Hokkaido Restaurants

Hokkaido's regional food includes excellent seafood, beef, lamb, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Dining out is generally much cheaper than in Tokyo and Osaka. Look for lunch and dinner tabehodai (all-you-can-eat) smorgasbords (called baikingu, from the word Viking; long story) ranging from ¥1,000 to ¥3,000. Many restaurants have
Hokkaido's regional food includes excellent seafood, beef, lamb, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Dining out is generally much cheaper than in Tokyo and Osaka. Look for lunch and dinner tabehodai (all-you-can-eat) smorgasbords (called baikingu, from the word Viking; long
Hokkaido's regional food includes excellent seafood, beef, lamb, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Dining out is generally

Hokkaido's regional food includes excellent seafood, beef, lamb, corn on the cob, and potatoes. Dining out is generally much cheaper than in Tokyo and Osaka. Look for lunch and dinner tabehodai (all-you-can-eat) smorgasbords (called baikingu, from the word Viking; long story) ranging from ¥1,000 to ¥3,000. Many restaurants have picture menus or a visual display made of plastic in the window. Lead the waiter outside to the window display and point if necessary.

Outside the cities there may not be many dining choices in the evening, and many resort towns (where meals are included in hotel stays) may offer nothing but noodles and booze. Further, dinner reservations at guesthouses are required, and if you arrive without a reservation and are able to secure a room, you will generally have to eat elsewhere. Not to worry—you won’t starve: There are 24-hour convenience stores (konbini) in any Hokkaido settlement, where you can pick up a bento box lunch, sandwiches, or just about any amenity necessary. While large hot-spring hotels often have huge buffet dinners, the smaller guesthouses excel in food that is locally caught, raised, and picked. Given the overall high quality of dining throughout Japan, you probably won’t even need to leave your hotel to get a decent meal.

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  • 1. Boyotei

    $$ | European

    A European-style restaurant set in a tranquil garden, with very friendly staff, Boyotei (which literally means "view of Mt. Yotei") charms with...Read More

  • 2. Daruma

    $$ | Chuo-ku | Japanese

    Below the red sign depicting a roly-poly mustachioed doll, this 60-year-old establishment serves the city's freshest barbecued lamb jingisukan...Read More

  • 3. Ebi-Ten Bun-Ten

    $$ | Chuo-ku | Japanese

    On a narrow street near the Mitsukoshi department store, Ebi-Ten Bun-Ten is as friendly a tempura place as you're likely to find in Hokkaido...Read More

  • 4. Izakaya Bang Bang

    $$ | Asian

    Sizzling yakitori (meat on wood skewers) and other local favorites like grilled salmon and herring accompany imports like spareribs and tacos...Read More

  • 5. Jo-Jo's

    $$ | American

    This spacious, laid-back restaurant—all soaring beams and wide windows overlooking Yotei-san—on the second floor of Niseko Adventure Center...Read More

  • 6. Kita Togarashi Restaurant

    $$ | Japanese

    Standing apart from all the sushi joints in Otaru is this lamb barbecue heaven at the easy-to-find branch of a famous jingisukan restaurant...Read More

  • 7. Matsuda Suisan - Shiretoko Tabi no Eki

    $$ | Japanese

    This bustling village eatery serves steaming crab curry, golden sea urchin on rice, and anything else they can make out of the morning's catch...Read More

  • 8. Meiji Hakodate Beer Hall

    $$ | Japanese

    This seaside hall serves seafood as well as a huge variety of other foods from pastas to salads that can keep just about anyone satisfied. The...Read More

  • 9. Michi-no-Ya Shokudo

    $$ | Japanese

    Although squid is not the only thing on the menu, it is fresh—your squid is pulled flapping from the tank and might return minutes later sliced...Read More

  • 10. Takeda Restaurant

    $$ | Japanese

    Claws emerging from a bed of fresh-cut crab and darkly gleaming red salmon eggs piled high on a bowl of rice are just two of the famous raw...Read More

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