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A guide to the best foods in Hokkaido (by region) - Bumble Bee Mum

As tourists, chances are we only get to dine at one or two restaurants in each region we visit and off we go. So, we got to make each meal count! In this post, I am going to introduce my picks for the best places to dine at each region. (Okay, I will include more for Sapporo since most tourists spend more time at Sapporo.)

[disclaim]This post is part of my 3-part Hokkaido Food Guide:
> Part 1: Hokkaido Kids-Friendly Restaurants
> Part 2: Hokkaido Best Food by Region
> Part 3: Hokkaido Best Sweets Cafe[/disclaim]


 

Hokkaido Best Food (Sapporo)

 

#1 Tadumura Tonkatsu Restaurant たづむら

I was in Hokkaido taking an intensive Japanese course back in 2010.  We asked our Japanese teacher, “Can you name us your FAVOURITE restaurant in Sapporo?” She told us, “Tadumura, the tonkatsu restaurant at Daimaru.”

 

Immediately after the lesson, my classmates and I went there for lunch. We were presented with a bowl of sesame to grind.  Once we started grinding, the smell of sesame floated around the whole table! We poured in the tonkatsu sauce and, combined with the fragrance of the sesame, it was the nicest tonkatsu sauce I’ve ever had.

 

My favourite dish there was the black pig tonkatsu.  It was soft and juicy with the right amount of fats!

 

If you are not a fan of pork, they also have seafood tonkatsu.

hokkaido best food sapporo tadumura tonkatsu

This restaurant is also ultra kids-friendly.  You can read more about it on this post.

Information:

Location:  Daimaru Sapporo (8th Floor)
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Getting There: Daimaru is directly connected to Sapporo station.

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

Tel: 011-828-1258

Map Code: 9 522 731

Websites: Daimaru Sapporo | Tabelog

 

#2 Kita No Gourmet Tei 海鮮食堂 北のグルメ亭

Sapporo Central Wholesale Market a.k.a. Curb Market a.k.a. Jyogai Ichiba.  Not sure why one market has so many names.  But that’s besides the point.  Over there, you will find Kita No Gourmet, home to the most generous Kaisen Don (Seafood rice bowl) I have ever eaten!

hokkaido best food sapporo central curb market jyogai ichiba kaisen don

Kaisen Don 海鮮丼 (2980 Yen)

 

That bowl was bigger than my face and it was absolutely overflowing with ingredients.  There were so many ingredients that I couldn’t even count exactly how many there were.

If you are too full to stomach such a huge bowl of rice, how about just ordering sashimi instead.  The sashimi platter was just as generous and super value for money!

hokkaido best food sapporo central curb market jyogai ichiba sashimi set

Sashimi platter [A] 北海グルメ刺し [A] – only 1380 Yen!!

And since we are in Japan, how can we not have tuna sashimi?  If you are thinking, “Tuna? That red mushy sashimi? Yucks!”, you have not been to Japan.  The red mushy stuff called maguro that is served in Singapore’s Japanese restaurants is not fit to be served in Japan. When visiting Japan, go for fatty tuna chutoro (中トロ) or super fatty tuna otoro (大トロ).  They are super sweet and melt in your mouth!

hokkaido best food sapporo central curb market jyogai ichiba sashimi chutoro

Chutoro sashimi 中トロ刺身 (2000 yen)

hokkaido best food sapporo central curb market jyogai ichiba sashimi otoro

Otoro Sashimi 大トロ刺身 (2500 yen)

 

There is free WIFI at Kita No Gourmet Tei. Great for those who love to post yummy food photos on your Facebook and Instagram. :p

Information:

Location:  〒060-0011 札幌市中央区北11条西22丁目4-1
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Getting There: Kita No Gourmet provides FREE shuttle service to and fro hotels in Sapporo City Centre.  Ask your hotel concierge to call them to arrange for the shuttle service.

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Opening Hours:  7am – 3pm (Last order 2.30pm)

Tel: 011-621-3545

Map Code: 9548 205

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog

 

#3 Go Tsubo 五坪

This hole-in-wall joint is a place I visit without fail whenever I’m in Sapporo.

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Do not expect to sit comfortably at this cramp little eatery.  Almost everyone just eats standing at the window and leaves.  But what is everyone here for? This.

hokkaido best food sapporo suskino go tsubo oysters

Big fat succulent grilled oysters – for only 105 yen each! And so far every time I was there, the owner gave us more than we ordered!

They also serve grilled scallops (hotate) and hokki (surf clam). But you got to be there early to get them.  They open at 6pm and the shells get sold out by like 7pm.

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Hotate ホタテ (left) and Hokki ホッキ (right)

 

Information:

Location: 北海道札幌市中央区南6条西4
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Getting There: Go Tsubo is a 5-minutes walk south from Susukino station.

