Hokkaido is synonymous with gourmet seafood dishes like sashimi. However, there are a wide variety of restaurants in Sapporo that offer other Japanese staples, such as yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) and oden (a type of hot pot). Here are 15 great Japanese restaurants that are all conveniently located near Sapporo Station.
Umikago specializes in Hokkaido dishes, using fresh seasonal ingredients sourced from around the island, such as seafood, meat, and vegetables. Try the [Uni to Ikura no Do-nabe Gohan] (1,800 JPY), which surprises diners with vivid colors upon opening the lid of the do-nabe (clay pot). The dish comes with soft and sweet, locally grown Yumepirika rice, which perfectly compliments the exquisite combination of fresh uni (sea urchin) and ikura (salmon roe). For those who prefer smaller portion sizes, the [Ladies Meal] (1,780 JPY) is a must-try. It includes a little bit of everything, from appetizers, sushi, and tempura, to dessert.
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: None *Closed from December 30 - January 3Average price
: [Dinner] 5,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPYAddress
: 1F, Nissay Sapporo Bldg., 4-1-1, Kita 3-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
2. Ezomae Sushi & Yakitori Sushitake
Sushitake is known for their dishes made from seasonal ingredients that have been carefully selected from the waters of Hokkaido. Directly operated by a fishery company, diners are assured of high-quality, affordable seafood. The sushi at this restaurant is not to be missed. In addition to authentic nigiri (hand-formed sushi), Sushitake also offers creative overseas favorites like California rolls. A unique offering is their luxurious [Yotei (2,800 JPY)], which includes 12 pieces of the day’s best sushi, as well as the bowl of the day. They also have [Kushiyaki (from 150 JPY)] (grilled skewered ingredients) made from juicy Hokkaido chicken, which goes well with drinks.
Ezomae Sushi & Yakitori Sushitake
Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (L.O. 1:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:15 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 999 JPY
Address: B1F, Sapporo Chuo Bldg., Kita 1-jo Nishi 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido ()
Aiming to make authentic Japanese food more accessible for diners, Amino offers a range of course meals under 10,000 JPY. Their dinner courses change monthly to make way for seasonal ingredients like Shihoro beef and Shiretoko chicken. For lunch, some of their must-try dishes are the [Amano's Bento (1,850 JPY)] and [Anago Ten-don (880 JPY)] (rice bowl dish with salt-water eel tempura), which both feature tempura of various in-season ingredients.
Open: Lunch 11:00 pm - 2:30 pm (L.O. 2:00 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm) *Course meals may only be ordered until 9:00 pm.
Address: 2F, Sapporo Fukoku Seimei Koshiyama Bldg., Kita 2-jo Nishi 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
4. Robatayaki Hamakko
Robatayaki Hamakko takes great pride in their dishes, which use carefully selected ingredients from Hokkaido. They take particular care when it comes to taste, quality, and quantity, allowing diners to feast - both literally and visually - on seafood dishes with generous portions, such as fish that is so big that it barely fits on the plate! One of their most popular dishes is the [Hokke Yaki (from 1,500 JPY plus tax)], made with an Okhotsk atka mackerel measuring more than 40cm long! Grilled until the flesh becomes soft and flaky, it simply melts in your mouth. Another recommended dish is the [Tokudai Botan Ebi Sashi (1,180 JPY plus tax)], which showcases the unique sweetness of raw botan shrimp.
: 4:30 pm - 11:00 pmClosed
: IrregularAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: B1F, Kamiyama Bldg., 2, Kita 3-jo Nishi 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
5. Kita no Aji Mirai
Kita no Aji Mirai serves the bounties of Hokkaido’s seas for reasonable prices. One of their best-sellers is the [5-Kind Daily Special Sashimi (1,680 JPY plus tax for 3 people)], which features the freshest seafood procured on the day. The tender sashimi, made from seafood caught in nearby waters, have a rich taste that goes well with alcohol. For those looking to try a little of everything, the extravagant [Mirai Course (4,500 JPY)] allows diners to sample 7 of the day’s recommended items, while the [Makunouchi Bento (700 JPY)], of which a limited number are available, comes with a grilled dish, fried dish, and a small side dish. They have an extensive menu that even covers lunch and parties, so it's an ideal place for any sort of occasion.
