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A guide of kids-friendly dining in Hokkaido - Bumble Bee Mum

My friends all know that I LOVE going to Hokkaido to eat.  Whenever friends of mine want to go Hokkaido, they would ask me,

Where are the best places to eat in Hokkaido?

So to answer this question once and for all, I am going to write a Hokkaido Food Guide.  In this 3-part series (because trilogies are the IN-thing), I would introduce

 

Kids-Friendly Restaurants in Hokkaido – The Best Places to Dine with Kids in Hokkaido!

I shall start off my Hokkaido Food Guide with a run-down of the best places to dine with kids in Hokkaido (since my blog IS predominantly a parenting blog – it’s not called bumblebeeMUM.net for nothing okay?).

Japan’s restaurants are NOT known to be child-friendly.  Dining usually requires kids to perform balancing acts on high stools along narrow counters.

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MF struggling to eat his ramen at a typical Japanese ramen joint.

 

However, over my trips with the kids to Hokkaido, I have come across some wonderful restaurants that are extremely kids-friendly.  If you are travelling to Hokkaido with kids, do KIV these places!

 

Tadumura Tonkatsu Restaurant  (Sapporo)
たづむら

Conveniently located inside Daimaru at Sapporo station, Tadumura serves awesome tonkatsu.   They provide high chairs and toys for kids to keep them entertained while waiting for the food.

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9-month old MY getting comfy in the high chair.

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Staff brought out little stuffed toys for the kids to play with (though MF would rather play with the cups).

 

On their menu, they have kids meal which comes with a free toy.

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Kids meal at Tadumura

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MF holding the free toy that came with his kids meal.

 

Information:

Location:  Daimaru Sapporo (8th Floor)

Getting There: Daimaru is directly connected to Sapporo station.

Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Last order 9.30pm)

Tel: 011-828-1258

Websites: Daimaru Sapporo | Tabelog

 

Mitsui Outlet Park Kitahiroshima Food Court (Sapporo)

The food court located at Mitsui Outlet Park Kitahiroshima has a family seating area.  The chairs and tables at the family seating area are low and colourful, great for the kids!

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Colourful and comfortable seating area for families.

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MY sitting comfortably and enjoying his food.

 

The family seating area surrounds a soft padded play area that is great for babies and young toddlers.

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Play area at the food court of Mitsui Outlet Park Kitahiroshima (Sapporo)

 

Since it is a food court, there are many stalls around for you to choose your food from.  If you’re not hungry, you can just grab a coffee and sit back, relax, and sip away while your kids play.

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Information:

Location: Mitsui Outlet Park Kitahiroshima (Approximately 1 hour bus ride from Central Sapporo)

Getting There: The easiest way to get to Mitsui Outlet Park from Sapporo / Susukino area was the take the direct bus.  From Sapporo Station, look for the bus-stop outside Tokyu Department store.

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The bus then makes stops at every block South of Sapporo station until Minami 4, so you can board at a nearer bus stop if you are at Odori Park or Susukino.  The map below shows where the bus stops are:

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Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm

Tel: 011-377-3200

Map Code: 920 641 1

Websites: Official Homepage

 

Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park (New Chitose Airport)

This Doraemon themed cafe at New Chitose Airport is bound to keep kids amused and entertained!  The cafe serves all sorts of Doraemon-themed food.

Kids-Friendly Restaurants New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park cafe

Kids-Friendly Restaurants New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park cafe

Kids-Friendly Restaurants New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park cafe

 

Just across the corridor from the cafe is a FREE play area.  However, the play area is not connected to the cafe and you will not be able to see the play area from the cafe. Maybe the adults can take turns to keep an eye on the kids while the rest relax and dine at the cafe.

Kids-Friendly Restaurants New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park free play area

Kids-Friendly Restaurants New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park free play area

Kids-Friendly Restaurants New Chitose Airport with kids - Doraemon Waku Waku Sky Park free play area

Information:

Location: New Chitose Airport 3rd Floor (along Smile Road)

Getting There: By plane? Okay, suppose you are not flying in / out of Hokkaido via New Chitose Airport, you can get there by train (New Chitose Airport station) or Airport Limousine Buses from Central Sapporo.

Map Code: 113 742 186

Websites: Japanese Homepage | English Homepage

 

Sendoan  (Lake Toya)
仙堂庵 わかさいも本舗

Sendoan is located at the second floor of Wakasaimo main store along the Southern shore of Lake Toya.

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Wakasaimo main store along Lake Toya

 

To allow kids to dine comfortably tatami-style, they provided little stools for them.  The kids meal here was excellent value for money, less than 600 yen and came with a free toy!

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MF, sitting on the stool provided for kids, thrilled with his free toy.

