There are many izakaya (Japanese pubs) that are representative of Hokkaido in Susukino, the top business district of Hokkaido. This article will introduce 14 recommended izakaya with delicious food in this area.
1. Akane Sapporo Branch
This izakaya is located right in the heart of Susukino. They serve a wide variety of delicious hot pot dishes, such as motsu-nabe (hot pot with offal), as well as fresh sashimi made from seafood that was directly shipped from the market. Although all their dishes are delicious, the luxurious [Maguro no Danmen Sashi] is particularly recommended. You'll get a cross section of tuna, meaning that you can have both lean and fatty tuna meat. Why not enjoy some delicious food as you relax and look down on the busy streets of Susukino at this lovely Japanese-style izakaya?
Akane Sapporo Branch
Open: [Monday - Thursday] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
[Friday, Day before National Holidays] 4:30 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 3:00 am)
[Saturday] 4:00 pm - 5:00 am (L.O. 3:00 am)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 4:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Closed: None *Closed January 1
Average price: 2,980 JPY
Address: 5F, Keiai Bldg., 4-16, Minami 4-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
2. Kanade Susukino Branch
This izakaya serves up a number of delicious dishes, such as sashimi made from seafood purchased straight from the market and creative dishes like [Uni and Ikura Yaki-onigiri] (680 JPY) (grilled rice ball with sea urchin and salmon roe). The dish gaining the most attention has to be the [Cheese Dak Galbi], due to its small price tag of 1,280 JPY. This inexpensive dish consists of stir-fried chicken and vegetables topped with melted cheese. What’s more, for just 1,480 JPY in total, you can combine it with a 2-hour, all-you-can-drink option! Why not enjoy the perfect combination of cheese dak galbi with some beer?
Kanade Susukino Branch
: [Monday - Thursday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
[Friday, Day before National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 5:00 am
[Saturday] 4:30 pm - 5:00 am
[Sunday] 4:30 pm - 12:00 amClosed
: NoneAverage price
: 2,800 JPYAddress
: 5F, Kitakoh S4 Bldg., 3-6-2, Minami 4-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
3. Ezo Kyowakoku Baka Damon
This izakaya serves up extremely fresh Ezo venison dishes, such as [Ezo Venison Shabu-shabu] (from 1,280 JPY) (sliced meat parboiled with vegetables), in which the excess fat is removed before it is served with green onions. They have a variety of venison dishes that aren't available elsewhere, such as the [Ezo Venison Sukiyaki] (from 1,380 JPY) (hot pot stew), where the sweet meat can be enjoyed to the fullest. This izakaya is also proud of its horse meat dishes, like the delicious [Horse’s Best: Horse Sashimi Platter] (5,980 JPY), in which you can savor the finest cuts - like lean meat, liver, and tongue.
Ezo Kyowakoku Baka Damon
Open: [Tuesday - Friday] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm[Sunday] 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average price: [Dinner] 3,500 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Exit 12 of [Odori Station](next to Sapporo Mitsukoshi)
Address: B1F, Sasseki Bldg., 3-8-11, Minami 1jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo city, Hokkaido
4. Umi Hachikyo Main Branch
The sound of the staff energetically saying “Oisaa!” rings out around this quaint, cottage-like izakaya. Their specialty is none other than [Tsukko Rice] (large costs 4,990 JPY), which consists of a bowl of rice topped to the brim with plump ikura that has been marinated for an entire night in homemade shoyu (soy sauce). This luxurious dish is so generously portioned that it almost falls out of the bowl! All of their seafood - not just their ikura - are delicious and extremely fresh. Ask a staff member what the recommended seafood of the day is to get the best deal.
Umi Hachikyo Main Branch
Open: [Weekdays, Saturday] 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Average price: 4,500 JPY
Address: 1F, Miyako Bldg., Minami 3-jo Nishi 3, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
5. Kaisen Bal Nemuroya
Seafood lovers will be overjoyed to hear that they can enjoy fresh seafood caught in Hokkaido here until the early hours of the morning (3:00 am). A selection of handpicked seafood - all of which were stocked that very day - is magnificently presented on a platter in the [Today's Assortment of 5 Sashimi] (1,680 JPY plus tax). The quality of the seafood in this dish will no doubt impress anyone. Their high-quality, Hokkaido-grown beef tenderloin and lamb dishes are also highly recommended to those who are particularly hungry. The rich umami (Japanese savory taste) of mutton in the [Mutton Carpaccio] (800 JPY plus tax) is particularly delightful!
Kaisen Bal Nemuroya
: 17:00 - 05:00 Closed
: IrregularAverage price
: [Dinner] 3,500 JPYAccess
: 4 minutes on foot from Susukino Station. Proceed south from Exit 5 and turn left at the third intersection. We are located on the 4th floor of the light brown building on the left.Address
: 5.3 Building 407, 3-chome, Minami 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido MapMore Details Reservation
This izakaya makes mouth-watering cuisine using ingredients directly shipped in from producers across Hokkaido. While their classic dishes, such as various types of sashimi and hairy crab dishes, are delicious, the one dish you really shouldn’t miss out on is the [Ibara Crab] (2,200 JPY)! This sweet and very easy-to-eat crab is often called the "phantom crab" due to just how hard it is to find.
Open: [Monday, Wednesday - Saturday, Day before National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Sunday, National Holidays] 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 10:00 pm)
Average price: 4,000 JPY
Address: 1F, TM-29 Bldg., 4-1-11, Minami 6-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Fresh crab cuisine can be enjoyed to the fullest at this reasonably-priced izakaya. Although crab can be enjoyed through dishes like [Crab Shabu-shabu] (from 2,980 JPY), customers should not miss out on experiencing the true skills of the chef by savoring their creative cuisine! The [CRACLU Crab Cream Croquette] (480 JPY) is particularly popular, and is made by using meat from one whole snow crab leg. This croquette, filled with the taste of crab, is really a treat!
