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Japanese Food Spots in Otaru / Kiroro / Shakotan Area

  • Sushiko
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 2-2-6
    In the Otaru area, where there are many sushi restaurants, Sushiko is popular with a reputation for reasonable and delicious food. It is housed in a 90-year old storehouse that has plenty of character. Set meals range from 1,000–3700 yen, and it is also easy to enjoy Otaru sushi from 100 yen for one hand-rolled piece. On the first floor, there are table and bar seats while there is a raised tatami-floor seating area that can accommodate 16 people on the second floor. It is also reassuring that prices are clearly stated with no market prices.
  • Restaurant Misaki
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Shakotangunshakotanchou Hidukachou 236
    Located in Shakotan Town, Shakotan County, Hokkaido, Restaurant Misaki is open from late April to fall each year. The restaurant owner is a sea urchin fisherman and ensures that no additives are used in any of their signature sea urchin dishes. Especially popular is their raw red horse-dung sea urchin on rice which is served between June and August each year and limited to only 15 dishes per day! It’s a well-known restaurant regularly covered by the press, and often has long queues of eager customers waiting outside in the morning.
  • Kakizaki Shoten Seafood Restaurant Kaisen Kobo
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    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Yoichigunyoichichou Kurokawachou 7-25 Kakisaki shop 2F
    A seafood restaurant of a well-established fish store located in Yoichi Town, Yoichi County, Hokkaido. Kakizaki Shoten is a popular restaurant where you can get fresh Hokkaido seafood at great prices. Not only is it frequented by locals but it is also widely visited by backpackers, bikers, and tourists. Their specialty dish is the seafood rice bowl topped with plenty of seafood and tasty looking salmon roe. Depending on the season you can also enjoy limitedly available dishes such as sea urchin and northern shrimp, in addition to their grilled fish meals and sashimi. It’s such a popular restaurant you can’t get away from the queues at lunch time.

    We went there for lunch after going for Nikka Whisky tour. Very good seafood at very cheap prices! We had grilled fish, uni, seaweed salad and salmon meal. All were really nice! One thing to note is...

  • Wakadori Jidai Naruto
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Inaho 3-16-13
    Wakadori Jidai Naruto is a sushi and deep fried chicken shop famous for its deep fried half chicken, an Otaru specialty. The half chicken is heavily seasoned with salt and pepper and deep fried in very hot oil, creating a crispy skin with juicy meat, a veritable feast! Eaten together with rice makes for an excellent meal. The wakadori sushi set with deep fried half chicken, seven pieces of sushi and clear soup is a popular dish. The shop has a friendly atmosphere, people eating alone do not feel out of place, and take-outs are possible too. The nearest station is Otaru Station.
  • Otaru Canal Restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Minatomachi 6-5
    Situated on the banks of the canal in Otaru, where seafood from Otaru and delights from far and wide abound, is this restaurant which serves and personifies the canal. The restaurant offers an all you can eat buffet where you can enjoy heaps of great tasting food. Taste the magic of Hokkaido at Otaru Canal Restaurant.
  • New Sanko Main Shop
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Inaho 1-3-6 Sun Mall 1 - In town
    Just a five-minute walk from Otaru Station, this restaurant stands in Otaru’s central, long-standing shopping district, Otaru Sun Mall Ichibangai Shopping Street. The first floor restaurant, Beer Hall SANKO, has a lively, open atmosphere while on the second floor you can enjoy some Japanese delights in the relaxed surroundings of the local cuisine restaurant, Kyodo-ryori Sanko. There is also a banquet hall on the third and fourth floors that can accommodate up to 200 people. This well-established restaurant in Otaru can be used for all kinds of occasions from everyday eating to special events.
  • Sawa Eatery
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Shakotangunshakotanchou Yobetsuchou 32-13
    A father and younger brother of a sea urchin fisherman proudly create dishes with fresh sea urchin direct from the source at this restaurant in Shakotan Town, Shakotan County, Hokkaido. The restaurant’s signature dish, raw sea urchin rice bowl, is a gloriously simple mix of sea urchin, nori (dried seaweed) and rice. Shakotan sea urchins are served for a limited time only from between June and August. They also have plenty of other dishes on the menu to enjoy such as sea urchin and salmon roe rice bowl, and sashimi set meals. The restaurant is easily recognizable with its blue roof on white walls.