Opening Hours:  6pm – 2am

Tel: 011-551-7220

Map Code: 9 492 205

Websites: Tabelog

 

#4 All Day Dining Verde  オールデイ・ダイニング ヴェルデ

This was quite a surprise find.  We were staying at ANA Holiday Inn Susukino when it was snowing heavily, so we decided to just have dinner at this restaurant located at the hotel lobby.  Their food was kind of Italian-Japanese fusion, not something I would usually go for in Hokkaido, but I’m glad I did.  Everything tasted so good!

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Beef salad and seafood gratin

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Beef stew

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Carbonara and Pizza

 

They have since changed their menu and now serves shabu shabu for dinner.  However, their Italian food can still be savored during lunch time, BUFFET style, at an amazing price of 1100 yen per adult (770 yen per child)!

Information:

Location: Lobby of ANA Holiday Inn Susukino
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Getting There: 5-minutes walk from Susukino station.

Opening Hours:
6.30 – 10am (Breakfast)
11.30am – 2pm (lunch buffet)
2 – 4pm (dessert buffet)
4 – 11pm (Dinner)

Tel: 011-512-5533 (ANA Holiday Inn Susukino)

Map Code: 9 493 360

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog


 

 Hokkaido Best Food (Otaru)

Masazushi おたる政寿司 ぜん庵

Masazushi was introduced to me by a friend who lives in Otaru.  There is a famous sushi street in Otaru lined with numerous sushi restaurants, but my friend told me that is a tourist trap. He brought me to Masazushi, where we sat at the counter and he ordered seasonal sushi ala-carte for me.  It was one of the best sushi dining experiences I had!

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Watching our sushi being prepared from the counter.

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Sushi exquisitely prepared one by one.

 

Subsequently when I went back on my own, my Japanese was subpar so I just ordered the sets from their menu.

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Their signature dish was ika somen.  The squid sashimi came with a bit of uni and a special egg sauce.  This dish is best enjoyed in summer when uni is freshly caught off the nearby Shakotan coast.

hokkaido best food otaru masazushi ika somen

Frankly, I found their standard dropping with each visit.  Maybe they keep the best ingredients for the locals seated at the counter? I don’t know.. I only know I intend to try a different restaurant the next time I’m back at Otaru.  But I’m gonna leave this restaurant on this list for now till I find a better one!

Information:

Location: 北海道小樽市色内1-2-1
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Getting There: Masazushi is located directly opposite the famous Otaru canal.  It is approximately 15-minutes walk from Otaru station.

Opening Hours:
Mondays: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm
Tue, Wed, Fri: 11am – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm
Sat, Sun: 11am – 10pm
Closed on Thursdays

Tel: 0134-22-0011

Map Code: 493 690 502

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog


 

 

Hokkaido Best Food (Shakotan Peninsular)

Shokudou Misaki お食事処 みさき

Shakotan Peninsular is famous for its uni うに (sea urchin) during summer months.  If you have tried uni in Singapore and are thinking, “Uni? That yellow smelly disgusting thing? Ewww….”, like I mentioned above, you have not been to Japan. Freshly caught uni is very sweet! And you just can’t get that kind of freshness and sweetness even in the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore.

Shakotan Peninsular’s uni, together with those at Wakkanai, are famed due to the water quality and seaweed they feed on at the Northernmost coasts of Hokkaido.  And they are only caught during summer months.  Shokudou Misaki, located conveniently along the main road between Shakotan Peninsular and Otaru, is where tourists and locals flock to from June to August for the region’s famous uni.

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At Shokudou Misaki, freshly caught live uni is served!

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Their set meal (生うに丼セット) includes an uni rice bowl with 2 live uni. (3150 Yen – limited to 50 sets a day)

 

They serve two types of uni: The common black ones and the rare red ones.  Both uni were most definitely live, because the spikes were still moving when they were served!

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While you are there, do try the red uni don ( 赤ばふん生うに丼).

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Red Uni don 赤ばふん生うに丼 (3300 – 3800 yen)

 

Red uni’s flesh is a brighter shade of orange and it is sweeter and thicker than the common uni.  I loved it! (However, my hubby felt the taste was too strong and preferred the common uni.)

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Red uni (left) and common uni (right)

 

Now you know, the next time you visit a fish market in Japan, the orange-coloured uni is the rare one!

Information:

Location: 北海道 積丹郡積丹町日司町236番地
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Getting There: You will need a rental car to get there.  Visitors typically visit Shakotan Peninsular as a side trip from Otaru.  It is a 1.5 hours drive from Otaru.

