Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Hokkaido to Add to Your Bucket List
Hokkaido is known throughout Japan for its wonderfully fresh produce and seafood. It only makes sense then that there are some truly fantastic restaurants here which have earned the honor of Michelin stars. Here is our list of 7 of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Hokkaido, including 3, 2, and 1-star resturants.
★★★ Sushi Miyakawa
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 through foreign guests' hotel concierge.
★★ Tempura Araki
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.
Set into the trees, Ajidokoro feels like a refined cabin in the woods, with an interior decorated with beautiful natural materials and cuisine that utilizes local ingredients in the most delicious manner imaginable.
It's a bit of a trip to get to, but is definitely worth it! From the middle of Sapporo, it's possible to reach the restaurant in under 2 hours using public transit, but it might be nice to plan an overnight in Kuriyama so that you can relax in the area.
The courses start from just ¥4,000 for lunch, and from ¥6,000 for dinner, which is quite a value considering the quality of this Michelin 2-star meal restaurant.
★★ Sushi Ikko
The omakase course here is ¥25,000 per person, which will seem like a bargain once you've finished eating. Don't miss this restaurant if you're going to Hokkaido!
★ Katsukani no Hanasaki
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.
★ Le Musee
Lunch courses run for ¥5,400 or ¥10,800, and dinner courses are ¥16,200 or ¥21,600 and reservations are necessary.
If you're looking for a creative and beautiful meal that is modern and pushes boundaries while still respecting the location that it is in, Le Musée is a must-visit!
★ Sobakiri Nakamura
Lunch prices are average about ¥1,000 and are available until the day's supply of noodles runs out! At dinnertime, the restaurant serves more sophisticated courses, which run between ¥6,000 and ¥10,000 and feature inventive and exciting dishes such as one which includes hot dashi poured over matsutake ice cream. Reservations are needed for dinner and can only be made for parties of over 4 people, so be prepared!
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