture. It’s important to have a place to communicate freely with others.

Our impressions on this Sapporo visit is that although living in a sharehouse is quite a unique lifestyle, the industry has the potential to grow bigger with the advent of new, diverse concepts.

Small-scale sharehouses have a relaxed, at-home feel, while large-scale properties are filled with fun facilities. In addition to this we have next-generation sharehouses combined in the same building with similar business ventures, from which we are given a peek at the countless possibilities of what is to come and what we can expect from this industry.

Even in the brittle cold of the north, however, there surely comes a time when seeds sprout and new communities are formed, bringing people together and forming new relationships among them.

We look forward to seeing how things are progressing in our next visit to Sapporo.

/Author:Kagawa

WagayaMaruyama
House DetailWagayaMaruyama
Area 2-17 Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido north Article 1 west 20
Rent \32,000 ~ \46,000
Access
7 min walk from The west 18-Chome station
Condition Male, Female
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