Opening Hours: 9am to 4pm.
Closed on 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
Only opens from end of April to end of October.
Uni is only served from June to August.

Tel: 0135-45-6547

Map Code: 932 686 485

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog


 

Hokkaido Best Food (Niseko)

Niseko Milk Kobo’s Prativo プラティーヴォ

Niseko is a world renowned ski destination.  Overpriced and lacking local flavour, I am not a big fan of Niseko in its winter months.  Prativo, located at Niseko Milk Kobo, is the local hideout, retaining its Japanese charm and offering good and affordable food.

hokkaido best food niseko milk kobo prativo

During lunch time, Prativo operates semi-buffet style.  For just 1550 yen, you get one main dish and free flow of salad and dessert at the buffet bar! Mind you, it’s not just any dessert, but dessert by the famous Niseko Milk Kobo!

hokkaido best food niseko milk kobo prativo buffet

The portion for the main dish is not very big, but I guess that’s the point because the highlight is the salad and dessert buffet bar.

hokkaido best food niseko milk kobo prativo main dish

What I liked most from the buffet was the award-winning yoghurt drink!  I have no idea how many cups I drank.  A lot.

hokkaido best food niseko milk kobo prativo yoghurt

Information:

Location: 北海道虻田郡ニセコ町曽我888-1
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Getting There:  Niseko Milk Kobo is a stop along the route of the Niseko United Shuttle Bus.

Opening Hours:
Lunch 11.30am – 3.30pm (last order 2.30pm) daily
Dinner 5.30pm – 9.30pm (last order 8pm) – closed Tue and Wed

Tel: 0136-55-8852

Map Code: 398 321 134

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog


 

Hokkaido Best Food (Lake Toya)

Sendoan at Wakasaimo Main Store 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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Lake Toya region is known for its hotate ホタテ (scallops) and the hotate here is the BEST hotate I’ve ever eaten!

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Their meals are served with a big bowl of soup brewed with baby hotate.

hokkaido best food lake toya hotate

In my opinion, hotate is best eaten RAW.

hokkaido best food lake toya sendoan hotate don

For those who don’t take raw food, they have fried hotate with curry.

hokkaido best food lake toya sendoan hotate curry

They also have hotate wappameshi, which I DO NOT recommend.  Best to stick to raw hotate.

hokkaido best food lake toya sendoan hotate wappameshi

Not just is the food amazing and reasonably priced, the view from the restaurant is very beautiful.

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Look out for the castle-shaped boat!

 

Sendoan is also very kids-friendly.  You can read more about it on this post.

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Cheap and good kids meal available at Sendoan.

 

Information:

Location: Wakasaimo Main Store 2F (わかさいも本舗 洞爺湖本店 2F)
北海道虻田郡洞爺湖町洞爺湖温泉144
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Getting There: The best way to reach Lake Toya is by rental car.  (Approximately 2.5 hours drive from Central Sapporo.)  Alternatively, Donan Bus operates buses to Lake Toya Onsen Town from Sapporo and Toya stations. Buses are not frequent, so please check the timetable:

> Sapporo station – Lake Toya Bus Timetable
> Toya station – Lake Toya Bus Timetable

Tel: 0142-75-4111

Map Code: 321 518 607

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

Websites: Wakasaimo Homepage | Tabelog


 

 

Hokkaido Best Food (Lake Shikotsu)

Kanko Miyage 観光みやげ

Kanko Miyage is a souvenir shop located right next to Lake Shikotsu Visitor Centre.

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Over here, you will find a food kiosk selling the most superb cheese imo mochi (チーズいももち).  Imo mochi is a bit like mochi, slightly sticky, but it is made of potato instead of flour.  It is coated with a syrup and grilled, making it sweet and crispy on the outside.  The cheese imo mochi here is oozing with piping hot cheese filling!

hokkaido best food lake shikotsu cheese imo mochi

I have tried many imo mochi in Hokkaido, but the one here is absolutely the BEST.  Every time I’m in the region, I would specially detour to Lake Shikotsu just to buy the cheese imo mochi – that’s how crazy I am about this snack!

Information:

Location: Kanko Miyage is located beside Lake Shikotsu Visitor Centre.
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Getting There:  There are direct buses from Sapporo (1.5 hours) and New Chitose Airport (1 hour) to Lake Shikotsu.  They are not very frequent, so do check the bus timetable. By rental car, Lake Shikotsu is a 1 hour drive from Sapporo / 30 minutes drive from New Chitose Airport.

Tel: 0123-25-2557 (for Kanko Miyage) / 0123-25-2201 (for Lake Shikotsu Visitor Centre)

Map Code: 867 063 387

Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm

Websites: Official Homepage | Shikotsu Onsen Association Homepage


 

Hokkaido Best Food (Onuma Koen)

Numa No Ya 沼の家

If you are heading to Hakodate with some time to spare, hop off the train at Onuma Koen.  Just beside the station, you will find a shop called Numa No Ya.

