Enjoying local food at Niseko’s Downtown Kutchan
Last updated: 30 May 2019
According to the world’s largest travel site TripAdvisor’s domestic tourist destination ranking, Kutchan Town has achieved third place behind the Tokyo metro area and Kyoto City. This is probably due to the fact that Niseko Hirafu, a popular tourist destination during winter, is located in the town. Driving 15 minutes from Niseko Hirafu to the Kutchan Station area there are few dining facilities. Unlike the touristy feeling that Niseko has, Kutchan offers a fun local atmosphere. There is a shuttle bus during the winter season and we recommend heading on over!
An izakaya style restaurant favored by folks in town. The restaurant uses fresh local food and ingredients gathered from Hokkaido. Their menu has over 100 various dishes such as sashimi, yakitori and various fried foods! With its reasonable prices and portions, it is loved by locals.
The owner’s recommended dish is the kimchi “horumon” offal dish (700 yen). Charcoal-grilled on the table, it is a perfect side for your drink.
- Address 〒044-0052 北海道虻田郡倶知安町北2条西1丁目2-12／1-2-12, Kita2-jonishi, Kutchan-cho Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, 044-0052, Japan
- Phone Number 0136-21-2258
Operation Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Bistro Kutchan Sakaba
A fancy bistro bar located on Kutchan Station Street. It has a nice variety of wine from around the world, including bottles from Japan, France, Italy and Australia. Small portioned tapas that goes well with wine are served.
A popular dish is the juicy shrimp cooked in olive oil with minced garlic (1,600 yen / 10 pieces). This tasty tapas with perfect salt seasoning helps the wine flow.
- Address 〒044-0051 北海道虻田郡倶知安町北1条西3丁目11／3-11, Kita1-jonishi, Kutchan-cho Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, 044-0051, Japan
- Phone Number 0136-55-5735
Operation Hours: 4:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (last order 11:00 p.m.)
Japanese Restaurant Sato
Using fresh seasonal ingredients, Sato offers authentic Japanese dishes such as sushi, sashimi and tempura. There are counter seats and small private sections. The restaurant is filled with a relaxing atmosphere that enhances your dining experience.
The menu offers the recommend sushi course meal (15,000 yen) and a la carte dishes to enjoy the fine ingredients from Hokkaido. They also have an assortment of sake that goes well with the fresh Hokkaido seafood. It’s the perfect place to experience fresh authentic Japanese food and sake.
Nihonryori Sato日本料理 佐藤
- Address 〒044-0052 北海道虻田郡倶知安町北2条西1-3-10 Nビル／N Bld., 1-3-10, Kita2-jonishi, Kutchan-cho Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, 044-0052, Japan
- Phone Number 0136-22-0263
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday (no scheduled holidays during the winter season)
Taishu-Izakaya Marukyu Shoten
A restaurant pub using ingredients from Hokkaido to offer diverse menu options such as grilled fish, yakitori, pizza and zangi (a variety of crispy karaage fried chicken). It offers a homey atmosphere with reasonable prices.
The daily recommend menu has fresh ingredients gathered from close by areas such as Kutchan, Niseko, Rankoshi and Yoichi.
Taishuizakaya Marukyushoten大衆居酒屋 マルキュー商店
- Address 〒044-0031 北海道虻田郡倶知安町南1条西1丁目 福島ビル1F／Fukusima Bld.1F, 1tyoume, Minami1-jonishi, Kutchan-cho Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, 044-0031, Japan
- Phone Number 0136-55-8885
Hours: 5:30 p.m. to midnight
This yakitori shop opened its doors 36 years ago in Kutchan. They are fastidious about using fresh ingredients and will not use frozen ones for their yakitori, which start at 250 yen (for 2 skewers). Yakitori skewers are prepared on a charcoal grill. They offer sashimi and grilled fish, however the menu changes depending on what the ocean brings in.
They also have an interesting ostrich sashimi dish. The wooden interior gives a warm feeling with candles and kites on display. It’s very understandable why there are many repeat customers from abroad.
Yakitori Torimatsu焼き鳥 鳥松
- Address 〒044-0053 北海道虻田郡倶知安町北三条西1／1, Kita3-jonishi, Kutchan-cho Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, 044-0053, Japan
- Phone Number 0136-23-2893
Hours: 5:00 p.m. to midnight
This ramen shop was listed in the Michelin Guide Hokkaido 2012. Their recommended dish is the umeshio char siu ramen (1,050 yen), which is served with a plum (ume) and salt (shio) paste that melts as you eat. Delectable.
The clear soup has a soft taste and the pork belly char siu is amazing! They have other types of ramen on the menu too. Nakama is a popular restaurant with the foreign staff working in Hirafu.
Ramen Nakamaラーメン なかま
- Address 〒044-0051 北海道倶知安町北1条西1／1, Kita1-jonishi, Kutchan-cho Abuta-gun, Hokkaido, 044-0051, Japan
Hours: (Monday to Thursday) 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. / (Friday) 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; 5:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. / (Saturday) 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. / (Sunday & Holidays) 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
photo & text: Natsuko Matsumura
Spots showcased in the article
- BISTRO Kutchansakaba
- Nihonryori Sato
- 日本料理 佐藤
- Taishuizakaya Marukyushoten
- 大衆居酒屋 マルキュー商店
- Yakitori Torimatsu
- 焼き鳥 鳥松
- Ramen Nakama
- ラーメン なかま
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