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What to Eat in Hokkaido - 6 Amazing Local Food You Should Try

Eating delicious local cuisine is one of the most important things, isn't it? Hokkaido is the northernmost and the biggest island in Japan with full of unique and must things to do and eat. Here is the guide to the best local food you can eat in Hokkaido and also some recommended restaurants so you can try them.

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Jingisukan (ジンギスカン)

Jingisukan is named after Genghis Khan, the man who established the Mongol Empire in the 13th century. The reason why they call the dish Genghis Khan is not clear though.
It is a dish where mutton or lamb and vegetables are cooked on a dome-shaped grill in the middle of the table. They are usually dipped in a soy sauce based sauce and eaten right off the grill. It is not common to eat mutton at the rest of the regions in Japan but you can find many Jingiskan restaurants in Hokkaido.

Daruma 6.4

Daruma 6.4 is one of the most popular and delicious restaurants for jingisukan in Sapporo, Hokkaido. You can try a variety of superior cuts of lamb which changes with the seasons. They are incredibly tender and flavorful.

Crab (カニ)

Out of the list of what you can eat in Hokkaido, crabs are one of the most famous and popular. The quality of crabs in Hokkaido is known as the best in Japan and you can eat more reasonably too. Hokkaido has some types of crabs like king crabs, and all of them taste amazing.
You can eat crabs in a variety of ways in Hokkaido, such as sushi and shabu shabu (Japanese hot pot).

Sapporo Kanihonke

Sapporo Kanihonke is a famous traditional crab-specialized restaurant in Sapporo. Easy to access from Sapporo station. They offer various kinds of Hokkaido crab dishes. The best-known menu item is "Kanisuki" or "Kanishabu" (both are hot pot style dishes). You also get to enjoy crabs raw, boiled, and grilled. See the link below for more information about Kanihonke.

Ramen (ラーメン)

Ramen is one of the most common and popular Japanese food and it has many variations throughout Japan. There are mainly three regional ramens in Hokkaido.
One is Sapporo ramen, which originated in the capital city Sapporo, which is the birthplace of miso ramen. It is a rich and creamy miso soup with toppings like roast pork and corn.
The second one is Asahikawa ramen. The special soup is a blend of soy sauce, pork and chicken stocks, and a seafood broth. The bowl is topped with melted lard to prevent the soup from cooling.
The last one is Hakodate ramen, a kind of "shio" (salt) ramen. The soup is made from chicken and pork broth and toppings are usually roast pork and spinach.
There are so many popular and great ramen shops in Hokkaido. You can find a ramen shop you would love to go from the links below!

Ishikari Nabe (石狩鍋)

Ishikari is the name of a city in Hokkaido, and Nabe refers Japanese hot pot dishes.
What is special for this hot pot is that it has plenty of salmon, vegetables and tofu with the miso flavored soup. The rich, creamy, and slightly sweet white miso soup makes the ingredients incredibly delicious. Hokkaido is famous for its high-quality seafood including crabs, and the salmon is not exceptional.They often put butter that adds the flavor.


Oga is a famous seafood restaurant in Sapporo where you can enjoy the freshest fish, crabs, shrimps, sea urchin, and more. They have several courses which include "ishikari nabe" and you can get from delicious sashimi (raw seafood) to dessert as well. 3-minutes walk from Susukino station. Located on the 9th floor, Oga has a beautiful night view too.

Butadon (豚丼)

Butadon literally means pork rice bowl. It is topped with large slices of pork simmered in a sweet and savory sauce.
The sauce is rich and savory and the pork is very tender and juicy, which are incredibly delicious and go well with rice. It is also known for a dish to recover from fatigue because it contains much protein and vitamin that give you energy.


Ippin is probably the most famous butadon restaurant in Hokkaido. It is originated in Obihiro city and there are 5 more branches in Sapporo. Their pork slices are heavenly tender yet not overly fatty. Another great thing is the sauce, which is very flavorful and well-balanced.

Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人)

Shiroi Koibito (白い恋人/literally means white lover) is a cookie manufactured by famous Japanese confectionery maker Ishiya in Sapporo, Hokkaido. It is also known for Ishiya cookies and people often buy them as a souvenir.
It consists of white chocolate sandwiched between langue de chat, French-style cookie. The langue de chat is baked thinly, which creates very light and crispy texture and easily melts in your mouth. The rich white chocolate is made only for Shiroi Koibito to generate a great combination of langue de chat and the chocolate.


If you have a chance to come to Hokkaido, you can't miss these delicious local dishes and snacks! Just give it a try, and your visit will be more special.

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