  • Nakamuraya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Shakotangunshakotanchou Hidukachou 34-1
    Converted from an old banya, or simple lodging house, is this impressive looking restaurant located in Shakotan Town, Shakotan County, Hokkaido. The restaurant owner is himself a fisherman and inside the restaurant you can find the place decked out with all sorts of fishing paraphernalia. Their signature dish, red sea urchin rice bowl made with the prized ezo-bafun uni (short-spined sea urchin), is only available from the middle of June to late August. You can enjoy the melting taste of this sweet, rich sea urchin. Other popular dishes include their large seafood rice bowl with masses of seafood packed on top of the rice. The restaurant is only open from late April through to early November.
  • Manjiro
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 2-15
    This restaurant which has set meals ready to order is located in Otaru City in Hokkaido. “Delicious and cheap” is the motto of this restaurant which is loved by local people. The volume is perfect even at such reasonable prices, and besides the standard “katsu don” (a rice bowl topped with a pork cutlet) and the sashimi (sliced raw fish) set meal, they also offer a special limited lunch menu. The most popular dish served is the luxurious “Sake Oyakodon”, a bowl of rice topped with salmon and salmon roe marinated in soy sauce. Large portions of rice are also available at no charge. A lot of tourists visit the restaurant in addition to regular customers, and it is also popular among students on school excursions.
  • North Ryoba Otaru Unga Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 53-1
    This is a seafood restaurant in the sightseeing area of “Otaru Canal Street” in Otaru City, Hokkaido. It is a shop directly managed by a fish trader and is located in Sapporo’s central wholesale market which is an over the counter market. You can enjoy a rice bowl topped with plenty of sashimi, hand rolled sushi and flame broiled fish made with seasonal seafood from Hokkaido at reasonable prices. A popular dish is the “rice bowl topped with seafood selected by the chef” which boasts of being served topped with 10 types of seafood. There is a food court where you can taste freshly cooked seafood and there is also a sales corner for local specialties, so it prospers as a place for tourist lunches and souvenirs.
  • Hanagokoro Otaru Branch
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 2-11
    The heavy-looking stone walls of this sushi-and-Japanese restaurant, located in Otaru City, Hokkaido, are eye-catching. The restaurant resides within Otaru City’s old Yasuda Bank, a designated historical building, in a bright space with cherry trees towering over the colonnade. The restaurant offers a wide variety of menus, complete with high quality seafood, meat and vegetables, mainly sourced from Hokkaido, and the “Pork Shabu-shabu,” “50-item all you can eat” courses, which allow customers to eat as much of the restaurant’s sushi and sashimi as they want, are also very popular. The cute handmade bite-size sushi are favored by the ladies.
  • Otaru Tatsumi Sushi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 3-15
    A sushi restaurant operating in the city of Otaru. There's seating on the first and second floor and both floors have counter seating where you can watch sushi chefs crafting your sushi. Dedicated to the concept of serving fresh Otaru sushi at reasonable prices, the restaurant offers a selection of reasonably-priced set meals. Particularly popular is the Otaru Set, which comes with five pieces of sushi, tempura, chawanmushi savory egg custard, soup, and a mini donburi rice bowl. Tatsumi also has a children's set for families with children.
  • Masazushi Zenan
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Ironai 1-2-1
    One of the branches of a long-standing sushi restaurant. Zenan is notable for its open and modern interior. The restaurant's huge windows offer a view of Otaru Canal. Zenan stocks its seafood from the company's own fish dealer, including whole tuna. Particularly recommended is the 11 piece sushi set. The restaurant also has a full menu of side dishes like tempura. There's a seven piece set of sushi selected by the head chef for those with smaller appetites. Zenan also stocks 80 varieties of awamori liquor from Okinawa which go great with sushi.