 

Here, you can buy a box of the region’s famous dango!  Other than the common mitarashi dango, the other half of the box contains yummy black sesame coated dango! Mmmm…

hokkaido best food onuma koen numa no ya dango

Information:

Location: 亀田郡七飯町字大沼町145
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Getting There: Numa No Ya is just across the road from Onumakoen Station.

Tel: 0138-67-2104

Map Code: 86 786 643

Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (or until sold out)

Websites: Homepage | Tabelog


 

Hokkaido Best Food (Hakodate)

#1 Hakodate Morning Market

Of all the markets in Hokkaido, my favourite is Hakodate morning market.

The most famous seafood in Hakodate is undoubtedly squid.  There are many stalls in the market where you can fish for your own squid.

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Fishing for squid is great fun!

 

After catching the squid, it will be sliced up immediately for the freshest squid sashimi.

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The squid tries to stand up even after its head has been severed.  Eeeeks!

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Before eating, pour some soy sauce on the tentacles and watch them MOVE on your plate!

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I advise you to eat the body before eating the tentacles.  If you pop the tentacles into your mouth and swallow without biting properly, they will stick to your throat!

If the above experience is too mild for you, try the dancing squid bowl at one of the restaurants at Hakodate morning market instead!

hokkaido best food hakodate morning market dancing squid bowl

Besides squid, I also recommend the crabs at this store facing Hakodate station.

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I have had crabs at many different places throughout Hokkaido, and found the crab I ate here the best!  You can choose how you want the crabs done (grilled? steamed? raw?) and they would choose a suitable crab for you. You can mix-and-match, like how we decided we wanted half grilled and half sashimi.

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The body of the crab was brought to grill.

 

The grilled portion was super nice! I thought grilling the crab would make it dry, but surprisingly it retained its juices pretty well.

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The legs of the crab were served raw.

 

The raw portion was disappointing though.  It was icy and tasteless.  Next time I shall try a different way of cooking.

Moving on, if you are looking to buy some yummy melon snacks or Hori corn chocolate, look for the building called Hakodate Morning Market Square.

hokkaido best food hakodate morning market square

Inside, you will find this stall that sells popular snacks at slashed prices.

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Look for this stall selling discounted snacks.

 

Moving further into the market, you will find a small but crowded little stall.

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We were there in summer and a huge bowl of super fresh and delicious uni only cost 1000 yen!

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They also had other seafood such as abalone and botan ebi.

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And just opposite them is a stall selling super juicy and sweet Hokkaido melons in slices.

hokkaido best food hakodate morning market melon

Information:

Location: 〒040-0063 函館市若松町9-19
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Getting There: Hakodate Morning Market is just across the road from Hakodate Station.

Tel: 0138-22-7981

Map Code: 860 410 63

Opening Hours:
Jan – April 6am – 12noon (Some stalls open until 2pm)
May – December 5am – 12noon (Some stalls opens until 3pm)

Websites: Official Homepage

 

 

#2 Lucky Pierrot ラッキーピエロ

My next favourite place to dine at in Hakodate is Lucky Pierrot.  It is a famous burger chain only found in Hakodate.

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Lucky Pierrot shops are easily recognised from their clown mascot.

 

My favourite burger is the Hotate (scallop) burger.

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Complete the meal with a soda that comes in a beautiful can.

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And some fries with shrimp topping!

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Information:

Location: Lucky Pierrot has 16 outlets around Hakodate.  Outlets commonly visited by tourists are the outlet near Hakodate station, near Red Brick Warehouse district, near Jujigai streetcar station and near Goryokaku Tower.

Getting There: The nearest outlet to Hakodate station is a 5 minutes walk from the station.
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Tel: 0138-26-8801 (For outlet near Hakodate station)

Map Code:
86 072 417 (For outlet near Hakodate station)
86 165 144 (For outlet near Goryokaku Tower)
86 041 635 (For outlet near Red Brick Warehouse District / Bay Area)
86 041 411 (For outlet near Jujigai)

Opening Hours: 10am – 12.30am (For outlet near Hakodate station)

Websites: Official Homepage

 


 

Hokkaido Best Food (Furano)

Kumagera くまげら

Kumagera is a famous restaurant located at Furano that has been featured on numerous variety shows around the world.

 

Their most famous dish is their hot pot, which is why the tables at this restaurant has a stove in the middle for laying the hot pot.  They have a meat (venision, chicken, duck) version and a seafood version.

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The hot pot is covered and cooked right in front of you. Remove the cover when it’s done and itadakimasu!

