Genghis Khan (grilled mutton or lamb) is a familiar sight across Hokkaido. Grilled to perfection on a special convex metal skillet and eaten with sauce that's unique to each restaurant, Genghis Khan has a deliciousness like no other. Even though it is now available to eat nationwide, tasting Genghis Khan in its home of Hokkaido is a special treat. This article introduces Genghis Khan specialty restaurants that are popular even among locals.
1. Genghis Khan Daruma Main Branch
Established in 1954 (Showa 29), this is the main branch of Genghis Khan Daruma, which represents Hokkaido. Loved by the locals, this long-established restaurant sees a line form at its front door every day. The tender, succulent, odorless mutton is stocked every day without fail, assuring its freshness. This is a highly recommended place even for anyone new to eating Genghis Khan.
Lining up outside the Main Branch is inevitable, but the great food is certainly worth the wait!
Only counter seats are available inside. The atmosphere is full of energy, and the customer service is friendly.
Genghis Khan Daruma Main Branch
: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am) *The business hours of this chain have changed. The Daruma 6.4 branch is open until 5:00 am (L.O. 4:30 am).Closed
*Closed at the beginning and end of the year (December 31 – January 2)Average price
: 2,100 JPY - 2,300 JPYAccess
: 6-minute walk from Susukino StationAddress
: 1F, Crystal Bldg., Minami 5-jo Nishi 4, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
2. Genghis Khan Daruma 6.4
This is the second branch of “Genghis Khan Daruma”, and it is open until 5:00 am, making it the branch that is open the latest within the chain. This branch makes it easy to enjoy delicious Genghis Khan at any time, even after drinking late into the night.
Fresh, hand-cut mutton is delivered daily just before the branch opens.
The horseshoe-shaped counter is always bustling with locals on their way home from work.
Genghis Khan Daruma 6.4
: 5:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 4:30 am) *L.O. is 30 minutes before closing.Closed
*Closes at the beginning and end of the year (December 31 – January 2)Average price
: 2,100 JPY - 2,300 JPYAccess
: 3-minute walk from Susukino StationAddress
: 1F, Noguchi Bldg., Hana-koji, Minami 6-jo Nishi 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
3. Genghis Khan Daruma 4.4
Located behind Lafiler, this is the closest branch to Susukino Station out of the entire Daruma chain, so it is extremely accessible. With easy access on rainy or windy days, and storage lockers inside, this branch comes highly recommended.
Their side menu is also very popular, consisting of dishes like handmade kimchi (spicy cabbage) and chanja (spicy fish innards).
There are 15 counter seats available, as well as storage lockers. It is ideal for a variety of occasions.
Genghis Khan Daruma 4.4
Open: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am)
*The business hours of this chain have changed. The Daruma 6.4 branch is open until 5:00 am (L.O. 4:30 am).
*Closed at the beginning and end of the year (December 31 – January 2)
Average price: 2,100 JPY - 2,300 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Susukino Station. Located in the side street behind Lafiler (formerly Robinson).
Address: Minami 4-jo Nishi 4, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
4. Genghis Khan Daruma 4.4 Nikaitei
This branch is highly recommended for its countermeasures against smells and smoke. This is the newest branch of the Daruma chain. It takes women and families into consideration by providing a substantial drink and dessert menu, as well as by installing cutting-edge smoke ventilation apparatuses. In addition, personal lockers are provided to all visitors. This Daruma branch provides service with luxury in mind.
There is a secret menu item of ochazuke (green tea or broth poured on top of rice) that's recommended for your final dish! Just add bancha (type of Japanese green tea) and gulp it down!
The meat used at Daruma is mutton. Once you have tried it, you won't be able to settle for anything else!
Genghis Khan Daruma 4.4 Nikaitei
: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am)
*The business hours of this chain have changed. The Daruma 6.4 branch is open until 5:00 am (L.O. 4:30 am).Closed
*Closed at the beginning and end of the year (December 31 – January 1)Average price
: 1,300 JPYAccess
: 1 minute walk from Susukino Station. Located in the side street behind Lafiler (formerly Robinson).Address
: Minami 4-jo Nishi 4, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
5. Otaru Genghis Khan Club Kitatogarashi Main Branch
Enjoy delicious Genghis Khan in Otaru at this much-loved restaurant with their popular all-you-can-eat-and-drink option. The ingredients are locally produced in Otaru for local consumption. The refreshing homemade sauce goes amazingly well with the tender and fresh lamb. It is so delicious that you won’t be able to stop yourself from eating!
6 - 10 month old lamb meat is used here. It is tender, odorless, and fresh.
This is a charming restaurant that was renovated from an old fabric shop.
Otaru Genghis Khan Club Kitatogarashi Main Branch
: [Weekdays, Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
*Closed at the beginning and end of the yearAverage price
: 2,000 JPYAccess
: 10-minute walk from both Otaru Station and Minami-Otaru StationAddress
: 1-10-7, Hanazono, Otaru-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
6. Kirin Beer-en Honkan Nakajimakoen-ten
Enjoy draft beer freshly shipped in from the Kirin Chitose Beer Factory at this large beer hall! Its grand scale will make you think of Hokkaido. It is a great place to enjoy delicious food and drinks with friends. You can also experience other flavors of Hokkaido besides Genghis Khan.
