Best Restaurants in Sapporo (Affordable to Michelin-Starred)
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!
Affordable Yet Delicious Restaurants
Ramen Sora Honten らーめん 空 本店
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)
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)
Nanda (海鮮バイキング 難陀)
Itadakimasu (ジンギスカン 羊飼いの店 いただきます)
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
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)
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)
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)
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.
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