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Kumagera is also famous for its beef sashimi.

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The beef sashimi is best enjoyed with a bowl of piping hot rice.  When served, the sashimi is slightly icy.  Lay it over the hot rice, drizzle the soy sauce mixed with wasabi and it is PERFECT.

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Another dish I enjoyed here was the oysters steamed with Japanese sake. The sweet sake and the oysters went so well together!

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Information:

Location: 北海道富良野市日の出町3-22
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Getting There: Kumagera is a short 3-minutes walk from Furano station.

Tel: 0167-39-2345

Map Code: 349 032 191

Opening Hours: 11.30am – 12 midnight

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog


 

 

Hokkaido Best Food (Biei)

Farm Restaurant Chiyoda ファームレストラン千代田

Dining options in Biei are quite limited, which explains why there is a long waiting time to get a table at Chiyoda Farm Restaurant in Summer.

hokkaido best food biei chiyoda farm restaurant

They serve one thing here: BEEF.  If you do not take beef, skip this place.

Of all the beef dishes they serve, the most famous is their beef stew.  It was SUPER good!  I couldn’t get enough of it!

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Beef stew at Chiyoda Farm Restaurant. Doesn’t look like much but tastes AMAZING!

 

Another popular dish was steak on hot plate.  It was okay, not the best steak I’ve had in Japan but definitely not the worst.  I preferred the beef stew.

hokkaido best food biei chiyoda farm restaurant beef steak

They sold their beef stew vacuumed packed, so you can buy some home if you think you are going to have craving for it when you get home.  (I sure am having craving for it as I write this post!)

Information:

Location: 北海道上川郡美瑛町春日台4221
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Getting There: The best way to get to Farm Restaurant Chiyoda is by rental car.

Tel: 0166-92-1718

Map Code: 349 734 239

Opening Hours:
June to October 10am – 7.30pm
November – May 10am – 6pm

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog


 

 

Hokkaido Best Food (Obihiro)

#1 Panchou ぱんちょう

There is only one reason I visit Obihiro: Buta Don (Pork rice bowl).  Although buta don is pretty ubiquitous throughout Hokkaido, nothing beats having it at this pioneer shop in Obihiro.

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They only have 1 thing on their menu: Buta Don.  They have different sizes, and the difference is in the number of pieces of meat given.  I always order the biggest size when I’m here.  It’s soooo good, you HAVE to order the biggest!

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The bowl cannot contain the meat! It’s overflowing!

 

The meat is super juicy and fragrant and the sauce is also very savoury – goes perfectly with the rice!

Information:

Location: 北海道帯広市西一条南11-19
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Getting There: Panchou is just across the road from Obihiro station.

Tel: 0155-22-1974

Map Code: 124 624 147

Opening Hours:
11am – 7pm (or until sold out.  Go earlier, it does get sold out.)
Closed on Mondays and every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog

 

 

#2 Masuya Pan マスやパン

If you are looking for a place for breakfast in Obihiro, Masuya Pan is the place to go.  This bakery chain has 6 shops in Obihiro.  The most conveniently located is the takeway shop called Toran Toran within Obihiro station.

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If you have a rental car, a better place to enjoy their bread is at the bakery cafe, Mugioto (麦音).

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Here, there is a seating area where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the bread.  They serve drinks and there is even a toaster in the cafe for you to heat up the bread.

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Everything we ordered was super yummy! Even the coffee!

hokkaido best food obihiro mugioto

If I had to pick a favourite, it would be the cheese and ham thick toast.

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Mugioto is very kids-friendly.  You can read more about it on this post.

Information (for Mugioto):

Location: 北海道帯広市稲田町南8線西16-43
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Getting There:  You will need a rental car to get to Mugioto.  If you are not driving, you can buy their bread from Toran Toran at Obihiro station.

Opening Hours: 6.55am – 8pm (Closed on Wednesdays except in July and August)

Tel: 0155-67-4659

Map Code: 124 503 613

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog


 

Hokkaido Best Food (Kushiro)

#1 Washo Market 釧路和商市場

Kushiro, located along the eastern shore of Hokkaido, has easy access to fresh seafood.  Hence, Washo Market a.k.a. Washo Ichiba draws numerous tourists in search of fresh Hokkaido seafood.

The market is most famous for katte don (勝手丼).

hokkaido best food kushiro washo market katte don 4

Katte Don is basically Do-It-Yourself Seafood Rice Bowl.  You start by purchasing a bowl of plain rice.

hokkaido best food kushiro washo market katte don 3

Then you go around the many stalls in the market to choose your own ingredients.

hokkaido best food kushiro washo market katte don 1

The variety available is mind-boggling!