Open: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm (L.O. 10:30 pm)
Address: 2F, Japan Land Bldg., Minami 5-jo Nishi 5, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
8. BALTON Minami 3-jo Branch
This chic izakaya serves yakiton, a type of downtown soul food, with wine. Fresh pork offal from Hokkaido is stocked on a daily basis, and can be eaten skewered in the delicious [Fresh Pork Offal Skewer] (from 100 JPY). If you wish to taste the chef's handpicked cuts, then why not order the [Yakiton 5-Stick Assortment] (520 JPY)? Imagine yourself with a glass of wine in one hand and a delicious skewer in the other. Come to this relaxing and stylish izakaya to experience something new!
BALTON Minami 3-jo Branch
Open: 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Average price: 3,000 JPY
Address: B1F, Katsumi Bldg., Minami 3-jo Nishi 3, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
9. Kaisenya Hakodate Main Branch
Kaisenya Hakodate Main Branch prides itself on serving the freshest, most skillfully prepared, and luxuriously portioned dishes at the best values. All of their seafood is seasonal and caught locally. Each dish is carefully prepared by the chef prior to landing in diners' stomachs. The luxurious [Enkai Course] (from 3,500 JPY) is particularly recommended, as the skilled chef will make fresh sushi for diners right before their very eyes! Why not order this course for yourself and enjoy the performance while eating some delicious, freshly made sushi?
Kaisenya Hakodate Main Branch
: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. Food 10:30 pm, Drinks 11:00 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: [Dinner] 5,000 JPYAccess
: 3 minutes walk from Susukino Station on the Namboku subway line.Address
: Dai-ichi Seijusha Bldg., Minami 7 Jo Nishi 3-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido MapMore Details Reservation
10. Hirasawa Seinikuten Sapporo Main Branch
The offal cuisine available at this izakaya is in a league of its own! Customers can choose between salt, shoyu, and miso flavorings for the izakaya's signature dish, the [Grilled Offal] (480 JPY). All the options are mouth-wateringly good! Also highly recommended is the so-called “secret signature dish”, the [Mise-biki Hamburg Steak] (740 JPY). The 100% Kuroge Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef) used to make this popular hamburg steak, which draws out the maximum flavor of the beef, is minced in-house.
Hirasawa Seinikuten Sapporo Main Branch
Open: [Weekdays] 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
[Saturday, Sunday] 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 12:00 am)
[National Holidays] 5:00 pm - 1:00 am (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Average price: 2,800 JPY
Address: 1F, FA-S3 Bldg., 3-14-2, Minami 3-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
11. Dashioshimi Tsukushi
This izakaya serves Japanese dishes using Hokkaido-grown ingredients and seafood stocked directly from fishing ports. Customers won’t be able to get enough of the flavors of Hokkaido in the rich [Ezo Mebaru no Ni-zuke] (800 JPY) (Ezo rockfish stew) or the [Shime no Ago-dashi Miso Soup] (300 JPY) (miso soup made with flying fish broth), which has a unique umami. Customers will also be pleased to see the range of alcoholic drink options available at this izakaya. Why not visit to experience just how well Japanese cuisine and local Hokkaido ji-zake (local slake) go together?
Open: 6:00 pm - 2:00 am
Average price: 4,000 JPY
Address: 3F, Kamiya Bldg., 4-9, Minami 3-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Fresh, Hokkaido-caught seafood and fresh vegetables harvested that very morning are grilled in a robata-yaki (charcoal grilling) style at this izakaya. The [Tokudai Hokke no Shio-yaki] (1,280 JPY plus tax) (grilled salted large Okhotsk atka mackerel) is particularly recommended. Any excess fat is grilled away, allowing customers to enjoy the condensed umami, as well as the crispy yet soft texture of the slow-grilled dish. Ochazuke (green tea or broth poured over rice) is always a perfect way to finish off a meal, so why not try it for yourself with the [Azumino-grown Wasabi Ochazuke] (520 JPY plus tax)? Customers can even grate their own fresh wasabi in this delicious dish! You will no doubt quickly become fond of the refreshing spiciness of Azumino-grown wasabi.
Open: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am (L.O. 11:30 pm)
Average price: 3,500 JPY
Address: 6F, No.11 Green Bldg., 3-1-4, Minami 5-jo Nishi, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
13. SUNTORY Kushiage BAR Kamawanu
Jazz is usually playing at this stylish Japanese-style izakaya. Here, customers can enjoy kushiage (deep-fried skewered ingredients) that are made using carefully selected ingredients. While table seats and private rooms are available, the counter seats are the most highly sought after. Enjoy the [Chef's Choice of Kushiage Stop Course] (150 JPY plus tax per skewer), in which customers eat until they cannot eat anymore, which is when they have to say “stop”. Not knowing what kind of kushiage might arrive on your plate is exciting!
SUNTORY Kushiage BAR Kamawanu
: 5:00 pm - 11:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)Closed
: NoneAverage price
: 4,000 JPYAddress
: 1F, N Center Bldg., Minami 5-jo Nishi 4, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, HokkaidoMore Details
While a wide range of izakaya have been mentioned in this article, there is no doubt that the food in each place will go amazingly well with alcohol. Lots of these izakaya are also open until the early hours of the morning, so why not enjoy some delicious food and drinks in Susukino - the part of Hokkaido that really doesn’t sleep?
Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.