Top Choice Russian in Wakkanai


This Russian restaurant in the Fukakō-ichiba complex is a joy, proudly displaying friendship on a local level between Wakkanai and its neighbour. There's Russian beer, Russian music and the place is packed with loca…
Top Choice Seafood in Rebun-tō

Robata Chidori

Chidori does real robata-yaki, charcoal grilling in a pit built into the table. The speciality of the house is hokke chanchan-yaki (ホッケチャンチャン焼; ¥900) – island-caught Okhotsk atka mackerel grilled with miso. The ika-…
Seafood in Wakkanai


If you make it past the huge tank of live crabs just inside the front door you're in for a treat at this legendary Wakkanai restaurant. There's an English menu and if you're into seafood, you can't go wrong. Try the…
Curry in Furano

Kunen-kōbō Yamadori

Furano is famous for its omelette curries known as omu-karē (オムかれー) and Yamadori tops off that dish with a slice of bacon for ¥1000. You'll find this neat little treat in a cutesy-cool pink farmhouse with white trim…
Ramen in Furano

Chīzu Rāmen-no-mise Karin

Testing the adage that everything is better with cheese, Karin adds local Furano cheese to its ramen. Whether that sounds amazing or awful, you know you have to try it! It's in a nondescript brown-and-white building…
Japanese in Asahikawa

Furarīto Alley

This rambling collection of 18 tiny restaurants runs the length of an alley between 4-jō-dōri and 5-jō-dōri about a 10-minute walk north of the train station. Wander along (loosely translated, furarīto means wander)…
Cafe in Rishiri-tō

Tsuki Café

A surprisingly cool little cafe for a ferry terminal, Tsuki serves up coffee, cakes and curries to waiting passengers. The large picture windows look over the port.
Ramen in Asahikawa

Ramen Aoba

The city's oldest ramen shop (70 years and counting!) serves delicious al dente noodles in a shōyu (soy sauce) seasoned, assari (light) broth – classic Asahikawa-style. The elderly proprietor truly loves getting for…