 

After you have picked out the ingredients you want, ask the last stall for soy sauce and wasabi and you’re ready to eat!

hokkaido best food kushiro washo market katte don 5

There are tables and chairs in the middle of the market for you to dine at.

 

Information:

Location: 北海道釧路市黒金町13-25
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Getting There: Washo Market is 5 minutes walk from Kushiro Station.

Tel: 0154-22-3226

Map Code: 149 256 332

Opening Hours:
8am – 6pm (April – December)
8am – 5pm (Jan – March)

Websites: Official Homepage | Tabelog

 

#2 Fisherman’s Wharf MOO (Minato No Yatai)  釧路フィッシャーマンズワーフMOO

Located on the second floor of Fisherman’s Wharf MOO is a food court called Minato No Yatai (港の屋台).

hokkaido best food kushiro fishermans wharf moo

Inside the food court, there is a stall selling Zangi (ザンギ), a popular fried chicken snack in Kushiro.

hokkaido best food kushiro fishermans wharf moo zangi don 2

The zangi don (fried chicken rice bowl) was super generous. The chicken chunks were so huge and juicy!

hokkaido best food kushiro fishermans wharf moo zangi don

Another dish I recommend is called sanmanma (さんまんま), from the yakitori stall called 鳥政.

hokkaido best food kushiro fishermans wharf moo sanmanma 2

It is something like a sushi roll – inverted. The grilled fish forms the outer layer and the rice is the filling.  Very unique and YUMMY!

hokkaido best food kushiro fishermans wharf moo sanmanma

Sanmanma

 

Information:

Location: 北海道釧路市錦町2-4
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Getting There: Fisherman’s Wharf MOO is a 15 minutes walk from Kushiro station.

Tel: 0154-23-0600

Map Code: 149 226 464

Opening Hours: 5pm – 12 midnight
(Closed on 31 Dec and 1 Jan)

Websites: Official Homepage

 

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31Comments

  1. junjin22 says:

    thanks so much for your hokkaido best food guide and travel tips!
    we’re goin hokkaido with main program…japanese food and drinks!
    so…having come across your guide is such a great discovery!
    so much research and recommendations compiled and so loving your personal honest reviews!

    hope to cover as much as the food places on your list as we can.
    the sightseeing will be more to digest food in between meals and snacks.
    no kids so we can eat and drink to heart’s content…

    on the list for sure is scallop, uni, crab, sushi, sashimi, squid…yum….
    definitely gonna see the lavender and check out the markets for shopping
    can you recommend the route to take?

    we will be there jul 1-10 and will self drive.

    following your guide, am thinking of starting in sapporo, lake toya, hakodate, shakotan, yoichi, otaru, furano, biei, obihiro?

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Haha.. I know what you mean.. About planning for food and sightseeing being a means to buy time to digest the food!

      If you have 10 days, I suggest you strike off Obihiro. And please remember that this list was compiled over my 4 trips to Hokkaido, I don’t think there is enough time / stomach space to eat so much in one trip so you may have to prioritize. :p

      Suppose you do a round-trip from CTS, an itinerary would probably go like this:

      Day 1: CTS – Hakodate
      Day 2: Hakodate – Lake Toya
      Day 3: Lake Toya – Otaru
      Day 4: Day trip to Shakotan and Yoichi from Otaru
      Day 5: Otaru – Sapporo
      Day 6: Sapporo
      Day 7: Sapporo – Furano
      Day 8: Furano / Biei
      Day 9: Furano / Biei
      Day 10: Furano – CTS

      I am suggesting you spend more time in Furano / Biei because it is flowering season while you are there. There are actually a lot more things to eat at Furano / Biei that I haven’t tried because I have only been there once. Here are eating places I have KIVed in Furano / Biei for my future trips:

      唯我独尊 (Famous curry rice in Furano)
      Ice Milk Kobo (Famous ice-cream at Furano Cheese Factory)
      Campana della Vigna Rokkatei (Rokkatei is this super famous confectionery chain in Hokkaido)
      Biei Senka (complex with restaurant / bakery near Biei Station)
      New Furano Prince Hotel (Cafe in Ningle Terrace / Mori no Tokei Cafe / Prince Pan Kobo)
      Blanc Rouge and Arunopain (in Biei Patchwork Road area)
      GOSH Cafe (Near Bibaushi)

      Not sure how good they are though coz I haven’t been.

      And in July, do pop by Farm Okudaira for melon buffet! Hokkaido melons are the best and July is the time for them. :)
      http://kimi-tourguide.blogspot.sg/2012/08/farm-okudaira-all-you-can-eat-furano.html

      • junjin22 says:

        HI Bumblebeemum

        Thanks for the additional tips. Have added Hokkaido melons as a must visit.