A great value set with all-you-can-eat Genghis Khan and sushi is available.
Genghis Khan marinated in sauce is also available. Of course, you can eat as much as you like of either version!
Kirin Beer-en Honkan Nakajimakoen-ten
Open: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)
[Weekdays] Lunch 11:30 am - 3:00 pm *A fantastic Kaisen-don (rice bowl dish with seafood) is available for lunch.
Average price: 4,000 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Nakajima Koen Station. The parking lot holds up to 50 cars.
Address: 1-1-60, Minami 10-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
7. Kirin Beer Garden Shinkan Urban Branch
This is a stylish beer hall where you can enjoy draft beer freshly delivered from the Kirin Chitose Beer Factory. The all-you-can-eat option is very popular at this exquisitely designed branch, and includes Genghis Khan with raw lamb and Genghis Khan marinated in sauce.
The menu is full of local Hokkaido specialties like seafood, potatoes, and cheese!
The stylish beer hall can be used for a variety of occasions!
Kirin Beer Garden Shinkan Urban Branch
: [Weekdays, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday, National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAccess
: 2-minute walk from Susukino StationAddress
: 7F, Urban Sapporo Bldg., Minami 3-jo Nishi 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
8. Sumibiyaki Genghis Khan Hoteiya
The distinctive feature of Sumibiyaki Genghis Khan Hoteiya has to be the pot. They use perforated pots over portable grills, on which lamb shoulder chops are charcoal grilled. This method of cooking increases the aroma of this delicious dish. The all-you-can-eat option is highly recommended for those who wish to eat a lot!
Add as much Korean red chili and garlic as you like to the light shoyu (soy sauce) based homemade sauce!
The good old lamb roll Genghis Khan has some hardcore fans.
Sumibiyaki Genghis Khan Hoteiya
: 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: 2,000 JPYAccess
: 5 minutes by car or around a 10-minute walk from Higashi Muroran StationAddress
: 1-13-11, Nakajima-cho, Muroran-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
9. Genghis Khan Hitsujiya
Hitsujiya's cooking style involves grilling Hokkaido-bred Suffolk lamb on a yogan plate (plate made from carved and processed lava rock)! Other restaurants may use different kinds of cookware, but the taste is different when you use a yogan plate due to the effect from the far infrared heat.
This branch uses Suffolk lamb bred in Saroma, Hokkaido. The meat is deliciously tender and fatty.
This restaurant has horigotatsu (sunken kotatsu tables) to ensure customers can relax and eat with ease.
Genghis Khan Hitsujiya
: [Tuesday - Saturday, National Holidays] 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm *Open on national holidays only if they fall on a Friday or Saturday. Closed at the beginning and end of the year, Golden Week, and Obon.Closed
: Monday, Sunday, National Holidays
*Open on national holidays that fall on a Friday or Saturday.Average price
: 4,300 JPY
*The price may vary from 3,000 JPY - 5,000 JPY depending on the type of meat and drinks ordered.Access
: Around a 15-minute walk from Tomakomai Station. Located on 1F of Crown Bldg.Address
: 1F, Crown Bldg., 2-3-12, Nishiki-machi, Tomakomai-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
10. Matsuo Genghis Khan Asahikawa Branch
This flavored Genghis Khan is loved by the people of Hokkaido. There is no doubt that eating this will make everyone will exclaim, “Delicious! It reminds me of my childhood!” The secret sauce here is not to be missed. You cannot say you have tried Genghis Khan until you have visited this classic branch.
A delivery service is available for those who wish to eat at home.
The spacious interior is great for those coming in large groups.
Matsuo Genghis Khan Asahikawa Branch
: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:30 pm)Closed
*Closed on Tuesday from January – April. Open every day from May – December.Average price
: 2,000 JPY
*The banquet course (with all-you-can-eat-and-drink) costs 3,500 JPY - 5,000 JPY.Access
: Go through Kaimono Koen from Asahikawa Station, and turn left at Nijo Street. Walk for about 5 minutes and the restaurant will be on the right-hand side.Address
: No. 3 Hidari, Nijo-dori 5-chome, Asahikawa-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
11. Sumibi de Genghis Khan Shimadaya
Enjoy the finest lamb cooked amiyaki (grilled on a wire rack) style at this well-known branch. You can enjoy charcoal-grilled amiyaki Genghis Khan here. Shimadaya was established over 50 years ago, and has its own unique flavor. 10 types of carefully selected, odorless, and premium lamb can be enjoyed here. The course options are recommended for those who wish to eat a lot.
Lone diners can enjoy themselves at the counter seats. It's also great that they are open until the morning!
The relaxing horigotatsu seating in their laid back atmosphere is recommended.
Sumibi de Genghis Khan Shimadaya
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 5:30 pm - 6:00 am
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Average price: 4,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from Susukino Station
Address: 1F, Show Bldg., 2-11, Minami 7-jo Nishi 4-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.