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
- Part 1: Best places to dine with kids
- Part 2: Best food in Hokkaido (by region)
- Part 3: Best sweets (desserts) in Hokkaido
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.
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)
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.
On their menu, they have kids meal which comes with a free toy.
Location: Daimaru Sapporo (8th Floor)
Getting There: Daimaru is directly connected to Sapporo station.
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Last order 9.30pm)
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!
The family seating area surrounds a soft padded play area that is great for babies and young toddlers.
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.
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.
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:
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm
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.
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.
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
Sendoan (Lake Toya)
Sendoan is located at the second floor of Wakasaimo main store along the Southern shore of 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!
The view from the restaurant is very beautiful. My kids loved looking out at the lake, especially when the castle-shaped boat was approaching.
After dining at Sendoan, you can head downstairs for dessert! The little cafe on the first floor served kawaii cakes at very reasonable prices.
Location: Wakasaimo Main Store 2F (わかさいも本舗 洞爺湖本店 ２Ｆ)
Getting There: The best way to reach Lake Toya is by rental car. (Apprximately 2.5 hours drive from Central Sapporo.)
Opening Hours: 11am to 7pm (Last order 6.30pm)
Lake Hill Farm (Lake Toya)
Also located near Lake Toya but at the Western end, this quaint cafe is famous for its gelato.
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.
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.
So sit back, enjoy the scenery and breathe in the fresh air while your kids run loose!
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.)
Map Code: 321 694 686
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm
Toppi Sushi (Otaru)
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.
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!
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.
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Panorama Cafe Harvester (PA Yakumo)
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!
There is even a nursing room here!
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.
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.
Opening Hours: 10:00～16:00 (Last Order 15:30)
Furano Wine House (Furano)
Furano Wine House is a beautiful restaurant located on a hill top.
The scenery from the restaurant is pretty breathtaking!
The specialty here is their cheese fondue and 4-cheese pizza, made with locally produced cheese and can be enjoyed by kids.
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??
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.
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm
Tomita Farm (Furano)
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.)
While you are there, don’t forget to grab a lavender-flavoured soft serve!
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
Tomita Melon House (Furano)
Just beside Tomita Farm is Tomita Melon House that only opens in Summer.
Over here, the kids can enjoy hopping on the giant tractors!
Kids with a sweet tooth will also love the array of melon food products available here!
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
Mugioto is a bakery cafe at Obihiro that is extremely popular among the locals. It is under the bakery chain, Masuya Pan.
There are indoor and outdoor seating areas. If you sit outdoors, there is space for kids to run and roam around.
Since I was there in winter, we sat indoors (for obvious reasons). There was a small playroom indoors to keep the kids entertained!
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!
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.
Opening Hours: 6:55～20:00
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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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