        Yes I am being overly ambitious with the food list. hehe…
        will kiv Obihiro pork rice for next trip

        Do you recommend that we stay 1 night Furono and 1 night in Biel? Or is it easier to just spend both nights in the same hotel?
        Definitely going to Kumagera for seafood hotpot and beef rice (ur photos look too delicious…) and Ningle Terrace.

        We also plan to stay in an Onsen ryokan/hotel at least 1 night during the trip. We’re now thinking of adding in Noboribetsu…or would you suggest this as a day trip.
        Do you suggest to do so in Biel, Lake Toya or Noboribetsu?

        Our flight is a red eye flight from Singapore to Chitose and we arrive 1140am, so thinking of spending the 1st night in Sapporo to rest in case we’re too blur to drive…

        With your suggested itinerary, now looking at
        2jul arrive CTS 1140am, stay overnight Sapporo
        3Jul Hakodate
        4Jul Lake Toya
        5Jul Noboribetsu
        6Jul Sapporo, Otaru, Shakotan
        7Jul Furano/Biel
        8Jul Furano/Biel
        9Jul CTS
        10Jul we fly out at 730am

        Does this itinerary look ok?
        Or do you suggest that we flip it around?
        ie
        2Jul Sapporo
        3Jul Furano/Biel
        4Jul Furano/Biel
        5Jul Noboribetsu
        6Jul Lake Toya
        7Jul Hakodate
        8Jul Otaru, Shakotan, Sapporo
        9Jul Sapporo, Chitose

        Any suggestion if we could cover any other places?

        • bumblebeemum says:

          I suggest you end with Furano / Biei. Give the flowers and lavender more time to bloom.

          If you are worried about driving too much after an overnight flight, I suggest you spend the night at Noboribetsu. It’s just 1 hour drive from CTS. Grab a coffee and you should be fine. :p It’s a bit of a detour to go up to Sapporo for 1 night then drive down North to Hakodate again. This is what I suggest:

          2jul CTS -> Noboribetsu
          3Jul Noboribetsu -> Hakodate
          4Jul Hakodate -> Lake Toya
          5Jul Lake Toya -> Shakotan -> Otaru
          6Jul Otaru -> Sapporo
          7Jul Sapporo – Furano / Biei
          8Jul Furano/Biel
          9Jul Furano / Biei -> CTS
          10Jul we fly out at 730am

          For Furano / Biei, I suggest both nights at one hotel in Furano.

          Don’t think you can cover any other places, it looks pretty packed to me already.

        • bumblebeemum says:

          Oh wait.. Actually there is one place I would recommend adding in. You can drop by Niseko Milk Kobo in between Lake Toya and Shakotan. The soft serve and confectionery at Milk Kobo is awesome!

          • junjin22 says:

            Thanks so so much again for the recommendation.
            Your suggested itinerary is fantastic as the driving time is broken down to bearable 1-2 hours instead of longer timing if we had driven straight from Chitose to Sapporo then to Hakodate etc.

            I’ve started booking accommodation and its surprising how a lot of hotels/ryokan are already fully booked!

            • bumblebeemum says:

              It may not be that the accommodations are fully booked. Some hotels may not have opened for booking for July yet. I recommend you do bookings with free cancellation at this stage to secure yourself a room first, and check again from time to time to see if better options open up later.

              • junjin says:

                Hi Bumblebeemum,

                Thanks so much for your advice. Really invaluable and so helpful.
                We have just returned from Hokkaido and love it there. Wish to return again, there is so much more to explore, discover, eat :)
                And your advice about putting Furano Biei at the end of our trip was spot on. The flowers have just started to bloom and we took many beautiful photos. Thanks so much again ^_^

                • bumblebeemum says:

                  Sounds like a beautiful trip! Glad to hear that you would like to return to Hokkaido again. We’re definitely not the only ones who love Hokkaido! Do try visiting in a different season – you’ll be amazed by how different it is in the different seasons.

                  • Ying says:

                    Definitely will experience all 4 seasons… Because also coincide with 4 different crab season 😆
                    We had the hairy crab this trip and it was soooo delicious!!

  2. Francis says:

    Hi Bubblebeemum,

    It’s so kind of you to share your ideas/information to the public.

