Northern Hokkaidō restaurants

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; ¥1000) – island-caught Okhotsk atka mackerel grilled with miso. The ika…
Top Choice Soba in Furano

Soba Haru

Not only does the owner Haru-san make the noodles here by hand, he made the wooden soba bar himself too. Stop by for a scrumptious handmade noodle meal at this spotless, lovely spot.
Japanese in Asahikawa

Furarīto Alley

This rambling collection of 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) a…
Ramen in Asahikawa

Ramen Aoba

The city's oldest ramen shop (opened in 1947) serves delicious al dente noodles in a shōyu (soy sauce) seasoned assari (light) broth – classic Asahikawa-style. The proprietor truly loves foreign customers and may as…
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…
Seafood in Rebun-tō

Kaisen-dokoro Atoi

Run by the island's fishing collective (and closed the moment the sea urchin season ends), Atoi serves generously portioned kaisen-don (raw seafood over rice) using locally caught uni (sea urchin) and ebi (shrimp). …
Cafe in Rishiri-tō

Tsuki Café

A surprisingly tasty cafe for a ferry terminal, Tsuki serves up coffee, cakes and curries to waiting passengers. Service is so-so, and nonsmokers may have to cough their way through the meal, but the large picture w…
Japanese Curry in Furano

Kunen-kōbō Yamadori

One of Furano's signature dishes is omu-karē (オムかれー), rice topped with an omelette surrounded by a moat of Japanese-style curry. Yamadori ups the ante with bacon. It's a cutesy-cool pink farmhouse with white trim a …
Russian in Wakkanai


If seeing all that Cyrillic on the street signs around Wakkanai has got you hankering for some pelmeni (dumplings; ¥700) or pirozhki (stuffed buns; ¥300), Pechika will help you out. There's plenty of Russian beer an…
Seafood in Wakkanai


This popular seafood joint does good-value sushi sets as well as some seafood-themed variations on classic Japanese dishes, and some darned good fried chicken. Take-chan is a short walk from JR Wakkanai Station, wit…