Kita no Aji Mirai
Open: [Weekdays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Saturday] Dinner 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Closed: Sunday, National Holidays
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY / [Lunch] 750 JPY
Address: 2F, Eternal Pensee Bldg., Kita 4-jo Nishi 6, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido ()
6. Sapporo Modern Restaurant Erimotei
Housed in a repurposed 70-year-old inn, Erimotei is a retro yet modern restaurant that serves up creative dishes using seafood caught from Erimo Cape (Erimo-misaki). While all of their sashimi and grilled dishes are exquisite, the [Salmon and Scallop Layered Tartar Sushi (1,250 JPY)] is a feast for all your senses. Made with layers of sushi rice and raw scallops, then topped with Erimo salmon flakes and roe, it looks more like a delicate cake than a luxurious meal! They’re also famous for their nicely textured [Erimo Futo Chiri-men Soba (720 JPY)] (buckwheat noodles), which are great if you’re looking to try something a little different.
Sapporo Modern Restaurant Erimotei
: Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm), Dinner 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National Holidays *Closed during Golden Week, and for summer and winter holidays.Average price
: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 1,100 JPYAddress
: 5-11-2, Kita 7-jo Nishi, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (map
7. Yakitori Oden Zen
Yakitori Oden Zen is a Japanese-style pub with a wonderful space that’s a mix of retro and modern design. One of their most loved dishes is the [Oden (from 160 JPY)], which consists of a variety of ingredients stewed in a mixture of 2 homemade dashi (broth) - a strong one that they add to every day, and a lighter one made from dried mackerel shavings and Rishiri konbu (kelp). If you order this, make sure to try the [Daikon (250 JPY)] (radish), which comes as a huge, long piece. Don’t forget to order a serving of their namesake - the [Yakitori Kushimori (from 920 JPY)], which is a generous serving of charcoal-grilled chicken skewers!
Yakitori Oden Zen
: [Weekdays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Dinner 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday] Dinner 3:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: Sunday, National HolidaysAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,500 JPY / [Lunch] 750 JPYAddress
: B1F, Sapporo Nikko Bldg., 4, Kita 4-jo Nishi 4, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (map
8. Seafood Robata Nemuro Hamaichiban
Seafood Robata Nemuro Hamaichiban showcases grilled fish dishes using fresh seafood caught from some of the best fishing grounds in the eastern part of Hokkaido, such as Nemuro, Akkeshi, and Odaito. Their [Live Ezo Bafun Uni With Shell Intact (around 800 JPY)] is so fresh that the thorns keep moving even after the uni's been served! One of the appeals of this restaurant is that they charcoal grill everything right in front of you. They also have [Grilled Live Scallop from Odaito (700 JPY)], which is known for its crisp texture and delicious taste.
Seafood Robata Nemuro Hamaichiban
Open: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average price: 3,500 JPY
Address: 2F, Astoria Sapporo, 2, Kita 3-jo Nishi 2, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido ()
9. Sushizen Daimaru Branch
As Sushizen in Daimaru is directly connected to Sapporo Station, it is convenient to dine at. They offer high-quality sushi made by their sushi chefs, who take pride in their flawless preparation techniques. They mainly use fish that were taken from the seas surrounding Hokkaido, selecting only the best ones that are in season. Try their [Botan (3,564 JPY)], which is a set of 10 nigiri and a small bowl. You will be able to taste the deliciousness of the seasonal fish and see the skills of their chefs!
Sushizen Daimaru Branch
: 11:00 am - 10:00 pmClosed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 6,000 JPY / [Lunch] 3,000 JPYAddress
: 8F, Daimaru Sapporo, 4-9, Kita 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
10. Hokkai Shabu Shabu Kita 2 Jo
Hokkai Shabu Shabu Kita 2 Jo is best known for their delicious all-you-can-eat meat dishes. The lamb is famous for its rich umami (Japanese savory taste) and chewy texture, as well as for not having a distinct "gamey" taste. They only use Sangen pork in their pork dishes, as it has a sweet flavor and lacks a strong scent. If you want a dish that features both of these premium meats, the best course to try would be the [2-Hour All-You-Can-Eat Lamb and Sangen Pork Shabu-Shabu with Unlimited Drinks (4,900 JPY)]. They also have a [2-Hour All-You-Can-Eat Hokkai Course with Unlimited Drinks (6,000 JPY)] if you want to enjoy a platter of fresh, seasonal sashimi alongside lamb meat.
Hokkai Shabu Shabu Kita 2 Jo
: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed: None
*Closed from December 31 - January 2Average price
: 3,500 JPYAddress
: BF, Seimonkan Bldg., Kita 2-jo Nishi 3, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (map
11. Tokachi-butadon Ippin Sapporo Station Stellar Place Branch
This is another restaurant that’s directly connected to Sapporo Station, making it a convenient stop for travellers. Located in Stellar Place, they are known for their [Buta-don (780 JPY)] (rice bowl dish with pork), which is a famous dish from Obihiro, Hokkaido. Marinated in a sauce that matured at a low temperature over a long period of time, and cooked over open flame, it contains juicy cuts of domestic pork loin that have an exquisite aroma and rich taste. Thickly layered on top of freshly steamed rice, this dish is impossible to resist. They will adjust the amount of sauce and the size of the pieces of meat to suit your preference, which is another appeal of this restaurant.