    Having said, I wonder if you have any information and recommendation and share with me for my family (6 adults) 11-days trip to Hokkaido during late Apr and early May to see the cherry blossom season. We will be using the local transportation networks (trains and buses) to move around to those places recommended by you. in this regard, would you be kind to share your valuable information eg. itineraries where to start and to end based on local transportation networks, reasonable accommodations (we are on budget travelling) and etc.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Thank you
    Francis

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I would probably plan something along these lines:

      Day 1: CTS – Noboribetsu
      Day 2: Noboribetsu – Hakodate
      Day 3: Hakodate (cherry blossoms)
      Day 4: Hakodate (Day trip to Matsumae for cherry blossoms)
      Day 5: Hakodate – Lake Toya
      Day 6: Lake Toya
      Day 7: Lake Toya – Sapporo
      Day 8: Sapporo (cherry blossoms)
      Day 9: Sapporo (day trip to Otaru)
      Day 10: Sapporo
      Day 11: Sapporo – CTS

      For accommodation, you can just use hotel booking websites such as hotels.com / Agoda etc to find the cheapest reasonably priced accommodation. The period you are travelling is going to coincide with Golden Week so I suspect you are not going to be able to find very cheap accommodation at this time. Please book asap from whatever is available.

      • Francis says:

        Hi Bubblebeemum,

        Thank you very much for your suggestion and recommendation. Was extremely busy lately to notice your reply.

  3. Crystal says:

    Hi Bumblebeemum,

    I am planning for my honeymoon in November 2nd week 2016. what do you recommend I cover in terms of the city to visit? Do you reckon 8days is sufficient for us? Is the first time we are in hokkaido!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      2nd Week of November is kind of in between season. You can visit Sapporo, Otaru, Hakodate and spend a night at an onsen resort in Noboribetsu or Lake Toya. 8 days should be sufficient.

      Day 1: CTS – Sapporo
      Day 2: Sapporo
      Day 3: Day trip to Otaru from Sapporo
      Day 4: Sapporo to Lake Toya OR Noboribetsu
      Day 5: Lake Toya OR Noboribetsu to Hakodate
      Day 6: Hakodate
      Day 7: Hakodate to CTS
      Day 8: Flight back

  4. Edenz says:

    Hi,

    I am revisitting hokkaido next year between 20-26/3. I am planning to visit Shiretoko and Abashiri this time. Do you have any idea if the ice drift activities are still available around 25/3? Do you think its worth the visit? What are the things you would recommend me to do over there?

    Thanks!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I believe drift ice activities are still ongoing in March. However, do take note that some days there is no drift ice. Like when we were in Shiretoko, Abashiri and Monbetsu in March 2010, there was no drift ice on the days we were there so our drift ice activities were all cancelled and frankly we were pretty bored. It will be a great experience if weather is in your favour and drift ice appears when you are there. You will just have to take your chances. If there is no drift ice when you are there, you can just go around and eat. :p

  5. Zala says:

    Hi bumblebeemum,

    you have a great site on Hokkaido coverage! Its such a shame that I only saw this site so late. (I am going to in 1st week of August).

    I have 2 questions:

    1) I am heading from Tokyo to Hokkaido, just to try the new shinkansen open March this year. When I reach, Hakodate will be renting a car and end the trip in Saporo. (10 days in total)

    Is it true if my pick up location and return location is different, I cannot get HEP?
    Will I save a lot if I use HEP?

    Hakodate > Lake Toya > Furano > Otaru > Saporo

    2) Your post on Hokkaido food is definitely helpful. I will avoid Sankaku Market thanks to your heads up ! Are the places you go, only suitable for locals or foreigners who are able to converse in Japanese? Sadly my group nobody knows Japanese :( I have heard of non-Japanese getting treated differently or not allowed through the door.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      1) Yes, if you pick up from one location and return another location, you cannot get the HEP.

      2) Most of the restaurants in major cities like the ones you are visiting get a lot of foreign visitors. Even if you can’t speak Japanese, they will try their best. Japanese do not discriminate between locals and foreigners. Which is why I love visiting Japan so much! :) The only times they get unfriendly towards foreigners is when we break their social taboos. As long as you are polite and considerate like the Japanese (don’t talk loudly, don’t mess up the tables, don’t dirty their restaurant etc.), they will be very nice to you.

  6. Adrian says:

    Hi Bumblebeemum!

    your page is really amazing! just read and see the picture make me hungry more! lol

    i already visited japan two times, and will be the third in the end of feb 2017.
    i am planning to visit Hokkaido, maybe for 3 days in 26 Feb – 1 Mar 2017. Do you have any recommendation place for that date?
    Dont have any specific planning what to enjoy in Hokkaido but definitely ice and food!

    Thanks in advance!

    regards
    Adrian

  7. KeanFei says:

    Dear BUMBLEBEEMUM,

    Your site is informative and all the food recommendation is salivating!

    I need some guidance from you. It will be my first trip to Hokkaido and its winter time (2nd half of February 2017). Total of 9 night stay at Sapporo. Will be on relaxing free and easy style and try to chip in some day trip excursion out of Sapporo. Hope you can share some of your ideas to go around and best food must try.

    Best Regards

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