Updated: April 17, 2018
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What is "Hokkaido Crab" & Where to Eat It

Have you ever heard of "Hokkaido Crab"? In this article, you will get to know what is "Hokkaido Crab", and we also introduce some great restaurants where you can enjoy the "Hokkaido Crab".

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What is the "Hokkaido Crab"?

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"Hokkiado Crab" is actually not a name of a specific kind of crab. It refers to several types of crabs you can find in Hokkaido, Japan, a place very famous for seafood, especially crabs. There are 4 main kinds of Hokkaido Crabs. We'll introduce them below as well as the season for having them.

Kegani or Horsehair Crab

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The Kegani or horsehair crab is the most common in Hokkaido. The best season for having it is from April-August and November-December.

Tarabagani or King Crab

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King crab or Tarabagani is the most expensive kind of Hokkaido crab. The season is from September-January.

Zuwaigani or Snow Crab

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Zuwaigani or Snow crab is the most popular kind of crab in Hokkaido. The peak season is from November-March.

Hanasakigani or Hanasaki Crab

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Finally, the season for the Hanasakigani or Hanasaki Crab is from August-October.

As listed above, you can enjoy crabs in Hokkaido almost thorough out the year. Not only in Hokkaido but you can enjoy Hokkaido Crabs in many places around Japan. Now lets talk about some famous places in Japan where you can have Hokkaido crabs!

"Sapporo Kanihonke": A Great Restaurant to Enjoy "Hokkaido Crabs"

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When you visit Hokkaido and are looking for a restaurant to enjoy some delicious "Hokkaido Crabs", "Sapporo Kanihonke" is a perfect choice. Sapporo Kanihonke is a famous traditional crab-specialized restaurant founded in 1971 in Sapporo.

At Sapporo Kanihonke you have a chance to enjoy "Kanisuki" and "Kanishabu" (both are nabe, or hot pot, style dishes). You also get to enjoy crabs raw, boiled, and grilled.

On average, the price for a Hokkaido crab meal is 6,000 to 8,000 yen per person.

"Kani Douraku": The Most Famous Crab Restaurants In Japan

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Next, we would like to introduce the most famous crab restaurants in Japan, "Kani Doraku".
Kanidoraku has many branches around Japan, so you can enjoy Hokkaido crabs without visiting Hokkaido.
Their original restaurant, Doutonbori Honten is located in Doutonbori, Osaka. Doutonbori Honten is not just popular because of its location but also because of the moving signboard. It is one of the most popular tourist sites in Osaka too. Visit the place to take awesome pictures of the famous moving signboard and have wonderful crab dishes.

On average, the price for a Hokkaido crab meal is 6,000 to 8,000 yen per person.
They also have branches in many big cities, such as Shinjuku, Tokyo.

Here Is The Famous Location in Osaka Doutonbori

And Here's a Convenient Location In Downtown Tokyo (Shinjuku)

Already Your Favorite? Enjoy Hokkaido Crabs at a Buffet!

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If crab is already your favorite and you want to enjoy as much as you can, "Marugoto Hokkaido" is the place of choice. You can enjoy 3 kinds of Hokkaido crabs: Kegani, Tarabagani, and Zuwaigani in a buffet!

The price for this Hokkaido crab bonanza is a whopping 16,800 yen per person for a 90-minute all-you-can-eat buffet.

"Hokkaido Crabs": One Of The Japanese Foods You Cannot Miss!

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