 

The view from the restaurant is very beautiful.  My kids loved looking out at the lake, especially when the castle-shaped boat was approaching.

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You can get a beautiful view of Lake Toya from Sendoan.

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Kids will love the sight of the castle-shaped boat!

 

After dining at Sendoan, you can head downstairs for dessert! The little cafe on the first floor served kawaii cakes at very reasonable prices.

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Desserts from the cafe on level 1 of Wakasaimo main store.

 

Information:

Location: Wakasaimo Main Store 2F (わかさいも本舗 洞爺湖本店 2F)
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Getting There: The best way to reach Lake Toya is by rental car.  (Apprximately 2.5 hours drive from Central Sapporo.)

Tel: 0142-75-4111

Opening Hours: 11am to 7pm (Last order 6.30pm)

Websites: Wakasaimo Homepage | Tabelog

 

Lake Hill Farm  (Lake Toya)
レークヒル・ファーム

Also located near Lake Toya but at the Western end, this quaint cafe is famous for its gelato.

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Entrance of Lake Hill Farm

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MF enjoying the gelato at Lake Hill Farm

 

Although the name ‘Lake Hill Farm‘ seems to suggest that this is a farm, it is not quite one.  There are just a few animals around.

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Kids can check out the animals around Lake Hill Farm.

 

What I really LOVE about Lake Hill Farm was the green grassy lawn! There were balls and racquets that were FREE for use. Kids can enjoy running and kicking the ball around while parents sit around and enjoy their ice-cream.

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Big grassy lawn with free balls / racquets for kids to play with.

 

So sit back, enjoy the scenery and breathe in the fresh air while your kids run loose!

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Information:

Location: 〒049-5724 北海道虻田郡洞爺湖町花和127

Getting There: The best way to reach Lake Toya is by rental car.  (Approximately 2.5 hours drive from Central Sapporo.)

Tel: :0120-83-3376

Map Code: 321 694 686

Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog

 

Toppi Sushi  (Otaru)
とっぴ~ 小樽運河通店

When in Hokkaido, you absolutely cannot leave without having a meal of sushi.  The most kids-friendly sushi restaurant I have came across in Hokkaido is Toppi Sushi, conveniently located along the famous canal at Otaru.

 

There are large dining tables for families which can accommodate high chairs for kids.

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High chair at Toppi for kids

 

They serve cooked food like hot udon and fried chicken, so you need not worry that there is nothing for kids to eat.  Kids can also enjoy the juice bar for FREE.  And when leaving, the kids were even given FREE toys!

Information:

Location: 小樽市港町6番4号

Getting There: Toppi Sushi is located along the famous Otaru Canal.   Otaru is approximately 1 hour train ride from Sapporo.  The nearest train stations to Otaru canal are Minami-Otaru station or Otaru station.

Tel: 0134-27-8111

Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog

 

Panorama Cafe Harvester (PA Yakumo)
パノラマカフェハーベスター PA八雲

If you are driving South to Hakodate with kids, PA (Parking Area) Yakumo along the expressway is the best place to take a break from the long drive.

At this parking area, you will find an indoor complex with FREE play areas for kids!  And since it is indoors, you need not worry about rain or snow!

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Play area for older kids at PA Yakumo

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Play area for toddlers at PA Yakumo

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There are even table tennis tables!

 

There is even a nursing room here!

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Nursing room at PA Yakumo

 

Within the complex, there is a cafe ran by Harvester Yakumo.  Harvester Yakumo runs a bigger restaurant that you can reach on foot, 5 minutes from the parking area.  However, I prefer dining at the cafe because of the play areas for kids here.

Kids-Friendly Restaurants in HOkkaido food guide dine with kids PA Yakumo Harvester Yakumo restaurant cafe 7

The food kiosk sells simple food like udon and yakitori don.

 

Information:

Location: PA Yakumo is a parking area along the expressway between Sapporo and Hakodate, approximately 3 hours from Sapporo / 1.5 hours from Hakodate.

Getting There: You will need a rental car to get to PA Yakumo.

Tel: 0137-65-3003

Opening Hours: 10:00~16:00 (Last Order 15:30)

Website: Funkawan Panorama Park Website | Tabelog

 

Furano Wine House (Furano)
ふらのワイン ハウス

Furano Wine House is a beautiful restaurant located on a hill top.

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The scenery from the restaurant is pretty breathtaking!

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The specialty here is their cheese fondue and 4-cheese pizza, made with locally produced cheese and can be enjoyed by kids.

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But the real reason I included this place in my list is: THE KIDS MEAL.  This was the BEST kids meal I had (or rather MF had) in all of Hokkaido.  Look at the size of the that gigantic prawn!! And the price: 800 Yen.  SUPER value-for-money!! Can adults eat the kids meal too? Please??

