Updated: November 28, 2019
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Best Restaurants in Sapporo (Affordable to Michelin-Starred)

Sapporo

As the largest city and hub of Hokkaido, Sapporo has a lot to offer in terms of delicious food and outstanding restaurants. Here is our list of some of the very best restaurants in the city, from affordable options to must-try Michelin-starred restaurants. Enjoy!

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Affordable Yet Delicious Restaurants

Ramen Sora Honten らーめん 空 本店

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Hokkaido is home to miso ramen, one of the famous major varieties of ramen now found throughout the country. While you're in Sapporo, you've got to have at least one bowl. One of the tastiest to be found is at a place called Ramen Sora Honten, near Susukino Station.

The miso ramen's soup is made from sweet miso and Tonkotsu (pork bones stock) and grated ginger topping adds a fresh and interesting accent to the soup. This ramen is simple, but the harmony of the flavors and the nice thin noodles makes it one of the top bowls to be found in Sapporo! Ordering the standard Miso Ramen, shown above is recommended, but you might consider getting some additional chashu, as you'll want it as soon as you see how tender and delicious it is.

Teishoku Meshiya (定食めし屋)

Anyone who loves food should make a trip to the Sapporo Wholesale Market ("Sapporo Jogai Ichiba" in Japanese) while in Sapporo. The market is one of the major points of interest in the city, and is also one of the best spots to try the fresh seafood that Hokkaido is famous for. One dish you should definitely try is 'kaisen don,' which is basically various seafood items placed as toppings on a bowl of rice.

The market has many restaurants offering kaisen don, but one of the most affordable yet still incredibly fresh and delicious can be found at a small shop called 'Teishoku Meshiya.' Their kaisen don is just ¥1,100, yet the quality is still extremely good. For less than ¥1,000, they also serve set meals called "teishoku" that include pork dishes and ramen.

Jumba Yakitori Tsukasa (ジャンボやき鳥つかさ)

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 get, just ask for a "moriawase" (assortment plate). It's the best way to enjoy a nice variety of yakitori skewers.

Nanda (海鮮バイキング 難陀)

Nanda is a sure bet when you want to try a little bit of everything. The all-you-can-eat buffet is one of the best introductions to the food culture of Hokkaido there is. You can have seafood sashimi as well as grilled seafood. Tables are equipped with roasters on which you grill your items yourself. This is a particularly fun experience for those who have never had this kind of dining style. Not only do they serve seafood, but also some fine wagyu beef as well. Lunch prices for a 70-minute all-you-can-eat course are ¥3,700 per adult and ¥4,700 with the all-you-can-drink alcohol option. Dinner prices for 100-minute courses are ¥4,780 per adult and ¥5,980 with the all-you-can-drink alcohol option.

Itadakimasu (ジンギスカン 羊飼いの店 いただきます)

Jingisukan (Japanese pronunciation of "Genghis Khan") is a famous grilled mutton dish in Hokkaido. It is somewhat difficult to find outside of the northern part of Japan, so if you happen to travel to Sapporo, this is a must-try specialty of the local cuisine!

One of the very best places to get outstanding jingisukan in Sapporo is called 'Itadakimasu.' The owners of Itadakimasu raise their own lambs right there in Hokkaido. When you dine here, not only are you eating a delicious meal, but you are also encouraging local production and you can be sure that the pure-bred Suffolk lamb meat will be fresh. They have delicious sauces but just eating the meat with salt and pepper is sufficiently good. When the basic ingredients are of superior quality, they don't need much dressing up.

Must-Visit Michelin-Starred Restaurants

3 Michelin Stars: Sushi Tanabe 鮨 田なべ

only a handful of restaurants in Sapporo have earned the esteemed privilege of 3 Michelin Stars. One such restaurant is Sushi Tanabe, which was awarded 3 Michelin Stars in 2012. Apart from the incredible food, the beautiful interior of the restaurant and outstanding service are everything that you would hope from a Michelin 3-star restaurant. It truly would be worth traveling to Hokkaido even if the only thing you did was eat here.
Despite its reputation, Tanabe is surprisingly reasonable, and even offers a nigiri-only course that is under ¥10,000! This restaurant should definitely be on your list if you have time to make a reservation before your trip.
Tanabe is located in a very accessible location just 5 minutes from Sapporo Station.

2 Michelin Stars: Tempura Araki (天ぷら あら木)

Located in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Tempura Araki (天ぷら あら木)is one of the top tempura restaurants in Japan. Only 18 guests per day can enjoy the magical, scrumptious tempura served here by master chef Yoshiyuki Araki.

Araki is only open for dinner, and there is only one option: the omakase course (decided by the chef). This will include about 12 pieces of tempura and 7 or 8 other dishes (tsumami). This means that all you have to do is sit back, relax, and eat whatever is put in front of you!

Araki utilizes the best of local, seasonal ingredients. Hokkaido is known throughout Japan for the outstanding quality of its food products, including seafood and vegetables. At Araki, every ingredient has been carefully chosen and is guaranteed to be excellent.

3 Michelin Stars: Sushi Miyakawa (すし 宮川)

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Miyakawa is newly-awarded Michelin 3 star restaurant in Sapporo near Maruyama Park. Chef Miyakawa chooses the very finest ingredients of the season, no matter how expensive, and serves them to a limited number of lucky guests each night. The dining experience and sushi here is as good as it gets, so don't miss a chance to visit if you can!

The omakase course at Miyakawa is a very reasonable ¥16,000 (for Michelin 3-star restaurants).
Reservations at Miyakawa are taken for one of two dinner times every night, one from 5 pm to 7:15 pm and one from 7:30 pm until close. There are only 8 seats at the counter, meaning that just 16 lucky people per day get to enjoy the incredible sushi served here. Make sure to book your seat as far in advance as you can so you don't miss out. Note that reservations are only accepted from a hotel concierge, so there's no way to make an online reservation.

1 Michelin Star: Katsukani no Hanasaki (活カニの花咲)

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'Katsukani no Hanasaki' is a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Sapporo, Hokkaido that specializes in live crab. Hokkaido is famous for its crabs, but Katsukani is the only crab restaurant in Hokkaido to have earned a Michelin Star. A meal at Katsukani is more than just sitting down to eat crab; it's an interactive performance by a master crab chef, who prepares the meat in different ways right in front of you.

A reservation is required to dine at Katsukani, and needs to be made at least one day in advance (although it is advisable to reserve one month in advance, if possible). A reservation must be for a party of 2 or more people. See the link below if you need help to make a reservation in Japanese.

In Closing

This has been a brief introduction to some of the best restaurants in Hokkaido. The great thing is that these are just the tip of the iceberg of delicious restaurants in the city. For more on the restaurants in Sapporo, check out our other articles:

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