Updated: May 08, 2018
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5 Places To Have Yakitori You'll Remember In Sapporo!


Sapporo is such a gourmet spot! Mostly known for its seafood, it also has some outstanding cuisine of nearly every Japanese genre there is, and yakiniku is one of them! If you want to have some of the best chicken on skewers in Sapporo, these are the places you should definitely consider going to!

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Kisumu Bettei 蔵鵡 別邸

If you're used to rowdy and cheap yakitori restaurants, be prepared for a totally different experience. This place is sleek and stylish, yet still very Japanese. There's a stunningly beautiful tatami room for groups. As for the yakitori, they serve true delicacies of that cuisine and also some really nice oden. The yakiniku is charcoal grilled. What's surprising is the price that isn't too expensive! Most people pay around ¥5,000. What's more, there is even an all-you-can-drink option that includes wines, whiskey, shochu, sake, cocktails and soft drinks.

Kisumu Hontei 蔵鵡 本邸

This is the sister branch in Sapporo of the Kisumu restaurant just mentioned. "Kisumu" means to observe carefully tradition. You'll understand what this means when you see the master chefs grill the yakiniku before your eyes when you sit at the elegant counter space. You can get original creations too, such as natto rolls grilled on skewers (picture above).
Located near Susukino Station.

Jumbo Yakitori Tsukasa ジャンボやき鳥 つかさ 本店

As the name suggests, the yakitori skewers you get here are on the big size in spite of being only about ¥100 a piece! You can get all kinds of nice skewers, some of which are not usually available at yakitori restaurants. For instance, they grill beef tongs (a Japanese delicacy) on a skewer. They also have some items that include seafood (this is Hokkaido after all). Try the "kani and maitake tempura" (crab and maitake mushroom tempura). If you're not sure what to take, just as for a "moriawase" (assortment plate). It's the best way to enjoy a nice variety of yakitori skewers.

Torigen Sapporo 鳥源 札幌店

Here you get the quality you'd expect from an establishment of long standing. When you pass through the old door, you are greeted by a loud voice from the grilling area and invited to take a seat at the counter. The yakitori is tasty and cheap, and they serve some nice homemade sausages too. Enjoy your meal with an ice cold beer or highball drink! The mugs are kept in the freezer so this is super refreshing in the summertime.
At a 5-minute walk from the Sapporo Station.

Sumibikushi Bunka Aburiya 炭火串文化 あぶりや

Last but not least is this little gem. Aburiya has it all with its beautiful night view from its large 9th-floor windows, a laid-back atmosphere, great-tasting and affordable yakitori (most people pay under ¥3,000), and some good Japanese sake selection to pair with your yakitori. If you are on a budget, you'll get the bang for your buck here!
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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