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Gigantic prawn in the kids meal. All these for 800 yen only!

 

Information:

Location:〒076-0048 北海道富良野市清水山

Getting There: The best way to access Furano Wine House is by rental car.  Alternatively, you can catch the Tourist Sightseeing Bus to Furano Winery and walk up the hill (600m) to Furano Wine House from there.

Tel: 0167-23-4155

Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog

 

Tomita Farm (Furano)
ファーム富田

Tomita Farm houses the most famous flower and lavender fields in Hokkaido.  This is where tourists flock to from July to October to enjoy the famous Hokkaido flower fields.

There are two cafes at Tomita Farm. The one nearer the main entrance has indoor and outdoor seating.  If you sit outdoors, your kids can roam around the flower fields while you dine.  (We didn’t get to do that because there was a TYPHOON when we were there.)

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If the weather is good, grab a table outdoors so that your kids can roam around the beautiful flower field.

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Kids enjoying a burger and lavender-flavoured food at Tomita Farm.

 

While you are there, don’t forget to grab a lavender-flavoured soft serve!

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Information:

Location: 071-0704 北海道空知郡中富良野町基線北15号

Getting There:  The best way to reach Tomita Farm is by rental car.  Alternatively, it is approximately 10 minutes walk from Lavender Field Station.  Please note that trains will only stop at this station in Summer and there will only be 3 trains a day, please check the train timetable carefully.  You can also reach there via the Tourist Sightseeing Bus.

Tel: 0167 39 3939

Map Code: 349 276 829

Opening Hours: July & August 8:30~17:30 / June, Sept, Oct 9:00~16:30

Websites: Tomita Farm Homepage | Tabelog

 

Tomita Melon House (Furano)
とみたメロンハウス

Just beside Tomita Farm is Tomita Melon House that only opens in Summer.

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Over here, the kids can enjoy hopping on the giant tractors!

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Kids with a sweet tooth will also love the array of melon food products available here!

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All kinds of melon products available at Tomita Melon House

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MF enjoying a big mouthful of melon-flavoured popcorn.

 

Information:

Location: 北海道空知郡中富良野町宮町3-32

Getting There:  Tomita Melon House is just beside Tomita Farm.  The best way to reach is by rental car.  Alternatively, it is approximately 10 minutes walk from Lavender Field Station.  Please note that trains will only stop at this station in Summer and there will only be 3 trains a day, please check the train timetable carefully.  You can also reach there via the Tourist Sightseeing Bus.

Tel: 0167 39 3333

Opening Hours: June – September 9:00~17:00

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog

 

Mugioto (Obihiro)
麦音 (帯広)

Mugioto is a bakery cafe at Obihiro that is extremely popular among the locals.  It is under the bakery chain, Masuya Pan.

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There are indoor and outdoor seating areas.  If you sit outdoors, there is space for kids to run and roam around.

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Indoors seating area at Mugioto.

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Outdoors seating area at Mugioto.

 

Since I was there in winter, we sat indoors (for obvious reasons).  There was a small playroom indoors to keep the kids entertained!

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Play room for kids at Mugioto.

 

The bread here all looked so yummy we couldn’t decide what to eat and ended up buying quite a bit.  There was a toaster in the cafe, so you can heat up your bread – piping hot bread guranteed!

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Everything looked so yummy!

 

Information:

Location: 〒080-0831 帯広市稲田町南8線西16-43

Getting There: The best way to reach Mugioto is by rental car.

Tel: 0155-67-4659

Opening Hours: 6:55~20:00

Website: Masuya Pan Homepage | Tabelog

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A guide of kids-friendly dining in Hokkaido - Bumble Bee Mum

Planning a trip to Hokkaido with Kids?

Below you will find all my blog posts relating to Hokkaido travel with kids.

Hokkaido in Autumn (October 2013)
Part 1: Flight, Hotel Mercure Sapporo, Toyota Rent-A-Car Sapporo
Part 2: Itinerary (with telephone numbers and GPS Map Codes)

Hokkaido in Summer (June 2014)
> Outline of Itinerary
Part 1: Chitose, Lake Toya, Hakodate, Niseko, Otaru
Part 2: Sapporo
Part 3: Furano, Biei, Tomamu, Obihiro, New Chitose Airport

Hokkaido in Winter (December 2014)
> Outline of Itinerary
Part 1:  Sapporo
Part 2: Asahikawa, Lake Akan, Lake Mashu, Iozan, Lake Kussharo
Part 3: Kushiro, Obihiro, Tomamu
Part 4: Chitose, Lake Shikotsu, Niseko, Noboribetsu, Lake Toya, Rusutsu
Part 5: Sapporo, Otaru, New Chitose Airport

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