Looking for the best restaurants to try in Niseko? We just got back from an amazing winter trip at Niseko Ski Resort and made it our mission to try out some of the best dining options in Niseko for all price ranges. If you’re wondering where to eat in Niseko, we have you covered.
The Best Restaurants in Niseko!
By far, the best meal we had in not only all of Niseko but our entire trip to Japan was at Sushi Kato. And I don’t just mean this trip to Japan, but the best meal we’ve ever had in all FIVE of our trips to The Land of the Rising Sun. Yes. It really is that good.
Sushi Kato is one of the most authentic Japanese restaurants you can find in Niseko, where international cuisine can be found anywhere, but a real Japanese experience is few and far between.
The restaurant is small and intimate, with only 16 seats available -reservations are highly recommended. Upon entering, you’ll be greeted by veteran sushi chefs that have been in the Hokkaido food scene for half a century.
Their draw is the Hokkaido snow crab and other delicious seafood such as Kinki fish, caught fresh the day before and prepared perfectly in front of you. Besides the seafood, our favorite dish was the wagyu beef that literally melts in your mouth it’s so good.
You can expect a set menu here, and it is by no means cheap at over ¥10,000 per person, but I promise you you won’t regret this meal!
- Location: Sushi Kato
- Price: ¥10,000 – ¥20,000 per person
An Dining was one of the first restaurants we tried in Niseko, and it did not disappoint. An Dining is located in Ki Niseko and serves up delicious Japanese cuisine in an upscale environment.
The Head Chef, Shinichi Maeda, is from Japan and whose main goal is to serve up only local Hokkaido ingredients. The produce we experienced here was some of the best we had on our trips to Japan! They have delicious cocktails and multiple course menus to choose from, which I highly recommend.
- Location: Ki Niseko
- Price: ¥5000 – ¥10,000 per person
Niseko Pizza is a great option if you’re a little sick of Japanese food (it’s okay, we’ve all been there). They have gourmet pizzas and an extensive menu of other Italian food like calzones, pasta, salads, and even tiramisu.
Their service is ultra-fast, so if you’re in a hurry, it’s possible to get in and out of here in no time! However, if you have time, I highly suggest checking out their wine cellar and “The Bar” upstairs.
- Location: Niseko Pizza
- Price: ¥2500 – ¥4000 per person
Niseko Ramen is a good lunch and dinner spot for those on a budget. For ¥1000, hungry skiers and snowboarders can get themselves a delicious bowl of their famous “Niseko Ramen.” It’s seriously a must-eat while in Niseko.
What is Niseko Ramen you ask? It’s a potato cream vichyssoise topped over traditional and hearty miso. Niseko is known for its potatoes, so the chef here wanted to create ramen unique to the area. It’s absolutely delicious – but you’ll likely have to queue as the restaurant is small!
- Location: Niseko Ramen
- Price: ¥1000 – ¥1500
Green Farm Cafe
Green Farm Cafe is a cute coffee shop located in Hirafu. It’s a great place to stop before a day out on the slopes as they have an extensive coffee menu and some delicious breakfast items. This hip environment will make your morning a good start before the slopes.
- Location: Green Farm Cafe
- Price: ¥1000 – ¥1500
Koko is a small cafe across from Musu in the heart of Hirafu. It’s good for a quick cup of coffee and a french pastry in the morning. There is no place to sit, so come here before your day on the slopes and enjoy while you walk to the chairlift!
- Location: Koko
- Price: ¥500 – ¥1000
Near the Hirafu bus stop, there are a series of 6-10 food trucks open for lunch and dinner. In an expensive resort town like Niseko, this is often where you’ll find the best value restaurants in Niseko. Here they have sandwiches, Indian, pizza, and fish and chip food carts ranging between ¥750-1500 a person – a good deal in Hirafu!
- Location: Niseko Food Trucks
- Price: ¥1000 – ¥1500 per person
Tsubara Tsubara Soup Curry
Soup curry is a must-try Japanese dish, and Hokkaido is its birthplace! We’ve had Japanese curry numerous times, but the best we have ever tried was in Niseko. Tsubara Tsubara is a very small venue open for lunch and dinner.
They have an extensive menu of different curries ranging in spice and offerings. It’s definitely worth a try after a day out skiing on the slopes. Make sure to get here early as there is a line to get a seat.
- Location: Tsubara Tsubara
- Price: ¥1500 – ¥2500 per person
Niseko Cheese Tart
If there is one dessert in the world, I will fly halfway around it’s the Yakitate cheese tart only found on Hokkaido. Hokkaido is famous in Japan for its high-quality milk, meaning Cheesecakes in Hokkaido are renowned.
We like to eat them in Sapporo, but thankfully we can still get them when we visit Niseko too! This small cheese tart shop is located in Niseko Hirafu on the main street. They are open for most of the day and are just ¥220 for one!
- Location: Here
- Price: ¥220 per tarte
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