Tokachi-butadon Ippin Sapporo Station Stellar Place Branch
: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 850 JPYAddress
: 6F, Stellar Place Center, 2-5, Kita 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido (map
12. Okonomiyaki Chibo Sapporo Asty 45
Okonomiyaki Chibo Sapporo Asty 45 is an extension of Chibo - a well-established restaurant in Osaka, the birthplace of okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake). Although their classic [Okonomiyaki (from 700 JPY plus tax)] is a delicious treat, their [Dotonbori-yaki Omori (1,200 JPY plus tax)] should not be missed. Originally a staff meal, this delicious dish is made of pork, beef tendons, konjac, small shrimp, and cheese. They also have an all-you-can-eat okonomiyaki and yakisoba (fried noodles) course with unlimited alcohol (from 2,667 JPY plus tax), making it an ideal place for parties.
Okonomiyaki Chibo Sapporo Asty 45
Open: [Weekdays] 11:30 am - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Saturday] 11:00 am - 10:30 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 11:00 am - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:30 pm)
Average price: [Dinner] 1,500 JPY / [Lunch] 900 JPY
Address: B1F, Asti 45, 5-1, Kita 4-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido ()
13. Sapporo Kanihonke Sapporo Eki-mae Branch
Near Sapporo Station and standing 7 stories tall, this casual restaurant takes pride in their seating that can accommodate as many as 460 people. They offer original cuisine made of freshly caught crabs delivered directly from fishing ports. One of their gems is the [Kani Kaiseki (from 5,000 JPY)] (Japanese banquet cuisine with alcohol), which features all kinds of crab delicacies, such as whole taraba-gani (king crab), zuwai-gani (snow crab), kani miso (crab innards), and crab sushi rolls. With private rooms suitable for 1 - 2 people, as well as large rooms that can accommodate 80 people, it is a perfect spot for any occasion.
Sapporo Kanihonke Sapporo Eki-mae Branch
: 11:30 am - 10:00 pmClosed
: None *Closed on December 31 and January 1Average price
: 5,500 JPYAddress
: 2-1-18, Kita 3-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
14. Kushiya Honpo
Kushiya Honpo is home to a wide variety of kushiyaki and kushiage (deep-fried skewered ingredients), which are made with fresh and delicious ingredients either sourced from Hokkaido or carefully chosen from around the country, such as ji-dori (local chicken), Mochi pork, Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef), and fresh vegetables. Try their [Assorted Kushiyaki (from 1,240 JPY)] if you are in the mood for grilled dishes, or the [Assorted Kushiage (from 1,340 JPY)] if you feel like eating hot and crispy fried food. They also have a cellar stocked with over 70 varieties of wine from around the world, ready to be paired with your selections.
Open: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Sunday *Other irregular days
Average price: 3,000 JPY
Address: 2F, Chojuan Bldg., 5-6-2, Kita 7-jo Nishi, Kita-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
15. Minna de Korerumon
Minna de Korerumon is an awesome destination if you're looking not only for seafood dishes, but also for low-calorie, low-fat, and healthy treats like basashi (horse sashimi) or a wide variety of ingredients from the mountains. If you’re looking to try basashi, the [Zeitaku Sanshu Mori (2,680 plus tax)] is highly recommended, as it features 3 different cuts of horse meat: lean meat, kone (crest), and liver. For a truly one-of-a-kind dish that can only be found in Hokkaido, be sure to try either the [Korerumon Ezo Deer Shabu Shabu (1,280 JPY plus tax)] or the [Korerumon Hokkaido Ezo no Sukiyaki (1,380 JPY plus tax)]. For seafood lovers, their seafood dishes like [Grilled Oysters] (180 JPY) are delicious treats that are worth trying!
Minna de Korerumon
: [Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, Day before National Holidays] Dinner 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (Food L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: Sunday *Closed during the beginning and end of the yearAverage price
: [Dinner] 2,900 JPY / [Lunch] 480 JPYAddress
: B1F, Hokkaido Tsushin Bldg., Kita 5-jo Nishi 6, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
With all of these restaurants offering fresh seafood, meat, and vegetables, prepared in a variety of ways, why not try them all? All within walking distance of Sapporo Station - if not inside the station itself - they’re the perfect start to any gourmet tour!
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.