Top 4 Gourmet Restaurants to Visit on a Summer Trip in Hokkaido

Publish-date: Dec 13 2017 Update-date: Nov 17 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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Top 5 Gourmet Restaurants to Visit on a Summer Trip in Hokkaido

Known as a very popular tourist spot in Japan, Hokkaido has a lot to offer when it comes to food! Since the island is surrounded by a vast ocean and greenery, it is no surprise that their cuisine has a lot of fresh, seasonal ingredients to offer. Among them is Hokkaido's comfort food [Genghis Khan], which is cooked in various styles depending on the region. If you are about to head there, this dish is something that you should not miss. Read on for more details about Hokkaido's top gourmet restaurants. But watch out, because this article is not for people who are on a diet!

1. Genghis Khan Daruma 4.4 Nikaitei

1. Genghis Khan Daruma 4.4 Nikaitei

Daruma serves [Genghis Khan] (Mongolian-style barbecue consisting of mutton, vegetables, and sometimes meat), which is Susukino's special dish. This restaurant is the 4th branch built within its 60 years of operation. Unlike its predecessors, the 4.4 Nikaitei style was built to appeal to female customers and those who don't want their belongings to smell like barbeque. It achieves this by putting lockers for storing belongings in a separate area from the dining area. Enjoy Genghis Khan and continue smelling fresh afterwards!

Top 5 Gourmet Restaurants to Visit on a Summer Trip in Hokkaido

Its taste has withstood the test of time, and many regulars love it.

Top 5 Gourmet Restaurants to Visit on a Summer Trip in Hokkaido

You cannot make reservations. They only have counter seats that can accommodate a maximum of 20 people. It is so popular that people do not mind waiting in line just to get in!

Genghis Khan Daruma 4.4 Nikaitei

Open: 5:00 pm - 3:00 am (L.O. 2:30 am)
*Business hours have changed! Daruma 6.4 is now open until 5:00 am (L.O. 4:30 am)!
Closed: None  Except at the beginning and end of the year (December 31 - January 2)
Average price: 1,300 JPY
Access: 1 minute walk from Susukino Station. Located behind Lafiler (formerly known as Robinson's).
Address: Minami 4-jo Nishi 4, Chuo-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaido
Source: hitosara (Japanese)

2. Otaru Takeno Sushi

2. Otaru Takeno Sushi

 Located by Otaru Canal (Otaru-unga), this sushi restaurant cares about their seafood toppings, sushi-making techniques, and utensils. Enjoy sushi made from fresh seafood caught on the coast of Hokkaido, such as Botan shrimp of Haboro, scallops of Funka Bay (Funka-wan), and surf clams of Tomakomai, at very reasonable prices.

Top 5 Gourmet Restaurants to Visit on a Summer Trip in Hokkaido

This is the [Ainori Don Rice Bowl]. Customize your bowl by choosing any 4 of your favorite toppings.

Top 5 Gourmet Restaurants to Visit on a Summer Trip in Hokkaido

Mantis shrimp caught in the foreshores of Otaru are known for their huge size and sweet taste.

Otaru Takeno Sushi

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  
[Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays]Dinner 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: Thursday 
*The restaurant operates during the beginning and end of the year! (business hours for January 2 and 3 is until 4:00 pm) It will be temporarily closed from January 6 - 10!
Access: 10-minute walk from Otaru Station. Located next to Kitaichi Glass Otaru in Sakai-machi Street.
Address: 2-22, Sakai-machi, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido
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3. Restaurant Nord

3. Restaurant Nord

With a winery set up next to the restaurant, diners can enjoy a perfect combination of their original wine and cheese dishes. It is one of the few restaurants in Furano (and in the whole of Hokkaido) that has a winery. They use a mixture of grape juices procured from all over the world to make their wine. With about 20 local wine varieties, it is the only restaurant in the world that can produce their own original wine.

Top 5 Gourmet Restaurants to Visit on a Summer Trip in Hokkaido

Try their specialty [Cheese Fondue]!

Top 5 Gourmet Restaurants to Visit on a Summer Trip in Hokkaido

They also serve wine from the winery that's set up next to the store.

Restaurant Nord

Open: Lunch 11:00 am - 3:00 pm (L.O. 2:30 pm)  
Dinner 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (L.O. 9:00 pm)
Closed: None The restaurant may temporarily close depending on the season. Please inquire beforehand.
Average price: [Dinner] 1,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,000 JPY
Access: 10-minutes by car from Furano Station, heading to Kita no Mine (northern mountain peak)
Address: 2002, Shimogoryo, Furano-shi, Hokkaido 
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4. Otaru Masazushi Main Branch

4. Otaru Masazushi Main Branch

For over 70 years, the restaurant has been sharing the taste and traditions of the city of Otaru. You can feel the warmth of the wood in its interior, which provides a very relaxing atmosphere, while enjoying sushi made from the finest ingredients. Their best-selling [Ika Somen] (Squid Somen) is a definite must-try!

Top 5 Gourmet Restaurants to Visit on a Summer Trip in Hokkaido

With the restaurant's vibrant atmosphere, you can come as you are and dine in a relaxed setting.

Top 5 Gourmet Restaurants to Visit on a Summer Trip in Hokkaido

Otaru Masazushi's best seller, [Meibutsu Ganso Ika Somen] (Special Squid Somen).

Otaru Masazushi Main Branch

Open: [Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - Sunday, National Holidays, Day before National Holidays] 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed: Wednesday *Subject to change if this day falls on a national holiday, festival day, or other similar occasions.
Average price: 3,500 JPY They also have meal sets available from 1,580 JPY - 7,350 JPY.
Access: Around 3 - 4 minutes by taxi from Otaru Station
Address: 1-1-1, Hanazono, Otaru-shi, Hokkaido
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Dec 13 2017 Update-date: Nov 17 2018
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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