  • Kantaro (Otaru Shop)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Minatomachi 5-4
    The Otaru branch of this conveyor belt sushi restaurant from Hakodate. Dedicated to the concept of Hakodate nigiri sushi, the restaurant serves dishes made primarily with seasonal ingredients from Hakodate. The rice is also grown in Hokkaido. Ingredients such as the scallops are prepared in the restaurant, and the shimesaba vinegared mackerel is homemade. The restaurant's sushi is characterized by its small amount of sushi rice coupled with large-sized seafood toppings. For customers looking to enjoy a variety of flavors, the restaurant offers a wide selection of sets such as three and five piece sushi assortments.
  • Otaru Takeno Sushi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Sakaimachi 2-22
    This sushi restaurant in Otaru City, Hokkaido is a 10-minute walk from JR Otaru Station. They offer sushi made from meticulously selected Hokkaido ingredients at reasonable prices. This includes their seafood as well as the Hokkaido grown rice blend used for their sushi. They also offer donburi rice bowls. The most popular is their Ainori Bowl where guests choose four toppings from a list of 20. Their sushi menu features nigiri-zushi with Hokkaido place names, a nigiri-zushi of the day, and seasonal varieties. They also sell Japanese sake and shochu.
  • Kukizen
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Shinonomechou 2-4 Vista Shinkansen 1F
    A sushi restaurant awarded two Michelin stars located on the first floor of Vesta Shinonome building in Otaru City. Here you can enjoy delicious, seasonal seafood from the abundant seas off Hokkaido served on cool glass tableware made in Otaru. The restaurant's large glass windows let in plenty of light, and the establishment has clean and neat counter seating as well as private seating, ensuring even families with small children can have a relaxing meal here. The owner particularly recommends the Kukizen Omakase Nigiri chef's choice nigiri sushi course. The chef will prepare tasty sushi gems using select seafood and other ingredients stocked that day; it's so tasty, just this course alone will satisfy you. The restaurant also stocks an original refined sake bearing its name as well as an abundant selection of local Otaru alcoholic beverages.
  • Fuji Zushi (Shakotan Main Shop)
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Shakotangunshakotanchou Bikunichou Funama 120-6
    A sushi restaurant where you can have your fill of the seafood of Hokkaido's Shakotan area. The spacious restaurant is able to seat 200 and has a variety of large and small dining rooms. The restaurant also has private dining rooms, making it easy for families with children to enjoy themselves here as well. The restaurant's sushi menu is made with fresh fish brought in at Maehama. The restaurant also offers seasonal sushi based on the fishing season; fans around the country wait impatiently for the period from June to August when sea urchin fishing is allowed so they can enjoy the sweet, creamy flavor of the restaurant's Shakotan raw sea urchin chirashi sushi.
  • Otaru Nihombashi
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Inaho 1-1-4
    A sushi restaurant located in the Otaru Sushi Street area in Otaru City, Hokkaido. Here you can eat fresh seafood delicacies caught in the waters off of Otaru. The restaurant is famous for its big pieces of sushi topping and is frequented by many locals as well as tourists. The restaurant also has a large banquet hall and is frequently used for parties and other events.
  • Hokkaido Cuisine Restaurant Kasube
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otarushi Hanazono 1-8-20
    "A local cuisine restaurant located in 1-Chome, Hanazono, Otaru City. The establishment primarily serves dishes made with fresh seafood stocked that very morning. Here customers can enjoy local flavors like the signature ""Troika-nabe,"" a fish and vegetable hot pot; rui-be (frozen salmon sashimi), a local favorite; and dishes made with ray, a fish known as ""kasube"" in the local dialect and the restaurant's namesake."
  • Kita no Donburiya Takinami Shokudo
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Hokkaido Otaru-shi Inaho 3-10-16 Sankaku Market Nai
    A Japanese diner located in the Sankaku Market in Otaru. This long-standing establishment was opened in 1945 and serves at reasonable prices the kind of fresh seafood only a restaurant owned and operated by a fish dealer can provide. Particularly popular is the “Wagamama-don,” a seafood rice bowl topped with your choice of three to four varieties of seafood from a list of 10 selections.

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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